Chargers RB Ryan Mathews was absent from practice on Friday with an ankle injury. Mathews did not practice all week.
Fantasy Impact: It's looking highly unlikely that Mathews will play this Sunday in a pivotal matchup against Denver. Fantasy owners should check his status later on but consider Mathews on the wrong side of questionable for now. Branden Oliver and Donald Brown will likely handle the majority of touches this week.
Chargers RB Ryan Mathews missed practice on Wednesday with an ankle injury. Mathews was injured in last weeks game against the Patriots. (Source: Michael Gehlken)
Fantasy Impact: Owners of Mathews need to monitor the situation this week and hope he gets in a practice by Friday. While talented Mathews has been injury prone in his career. It would be a good idea for owners to grab Branden Oliver off waivers in case Mathews misses this weeks game against Denver.
Chargers RB Ryan Mathews was limited in the second half of Sunday nights game against the Patriots with a knee injury. Mathews was hurt on a tripping penalty Iate in the second quarter and limped off to the locker room before halftime. He did return in the third quarter but only had two carries.
Fantasy Impact: Mathews started off strong with nine carries for 52 yards before the injury then only had two rushes for negative 8 yards in the second half. It's a good sign that he was able to return but owners should keep an eye on the banged up RB this week.
Ryan Mathews scampered for a 14-yard touchdown run on Sunday against the Ravens. Aside from the fourth quarter score, it was a quiet day for Mathews, as he rushed for just 40 yards on 12 carries.
Fantasy Impact: The Chargers were playing from behind virtually the entire game, which was the likely result of the lack of carries for Mathews. He is never a big part of the passing game, and Sunday was no exception as he added just one catch for six yards. In this type of a shootout game, Mathews' had limited upside, as he's traditionally most useful when the Chargers are playing from ahead.
San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews participated in Wednesdays practice. (Source: Michael Gehlken)
Fantasy Impact: The fact that Mathews participated in the first practice of the week should put to rest any concerns about his shoulder injury that forced him to miss some of last weeks game. While he has a tough matchup vs. the Ravens, Mathews could see about 15-20 touches Sunday.
Ryan Mathews had a big day Sunday Week 12 rushing 12 times for 105 yards and a touchdown vs St Louis. Mathews left the game with a shoulder injury he suffered on his 32 yard touchdown run but returned to the game.
Fantasy Impact: It seems the shoulder injury Mathews suffered is minor since he returned to the game. In only his second game back from a knee injury that sidelined him for the majority of the season, Mathews was a difference maker Sunday for the Chargers offense. He could be a factor in the fantasy playoffs as a solid RB 2.
RB Ryan Mathews coming off a knee injury and out since Week 2, rushed 16 times for 70 yards without seeing the endzone.
Fantasy Impact: Mathews did split time with RB Branden Oliver, who had 13 carries on the day. Although it wasn't a breakout performance, it is clear that Mathews is the dominant back in San Diego. Expect more of a workload for Mathews in the Charger offense in coming weeks.
RB Ryan Mathews was listed as probable for Sunday's game against Oakland. Ricky Henne's interview with OC Frank Reicht also gave insight that Mathews will see action on the field Sunday and the amount of the workload will depend on Mathews. The Chargers coaching staff want to proceed with caution, not over-extending their featured running back. (Source: Chargers.com)
Fantasy Impact: It appears that Mathews would be a pretty good bet to start on your team if you own him. However, there is always the chance the team will depend more on a committee approach to ease Mathews back into action. If you have two other running backs worthy to start, it might be the safe play to go in that direction.
According to Chargers.com's Ricky Henne, RB Ryan Mathews was a full participant at Wednesday's practice. However, head coach Mike McCoy would not disclose the status of his start running back until Friday. (Source: Chargers.com)
Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners will have to wait a little bit longer to see if Mathews will play Sunday and to what extent. It appears as though Mathews will play, but could be in a limited role, or running back by committee situation. Stay tuned.
According to Michael Gehlken of UT-San Diego, Ryan Mathews might be activated for the Week 9 game at Miami. Mathews ran Thursday night before the game doing some high-altitude conditioning and is getting ready for his return. (Source: www.utsandiego.com)
Fantasy Impact: It remains to be seen if San Diego will activate Mathews next week. If coaches want to play it safe with the oft-injured running back, they may keep him out of the game at Miami before the bye week giving Mathews two more weeks to get fully healed to provide an impact in the running game down during the later part of the season when it will be needed most.
According to ESPN, RB Ryan Mathews suffered a grade 2 right MCL sprain and could be out around 4 weeks. Head coach Mike McCoy wouldn't speculate how long Mathews would actually be out and that every player heals at a different speed. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Running backs Donald Brown and Danny Woodhead will try to fill the void left by Mathews. Initially it looks like Brown could get the most carries, although coach McCoy stated there would be various rotations in a given week.
According to Eric Williams of ESPN, Charger RB Ryan Mathews suffered an apparent knee injury at the beginning of the 4th quarter against Seattle. He is scheduled for an MRI on Monday and Charger officials are concerned Mathews could have a sprained MCL. Mathews, up until the injury, had 11 carries for 31 yards. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: The injury-prone RB could potentially be lost for the season in a contract year. Last year was the first season in Mathews' career in which he played in all 16 games. Now RBs Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown will be the key ball carriers for the time being.
San Diego RB Ryan Mathews had a solid performance against the Arizona Cardinals Monday night, thanks to a 3rd quarter rushing touchdown. Mathews had the bulk of the carries with 12 attempts for 40 yards.
Fantasy Impact: It was a tough go for the Charger rushing attack averaging only 2.2 yards a carry. While Mathews' average was only slightly better, owners can breathe a little easier knowing that he is the main workhorse. Mathews had 12 carries while Danny Woodhead had 6 carries and Donald Brown carried the rock only twice.
Ryan Mathews is projected by Fantasy Pros to score around 10 points this week against the Arizona Cardinals with 65 yards rushing. (Source: Fantasy Pros)
Fantasy Impact: Mathews is facing a stingy Cardinal defense as well as a possible running back by committee approach by HC Mike McCoy. It might take a few games to see how the team will use Mathews, Danny Woodhead, and newly acquired Donald Brown.
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.
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.