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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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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Nov 17): Mathews was reportedly limping after the game on Sunday - there is no official word on whether he aggravated his sprained MCL during the contest, but be on the lookout for an update on his status after he is evaluated further on Monday. After the game, he commented 'I feel great,'. There are conflicting reports on how sore Mathews was after the game.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Mathews looked like his old self in his return, although the Chargers seemed to trust Branden Oliver more than Mathews near the end zones. Still, his volume and the chance the Chargers could mimic last year's December and feed Mathews to the tune of RB1 numbers makes him an intriguing player to own for the last five weeks of the fantasy season.

General News (Tue Nov 18): 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.

Week 12: vs St. Louis Rams

Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Ryan Mathews returned to give the Chargers a respectable rushing attack against the Oakland Raiders last week, knocking off some rust from his long layoff as he put up 16/70/0 rushing and 1/5/0 receiving during the contest. Backup Branden Oliver posted 13/36/0 rushing with 1/3/0 receiving in a complimentary role. Mathews was reported to limp in the locker room after the game, but there is no indication from the team that he took any sort of significant injury against the Raiders. We'll see what he can do in this contest against a surging St. Louis D. The Rams shocked the world by holding the Broncos to seven points last week - they only gave up 10/28/0 rushing to the Broncos during the game, after limiting Arizona to 22/28/1 rushing two games ago. Forget the season averages - the Rams' defensive front has suddenly asserted dominance in this phase of the game. Mathews and Oliver face a bad matchup in this game.

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
12 vs STL PROJ-Dodds 15 * * 2 * * *
12 vs STL PROJ-Tremblay 13 * * 1 * * *
12 vs STL PROJ-Bloom 18 * * 1 * * *

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.


Latest News

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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Chargers | Ryan Mathews listed as probable (Fri Nov 14, 04:38 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 14, and is listed as probable for Week 11.

Our View: Mathews is a nice RB2 play simply on the chance that he gets goal line carries in a game San Diego should win over the Raiders. He might not get more than 15-18 touches at most, but that's a fine RB2 foundation in a good offense.
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