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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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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 17): Mathews actually ran well against a bad Washington run defense, but Carson Wentz was so ineffective the running back only got nine carries. He'll remain a flex option in good matchups, but the Vikings this week is not one. He's not an essential hold if you have a bye week crunch.

Week 7: vs Minnesota Vikings

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Ryan Mathews took the lead running the ball at Washington, with 9/60/0 rushing (zero targets) while Darren Sproles handled 4/20/0 rushing (one target for 1/4/0 receiving). Wendell Smallwood had a bit role at Washington, with 4/6/0 rushing and two targets for 1/14/0 receiving, while Kenjon Barner handled 2/6/0 rushing. The committee approach is still in effect, but at least Mathews has climbed back into the committee as of Week Seven. Also, he didn't appear to tweak his troublesome ankle last weekend. Before their bye week, the Vikings held the Houston backs to 14/59/0 rushing on their way to a perfect 5-0 record. Entering Week Seven, the Vikings are fourth in the NFL averaging just 77.8 rushing yards allowed per game, with only three rushing scores given out to date. They are the 13th-least generous rush defense over the last three weeks (two games played) with an average of 15.8 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game. This is a tough matchup for the many-headed Eagles' attack.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs PIT 8 2 -5 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.5
5 at DET 25 11 42 0 5 5 33 1 1 12.5
6 at WAS 11 9 60 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
7 vs MIN PROJ-Dodds * 11 * * 1 * * * *
7 vs MIN PROJ-Tremblay * 12 * * 1 * * * *
7 vs MIN PROJ-Bloom * 10 * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 leads weak rushing attack (Sun Oct 23, 05:15 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews gained 56 yards on the ground Sunday, Oct. 23, in a 21-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Our View: The Eagles controlled this game, but the tough defensive opponent made it hard to put long drives together and feed Mathews. He's only a low ceiling flex against Dallas next week.
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Eagles | Ryan Mathews sees only 11 snaps (Mon Oct 17, 12:33 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews played just 11-of-52 snaps in a Week 6 loss against the Washington Redskins.

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Eagles | Ryan Mathews plays 11 snaps (Mon Oct 17, 08:29 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews played just 11 snaps for 21 percent of the offense Sunday, Oct. 16.

Our View: Mathews was fairly productive with the small amount of touches he received. He had nine carries for 60 yards against Washington on Sunday. We should see Mathews mixed in a bit more so long as he can stay healthy going forward.
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Eagles | Ryan Mathews posts decent numbers (Sun Oct 16, 04:45 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews ran nine times for 60 yards in a 27-20 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Oct. 16.

Our View: Mathews was excellent on a per touch basis against the weak Washington run defense, but the Eagles trailed for most of the game which kept the running game from getting on track. Mathews should be on our benches against the Vikings next week.
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Eagles | Ryan Mathews expected to play (Sat Oct 15, 12:45 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (illness) is expected to play against the Washington Redskins in Week 6, according to head coach Doug Pederson, but Pederson said he will have to talk with the head athletic trainer before making a final decision.

Our View: We should see him play this week, but starting him in fantasy comes with risk (isn't that always the case?). We see Mathews as a boom/bust RB2 versus a Washington defense that hands out TDs to RBs like they're giving away Halloween candy.
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