I'm VERY Interested In Rivers' Landing Spot
Where Philip Rivers ends up playing Quarterback in 2020 is very interesting to me. I’m not actually that interested in Rivers himself, but more for the players he inherits on the roster. More specifically the running back position, which is what this article will talk about. Rivers has been very generous to his running backs as far as fantasy finishes go. Since 2015, the top running back in a Rivers led offense has finished as the RB4, RB8, RB5, RB7 and RB3. That averages out to roughly an RB5 finish. Those players include: Austin Ekeler, Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead. Danny Woodhead actually finished as the RB3 in 2015 in PPR formats. Just let that sink in for a minute. The reason is simple, Rivers checks down to his running backs.....A LOT. I'm a Denver Broncos fan, so I get to see at minimum two Chargers games per season. In one of the games this year I remember seeing Austin Ekeler catch close to 10 passes on just the last drive of the first half and the last drive to end the game. In fact, the top receiving back for the Chargers over the last 5 seasons averages out to roughly 64 receptions and 627 yards. Those numbers average out to the 5th and 4th most among running backs over that timespan, with the lowest output being Melvin Gordon in 2016 with 41 receptions for 419 yards.
Some of the teams we have seen Rivers linked to include the Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders. If he lands on any of these teams, those running backs will benefit. With the Colts, Bears and Raiders, you can expect Nyheim Hines, Tarik Cohen and Jalen Richard to assume the roles Austin Ekeler and Danny Woodhead played in the past, with Marlon Mack, David Montgomery and Josh Jacobs playing the role of Melvin Gordon. If he lands in Carolina, WOW! If that happens Christian McCaffrey might just catch 200 passes. If he winds up in Tampa, Ronald Jones becomes very interesting and could be a breakout player if that happens.
No matter what happens, I think you have to be excited about the running backs who end up playing with Rivers in 2020. My popcorn is heating up as we speak.