Ryan Mathews
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By Steven Miller, Chargers Correspondent, Mon, Aug 11th 1:39am EDT

Ryan Mathews rushed 5 times for 19 yards in last Thursday's preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys. Mathews had a lost fumble going over the top of the goal line in the first quarter of the game. Head Coach Mike McCoy addressed the media and defended his running back saying that Mathews is his 'go to' guy for goal line situations. (Source: UT- San Diego)

Fantasy Impact: So far Coach McCoy has faith in Mathews, but with Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown as part of a crowded backfield, McCoy could abandon Mathews if fumbling becomes habit forming. Stay tuned to see how Mathews and the other backs will be utilized this season.

By Matthew O'Connor, Chargers Correspondent, Tue, Jul 29th 10:24pm EDT

Offensive coordinator Frank Reich, during an interview with Chargers.com states that Ryan Mathews will continue to be the primary workhorse. (Source: Chargers.com)

Fantasy Impact: With the dearth of elite running backs in today's NFL, if Mathews can stay healthy he should be a solid RB2. The offensive coordinator stating that he will be the "primary workhorse" should help clear up any fears that he will lose touches to addition Donald Brown. 2014 is a contract year so he will be extra motivated to put up big numbers to get one last pay day.

The New York Times | Aug 22nd
Set career-highs in carries (285), games played (16) and yards (1255) in 2013.
The Fake Football | Aug 21st
Mathews talked about there being a 3 headed monster in the backfield, which must have scared him since he fumbled at the goal line in their first preseason game. I still like him in a run first offense, but his upside is limited.
Breaking Football | Aug 21st
Mathews might suddenly be one of the most underrated RBs in the league. Odd how that worked out.
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru | Aug 21st
He is such a risky pick due to his injury history. He has upside, but don't draft him too early.
The Football Girl | Aug 21st
Productive when healthy, and he actually stayed healthy last season.
Legion Report | Aug 21st
“Ryan is as tough as a runner as I’ve been around,” says Chargers OC Frank Reich. “He’s just a physically dominating runner. And he brings a physical presence to the game, which we love. The offensive line senses it, and they love blocking for him because of his physicality.” Mathews is clearly the workhorse back in a heavy run Offensive Scheme, however, the addition of RBs Donald Brown and Marion Grice will reduce Mathews early season workload. Mathews ran the ball over 26 times per game the last 4 games of the season last year which resulted in his poor playoff performance. This season, the Chargers take on 5 teams that rank below 20th in the league against the Run.
FFLockerRoom | Aug 20th
Ryan Mathews proved to the fantasy community that he can be the player everyone thought he could be. It only took a few years and countless tears from fantasy owners. All signs point to good things... but you know the risk is still there.
Yahoo! Sports | Aug 19th
Was a top 6 fantasy RB over 2nd-half of '13; SD is very run-centric (2nd-most RB carries in '13)
Fantasy Football Maniax | Aug 19th
Mathews had a surprising season with 1,444 yards from scrimmage and seven total touchdowns, making him the 12th ranked fantasy back in 2013. An awful injury history makes me skeptical that he will repeat that in 2014, but the Chargers offense is on the rise and he has a boatload of talent. The signing of free agent RB Donald Brown could also zap his fantasy upside.
Yahoo! Sports | Aug 13th
Eddie Lacy didn’t become Green Bay’s full-time back until Week 4 last season, and over the final 13 games, he totaled 1,382 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. That’s a season’s pace of 1,701 yards and 12 scores. Aaron Rodgers missed more than half of those 13 games (essentially eight), so it’s safe to assume Lacy’s scoring opportunities will be greater with a healt...
Win My Fantasy League | Aug 9th
Ryan Mathews rumbled his way to a post-hype breakout last season and should see 250 plus touches though he will lose work on valuable passing downs.
Razzball | Aug 1st
What, I told them to match my my hair with my smile... As touched upon briefly and legally (I think, you never know with touching) in the post calling Montee Ball overrated, it dawned on me that Ryan Mathews still remains underrated, and he probably shouldn't be. Here's the specific quote about Mathews: "Let’s not forget about Ryan Mathews, who also had these same ...
Yahoo! Sports | Jul 18th
Ups and downs characterize the short careers of Ryan Mathews and Doug Martin. Both have penetrated the RB1 class. Both have triggered massive migraines. In this cage-match to the death, Brad Evans and Andy Behrens beat one another to a bloddy pulp over who you should draft.  Sound the bell ...  The Noise, naturally, professes his renewed love for Mathews:  Well, well, well … ...