Ryan Mathews, RB, Eagles
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jul-15-2014 by Jeb Gorham
Ryan Mathews is one of many safe picks to choose from San Diego's offense. After failing to meet the expectations of fantasy owners early in his career, mostly due to injury woes and periods of non-productivity, the former Fresno State back rebounded with a healthy and useful 16-game contribution. Mathews rushed for 100-plus yards six times after Week 5. From Weeks 10 to 17, he averaged about 15 fantasy points per game in standard scoring leagues. That's a really strong push from a guy typically drafted as RB2 or flex. He has shown a burst of explosiveness up to this point, although some of that might be zapped due to him adding nearly 10 lbs. of muscle during the offseason. He claims his weight gain is meant to provide him with durability, a sore subject among fantasy owners, no pun intended. Mathews would benefit from contributing more as a receiver; however, RBs Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown will share that responsibility. After finishing last season as fantasy's 12th-best scoring RB in standard, Mathews' ADP places him at RB21 or more specifically, early in Round 6. The concerns of a fluke season from the Chargers coupled with injury concerns make Mathews an excellent value selection.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors3/12 - Eagles' plan for their backfield: 'Spread it around'
3/12 - Despite adding DeMarco Murray, Eagles decide to sign RB Ryan Mathews after all
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3/11 - Eagles swoop up RB Ryan Mathews on three-year deal
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|4.09||FFMagicMan - Mathews felt like the best value at this spot - don't underestimate the success San Diego had running early and often down the stretch in 2013.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|5.02||DLF - Mathews looked great last season and word out of San Diego is they will continue to feed him the ball. This also gives me three above average RBs and frees me up to focus elsewhere over the next few rounds.|
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