Philip Rivers, Malcom Floyd are solid bets
November, 19, 2010
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
If you look at the capital "Q" next to most of the key San Diego Chargers offensive weapons for Week 11, you quickly get the picture this is not a healthy crew, as most everyone is questionable. What is not in question to me is that the Chargers are going to score many points against the Denver Broncos on ESPN's Monday Night Football -- I'm nothing if not a company man -- and you'll want a few of these fellows out there in fantasy. But whom should you trust?
As I made adjustments to the Week 11 rankings on Friday morning, there were obviously decisions to make regarding this team. I left fantasy's top quarterback, Philip Rivers, alone as my top choice, yes, even over awesome Michael Vick! Rivers is consistently putting up monster stats regardless of what's around him, and there's little concern about injury or schedule. I think tight end Antonio Gates, with the aid of an extra day to prepare, will play, and he remains my top guy, though I did move backup Randy McMichael into the ranks just in case. McMichael did haul in a pair of touchdown passes last game. I don't think rookie running back Ryan Mathews is a lock to play -- or he might pull a Ryan Torain and dress but not get opportunity -- so I bumped Mike Tolbert up a few spots and dropped Mathews down some.
Jeff Gross/Getty ImagesPhilip Rivers has scored double digits in every game this season despite issues with his receiving corps all year.