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Running Back, San Diego Chargers

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Draft: 2010 Round 1 (12)
College: Fresno State
DOB: 1987-10-10 Age: 26
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#8 2 2.09

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G GS Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts FFPts/G
2010 SD 12 10 157 675 4.3 7 26 22 145 6.6 0 124.0 10.3
2011 SD 14 13 222 1,091 4.9 6 59 50 455 9.1 0 190.6 13.6
2012 SD 12 0 184 707 3.8 1 56 39 252 6.5 0 101.9 8.5
2012 (Projected) SD     242 1,088 4.5 9   51 415 8.1 1 210.3  

2014 Outlook
Depth Chart
After sharing the running back duties with Mike Tolbert last season, Mathews appears ready to take over a workhorse back role with San Diego in 2012. Tolbert signed with Carolina as a free agent and the Chargers will enter the season with the uninspiring trio of Ronnie Brown, Le’Ron McClain and Curtis Brinkley in reserve behind Mathews. That should translate into plenty of touches for the talented Mathews. He enters the season having had a very productive 2011 with 1,545 total yards and six touchdowns despite missing two full games and playing nicked up in several others. Tolbert saw plenty of action last season both as a short yardage runner and the teams’ third down back, pilfering 10 touchdowns. Look for Mathews to assume most of that workload, giving him an opportunity to approach 2,000 total yards and reach double-digit touchdowns for the first time in his career. The only risk with Mathews is his penchant for getting hurt (six missed games over the first two years of his career) but reports out of San Diego indicate that he is in the best shape of his career. He is a legitimate RB1 in 2012 and likely to be amongst the top five fantasy producers at running back.

Comment: Mathews will miss 4-6 weeks after breaking his clavicle. Getting injured after one carry in a preseason game isn't going to ease concerns about Mathews' durability. Best case scenario - he is available for Week 1 - but hopes for a heavy workload early in the season are likely gone.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB3 Donald Brown
RB2RB2 Danny Woodhead
RB3RB1 Ryan Mathews
RB4RB4 Marion Grice
RB9RB9 Branden Oliver
Chargers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Ryan Mathews likely out 4-6 weeks     -- Mon Sep 15 4:45 pm --

Sprained MCL
An MCL sprain can sideline a player anywhere from a minimal amount to eight weeks. For Ryan Mathews, the timetable appears to fall somewhere in between. A recent MRI has confirmed a sprained MCL for the Chargers running back, and he is expected to miss four to five weeks, according to the NFL Network. The team will take the news, knowing it could've been much worse after Mathews was carted off the field Sunday. His right knee injury came during the fourth quarter of a 30-21 win over Seattle. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

FF Today's Take: Mathews' injury history was likely one of the main reasons the Chargers signed Donald Brown this offseason. The former first-round pick of the Colts didn't do a lot with his 10 touches on Sunday, but figures to pretty much absorb the role of Mathews in his absence while Danny Woodhead remains the passing-down/change-of-pace option. Along with Kansas City's Knile Davis, expect Brown to be one of the top waiver-wire additions in most leagues this week.
San Diego places Nick Hardwick on IR     -- Wed Sep 10 3:00 pm --

Team captain loses season to neck injury
The San Diego Chargers lost one of their leaders for the season placing Nick Hardwick on Reserve-Injured with a neck injury. A stalwart in the middle, the veteran center has started all 136 NFL games he’s appeared in, including 67 in a row, so he’s still getting over the “shock” of being out for the year. (

FF Today's Take: This is a crushing blow to Mike McCoy's offense. The Chargers will now need to transition to new center Rich Ohrnberger against the fierce Seattle Seahawks defense. As a result, keep expectations for Philip Rivers, Ryan Mathews and Keenan Allen tempered for Week 2.
Chargers' backfield "a three-headed monster"     -- Mon Aug 4 3:55 pm --

Mathews coming off career season
Ryan Mathews calls it “the three-headed monster.” It could perhaps also be called unprecedented. In NFL history, only the 2012 Carolina Panthers - after signing Mike Tolbert - could arguably boast three running backs coming off a season as productive as the Mathews-Danny Woodhead-Donald Brown trio. It will be the same thing this year. Mathews (will be) the workhorse, Woodhead the versatile guy who can run and catch, Brown the sort of hybrid of the two. Said Chargers running backs coach Ollie Wilson: “There is no such thing as a featured back any more.” (San Diego Union-Tribune)

FF Today's Take: The Chargers figure to enter the season as a run-heavy team, but those plans may have to change based on San Diego's difficult schedule - one that includes the NFC West. Not only should owners remember Mathews is still an injury risk, they should also consider his difficult schedule. Woodhead is going to see the majority of passing-down snaps while Brown should steal a few other carries. In short, Mathews is a poor bet to match last season's production.

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