Description: A Yahoo Sports report said the San Diego Chargers asked LaDainian Tomlinson is he was interested in playing this season.
Insight: Though Tomlinson never seriously considered the offer, it is a glimpse into how the Chargers view running back Ryan Mathews. The oft-injured tailback rushed for 707 yards last season and caught 39 balls for 252 yards. The team also signed Danny Woodhead during the offseason. Any hopes that Mathews would finally develop into the workhorse role he was drafted for should be gone from fantasy owners' thoughts.
1/8/2013 4:15:00 PM
Description: There is "some doubt" within the Chargers organization that running back Ryan Mathews will ever become the player the team envisioned when he was drafted 12th overall three years ago. SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune
Insight: Mathews broke his clavicle twice last season and missed four games. When he was healthy, he was replaced at times by Ronnie Brown on passing downs and lost carries to Jackie Battle after an early-season fumbling problem. With GM A.J. Smith and coach Norv Turner no longer with the organization, Mathews will have to prove his worth to the new regime in 2013.
12/17/2012 11:40:00 AM
Description: Chargers' starting running back Ryan Mathews is expected to be placed on injured reserve after breaking his left collarbone in Week 15. He broke the right collarbone in preseason.
Insight: Thus ends another disappointing fantasy season for Mathews. He rushed for 707 yards (3.8 ypc) and caught 39 balls for 252 yards, but had just one touchdown. It's time to lower our expectations, he's never going to be the "next LaDainian Tomlinson."
12/14/2012 5:38:00 PM
Description: With Ronnie Brown expected to miss Sunday's game, the Chargers want to get Ryan Mathews heavily involved in the offense. SOURCE: Michael Gehlken, San Diego Union-Tribune
Insight: Gehlken expects Mathews to approach his career-high in touches (28) Sunday against the Panthers. Mathews has been largely disappointing this season, rushing for zero 100-yard games and just one touchdown while catching 36 balls for 244 yards, but Brown's absence should mean more playing time for Mathews on passing downs this week. Go ahead and start him as a RB2.
12/9/2012 7:28:00 PM
Description: San Diego tailback Ryan Mathews carried the ball a season-high 25 times but only churned out 65 yards Sunday against the Steelers. He also failed to pick up a catch for the first time this season.
Insight: With zero 100-yard games and one touchdown, it's safe to say Mathews is one of fantasy's biggest busts this season.
11/18/2012 3:08:00 PM
Description: San Diego tailback Ryan Mathews will get the start Sunday against Denver. Mathews was limited in practice this past week because of a stiff neck.
Insight: It doesn't appear Mathews will be on a "pitch count" either so fantasy owners can expect him to see his usual workload. Start him as you normally would.
11/18/2012 11:45:00 AM
Description: Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports believes San Diego halfback Ryan Mathews will get the start Sunday against Denver. Mathews was limited in practice this past week because of a stiff neck.
Insight: It doesn't appear Mathews will be on a pitch count either so fantasy owners can expect him to see his usual workload. Start him as you normally would.
11/16/2012 5:37:00 PM
Description: Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (neck) returned to practice Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday due to neck stiffness. SOURCE: Michael Gehlken, San Diego Union-Tribune
Insight: If Mathews didn't practice Friday he likely would have been a game-time call late Sunday afternoon. Luckily, fantasy owners won't have to worry about making a tough roster decision.
11/15/2012 4:57:00 PM
Description: Chargers coach Norv Turner didn't sound optimistic Thursday after running back Ryan Mathews (neck) missed a second straight practice. Turner said Mathews hasn't improved enough where he can practice and added missing a Wednesday and Thursday sets a player back. SOURCE: Michael Gehlken, San Diego Union Tribune
Insight: If Mathews doesn't practice Friday we'll be staring directly at a game-time decision Sunday. San Diego plays at Denver at 4:25 p.m. ET and nine of the 14 Week 11 games will be over by then.
11/14/2012 8:04:00 PM
Description: San Diego running back Ryan Mathews sat out Wednesday's practice because of a stiff neck.
Insight: Despite the injury, the Chargers are hopeful Mathews will be fine to play Sunday against Denver. He's averaging 67.9 rushing yards per game since his return from a broken collarbone in Week 3.
10/28/2012 5:37:00 PM
Description: Chargers running back Ryan Mathews' fumbling problems resurfaced Sunday against the Browns but he still rushed for 95 yards on 24 carries.
Insight: Perhaps Chargers coach Norv Turner gave Mathews a pass for the fumble because of the slippery conditions in Cleveland Sunday. The running back still doesn't have a 100-yard game this season but he's arguably San Diego's best player.
10/26/2012 3:26:00 PM
Description: Chargers running back Ryan Mathews will face a Browns' defensive line which includes two rookies at tackle in John Hughes and Billy Winn.
Insight: Mathews has yet to crack the 100-yard mark in rushing over his first four games in 2012, but Sunday against Cleveland could be the day.
10/8/2012 9:34:00 AM
Description: Chargers running back Ryan Mathews turned in his best performance of the season against the Saints on Sunday, rushing for 80 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and catching six passes for 59 yards.
Insight: Mathews had 1,546 yards from scrimmage on 272 touches last season, so he can certainly contribute in multiple phases of the game. While Jackie Battle has taken away some of Mathews' work due to the latter back's fumbling issues, Mathews is simply the more talented back and is the player to own in fantasy. Battle only had four carries on Sunday.
10/2/2012 4:25:00 PM
Description: According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Chargers coach Norv Turner told running back Ryan Mathews that he wouldn't start in Week 4 but it was kept quiet.
Insight: That explains why Jackie Battle said he didn't expect to get such a heavy workload. Turner took some of the blame for Mathews fumbling in his first game of the season, saying he shouldn't have run him so much in the first quarter of his first game after missing six weeks. It sounds like San Diego is ready to give back the No. 1 running back job to Mathews in Week 5.
10/1/2012 6:36:00 PM
Description: According to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Chargers coach Norv Turner said not starting Ryan Mathews wasn't about sending a message but that he thought Jackie Battle gave the team its best chance to win.
Insight: Sure, whatever you say Norv. Battle said he didn't expect to receive the bulk of San Diego's workload, meaning the Chargers didn't indicate during practice that they were going to give him so much work. This was all about sending a message to Mathews that the team will have no problem replacing him if he doesn't solve his fumbling problem. Mathews didn't fumble on 16 touches Sunday, so look for him to get most of the carries in a favorable matchup against the Saints in Week 5.
9/30/2012 1:31:00 PM
Description: Chargers running back Ryan Mathews didn't play at all on the team's first series Sunday. Jackie Battle started and Ronnie Brown handled third down work. Mathews returned for the second series.
Insight: San Diego's coaching staff alluded to a decreased role for Mathews if he can't stop fumbling the football. Coach Norv Turner clearly wanted to send the message that San Diego is serious about that by sitting Mathews early in Sunday's game.
9/25/2012 4:58:00 PM
Description: Chargers coach Norv Turner said the team may decrease running back Ryan Mathews' touches due to the back's fumbling problems. "There are certain situations where we will limit his exposure," Turner said Monday, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Insight: Mathews lost a fumble inside the Falcons' 10-yard line in his season debut Sunday, his sixth giveaway in 27 NFL games. He should still be counted on as a top fantasy back since he's far-and-away the team's best player at the position. Aside from the fumble, Mathews had 76 yards on 15 touches Sunday.
9/23/2012 10:39:00 AM
Description: ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter expects Chargers halfback Ryan Mathews to start Sunday versus the Falcons. Mathews missed the team's first two games with a broken clavicle.
Insight: Curtis Brinkley and Ronnie Brown were largely ineffective in Mathews' absence so we'd expect the 2011 Pro-Bowl selection to see the majority of the team's carries Sunday in his season debut.
9/21/2012 7:21:00 PM
Description: Despite turning in three full practices this week, Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (clavicle) is listed as questionable on the team's injury report for Week 3.
Insight: We expected Mathews to start and handle close to a full workload in Week 3 after practicing this week but the questionable tag makes it difficult to predict what San Diego will do. It's probably safe to start Mathews but be sure you have another running back on your roster playing late on Sunday or in the Monday night game in case Mathews is ruled out at the final hour like Antonio Gates last week.
9/20/2012 9:22:00 PM
Description: According to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Chargers coach Norv Turner is confident that Ryan Mathews will be able to make his season debut in Week 3 against the Falcons. Mathews has missed the first two weeks while recovering from a broken collarbone.
Insight: We expect Mathews to handle close to a full workload this week. He was physically ready to go last week and was only held out so he could mentally prepare after missing so much time. Start him as you normally would.
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