Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers: Fantasy Football Outlook
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Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
RB - #22 61.77 SD Probable 5 years 26 6'0 220 @rmathews24

2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe Pick

Last updated on Jul-15-2014 by Jeb Gorham

Ryan Mathews is one of many safe picks to choose from San Diego's offense. After failing to meet the expectations of fantasy owners early in his career, mostly due to injury woes and periods of non-productivity, the former Fresno State back rebounded with a healthy and useful 16-game contribution. Mathews rushed for 100-plus yards six times after Week 5. From Weeks 10 to 17, he averaged about 15 fantasy points per game in standard scoring leagues. That's a really strong push from a guy typically drafted as RB2 or flex. He has shown a burst of explosiveness up to this point, although some of that might be zapped due to him adding nearly 10 lbs. of muscle during the offseason. He claims his weight gain is meant to provide him with durability, a sore subject among fantasy owners, no pun intended. Mathews would benefit from contributing more as a receiver; however, RBs Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown will share that responsibility. After finishing last season as fantasy's 12th-best scoring RB in standard, Mathews' ADP places him at RB21 or more specifically, early in Round 6. The concerns of a fluke season from the Chargers coupled with injury concerns make Mathews an excellent value selection.

Latest Update

Jul-23-14 Could this be the last season in San Diego for Chargers RB Ryan Mathews?

ESPN's San Diego reporter made the statement "Ryan Mathews could be playing his final season in San Diego" after word came out that Chargers RB Danny Woodhead has signed a contract extension through 2016. This statement would makes sense with the Chargers also bringing in Donald Brown this offseason and signing him to a 3 year/$10.5 million dollar contract. Ryan Mathews has been benched for fumbling and injured throughout his time in San Diego, although when he was on the field last season, the Chargers leaned on him heavily and he became an impact player. There have been no contract talks and Mathews is scheduled to be a free agent after the 2014 season.

Fantasy Analysis:

The situation is something to monitor after this years done but you can expect Mathews and Woodhead to see significant playing time, both flirting with RB2 numbers with upside. If Mathews can have a good showing this season, his stock will rise enough for a potential re-signing or moving to another team to start. He just has to stay healthy and not fumble. FFToolbox draft cheat sheets have Mathews ranked 22nd while Woodhead is ranked 33rd.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

7/23 - Could this be the last season in San Diego for Chargers RB Ryan Mathews?
7/22 - Chargers, RB Danny Woodhead agree to 2-year extension
7/19 - Chargers RB Ryan Mathews wants to do more this season

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2013 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
4.12 FFToolbox - Jeb Gorham - Jamie grabbed Danny Amendola at 4.10 and he was next on my list. I figured that Ryan Mathews had dropped this far and was worth a last pick 4th round - might be a steal. Was a top RB pick last season's drafts.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
4.01 KFFSC - I'm a glutton for punishment. I've been burned by Mathews for 3 seasons on various rosters. But he is going to see a lot of carries and although his receptions may be down, he still is a RB2 with RB1 potential. I put a lot of thought into taking Frank Gore here and wouldn't begrudge anyone who does, but I think Matthews is going to be relied on heavily.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
5.03 KFFL - This was probably a mistake, but I felt he was worth the risk as a third running back. A new offense and improved line should help him, assuming he can remain healthy.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
4.04 World Ranked #20 
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