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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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News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Nov 24): Mathews suffered a shoulder injury that sidelined him for part of the game on Sunday, but he eventually returned to the game after receiving treatment from the trainers. He'll be evaluated further on Monday.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 24): Mathews has been yielding to Branden Oliver more than his owners would like, especially in the red zone, but he broke one from 32 yards out just to make sure he got in the scoring column. With Philip Rivers coming around, Mathews has at least flex value as the lead RBBC back in a good offense, with potentially high-scoring matchups coming up in the fantasy playoffs.

Week 13: at Baltimore Ravens

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 vs OAK 16 70 0 1 1 5 0 0
12 vs STL 12 105 1 2 2 8 0 0
13 at BAL PROJ-Dodds 15 * * 1 * * *
13 at BAL PROJ-Tremblay 15 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 11 vs OAK (16 / 70 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Returning from a knee injury suffered in Week 2, the Chargers wasted no time in getting Mathews back involved in the offense, handing him the ball on the first offensive play of the game. Soon he was getting his regular workload, and late in the first half he was involved in a play that really took the shackles off. He found a hole, met up with the defensive back, and held nothing back. A big collision after a 9-yard gain showed that he was back and got that first big hit out of the way. The San Diego line didn't do him very many favors in terms of opening up holes, but he had very few negative runs, and hit the hole hard when he got the ball. Late in the game, he hit the pile and bounced off. He regrouped and took it up the left side for a nice 8-yard gain. His big gain of the game was a 20-yard scamper, and it was vintage Mathews as he ran around and through several defenders on his way. While Mathews had success running the ball, backup Branden Oliver averaged less than three yards per carry, suggesting that the rushing split could grow larger in the ensuing weeks as Mathews gets his legs under him.

2014 Week 12 vs STL (12 / 105 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

Mathews had just 14 offensive touches in the game, but he did a whole lot more with his workload than he did a week ago. He seemingly ran with more confidence in this game than he did a week ago. The Chargers particularly had a lot of success running draws off of delayed handoffs via Mathews, with most of his work getting done between the tackles. His touchdown run came off of a draw, and featured him breaking through a handful of potential tacklers before bursting across the goal line. He looked as good as he has in years, running around and through Saint Louis defenders all game long. His biggest gain of the day was a 32-yard scamper up the left side after his offensive line had opened a gaping hole. In fairness, the Chargers got away with a hold on the play that enabled that run to occur. Mathews didn't have a ton of action in the passing game, but he did show some nice lateral quickness on a catch out in space. He juked the first defender that engaged him before turning upfield for a first down, demonstrating that the knee injury he suffered in Week 2 may be completely behind him. Unfortunately, he left the game with a shoulder injury and was reported as being questionable to return. He did come back in just before the two minute warning on the potential game-clinching drive, getting a carry and fighting for extra yardage as he hit the pile (so the shoulder issue appears to be a minor one).


Latest News

Chargers | Bolts managing Ryan Mathews' touches (Mon Nov 24, 07:32 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee, shoulder) has 175 rushing yards in two games since returning from a knee injury, but he's carried the ball an average of 14 times in those two games, with just four carries in the fourth quarter and two in the red zone. Head coach Mike McCoy said that team is monitoring Mathews' touches as he makes his way back from injury. RBs Branden Oliver and Donald Brown are still being sprinkled in. Mathews suffered a shoulder injury in the second half but returned to the game, and the injury isn't considered serious.

Our View: It's wise for the team to treat Mathews this way. He's a talented back, but Mathews has been oft-injured during his pro career. As he gets healthier, his role could increase.
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Chargers | Ryan Mathews leaves briefly (Sun Nov 23, 11:02 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (shoulder) briefly left the Week 12 game against the St. Louis Rams due to a shoulder injury, but he was able to return and finish the game.

Our View: Mathews has been better at playing through the minor nicks and scrapes in the last two years, and he also showed the burst that made him a first-round pick in the 2010 draft. He'll be worth a look as at least a flex at Baltimore next week.
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Chargers | Ryan Mathews limited in Week 11 (Mon Nov 17, 02:06 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) played 32 offensive snaps in Week 11 but was part of a committee at running back, because the team wanted to ease him back into the offense. Mathews finished the game with 70 yards on 16 carries.

Our View: In his first week back, Mathews wasn't a bad fantasy start if you trusted him. As he continues to get healthy, Mathews will start to produce at a higher level.
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Chargers | Ryan Mathews has knee wrapped (Sun Nov 16, 10:35 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) had his knee wrapped after the Week 11 game against the Oakland Raiders, but he appeared to be dealing with normal soreness. 'I feel great,' Mathews said Sunday, Nov. 16.

Our View: Mathews looked like his normal self in his return from a knee injury, but the Chargers didn't use him much near either goal line. Consider him a high floor/low ceiling RB2 against the Rams next week.
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Chargers | Ryan Mathews will play (Sun Nov 16, 02:50 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) is active for the team's Week 11 game.

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