Opportunity is everything. Chargers running back Ryan Mathews had a lot of opportunities to put up big numbers against the Steelers last week as the team gave him 25 carries. He came away with only 65 yards, but that doesn't mean head coach Norv Turner will stop feeding him the rock, not in the slightest. Chargers beat writer Michael Gehlken reported Friday that Mathews might break or come close to his single-game career high of 28 touches this Sunday against the Panthers. According to Gehlken, the Chargers want to rely on Mathews more since running back Ronnie Brown is trying to get over a hamstring injury.
Sounds good for Mathews. The Panthers have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to running backs this year while allowing the 10th-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. Given the matchup and the assumed workload, I think Mathews, despite a poor season for him thus far, is right around being a top-15 RB this week.