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RB Ryan Mathews - Philadelphia Eagles

6-0, 218Born: 5-1-1987College: Fresno StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 12

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Summary

Good things come to those who wait. A season ago, Ryan Mathews was looking for a new home and was set to sign in Philadelphia as LeSean McCoy's replacement. Then Chip Kelly made the shocking move to sign DeMarco Murray to a monster deal, which initially caused Mathews' camp to balk. Days later Mathews surprised everyone by opting to take the deal in Philadelphia, even though it would be in a complementary role. Fast forward to the start of this season and Mathews' decision appears prescient. Chip Kelly is gone. DeMarco Murray is gone. And the depth chart is relatively underwhemling behind Mathews. As long as he can stay healthy, 7th year pro is in line for his best season since running for 1,255 yards in 2013 (with San Diego). Mathews is a well rounded back and the new offense is predicated on a workhorse runner. The stars are aligned for Mathews and he's a compelling high upside choice as your RB2/RB3 on draft day. (May 22)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 20, 8, 14, 15, 15, 17, 18, 19, 19, 21, 22, 22, 23, 26, 27, 31, 47
Overall Redraft - 53, 28, 37, 41, 46, 47, 48, 49, 52, 53, 55, 57
RB Redraft PPR - 23, 8, 14, 15, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29, 29, 31, 33, 47
Overall Redraft PPR - 57, 28, 37, 44, 46, 47, 48, 57, 58, 59
RB Dynasty - 41, 35, 42, 43, 44

Stats and Projections

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2013 SD 16 285 1255 6 33 26 189 1 1
2014 SD 6 74 330 3 10 9 69 0
2015 PHI 13 107 539 6 28 20 146 1 3
2016 PROJ-Dodds 14 205 * * 30 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 14 180 * * 28 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 205 * * 32 * * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 16 164 * * 26 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 59
RB: 24
Overall-PPR: 60
RB-PPR: 24

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Latest News

Eagles | Ryan Mathews not a great fit in offense (Thu Jul 21, 02:58 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews isn't a great fit in head coach Doug Pederson's offense as he wants to move his backs around to create mismatches for opposing defenses in the passing game.

Our View: The continuing legacy of GM/coach Chip Kelly is wonderful for the rest of the NFC East. We'll see how on target Kempski is with this analysis, and still think Mathews could be a solid RB2, in part because the only other potential every down back is rookie Wendell Smallwood. If Mathews does end up a bad fit though, having Smallwood as a handcuff would be smart as he will probably get second crack at Mathews' role.
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Eagles | Durability concerns for Ryan Mathews (Sun Jul 17, 11:54 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews has played in all 16 games in just one of his six NFL seasons, averaging 12 games per year overall.

Our View: In other news, water is wet. Mathews is a talented player, but too often he's banged up and missing time during his pro career with the Chargers and the Eagles. With DeMarco Murray getting traded to the Titans, Mathews is the lead back in the new Doug Pederson offense. If healthy, the opportunity is there for Mathews to be a low-end RB2 with upside. His current ADP is RB24 (5.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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