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RB Ryan Mathews - San Diego Chargers

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

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Summary

Mathews was the Chargers' first-round pick in 2010, but on the whole has failed to live up to expectations. When he's been healthy, he's generally played well (aside from a few fumbles in important game situations). But he's been in and out of the lineup with all manner of injuries throughout his NFL career. His physical talent is tantalizing: he has excellent power and balance, and deceptive speed for a back his size, and he has put together some impressive fantasy performances for multiple-game stretches. (In 2011, for example, he was the #7 fantasy RB despite playing just 14 games.) On the other hand, between his injuries, inopportune fumbles, and occasional mistakes as a pass-blocker, his fantasy owners in previous seasons have often been left wondering -- why is Mathews on the sideline, his backup in the game, once again? All things considered, Mathews is a high-risk, high-reward fantasy prospect who should be drafted as a high-end RB2, but could realistically finish anywhere from inside the top five to outside the top thirty depending on his ability to stay on the field. (May 25)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 16, 11, 11, 11, 11, 12, 13, 13, 15, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17, 17, 18, 19, 19, 20, 20, 22, 23, 23, 24, 29
Overall Redraft - 36, 22, 25, 28, 28, 29, 29, 30, 31, 33, 33, 35, 35, 38, 38, 39, 40, 42, 45, 45, 51, 57, 60
RB Redraft PPR - 18, 11, 11, 11, 14, 15, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17, 19, 19, 20, 20, 21, 21, 22, 22, 22, 22, 23, 23, 24, 33
Overall Redraft PPR - 39, 28, 28, 29, 29, 30, 31, 35, 35, 37, 38, 38, 38, 39, 42, 46, 46, 49, 50, 53, 56, 60, 60
RB Dynasty - 18, 13, 16, 17, 20, 28
Overall Dynasty - 53, 43, 48, 60, 60

Stats and Projections

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2011 SD 14 222 1091 6 59 50 455 0
2012 SD 12 184 707 1 56 39 252 0
2013 SD 16 285 1255 6 33 26 189 1 1
2014 PROJ-Dodds 14 250 * * 27 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 15 250 * * 30 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 260 * * 29 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 254 * * 26 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 41
RB: 18
Overall-PPR: 45
RB-PPR: 20

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Articles from around the web

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  Brad Evans - July 23
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  Michael Franciscovich - July 22
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  Russell Manalastas - July 16
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  Evan Silva - August 27
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  Matthew Berry - August 19
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  Matt Harmon - August 17
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Latest News

Chargers | Ryan Mathews inactive (Fri Aug 15, 09:28 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (undisclosed) was inactive for the preseason game Friday, Aug. 15, against the Seattle Seahawks.

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Chargers | Ryan Mathews feeling healthy (Thu Aug 14, 07:42 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews recently said he's the healthiest he's ever been in his NFL career. Mathews said he's been doing a lot of work to keep his body in shape with help from strength and conditioning coach Kent Johnston.

Our View: Mathews usually feels healthy and then Week 1 happens and he starts getting banged up. We see him as a low-end RB2 right now and hope he can have a second 16 game season.
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2014 Schedule

1@ Arizona Cardinals
2vs Seattle Seahawks
3@ Buffalo Bills
4vs Jacksonville Jaguars
5vs New York Jets
6@ Oakland Raiders
7vs Kansas City Chiefs
8@ Denver Broncos
9@ Miami Dolphins
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs Oakland Raiders
12vs St. Louis Rams
13@ Baltimore Ravens
14vs New England Patriots
15vs Denver Broncos
16@ San Francisco 49ers
17@ Kansas City Chiefs