Ryan Mathews
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Scouting report

by Scott Pagel

PHI RB Ryan Mathews - Week 6, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 6 at Washington
Ryan Mathews ran for 42 yards on 11 carries, but did fumble late in the game. Mathews and the run game were dealt an early blow after falling behind quickly. Mathews did collect five catches for 33 yards and a TD, as a result of trailing so quickly, which was a nice surprise for owners.

Interestingly enough, Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner didn't get a carry in this game as the Birds gave the work to Mathews and Darren Sproles (5-45-0). The team did say Mathews would be the starter when he was healthy after an ankle injury kept him limited in Week 3. So that's the good news for owners. But the bad news continues to be a just how the team will use all of their backs going forward. Mathews' fantasy value is a bit capped but it at least appears he's going to get the work as long as he's healthy making him a lower-end RB2 or flex option. This week, it's a real nice matchup as the Skins are just 29th in allowing fantasy points to RBs. Expect a heavy dose of the run for the Eagles in this game and Mathews seems like a nice RB2 option this week.

by Scott Pagel

PHI RB Ryan Mathews - Week 3, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 vs. Pittsburgh
Ryan Mathews didn't get the workload a lot of people expected, but he did turn two of his nine carries into touchdowns to save an otherwise average effort. He had nine carries for 32 yards and a catch for three yards.

Mathews is 22nd on our standard RB list, so he's a lower-end RB2 play this week, but probably more of a flex option. The Steelers are fourth in allowing fantasy points to RBso this isn't a great matchup for Mathews. At some point, the Birds will likely have to keep pace or play from behind against Pittsburgh, which means there's a better chance Darren Sporles or Kenjon Barner seem more action. Mathews does have three TDs rushing in two games, so the team likes to use him in close, but fantasy owners should use caution if starting him.

by Scott Pagel

PHI RB Ryan Mathews - Week 2, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 at Chicago
Ryan Mathews carried the ball 22 times in Week 1. He produced 77 yards and a late TD after the Browns went for it on fourth down, which really made for a pretty productive day for owners.

It's pretty clear Mathews will be expected to carry a bulk of the workload this year which is good news for owners. He just needs to stay healthy. This week, Mathews gets the Bears on Monday night. Chicago is 19th in allowing fantasy points to running backs so it's a somewhat of a favorable matchup. The Eagles want to run the ball to take pressure off their rookie QB so Mathews could be in line for another 20-carry workload day. No other Eagles back got more than five carries in Week 1. That may change a little in order to assure Mathews does stay healthy.

by Scott Pagel

PHI RB Ryan Mathews - Week 1, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. Cleveland
When the team traded DeMarco Murray this offseason, it opened the door for Ryan Mathews to claim the RB1 job. Mathews is no stranger to being a team's top back, he just needs to stay healthy.

Mathews is healthy heading into Week 1 with a friendly matchup against Cleveland who was 23rd in allowing fantasy points to RBs. The Eagles are going back to a more traditional offense with Doug Pederson compared to last year's with Chip Kelly. With not much behind Mathews in terms of workload backs, Mathews is a big key to this team. We rank him 15th this week which equates to a very solid RB2 option. As long as Mathews stays healthy, he has a chance to be a real nice value pick for owners who waited at RB. He should be in lineups this week.

by Scott Pagel

PHI RB Ryan Mathews - 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
In the 24 games over the past three seasons where Ryan Mathews has at least 10 carries, he has averaged 87 total yards and 0.50 TD, or 13.4 PPR points per game. Those are solid RB1 numbers. The good news is he has the potential to get lots of work this season in what could be a run-heavy offense under Doug Pederson. Last year, Mathews was the team's best runner, but had to share carries with DeMarco Murray, who the team traded to Tennessee this offseason. There doesn't seem to be a ton of competition behind Mathew for carries heading into 2016, and last year's offensive line should be improved with the team addressing the guard position in the offseason.

Fantasy Downside
Mathews has a long injury history which crept back into the picture last season when he missed three games. He also fumbled three teams and has had issues with ball control dating back to San Diego. While there isn't a lot behind Mathews to steal carries, Darren Sproles, rookie Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner are all kind of the same back who can offer a change of pace in the run game but excel in pass catching, so there's a good chance Mathews may not see a ton of receptions (he averaged less than two a game last season).

Bottom Line
In this day and age of a Zero-RB drafting style, Mathews is certainly a guy who you can take later after stocking up on WRs. His ADP is currently in the fifth round and he's ranked 15th on our RB list. While there is a history of injuries, the upside for Mathews is certainly there. There's just not a lot behind him on the depth chart to threaten his workload, and with a potentially very solid Eagles defense that will keep them in games, it makes him worth his ADP.

by Scott Pagel

PHI RB Ryan Mathews - Week 17, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Ryan Mathews carried just four times for five yards last week but did score a TD, his sixth of the year. The Eagles run game remains a mystery, just when it seemed like Mathews may take over and get a bulk of the carries. DeMarco Murray only had five carries but turned them into 27 yards and a TD.

Now the Eagles travel to take on the New York Giants with a new head coach. The G-Men are 27th in allowing fantasy points to running backs so this is a good matchup. With Pat Shurmur in charge, it's anyone's guess as to how the team uses its RBs this week. There probably won't be much change in the play calling so a split seems most likely.

Mathews future is a bit murky with the team on the search for a new head coach. The Birds are essentially stuck with Murray for anther year so it's possible whomever takes over tailors the offense a little more towards Murray's strengths and Mathews' role takes a hit, but we're a long way from knowing at this point.

by Scott Pagel

PHI RB Ryan Mathews - Week 16, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs. Washington

Ryan Mathews carried 11 times for 58 yards last week. The numbers weren't bad as he had a 5.27 yards per rush average, but the Birds fell too far behind and had to give up the run game. Meanwhile, DeMarco Murray had just two rushes as Mathews seems to be the team's top choice for running the ball at least on early downs.

This week it's the Redskins in a nice matchup as the Skins are in the bottom half of the league in giving up fantasy points to RBs. While it's a nice matchup and Mathews seems in line for more work, Darren Sproles is still a factor in the offense. Mathews is more of a lower-end RB2 option coming in at 17th.

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