Chargers RB Ryan Mathews will continue to see large workload
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Chargers RB Ryan Mathews will continue to see large workload

Fifty-eight carries in a five-day span is a massive burden for any NFL running back. But that running back in this scenario is the Chargers' Ryan Mathews @rmathews24, who couldn't even make it through one preseason series before suffering a serious shoulder injury last year and has been bitten by the injury bug numerous times during his four-year career. But after Weeks 14 and 15, is head coach Mike McCoy worried that he is calling upon Mathews too often? Not so much.
"He has done a great job of monitoring his body all year long and taking care of himself," McCoy said last week about Mathews. "Like I said ... if he can handle it, he is going to take it."

Fantasy Analysis:

Mathews carried the ball 29 times each against the Giants and Broncos. He topped 100 yards and scored in both games. One of the reasons why I think Mathews is playing really well is because he is no longer waiting for the other shoe to drop. Earlier this year, I think he ran tentatively, expecting another part of his body to give out. But that's not happening, and you see a more confident Mathews on the field, one much closer to the player whom the Chargers thought they were getting when they traded way up in the first round of the 2010 draft.
Mathews is coming off a well-deserved 10-day break and has a cake matchup at home against the Raiders. You might have heard about a certain Chiefs running back doing pretty well against the Raiders last week. Although that man found most of his success as a receiver and was pretty much held in check on the ground, the carry count is going to be there for Mathews to be a strong RB2 this week.

U-T San Diego

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I have played fantasy sports since 2001. I've played mostly in fantasy football and baseball leagues. I wrote for FFToolbox from 2002-2005 and re-joined in 2009.

I was an undergraduate from the University of Central Florida, and a master's graduate from Cal State University, Northridge specializing in journalism/mass communication. I make my home in Long Beach, Calif.

While I grew up in California, my favorite football team has always been the New York Giants.

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