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

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
RB - #21 54.90 SD Out 5 years 27 6'0 220 @rmathews24

2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe Pick

Last 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.

Latest Update

Dec-20-14 Chargers-49ers injury report: RB Frank Gore, QB Philip Rivers active

The second half of this Saturday NFL doubleheader contains a lot of notable injuries. The two most important players for fantasy purposes who were considered questionable coming into tonight's game are both active. 49ers running back Frank Gore and Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers have both been given the green light.
Gore suffered a concussion in Week 15, but he has been cleared and will start against San Diego. With Carlos Hyde sidelined by back and ankle injuries, Alfonso Smith is expected to be Gore's backup.
Rivers has been dealing with rib and back ailments for a while now. But he will play through them, per usual
The inactives for the 49ers include wide receiver Stevie Johnson. Meanwhile, tight end Ladarius Green is active for the Chargers. He missed Week 15 due to a concussion.

Fantasy Analysis:

Rivers took some time off during the practice week, and his back injury is reportedly serious. But this is a man who once played an entire playoff game with a torn ACL. He wasn't going to miss tonight's contest. However, Keenan Allen and Ryan Mathews will. And on the road against a 49ers defense that ranks seventh against QBs in fantasy, Rivers is a very risky start in one-quarterback leagues. At least he'll have Green around as another target.
Gore is a middling flex option as he hasn't gained 70 rushing yards in any of his last four games, and the Chargers haven't allowed a running back to score on the ground since Week 9.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

12/20 - Chargers-49ers injury report: RB Frank Gore, QB Philip Rivers active Injury
12/12 - Chargers RB Ryan Mathews misses full week of practice Injury
12/10 - Chargers RB Ryan Mathews misses Wednesday practice with ankle injury, status unknown Injury

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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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