Ryan Mathews Fantasy News

Eagles Beat: DeMarco Murray getting ball too much

Monday, December 14, 2015, 10:42am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Eagles coach Chip Kelly has finally begun to realize that DeMarco Murray, his prized free-agent signing, is not a good fit in his offense. But Kelly is still giving Murray more touches than his production warrants.

In Sunday’s win over the Bills, Murray actually got plenty of touches: Murray had 11 carries for 34 yards, plus two catches for three yards.

That continues a trend that has been going on all season: Murray is getting the ball a lot and not doing much of anything with it. Murray has 174 carries for 603 yards this season, an average of 3.5 yards a carry. Murray’s average is by far the worst on the team: Ryan Mathews averages 5.3 yards per carry with 465 yards on 87 carries, Kenjon Barner averages 4.6 yards a carry with 106 yards on 23 carries and Darren Sproles averages 4.0 yards a carry with 275 yards on 69 carries.

Fantasy Impact:

There were reports that Murray was going to be inactive or reduced to the team's RB4 in Week 14, but that wasn't the case. Instead, it was worse for fantasy owners as Mathews, Murray and Sproles seemed to split up the workload. This is going to be a tricky situation going forward. Mathews is probably the best fit for a full workload and has often produced with more with less touches than he got this week. But without a full workload, he'll still have some risks going forward.

Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:22pm

Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (concussion, groin, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 14. The Philadelphia RB corps will be difficult to predict. Mathews has vastly outplayed DeMarco Murray, who may or may not be in Chip Kelly’s dog house. Mathews could see 10-15 touches in a lead back role, or the team may elect to ease him in slowly.

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:31pm

Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (concussion, groin) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Mathews says he’s going to play in Week 14 and it appears that DeMarco Murray is in the doghouse. Mathews could see 10-15 touches in a lead back role, or he could be eased in slowly.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 6:33pm

Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (concussion, groin) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Mathews says he’s going to play in Week 14 and it appears that DeMarco Murray is in the doghouse. Mathews could see 10-15 touches in a lead back role, or he could be eased in slowly.

Ryan Mathews passes concussion tests

Monday, December 7, 2015, 9:15pm

Philly.com - [Full Article]

The Eagles got a boost from beating the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots Sunday, and they could get another one Tuesday, when running back Ryan Mathews might return to practice for the first time since suffering a concussion Nov. 15 against Miami.

Mathews passed neuropsychological testing Monday, which had been holding up his return, a source close to the situation said. The source said Mathews will see an independent neurologist Tuesday morning, and if that goes well, the Eagles' most effective back could practice Tuesday and presumably return to action this coming Sunday against Buffalo.

Fantasy Impact:

DeMarco Murray had just 14 snaps against the Pats so the door is pretty open for Mathews to get a bulk of the carries. He's proved so far this season to be a much better fit than Murray in the Chip Kelly offense. The Eagles have played Murray lack of touches this past week on the flow of the game, but owners now have to wonder if this could be a trend for the rest of the season.

Sam Bradford ACTIVE vs. Pats

Sunday, December 6, 2015, 3:12pm

Eagles Inactives
Mile Austin WR
Tanner Hawkinson OT
Barrett Jones G
Thad Lewis QB
Ryan Mathews RB
Cedric Thornton DE

Fantasy Impact:

Sam Bradford is active and should have to throw the ball in this matchup, but isn't a safe start given the Eagles struggles as of late. Zach Ertz is active at TE which should help Bradford, but Ryan Mathews is again out with a concussion.

Friday, December 4, 2015, 6:28pm

Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (concussion, groin, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 13. DeMarco Murray, Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner will handle the rushing duties.

Thursday, December 3, 2015, 5:56pm

Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (concussion, groin) missed practice again Thursday. Mathews looks doubtful for Week 13. DeMarco Murray, Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner will handle the rushing duties.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 6:12pm

Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (concussion, groin) did not practice Wednesday. Mathews looks doubtful for Week 13. DeMarco Murray, Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner will handle the rushing duties.

Monday, November 30, 2015, 5:52pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Eagles running back Ryan Mathews suffered a concussion in a Nov. 15 loss to the Miami Dolphins at Lincoln Financial Field and is still not cleared to resume football activities according to head coach Chip Kelly.

Meanwhile, tight end Zach Ertz suffered a concussion the following week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and did not play against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving.

Kelly said that he did not have a definitive update on Ertz at the time of his Monday press conference but believed that the only remaining hurdle was the tight end being cleared by an independent neurologist before he could return to the practice field.

Sam Bradford, Zach Ertz, Ryan Mathews INACTIVE for Eagles

Thursday, November 26, 2015, 11:14am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Eagles Inactives

Brandon Bair DE
Sam Bradford QB
Zach Ertz TE
Tanner Hawkinson OT
Jonathan Krause WR
Ryan Mathews RB
Denzel Rice DB

Fantasy Impact:

With Zach Ertz and Ryan Mathews out, Brent Celek and Darren Sproles both get a bump. Celek is a top 10 play this week in a nice matchup. Mark Sanchez is a decent streaming option, though the Lions defense has played much better in the last three games.

Thanksgiving Day Injury Reports & Analysis

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 5:44pm

NFL Communications - [Full Article]

Carolina Panthers

DOUBTFUL
CB Charles Tillman (knee)

QUESTIONABLE
WR Corey Brown (shoulder)

PROBABLE
DT Dwan Edwards (ankle), WR Ted Ginn (knee), LS J.J. Jansen (head), G Andrew Norwell (hamstring)

Dallas Cowboys

OUT
CB Morris Claiborne (hamstring, ankle), DE Ryan Russell (abdomen)

PROBABLE
WR Dez Bryant (foot, knee), WR Brice Butler (hamstring), CB Brandon Carr (shoulder), S Barry Church (ankle), DT Nick Hayden (ankle), S Jeff Heath (shoulder), LB Anthony Hitchens (ankle), CB Byron Jones (ankle), DE Demarcus Lawrence (back), LB Rolando McClain (foot), RB Darren McFadden (groin), QB Tony Romo (back, left shoulder), LB Kyle Wilber (toe)

Philadelphia Eagles

OUT
TE Zach Ertz (concussion), RB Ryan Mathews (concussion, groin)

QUESTIONABLE
QB Sam Bradford (concussion, left shoulder), C Jason Kelce (knee), T Jason Peters (back)

PROBABLE
LB Kiko Alonso (ankle), LB Connor Barwin (quadricep), LB DeMeco Ryans (hamstring), DE Cedric Thornton (ankle), S Walter Thurmond (hamstring)

Detroit Lions

QUESTIONABLE
S Don Carey (back), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), DT Caraun Reid (ankle), CB Darius Slay (neck), DT Gabe Wright (ankle)

PROBABLE
CB Crezdon Butler (teeth), TE Eric Ebron (quadricep, hand)

Chicago Bears

OUT
TE Martellus Bennett (ribs), RB Ka'Deem Carey (concussion), WR Eddie Royal (knee)

QUESTIONABLE
RB Matt Forte (knee), WR Alshon Jeffery (groin), S Sherrod Martin (neck), LB Pernell McPhee (knee), LB LaRoy Reynolds (knee), S Antrel Rolle (knee)

Green Bay Packers

OUT
WR Jared Abbrederis (rib, chest), WR Ty Montgomery (ankle)

QUESTIONABLE
S Micah Hyde (hip), C Corey Linsley (ankle), DE Mike Pennel (quadricep), CB Damarious Randall (hamstring)

PROBABLE
WR Davante Adams (ankle), T David Bakhtiari (knee), T Bryan Bulaga (knee), S Morgan Burnett (ankle), LB Jay Elliott (ankle), RB Eddie Lacy (ankle), G T.J. Lang (shoulder), LB Clay Matthews (ankle, knee), RB Aaron Ripkowski (ankle), G Josh Sitton (knee)

Fantasy Impact:

For the Panthers, if Corey Brown is out, then Devin Funchess figures to be a Sneaky Start once again. With Zach Ertz and Ryan Mathews out, Brent Celek and Darren Sproles both get a bump. Celek is a top 10 play this week in a nice matchup with the Lions. Calvin Johnson is questionable but is expected to play. With Martellus Bennett sidelined, Zachary Miller is also a Sneaky Start at the tight end position. He has been very involved the last few weeks and the Packers just gave up a boatload of fantasy points to Kyle Rudolph last week. Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte are both expected to play, but the Bears have been very devious when it comes to handing out injury information. Don't be shocked if either is inactive on Thursday evening. If they both return, it will obviously put a dent in the upside of Marquess Wilson and Jeremy Langford, respectively.

Ryan Mathews still in protocol

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 12:04pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Running back Ryan Mathews, who also left the Miami game with a concussion, has not been cleared to return to practice, OC Pat Shurmur said.

"He's in the protocol still," Shurmur said. "He's in that process. Everyone recovers from those at a different rate."

Fantasy Impact:

The Eagles play the early game on Thanksgiving so Mathews seems unlikely to suit up, meaning DeMarco Murray and Darren Sproles should get a bulk of the work against the Lions.

Monday, November 23, 2015, 11:59am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (concussion) and running back Ryan Mathews (concussion) were both absent from practice Monday. Mathews has not played since suffering a concussion against the Dolphins. Ertz went down against the Buccaneers.

Fantasy Impact:

The Eagles play the early game on Thanksgiving and the turnaround may be too quick for both players to be active for Week 12.

Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm

Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (concussion, groin, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 11. With Mathews out, it’s a bump for DeMarco Murray and Darren Sproles, who should both see more touches.

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