DraftKings Top Quarterback for Week 8 – Phillip Rivers


Sep 28, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) runs after making a third quarter catch against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports. Keenan Allen is averaging 12 targets a game in the 2015-2016 NFL season.

The Baltimore Ravens defense has not fared well against aerial attacks this season. This week does not get any easier as the man who happens to lead the league in passing yards, averaging 350.28 yards per game, is coming to town.

After a tough loss on the road in Arizona, the Ravens, on a short week, have the privilege of flying home and welcoming the quarterback who throws the ball more than anybody else in the league, an average of 44.4 attempts per game, in Phillip Rivers.

The cost for Rivers on DraftKings is tied with Eli Manning as the 9th most expensive option at $6,600. Rivers comes into this juicy matchup tied for 3rd with Aaron Rodgers, and a surprising Blake Bortles with 15 touchdown passes, only behind Tom Brady and Carson Palmer, who have each thrown for 16 this season.  The Ravens defense, on average, gives up almost 2 touchdown passes per game (1.9), which bodes well for Rivers and the Chargers offense.

Rivers is completing 69.1% of his passes at 7.88 yards per attempt.  Not only am I going to use Phillip Rivers in all of my DraftKings lineups, I am also stacking Keenan Allen, who is averaging 12 targets a game, which equates to 27% of Rivers pass attempts per game.

The Ravens defense has not been remotely the same since losing Terrell Suggs for the season due to a torn Achilles in week one. The Ravens defense is 7th worst in the league in points scored against per game, just a shade under 27, allowing 26.9 points per game.  They also continue to give up massive amounts of passing yards, checking in as 4th worst in the league allowing 283 yards a game.

Through 7 games, the Ravens defense has only intercepted 3 passes, and have 0 interceptions in the past 4. Rivers has thrown 7 interceptions this season, averaging 1 a game, but that should not deter you. Of his seven interceptions, only two have come in road games.

Past Performers against the Ravens Defense in 2015:

WeekQuarterbackCompletion vs AttemptYardsTDINT
    1  Peyton Manning                   24-40  175 0 1
    2   David Carr                   30-46  351 3 1
    3   Andy Dalton                   20-32  383 3 1
    4   Michael Vick                   19-26  124 1 0
    5   Josh McCown                   36-51  457 2 0
    6 Colin Kaepernick                   16-27  340 2 0
    7  Carson Palmer                   20-29  275 2 0

I have high hopes for Rivers to put up big numbers against the Ravens, just like most of the quarterbacks above have shown.  Oh yeah, did I mention the Baltimore Ravens defense is giving up the most fantasy points to starting quarterbacks across the NFL in standard league formats? Start King Phillip and thank me later!

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