Archive for Ryan Mathews

NEWS: Ryan Mathews has sprained MCL?

According to reports, Chargers RB Ryan Mathews is dealing with a sprained MCL.

Update: The injury will keep Mathews for most likely 4-6 weeks. Donald Brown will get a bulk of the work in place of Mathews, but Danny Woodhead could benefit as much.

SMITTY: Don’t be shocked if this turns into more, as sometimes these things do, but for now this is good news for Mathews owners. A sprained MCL could still mean that he misses weeks, it just all boils down to how bad the sprain/tear is. Danny Woodhead is a must-own entering Week 3, and his stat line will surely see an uptick for each game that Mathews misses. Donald Brown would actually get the ‘between the tackles’ carries, so he should be owned as well entering Week 2. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts so that you can get real-time updates on this situation.

NEWS: Philip Rivers looks sharp in preseason opener; Ladarius Green impressive as well.

In the Chargers preseason opener against the Cowboys, Philip Rivers completed all four of his passes for 61 yards, while Ladarius Green pulled in 26 yards on two receptions; Ryan Mathews ran the ball five times for 19 yards.

SMITTY: Philip Rivers is very undervalued heading into August, as his ADP is in the 9th-round, yet he can easily score with QBs getting selected in the 6th-round (he has top 6-8 ability in fantasy this season). He has Keenan Allen set to breakout in 2014, yes more than he already did last season (when he pulled in 71 receptions for 1,046 yards and 8TDs). Rivers also has Ladarius Green looking like a nice breakout candidate this upcoming season. Yep, Rivers looks decent when you compare his draft/trade value to his potential ceiling value. Checkout where we have all these guys ranked heading into Week 1.

NEWS: Danny Woodhead signs a two-year extension.

According to reports, Chargers RB Danny Woodhead signed a two-year extension which extends the runner through 2016.

SMITTY: I’m not a big Ryan Mathews supporter at all, and I would much rather invest in Danny Woodhead’s 9th-round ADP than even touch Mathews’ 4th-round ADP. I wouldn’t touch Mathews in the 5th, which is why you won’t see me owning him at all in 2014. Donald Brown is said to be getting this year’s ‘grunt work’ type carries, and Woodhead is a strong bet for 70+ receptions (he had 76 last season), which leaves Mathews looking like a big pile of risk in 2014 (given the 4th-round cost). Marion Grice might even have something to say about getting some 2014 carries. I say avoid Mathews in 2014. Find out where we have all these guys ranked heading into 2014!

NEWS: Cordarrelle Patterson says he will be a top-five playmaker in 2014.

According to, Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson believes he is in for a breakout season in 2014. “I’m going to be a top-five playmaker,” Patterson said. “I’m a playmaker, I like to make plays. Like I tell them, just get the ball in my hands I feel like I’m special with it. I just like to do special things with the ball.”

SMITTY: Cordarrelle Patterson is on most everyone’s breakout radar, however, the guy can still smash his currently-rising ADP, which has now climbed into the 4.12-5.03 range. His ADP has climbed quite a bit over the last two months, there is no denying it, but that doesn’t mean he still can’t nicely outplay it even at 4.12-5.03 value, as that’s where players like Roddy White, Chris Johnson, Trent Richardson and DeSean Jackson are being taken. A couple players below the 4.12 spot are players I like as much as Patterson, like Michael Floyd and Joique Bell, but Patterson has as much value, or more, as some players in the 3rd-round, like Reggie Bush, Vincent Jackson, Victor Cruz, and Ryan Mathews. I love VJax and Cruz this year, so I’m not predicting bust for those guys, I just feel that Patterson also belongs in that late 3rd-round range with those big names, which is fantastic news for those able to snag him in the late 4th- or early 5th-rounds. Want to know where we have all these players ranked based on your exact league scoring? Get your hands on our fantasy football cheat sheets 2014!

NEWS: Ryan Mathews led the league in fantasy points per snap?

According to profootballfocus, Chargers RB Ryan Mathews led the league last year in fantasy points per snap (0.40 in non-PPR); he was second only to Jamaal Charles in PPR formats.

SMITTY: While it’s an interesting stat, I remain very skeptical of Ryan Mathews heading into this upcoming fantasy football season. Last season was his first year playing in 16 games, and it’s hard to measure such a stat given the team often takes Mathews out of the game when they expect to use Danny Woodhead. With a redraft ADP in the 4.01-4.04 range, we’re talking about an ADP range of players like Cordarrelle Patterson, Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Ellington, and on occasion, even Keenan Allen. With talent like that still left, Mathews seems more high-risk than reward. Dynasty Note: Keep an eye on rookie RB Marion Grice.

NEWS: Ryan Mathews gains muscle and now weighs 222 pounds?

According to, Chargers RB Ryan Mathews looks like he has gained muscle and weighs 222 pounds, up from last year’s 215.

SMITTY: We’re not so sure putting on weight is the right move for an injury-prone runner like Mathews. Many times this can lead to injury with certain backs, as they are carrying around weight that they aren’t use to, and it can often cause slowness and injury. Fantasy owners should be cautiously-optimistic in regards to Mathews this year. If you ask me, expecting a repeat of last season (1255/6TDs and 26/189/1TD) is asking a lot, especially with the gained weight (muscle or not). In PPR formats, I think Danny Woodhead is the bargain grab, as his ADP is near the 9th-round, whereas Mathews’ is in the early 4th. One last note, rookie runner Marion Grice might carve out some workload in time, keep an eye on him! Check out projections for all three runners here:
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