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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 - 15, 11, 11, 11, 13, 14, 14, 15, 15, 15, 16, 16, 16, 17, 17, 17, 17, 17, 18, 21, 26, 27
Overall Redraft - 33, 26, 28, 28, 28, 29, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 33, 35, 36, 38, 42, 46, 50
RB Redraft PPR - 17, 11, 11, 11, 11, 14, 15, 16, 16, 16, 16, 17, 17, 19, 19, 21, 21, 23, 24, 24, 26, 29, 29
Overall Redraft PPR - 40, 22, 26, 28, 28, 29, 31, 35, 38, 39, 39, 43, 46, 50, 53, 58
RB Dynasty - 18, 13, 14, 17, 24, 26
Overall Dynasty - 48, 39, 41, 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 14 240 * * 29 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 15 248 * * 30 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 260 * * 29 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 254 * * 26 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 40
RB: 18
Overall-PPR: 47
RB-PPR: 20

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Footballguys Articles

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  Chase Stuart - July 29
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  Jason Wood - July 21

Articles from around the web

Spin Doctors: Ryan Mathews vs. Doug Martin
  Brad Evans - July 23
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  Michael Franciscovich - July 22
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  Russell Manalastas - July 16
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  Shawn Siegele - June 27
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  Joel Beall - June 24
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  Chet Gresham - July 27
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  Matt Southall - June 6
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  John Paulsen - July 10
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  Clinton - July 8
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  Evan Silva - July 5

Latest News

Chargers | Ryan Mathews entering last season with Chargers? (Tue Jul 22, 09:33 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews' rookie contract will expire after the 2014 season, which means this could be his final year with the organization, in the opinion of ESPN's Eric D. Williams. San Diego recently extended the contract of RB Danny Woodhead and added a player similar to Mathews in RB Donald Brown via a three-year pact earlier in the offseason.

Our View: Mathews has a lot to play for this year. He finally played a full 16-game season last year, but he was injured in the playoff loss to the Broncos. If he produces this year, then the chances of him getting a rich free-agent contract will increase. If not, Mathews might find himself into a similar situation to what Knowshon Moreno was in earlier this year.
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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