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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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Ryan Mathews suffered an MCL sprain in Week 11. He has been ruled out for Week 13.

He is listed as out on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Nov 28): Mathews (knee injury) is listed as out for Monday Night Football.

General News (Fri Dec 2): is out for this week's game.

General News (Thu Dec 1): did not practice on Thursday.

General News (Wed Nov 30): did not practice on Wednesday.

General News (Tue Nov 29): did not play as expected in Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers and remains day-to-day, according to head coach Doug Pederson.

Week 13: at Cincinnati Bengals

All RB vs CIN

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Without Ryan Mathews in the lineup last weekend (he's out due to a knee injury), the Eagles mainly split time between Wendell Smallwood (9/37/0 rushing with one target for 1/10/0 receiving) and Darren Sproles (3/6/0 rushing with seven targets for 5/48/0 receiving). Kenjon Barner handled 1/2/0 rushing and one target for 1/10/0 receiving during the game. As long as Mathews is out, expect the Eagles to go with a similar mix. For those still invested in Mathews as a fantasy option, stay tuned to's Players in the News as the weekend approaches to see if Mathews is able to practice (or not). This is a fluid situation at midweek as Mathews is described as 'day to day' by head coach Doug Pederson. The Bengals' rush D allowed 30/92/0 to the Ravens' backs last weekend, after the Bills ran for 34/183/1 two games ago. From Week Nine to Week 12 of regular season (the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on byes during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Cincinnati averages 17.6 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (12th-most in the NFL). Through 11 games Cincinnati is 28th in the NFL averaging 120.5 yards rushing allowed per game, with eight rushing scores surrendered so far. This looks like a neutral matchup for the Eagles' backs as they travel to Cincinnati on the weekend.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 at NYG 8 5 15 1 1 1 0 0 0 7.5
10 vs ATL 26 19 109 2 2 2 30 0 0 25.9
11 at SEA 14 7 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.1
13 at CIN PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 0 * * * *
13 at CIN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
13 at CIN PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 11 vs SEA (7 / 31 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Mathews came out of the gate as the lead running back and was finding some success against a tough Seattle run defense. Mathews ripped off a nice 18-yard gain around the left end early in the first quarter but had his day cut short due to injury. Early reports indicate the Mathews has a sprained MCL and will miss extended time. The injury further complicates an already murky running back situation.

2016 Week 10 vs ATL (19 / 109 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

Mathews was finally used as the feature back, receiving 19 touches and racking up over 100 yards and 2 touchdowns. Mathews also converted a 2-point conversion taking the ball right up the middle after Atlanta was flagged for defensive holding on the first attempt. Mathews took the ball in from 4 and 5 yards out and had a 20-yard reception and 21-yard rush on the day to set up scores. After being used sparingly for the majority of the season, Mathews was finally utilized like a feature back and put up the numbers the Eagles expected when bringing him in.

2016 Week 9 vs NYG (5 / 15 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)

Mathews did not get many touches again this week but was able to cap off a big play from Wentz to Bryce Treggs for a touchdown. With the Eagles trailing for the entire game and Sproles getting the number one back touches, Mathews was used sparingly. This continues the trend of recent weeks and looks to go on for the rest of the season. The lone highlight came on the 8-yard touchdown where he bounced it to the outside and went in untouched.

2016 Week 8 vs DAL (4 / 10 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Mathews was out-touched by Darren Sproles this week, and for good reason, as he was largely ineffective. He did vulture a touchdown away from Sproles on the one-yard line, but that was his only real contribution to the game. Mathews only touched the ball five times all game and continues his downward trend. He got the ball on the one-yard line because he is the bigger back and Sproles needed a breather after helping the Eagles get all the way down the field. Coming into the season Matthews was supposed to be the feature back but has yet to live up to that billing. Matthews looks to get back on track against a top 10 rush defense in New York but will struggle to find room against a team allowing only 3.6 yards per carry.

2016 Week 7 vs MIN (14 / 56 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 27 / 0 rec)

Volume continues to be the key thing for Ryan Mathews as this was his fifth game in a row under 15 carries. Mathews was largely unproductive in this game on the ground as outside of a nice 20-yard carry he only averaged 2.7 yards per carry. The concern here is that Doug Pederson called Mathews out after the game for fumbling issues, so if these keep up, we may see a shift in carries or a change at the running back position. Mathews fumbled in a key four-minute scenario as he was trying to stay in bounds and fight for extra yardage.

2016 Week 6 vs WAS (9 / 60 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Mathews was one of the lone Eagles who found success in Washington today, but he only rushed the ball 9 times for 60 yards today. The majority of the yards came on one big 22-yard rush, but it is interesting to note that he only touched the ball 9 times and did not have a single target in the passing game. This seems to be the story of the year for Mathews who had 22 carries in week one, but has only had 40 carries in the next five games averaging eight carries per game. It is going to be hard to trust this running game going forward as they just are not committed to the run as other teams are.

2016 Week 5 vs DET (11 / 42 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 33 / 1 rec)

Mathews was largely bottled up in the run game, only running the ball 11 times for 42 yards with a long of 10. He played a much bigger role in the passing game than usual, pulling in all 5 of his targets for 33 yards and a touchdown. It is normally Darren Sproles getting the looks on passing downs, and nice to see Mathews expanding his role. The touchdown came on a 1-yard catch at the goal line, adding a new wrinkle into his expanding role. Look for Mathews to feast on the Redskins 31st ranked rush defense next week as they have allowed 8 rushing touchdowns in the early going this season.

2016 Week 3 vs PIT (2 / -5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Mathews rushed two times for negative five yards and did not contribute very much on the field. He was out-touched by both Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood, and there are questions about whether or not he is injured as he has been limited with his ankle. Mathews is the lead back when healthy and is not in jeopardy of losing that role. Look for him to bounce back after the bye week as he will have time to get healthy.

2016 Week 2 vs CHI (9 / 32 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

In a 29-14 game, we would have liked to see Ryan Mathews have more of a role in this game especially after he had 22 carries last week. The Eagles favored Darren Sproles on trying to rush the ball outside the tackles. Neither Sproles nor Mathews were successful in this game as neither had over 3.6 yards per carry. This is now a trend for the Eagles as Mathews has struggled so far this season in terms of carrying for significant yards. What Mathews has done is shown that he is the goal line back as he was able to convert two of his nine carries for touchdowns inside the five yard-line.

2016 Week 1 vs CLE (22 / 77 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Ryan Mathews was relatively disappointing in this game even though his overall stat line may not reflect it. Mathews really struggled to get anything going against a Browns defense that has had trouble stopping the run over the last few years and the preseason. Mathews long of the day was a seven-yard carry. The Browns were loading the box forcing the rookie Carson Wentz to beat them, and that's exactly what happened this week. One key thing to note is that Mathews did not have a target in this game as he was staying in to help protect Carson Wentz when they were passing. While pass catching is not a huge part of his game, he does average two receptions per game throughout his career.


Latest News

Eagles | Ryan Mathews ruled out (Fri Dec 2, 11:04 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (knee) has been ruled out for Week 13.

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Eagles | Ryan Mathews does not practice (Thu Dec 1, 03:31 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 1.

Our View: It looks like Mathews will not play this weekend. Wendell Smallwood will get a lot more carries and we have him as a borderline RB2/RB3. Sproles will get some work as well, but isn't more than a RB4.
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Eagles | Ryan Mathews idle Wednesday (Wed Nov 30, 12:21 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (knee) will not practice Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Our View: Mathews is considered week-to-week with this knee injury. We don't expect him to play this week. That means Wendell Smallwood would be the lead back with Darren Sproles mixing in as a change-of-pace back.
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Eagles | Ryan Mathews remains day-to-day (Tue Nov 29, 12:39 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (knee) did not play as expected in Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers and remains day-to-day, according to head coach Doug Pederson.

Our View: Fantasy owners shouldn't be relying on Mathews, even if he does return to the field anytime soon. The Eagles will continue to see if Wendell Smallwood can do more as a featured player. Darren Sproles will also mix in as their receiving/change-of-pace back.
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Eagles | Week 12 inactives for Eagles (Mon Nov 28, 07:05 PM) - The Philadelphia Eagles have declared OG Brandon Brooks, OT Dillon Gordon, OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai, WR Nelson Agholor, RB Ryan Mathews, LB Steven Means, DE Taylor Hart inactive for Week 12.

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