Ryan Mathews Fantasy News

Titans moving towards a RBBC
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 2:10pm

Dan Pompei, Bleacher Report - [Full Article]

Chris Johnson's contract that calls for him to earn $8 million in salary this year clearly has been an obstacle to him staying in Tennessee. But even if the contract wasn't an issue the Titans probably would want to purge Johnson. The reason? New coach Ken Whisenhunt likes to spread around playing time and touches between multiple running backs. His plan is to have a running back by committee. Johnson is the type of player who demands the football and never would be happy as a role player. A trade or release, subsequently, is coming.

Fantasy Impact:

Whisenhunt ran the Chargers' offense last season, so it's conceivable that he plans to use Shonn Greene in the Ryan Mathews role and Dexter McCluster in the Danny Woodhead role.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:11pm

Union-Tribune San Diego - [Full Article]

Chargers beat writer Kevin Acee was asked about new RB Donald Brown.

"Filling in this year for 5-10 touches per game, plus insurance for if/when Ryan Mathews gets injured. He played 16 games for the first time in 2013, and he was not healthy in the postseason."

Fantasy Impact:

Last year's RB3, Ronnie Brown, rarely saw 5-10 touches so those are going to have to come from somewhere. Ryan Mathews began to get hot and get over 20 carries a game in the second half last year, but like Acee points out, Mathews wasn't healthy in the playoffs, perhaps as a result of that. Brown's fantasy value likely will be a handcuff to Mathews, but it looks like he's going to be used to prevent wear and tear on Mathews too. Danny Woodhead may also lose a carry or two, but will still be a factor in the passing game.

Fisher: Zac Stacy 'probably that 70-percent guy'
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 1:59pm

Jim Thomas on Twitter - [Full Article]

Rams coach Jeff Fisher, on RB Zac Stacy's evolving role with Rams: "I think over time, he'll probably be that 70-percent of the carries guy."

Fantasy Impact:

The Rams rushed 426 times last year, which means Stacy would get 298 of those carries if the numbers are similar next season. That would have put him third in the league in 2013 behind just LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch, and just ahead of Matt Forte, Ryan Mathews and Eddie Lacy ... so the company is pretty good.

Ryan Mathews is still San Diego's 'bell cow' RB
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:54am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Even with the signing of Donald Brown to a three-year, $10.4 million deal that includes $4 million of guaranteed money, Telesco said that Ryan Mathews still is San Diego’s every-down running back.

“We know Ryan is our bell cow,” Chargers GM Tom Telesco said. “He’s our No. 1 back. He had an excellent year last year. And we all know what Danny Woodhead can do in his role. We saw that for 16 games last year. And we think Donald can come in and add to that, too, and give us some different options. And a different style, too. The more weapons we can have for Philip Rivers, the better.”

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews finished as the #12 RB in standard formats, which is the second time in three seasons that he has posted RB1-type numbers. He'll be a risk/reward pick in 2014 given his injury history. He is currently going in the middle of the 5th round and will be a nice value there if he can stay healthy.

Chargers sign RB Donald Brown
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 11:28pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Donald Brown is signing with the Chargers, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

This is a strange signing considering the Chargers already have Ryan Mathews (who played well in 2013) and Danny Woodhead. Brown will likely serve as depth behind Mathews. He'll hold handcuff value this summer.

Ryan Mathews played through a high ankle sprain
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 11:11am

San Diego Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

A high ankle sprain carries a four-to-six week recovery timetable.

Ryan Mathews didn't miss one game.

The Chargers running back was clearly hobbled in the team's two playoff contests, not playing in the second half Sunday of a 24-17 loss to the Broncos. While Mathews declined to confirm, sources said his limitation was the result of a high ankle sprain.

Fantasy Impact:

If this is indeed the case, Mathews showed some toughness playing through the injury. Given how many owners he has burned through the years, his ADP will be interesting to watch heading into the 2014 season. He was the #10 RB from Week 6 on, so he'll merit consideration in the 3rd round.

Titans hire Ken Whisenhunt as head coach
Monday, January 13, 2014, 8:31pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Tennessee Titans have hired San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt as their new head coach.

Whisenhunt replaces Mike Munchak, who parted with the team after three seasons and a 22-26 record.

Fantasy Impact:

Whisenhunt led a revitalized Chargers offense led by QB Philip Rivers, RB Ryan Mathews and WR Keenan Allen. His first order of business will decide who is the future at QB. Jake Locker has been inconsistent, but the Titans hold the #11 pick. Ryan Fitzpatrick could hold down the fort for a year if necessary.

Ryan Mathews active for Chargers
Sunday, January 12, 2014, 3:58pm

Chargers Inactives
Jeromey Clary G
Marcus Cromartie DB
Lavelle Hawkins WR
Sean Lissemore NT
Brad Sorensen QB
Brandon Taylor S
Kenny Wiggins T

Fantasy Impact:

Ryan Mathews is active for the Chargers and will start, but is not 100%, dealing with a left ankle injury.

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Mathews: "My mindset is I'm playing"
Monday, January 6, 2014, 11:35am

San Diego Union Tribune - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews did what he could Sunday.

An ankle injury that's slowed him the past two weeks could be played on for so long. He was out most of the second half.

“My mindset is I'm playing (against Denver),” said Mathews, who praised the work of the team's running backs. “We keep fighting. Coach (Mike) McCoy says it all the time. It's the next man up. We're all ready.”

Fantasy Impact:

It's interesting that Mathews just didn't say "I'm playing," since that's what most overly optimistic players would say at this point in the season. We'll watch his practice activity, but he may not be able to go against the Broncos.

Ryan Mathews re-aggravates ankle injury
Sunday, January 5, 2014, 10:03pm

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Chargers RB Ryan Mathews missed much of the second half of Sunday's win after re-aggravating his ankle injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews did not play during much of the third and fourth quarter while the Chargers were in clear drain-the-clock mode. Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown handled rushing duties with Mathews sidelined. He finished with 15 touches for 64 yards.

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Sunday, December 29, 2013, 3:31pm

Chargers Inactives
Marcus Cromartie DB
Kwame Geathers NT
Lavelle Hawkins WR
Stephen Schilling G
Brad Sorensen QB
Brandon Taylor S
Kenny Wiggins T

Fantasy Impact:

With the Ravens & Dolphins behind in the early games, it's looking possible that the Chargers could be in a win-or-go home situation at 4:30. If one of those teams were to come back to win, Ryan Mathews could be rested in a meaningless game.

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