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Keenan Allen, Ryan Mathews out as expected for Chargers

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:12pm

Chargers Inactives
Keenan Allen WR
Ryan Carrethers DT
Greg Ducre DB
Cordarro Law DE
Ryan Mathews RB
Mike Scifres P
Damion Square DE

Fantasy Impact:

Malcom Floyd, Eddie Royal and Seyi Ajirotutu will see a bump with Allen sidelined. Ajirotutu played 62 percent of the snaps in Week 15, which was the first time all year that he cracked the 35 percent mark. Floyd and Royal seem to be the best fantasy bets, however. With Mathews sidelined last week, Branden Oliver led the team in touches (16) and yards (70), but Donald Brown actually played more snaps due to his role in the passing game.

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Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 16. With Mathews sidelined, Branden Oliver led the team in touches (16) and yards (70), but Donald Brown actually played more snaps due to his role in the passing game.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Mathews “wasn’t considered close to playing” in Week 15, per beat writer Michael Gehlken, so we consider him doubtful for Week 16. With Mathews sidelined, Branden Oliver led the team in touches (16) and yards (70), but Donald Brown actually played more snaps due to his role in the passing game.

Ryan Mathews not practicing Tuesday

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 2:53pm

Michael Gehlken on Twitter - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) not practicing Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact:

Gehlken added that Mathews wasn't really considered close to being able to play in Week 15. Donald Brown and Branden Oliver stand to see more action if Mathews is out. We think Oliver should see a bulk of the carries with Brown more involved in the passing game.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 12:48pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The struggles for the San Diego Chargers running the football have been well-documented this season. Basically, if Ryan Mathews is healthy, the Chargers have a running game.

Unfortunately, Mathews is not healthy right now, as he works back from a severely sprained ankle.

Donald Brown and Branden Oliver have not proven they can be effective, every-down backs in San Diego's offense, which means Chargers general manager Tom Telesco could be looking to select a running back early in the 2015 draft.

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews has missed eight games this season, and his rookie contract is up at the end of this season, the story points out. Oliver had a couple of nice games with both Brown and Mathews out of the lineup but came back to Earth a bit right before Mathews came back from his knee injury. Unfortunately, Mathews just can't seem to stay healthy even though he's proven to be productive when he is in the lineup. Any back the Chargers draft would right away become an interesting fantasy option on a Chargers team that does want to run the ball.

Ryan Mathews OUT for Chargers

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 3:05pm

Chargers Inactives
Ryan Carrethers DT
Ladarius Green TE
Dontrelle Inman WR
Cordarro Law DE
Ryan Mathews RB
Mike Scifres P
Damion Square DE

Fantasy Impact:

Ryan Mathews is out as expected. Neither Branden Oliver or Donald Brown are good options in a tough matchup with the Broncos.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 15. This looks like a game-time decision, and the Chargers play late on Sunday. If Mathews is unable to play, look for Branden Oliver to lead the team in carries — he has 23 in the last four games compared to Donald Brown’s three — though Brown has been playing extensively on passing downs. The matchup against Denver isn’t appealing.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Mathews injured his leg against New England but returned to the game. He only carried the ball twice in the second half, however. If he’s unable to play, look for Branden Oliver to lead the team in carries, though Donald Brown has been playing extensively on passing downs. The matchup against Denver isn’t appealing.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Mathews injured his leg against New England but returned to the game. He only carried the ball twice in the second half, however. If he’s unable to play, look for Branden Oliver to lead the team in carries, though Donald Brown has been playing extensively on passing downs. The matchup against Denver isn’t appealing.

Chargers Beat: Ryan Mathews dealing with right leg injury

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 10:41am

ESPN - [Full Article]

It’s no surprise the San Diego Chargers were most effective offensively Sunday against the New England Patriots when Ryan Mathews churned out yards running the football. In the first half, Mathews carried the ball nine times for 52 yards, averaging a robust 5.8 yards per carry.

However, with a little more than two minutes left in the opening half, Mathews appeared to suffer a right leg injury on the same leg that kept him out seven games this season with an MCL knee sprain. Mathews limped off the field and was late coming out for the second half.

Mathews carried the ball only two times for minus-8 yards the rest of the game. He’s still wearing a bulky brace to protect the injured knee, a sign that his stability returning from the injury is not 100 percent. The brace also appears to limit his mobility.

Fantasy Impact:

The Chargers say Mathews is healthy and pointed out he did return to the game and did some nice things in pass protection. Keeping Mathews healthy this time of year was a priority for the Bolts and a reason they brought in Donald Brown. But it appears Mathews, between the brace and now his leg, is at least a little banged up heading into Week 15. As we've pointed out for a few weeks now, the SD running backs have tough matchups to close out their season and in the fantasy playoffs, which includes the Broncos Week 15 and at San Francisco Week 16.

Ryan Mathews (shoulder) injured, but returns in Week 12

Monday, November 24, 2014, 9:20am

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

With Ryan Mathews having missed so much time and the confidence existing in his backfield mates, the Chargers were committed to a rotation at the position, possibly to a fault. Mathews was rotated out following a 19-yard run in the second quarter, and the drive stalled shortly thereafter with a quarterback Philip Rivers interception on third-and-goal.

For that matter, Mathews spent much of the second quarter on the sideline, as the Chargers were in their two-minute offense to end it.

He was the offense's central point to begin the third quarter, capped the team's opening drive with a 32-yard touchdown. The scoring run was the longest of his career.
Mathews exited with a shoulder injury when at least one player, perhaps two, fell on top of him. He returned late in the fourth quarter.

Fantasy Impact:

The Chargers are committed to keep Mathews fresh and healthy, although that didn't seem to help this week. But they want Donald Brown and now Branden Oliver to get their work so Mathews is ready to go at key parts of the game, and perhaps more importantly, in the playoffs. Mathews was banged up last year after a stretch of 20-plus carries to end the season and wasn't himself in the postseason. As a result, Mathews' fantasy value will likely be capped, but so far he's making the most of his touches. It's also not a friendly SOS pretty much the rest of the season.

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 2:41pm

Chargers Inactives
Jahleel Addae DB
Ronnie Brown RB
Richard Crawford CB
Dontrelle Inman WR
Sean Lissemore NT
Damion Square DE
Reggie Walker OLB

Fantasy Impact:

With RBs Ryan Mathews and Donald Brown back in action this week, RB Ronnie Brown is the odd man. Mathews and Brendan Oliver should carry most of the work in this contest.

Ryan Mathews expected to practice this week

Monday, November 10, 2014, 5:42pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers every-down running back Ryan Mathews is expected to return and practice this week.

Having all the injured playmakers back should give the San Diego Chargers, losers of three straight, a boost on both sides of the ball. But don’t tell that to Chargers head coach Mike McCoy, who said the rest of the team has to play better in order for those injured players to have an impact on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

Ryan Mathews does not guarantee us 200 yards rushing,” McCoy said. “It’s the other 10 guys on the field that have to do their jobs better. We’ve talked about that as a football team. We ran the ball fairly well with No. 43 (Branden Oliver) back there plenty of times. We won five games without these guys."

Fantasy Impact:

Everyone seems to agree that Mathews will at least bring a physical presence back to the running game. Mathews could be eased back into a normal workload against the Raiders, but it seems reasonable to expect 15-18 carries a game for Mathews when he's back up to speed. Oliver could very well take on a Danny Woodhead-like role, but also proved a capable back to spell Mathews. Donald Brown was supposed to be that guy as the team looked to keep Mathews fresh for the playoffs. Mathews is certainly worth grabbing if he's still on your wire.

Friday, October 31, 2014, 5:43pm

Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 9. Brown makes his return after missing more than three weeks with a concussion. His presence will put a dent in Branden Oliver’s workload, though we expect Oliver to remain the lead back.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) took full practice reps again Thursday. It looks like Brown is on track to play in Week 9. His presence will put a dent in Branden Oliver’s workload, though we expect Oliver to remain the lead back.