Ryan Mathews Fantasy News

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17. With Mathews out, Branden Oliver should continue to lead San Diego in touches. He has averaged 16.0 touches for 76 yards in the last two games with Mathews sidelined. Kansas City has yielded 4.7 YPC this season.

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Saints RB Mark Ingram optimistic about his chances in free agency

Friday, December 26, 2014, 12:06pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Running back Mark Ingram is wrapping up the final year of his contract with the team and preparing to head into free agency after his best NFL season. Ingram missed three games early in the season, but has since held up well under a heavy workload caused by injuries other backs. Ingram has set career highs in attempts, yards, receptions and touchdowns and thinks he’s sold himself well in the process.

“Yeah, I think that’s a good thing, seeing that I could carry the ball and be out there doing whatever they ask me to do for a stretch of time and be healthy,” Ingram said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Running backs have not found a friendly market in free agency in recent years, so Ingram will have to buck that trend to land a big contract. That will be tough in a year when DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, C.J. Spiller and Frank Gore are also set to make up a crowded free agent market at the position, but coming off his best pro season shouldn’t hurt when it comes time for Ingram to talk contract.

Fantasy Impact:

Ingram's 75.6 rushing yards per game are the 7th-highest this season. He's not going to land a big contract due to how the position has been devalued in recent years, but he should be able to match the three-year, $10.5 million that Toby Gerhart got in Jacksonville. If Ingram leaves, Khiry Robinson figures to take over the role as the team's primary between-the-tackles runner. Robinson is signed through the 2015 season.

Philip Rivers feels better this week

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 8:11pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Philip Rivers practiced on Tuesday this week, a sign that his back is in better shape heading into Sunday’s final regular-season game against AFC West rival Kansas City.

Rivers did not practice on Tuesday or Wednesday of last week in order to rest a bulging disk in his back. Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said earlier this week Rivers is expected to play on Sunday.

“I definitely feel better than last week,” Rivers said.

Fantasy Impact:

Rivers said last week that he had to take the time off so that he could physically be ready to play against San Francisco. But that’s not the case this week. Rivers may be a go for Week 17, but as of Tuesday RB Ryan Mathews and WR Keenan Allen remain question marks.

Ryan Mathews, Keenan Allen not practicing Tuesday

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 4:37pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Chargers began preparation for Sunday's showdown with the Chiefs minus two of their offensive centerpieces.

Running back Ryan Mathews and wideout Keenan Allen both missed Tuesday's practice, according to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego.

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews hasn't played since injuring his ankle in Week 14, while Allen remains week-to-week with the broken collarbone he sustained in a Week 15 loss to the Broncos. While coach Mike McCoy says it's possible Mathews will suit up Sunday against the Chiefs, it's fair to wonder if Allen will even play again this season, the story went on to say. Eddie Royal seemed to benefit the most without Allen in the lineup as did TE Antonio Gates. Dontrelle Inman also had a nice game at WR for the Chargers last week.

Monday, December 22, 2014, 3:59pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers coach Mike McCoy could have some reinforcements this week heading into the team’s final regular-season contest against the Kansas City Chiefs.

McCoy said running back Ryan Mathews and receiver Keenan Allen are possibilities to return to practice and ultimately to the field on game day.

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews missed the past two games with a severe ankle sprain and has not practiced over the period. Allen missed last week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers with a broken collarbone and an ankle injury.

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.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, back, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 16. It’s a bad matchup and he’ll be without his top receiver, Keenan Allen, and his top running back, Ryan Mathews.

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.