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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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Summary

For a few hours, Ryan Mathews though he was headed to Philadelphia as LeSean McCoy's replacement. Then came news that DeMarco Murray was signing a huge $40mm contract with $18mm in guarantees. Confused by the Eagles change of direction, Mathews contemplated looking for a free agent contract elsewhere, but eventually opted to take the Eagles offer ($11mm over three years). Instead of plying his trade as a workhorse, he'll earn the same money to spell Murray. Mathews, when healthy and focused, can dominate. In 2013 he ran amassed 1,444 yards and 7 TDs on route to a RB12 finish. But injuries have been a continual issue, as Mathews only played six games in 2014. Among backups, Mathews has few if any equals in the league. He would be an every week fantasy starter should DeMarco Murray get hurt. (May 16)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 41, 26, 34, 36, 37, 37, 40, 41, 41, 42, 42, 42, 44, 45, 45, 46, 46
Overall Redraft - 93, 52
RB Redraft PPR - 43, 26, 33, 36, 37, 37, 37, 40, 41, 42, 42, 42, 44, 45, 46, 46, 47, 50
Overall Redraft PPR - 98, 54
RB Dynasty - 42, 30, 36, 40, 44, 47, 51, 63

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2012 SD 12 184 707 1 56 39 252 0
2013 SD 16 285 1255 6 33 26 189 1 1
2014 SD 6 74 330 3 10 9 69 0
2015 PROJ-Dodds 16 130 * * 12 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 15 135 * * 15 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 120 * * 15 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 124 * * 13 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 99
RB: 39
Overall-PPR: 108
RB-PPR: 41

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