Can Ryan Mathews Continue To Deliver?

Can Ryan Mathews Continue To Deliver?

Nov 17, 2013

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San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews has been quietly durable this year. After missing 10 games in his first three seasons, Mathews has been healthy this year.
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He’s also been effective, averaging 4.4 yards per carry. Mathews is  averaging 75 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He has really come on over the past five games. Over that span Mathews is averaging 86.4 rushing yards (90 total yards) and 0.4 touchdowns. He has a touchdown and/or a 100-yard game in four of those five games.  If you took a chance on Mathews this year, you are feeling like someone that has had great success when they bet on horse racing.
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That said, his 100-yard games have come against the Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins. You can fault a guy for rolling over weak competition, but things will get tougher going forward.
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Next week he faces the Kansas City Chiefs. Mathews also plays the Chiefs in Week 17, but most fantasy leagues will be wrapped up by then. Also on the schedule is the Cincinnati Bengals, the surging New York Giants and the Denver Broncos. The only plus matchup on the schedule is against the Raiders in Week 16.
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Mathews is still yielding quite a few touches to Danny Woodhead, particularly when they are playing uptempo or from behind. The Chargers are also pretty reliant on Philip Rivers’ arm.
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I’m not saying that Mathews will fall apart, but I think he’ll resemble the first five-game stretch (60 total yards per game) than his past five games. He’ll have flex appeal, particularly against the Raiders. I just think he comes back to Earth a bit.
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