Ryan Mathews, RB, Eagles: Fantasy Football Outlook
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Ryan Mathews, RB, Eagles

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
RB - #18 71.00 PHI Active 6 years 27 6'0 220 @rmathews24

2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe Pick

Last updated on Jul-16-2014 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.

Latest Update

Apr-26-15 Eagles rescinded their restricted free agent offer to RB Chris Polk

With DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles on the roster, Chris Polk has apparently become expendable. The Eagles have rescinded their restricted free agent tender to Polk. This will make him an unrestricted free agent and he will be free to sign wherever he wants. The Eagles will not receive any compensation.

Fantasy Analysis:

A lot of people were very high on Polk in Philly. After their free-agency splurging, obviously he was a cap causality in a crowded backfield. In the right situation Polk could emerge as a viable fantasy option. It's unlikely he'll be draft worthy, however, he could have an impact off the waiver wire.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

4/26 - Eagles rescinded their restricted free agent offer to RB Chris Polk

2014 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
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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