May 26, 2016

Overall Ranking

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Season Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sep 07

    JAC @ PHI

  • Week 2 - Sep 15

    PHI @ IND

  • Week 3 - Sep 21

    WAS @ PHI

  • Week 4 - Sep 28

    PHI @ SF

  • Week 5 - Oct 05

    LAR @ PHI

  • Week 6 - Oct 12

    PHI @ WAS

  • Week 7 - Oct 19


  • Week 8 - Oct 26

    PHI @ ARI

  • Week 9 - Nov 02

    PHI @ HOU

  • Week 10 - Nov 10

    CAR @ PHI

  • Week 11 - Nov 16

    PHI @ GB

  • Week 12 - Nov 23

    TEN @ PHI

  • Week 13 - Nov 27

    PHI @ DAL

  • Week 14 - Dec 07

    SEA @ PHI

  • Week 15 - Dec 14

    DAL @ PHI

  • Week 16 - Dec 20

    PHI @ WAS

  • Week 17 - Dec 28

    PHI @ NYG

  • Week 1 - Sep 09

    PHI 17 @ CLE 16

  • Week 2 - Sep 16

    BAL 23 @ PHI 24

  • Week 3 - Sep 23

    PHI 6 @ ARI 27

  • Week 4 - Sep 30

    NYG 17 @ PHI 19

  • Week 5 - Oct 07

    PHI 14 @ PIT 16

  • Week 6 - Oct 14

    DET @ PHI

  • Week 7 - Oct 21


  • Week 8 - Oct 28

    ATL @ PHI

  • Week 10 - Nov 05

    PHI @ NO

  • Week 11 - Nov 18

    PHI @ WAS

  • Week 12 - Nov 25

    CAR @ PHI

  • Week 13 - Dec 02

    CLE @ PHI

  • Week 1 - Sep 11

    PHI 31 @ LAR 13

  • Week 2 - Sep 18

    PHI 31 @ ATL 35

  • Week 3 - Sep 25

    NYG 29 @ PHI 16

  • Week 4 - Oct 02

    SF 24 @ PHI 23

  • Week 5 - Oct 09

    PHI 24 @ BUF 31

  • Week 6 - Oct 16

    PHI 20 @ WAS 13

  • Week 7 - Oct 23


  • Week 8 - Oct 30

    DAL 7 @ PHI 34

  • Week 9 - Nov 07

    CHI 30 @ PHI 24

  • Week 10 - Nov 13

    ARI 21 @ PHI 17

  • Week 11 - Nov 20

    PHI 17 @ NYG 10

  • Week 12 - Nov 27

    NE 38 @ PHI 20

  • Week 14 - Dec 11

    PHI 26 @ MIA 10

  • Week 15 - Dec 18

    NYJ 19 @ PHI 45

  • Week 16 - Dec 24

    PHI 20 @ DAL 7

  • Week 1 - Sep 12

    GB 27 @ PHI 20

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    PHI 35 @ DET 32

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    PHI 28 @ JAC 3

  • Week 4 - Oct 03

    WAS 17 @ PHI 12

  • Week 5 - Oct 10

    PHI 27 @ SF 24

  • Week 6 - Oct 17

    ATL 17 @ PHI 31

  • Week 7 - Oct 24

    PHI 19 @ TEN 37

  • Week 8 - Oct 31


  • Week 9 - Nov 07

    IND 24 @ PHI 26

  • Week 10 - Nov 15

    PHI 59 @ WAS 28

  • Week 11 - Nov 21

    NYG 17 @ PHI 27

  • Week 12 - Nov 28

    PHI 26 @ CHI 31

  • Week 13 - Dec 02

    HOU 24 @ PHI 34

  • Week 14 - Dec 12

    PHI 30 @ DAL 27

  • Week 15 - Dec 19

    PHI 38 @ NYG 31

  • Week 16 - Dec 26

    MIN 24 @ PHI 14

  • Week 17 - Jan 02

    SD 33 @ DEN 28

    26 rushes

    120 rush yards

    3 TDs

    3 receptions

    19 rec yards

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Ryan Mathews

Philadelphia Eagles

2010 - 2011 Statistics

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                            Rush    Yards    TD         Rec   Targets   Yards   TD         Tot Pts   Pts/Gm

2011 Stats         222    1091      6         50        59        455      0         190.6     13.6

2010 Stats         158     678      7          22        26        145      0         124.3     10.4

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2012 Pros and Cons

(+) Mathews averaged 4.9 yards per carry in a year where many experience a sophomore slump (4.3 YPC his rookie season)

(+) NORV TURNER!!! Norv LOVES getting his RB a ton of touches, as evidenced by the fact that in between 1991 and 2008, Turner’s main RB finished in the Top-5 in touches 11 times

(+) More than doubled his receptions from 22 to 50 catches and should see his total increase even more being the 3-down back now

(+) With Mike Tolbert gone, he should handle most of the goal-line situations

(+) His unique skill-set will make him the focal point of the entire offense

(+) Mathews has improved his pass protection greatly which should keep him on the field in passing situations a lot more

(+) Ryan was on the field for a mere 47.75% of the Chargers offensive plays in 2011, ranking 20th in the league…yet he STILL had the seventh-most fantasy points. This year, he’ll be on the field as much as anyone in the league

(+/–) Had just four 100-yard games last year…but in only 14 games

(–) 13 total TDs in two years isn’t bad, but not a single receiving TD as of yet

(–) Mathews has yet to play a full NFL season and was known to be a bit injury-prone in college. Pretty scary little tidbit if he's your RB1

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Fantasy Outlook 2010

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Let’s just say this right off the bat:  Mathews will have a significant contribution to the Chargers offense in 2010.  With LT gone, the Chargers don’t have a clear number one back on the roster.  Slim-Jim Darren Sproles is the best of ‘em, but odds are he’s not going to have the type of breakout season that Michael Turner did in Atlanta the year after he was released from LT’s shadow.  There are also fullbacks Jacob Hester and Mike Tolbert, but they will only carry the ball sparingly.

Thus, the stage is set for Mathews to contribute right from the get-go.  There was talk about the Chargers taking him too early with the 12th overall pick, but this season should prove that they didn’t just hit the target, they stuck the bulls-eye.  Coach Norv Turner has said he could get upwards of 250 carries which isn’t hard to fathom given the lack of a feature back in this offense.  He will also be used in the red zone.

~ QB Philip Rivers will chuck the ball a lot this season, giving Mathews more space to run

~ Sproles will still play a significant part in the offense, but he’s not an every-down back

~ Mathews led the nation with 150.67 yards per game last year and had 39 positive runs in 41 attempts in the red zone.  He doesn’t mess around

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During this last offseason, the Chargers shipped the face of the franchise for the last nine years, LaDainian Tomlinson, to the J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets.  The staff wasn’t happy to see him go, but there was nothing they could do about it, they just couldn’t keep him.  Or so they thought.

Up comes the 12th pick of the NFL Draft in April and who do they grab?  Hometown Cali kid Ryan Mathews, a running back from Fresno State.  Mathews grew up idolizing the Chargers and studying LT.  While LT is a more elusive and agile demon, Mathews is a downhill runner with the ability to break tackles.  But Mathews may be more like LT than you think.  Check out the numbers from the two in college.  Keep in mind that both of them played for WAC teams, Fresno State and TCU, so they were playing very similar competition.


Tomlinson   5'11" 216 lbs
Mathews    5'11" 220 lbs

40-yard dash at Combine:

Tomlinson  4.38 
Mathews   4.45

Bench Press Reps:

Tomlinson   18
Mathews    19

College avg Yds per Carry:

Tomlinson  5.7
Mathews   6.0

Junior year (last comparable college season):

Yds per Season/Per Game/Touchdowns

Tomlinson:  1850 /154.2/ 18 TD'S
Mathews:   1858/ 154.8/ 19 TD'S

As you can see, those numbers are pretty identical.  So like D-Rose came to be with the Bulls, Mathews could become a hometown hero for the Chargers in his first season.

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Ryan Mathews (@rmathews24) can be followed on Twitter at:  http://twitter.com/rmathews24


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This guy is a red zone machine.

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"My main thing is to get into camp as soon as possible," Mathews told Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union-Tribune.  "I've talked to my agent; I need to be there.  Too many guys hold out for all the wrong reasons and I'm not going to be one of them."

Ryan kept good on his word and signed a five-year contract on the 1st of August worth $20.467 million.  The deal contained $15.083 million guaranteed, a $3 million signing bonus, and a one-time "likely to be earned" escalator of $5,183,750.  In addition, Mathews will be able to void the sixth year of the contract (which he will do) if he participates in 35% of the offensive snaps his rookie season or 45% of the snaps in any season thereafter.  Here are the partial particulars:

2010 - $320,000 (+ $911,000 roster bonus)

2011 - Under Contract (+ $5,668,750 option bonus due in March)

2012 - Under Contract

2013 - Under Contract

2014 - Under Contract

2015 - Voidable Year

2016 - Free Agent

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Darren Sproles should be the handcuff to Mathews this year, a role he's become quite familiar with...

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Team Analysis

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Strength of Schedule

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Injury Report


Mathews dealt with his fair share of injuries throughout college, but for now, he's healthy and ready to go

Avoiding Murray, the Eagles will Utilize a Committee with Sprolles and Mathews


Pyro's take: DeMarco is in the dog house. That means Sprolling with my homie Darren, should see an uptick as well as Mathews, who returns from injury. The Eagles average just over 22 seconds per play, fastest in the NFL. While I am benching DeMarco, I like Sprolles in PPR, and I think there will be plenty of opportunity for Mathews to put up points. The Eagles are a fast mocing machine on offense, so there should be enough to go around. I think Mathews is a possible GPP play in DFS.

12/13/15, 09:58 AM CST by M O
Source: www.nfl.com

Ryan Mathews (concussion) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.


Pyro's take: Jeff McClane via Twitter "#Eagles practice: OUT: Mathews, Thornton, Thurmond. LIMITED: Agholor. FULL: Ajirotutu, Bradford, Ertz, Huff, Johnson, Kelce, Kelly, Peters."

Looking very doubtful that Mathews will play on Sunday.

12/02/15, 09:40 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Ryan Mathews (concussion) is not practicing Tuesday.


Pyro's take: Zach Berman via Twitter "Ryan Mathews is an observer at practice today. That's progress."

He will need to get in one more practice to play, its a long shot that he sees the field on Sunday.

12/01/15, 11:49 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Ryan Mathews (concussion) has yet to be cleared.


Pyro's take: Ruben Frank has announced via Twitter "Chip said Mathews still not cleared through concussion protocol."

Its been over two weeks now for Ryan Mathews being in the concussion protocol, and Sunday should be considered questionable for him.

11/30/15, 01:57 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Ryan Mathews (concussion) is not practicing Monday


Pyro's take: Jeff McClane has reported via Twitter "Zach Ertz and Ryan Mathews still going through concussion protocol and aren't at practice. #Eagles"

On top of this, the Eagles have a Turkey-day game, more than possible that DeMarco Murray gets as many touches as the coaching staff calls for.

11/23/15, 10:43 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Ryan Mathews (groin) is active for Monday night's game


Pyro's take: Mathews was questionable with the groin injury up to now.

10/19/15, 12:11 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Ryan Matthews (groin) was limited at Friday's practice.


Pyro's take: According to Eagles reporter Zach Berman he stated via twitter "Add Ryan Mathews to the injury report. He was limited today with a groin injury."

The extra layoff day for Monday Night Football may give him all the rest he needs.

10/16/15, 11:55 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

DeMarco Murray at practice


Pyro's take: According to Philadelphia reporter Zach Berman via twitter "Mychal Kendricks and DeMarco Murray are practicing. Riley Cooper is not practicing"

OC Pat Schurmur will allow DeMarco Murray to go as far as he can, and as long as there are no set backs, look for Murray to get the start.

Ryan Mathews dominated the Jets defense, and with Murray's injury it will be interesting to see how much playing time DeMarco gets.

09/29/15, 03:15 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Not Practicing

Ryan Mathews was not at practice as expected according to Michael Gehlken via Twitter "Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle)"

Pyro's take: Mike McCoy said there's a "possibility" he returns for Sunday's must-win game against the Chiefs. The Chargers will go with a committee of Branden Oliver, Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown if Mathews sits out.

12/24/14, 10:34 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Injured Knee Concern

Ryan Mathews showed the after effects of his injured knee after the win over the Oakland Raiders. Eric Williams, ESPN reporter for the San Diego Chargers stated via twitter "His injured knee heavily wrapped, Ryan Mathews limped out of the locker room. Wore a brace during the game.Interested to see how he recovers"

Pyro's take: Ryan Mathews has stated that he feels great, and in that sense, he could just have the normal bumps and bruises, and taking extra precaution for his knee. Keep hang of all Chargers running backs, just in case this situation is worse than what it appears.

Mathews finished with 70 yards on 16 carries.

11/17/14, 01:22 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Ryan Mathews Practicing

Mike Gehlken beat writer for the San Diego Chargers has stated that "Many Chargers veterans, including Philip Rivers, resting at bye-week practice. Ryan Mathews practicing. Fully expected back after bye."

Pyro's take: Mathews return could be right on time, as Branden Oliver has fallen flat as he only has just 55 yards on his last 26 carries. Mathews will retain the starting role, and Oliver most likely will move to the Danny Woodhead role.

11/05/14, 06:19 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Getting Closer

Michael Gehlken, beat-writer for the San Diego Chargers has stated via twitter "Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) was a limited participant in practice today. Listed as out vs. Dolphins. Mike McCoy: "He's getting close."

Pyro's take: It looks as though Mathews will return in week 11, due to the Chargers bye-week being in week 10. Should expect Branden Oliver to stay involved once Mathews returns, but likely only as a passing-down back.

Mathews is San Diego's bell-cow and offers upside in non-PPR leagues.

10/31/14, 02:23 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com


Ryan Mathews and Donald Brown will be out of the lineup for Thursday game against Denver, according to Michael Gehlken, via his twitter "Ryan Mathews (knee) and Donald Brown (concussion) aren't practicing. Neither expected to play Thursday vs. Broncos."

Pyro's take: Another week of Branden Oliver in the full-time role, and the Chargers welcome that. Keep him in your lineup, especially in PPR leagues.

10/21/14, 11:44 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com


Ryan Mathews in front of his locker was reported to say about him returning soon "I'm hoping," Mathews said. "I'm just taking it one day at a time. When they think it's time for me to start running, then it's time to start running. It's all in their hands."

His rehab from September 14th knee injury, but rushing him back is something the Chargers don't want to do. They have Branden Oliver the "super-rookie" taking care of things just fine. "The coaches do a good job of mixing us in there," Mathews, 27, said. "I'm not worried about anything. Right now, I'm just worried about getting back on the field."

Pyro's take: Mathews is still a week or two away from returning, but when he does, it will be interesting to see how the dynamic will change for Oliver. With Mathews injury history, and the solid play from Oliver, look for Ryan Mathews role to diminish.

10/16/14, 12:23 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.utsandiego.com

Another Injury for Mathews

The Chargers running back was carted off the field with a right knee injury. The early prognosis is he suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament, a source said following a 30-21 win over Seattle. It is unclear how much time he will miss. Coach Mike McCoy said following the game that he'd be further examined.

The degree of an MCL sprain, which by definition is a tear, can range between first, second and third. If an MCL tear alone proves to be the final assessment, Mathews could miss anywhere from minimal time to eight weeks.

Pyro's take: Just another injury in the road of Ryan Mathews. It sounds like he is going to miss 4-6 weeks leaving Donald Brown to pick up most of the slack while Danny Woodhead retains his role in the offense. Donald will be a hot pick up this week, if he wasn't already handcuffed to Mathews in your league. San Diego upcoming rush schedule is also much easier then the first two games they have had so far this season.

09/15/14, 02:10 PM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: www.utsandiego.com


Ryan Mathews was carted off the field this afternoon. Mathews was injured while recovering his own fumble, teammate Eddie Royal landing on his extended leg.

Pyro's take: Not much is known at the time, but the Chargers brought in Donald Brown in emergency situations, and this one. If Brown is available, grab the former first rounder for security of Mathews.

09/14/14, 06:10 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.utsandiego.com

Mathews fumbles could cost him

Mathews talked about his fumble at the goal line in San Diego’s exhibition opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

“The guy made a good play. He put his helmet right on the ball and it popped out,” Mathews said. “I’ve done what I’ve had to do to help myself in the long run of taking care of the ball. And like I said, it’s like another practice game in breaking off all of the rust.

“You go back and you watch film, and you see little cuts where last year I was making cuts and the ball wasn’t away from my body. And then coming into this preseason game where you’re making cuts and the ball is away from my body. So you see stuff like that, you start to prepare yourself for the games that really count, and all you have to do is fix it.”

Pyro's take: Mathews is saying all the right things about getting better with his ball security, although talk is cheap. Fumbling has been an issue for Mathews since he entered the league. In his first two seasons Ryan fumbled 10 times, five each season. He only had two fumbles each of the last two seasons, but the fact he is still having to remind himself is an issue.

Mathews is being drafted high once again in fantasy, but it could be another high draft disappointment. The Chargers have a crowded backfield with Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown. If #24 reverts to his old ways and starts to fumble he will lose his starting job. The other risk for Mathews, as always is injury. Last season was the first in his career that he was able to play all 16 games.

08/17/14, 05:58 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: espn.go.com

Ryan Mathews will be an interesting back in 2014

Mathews’ 1,255 yards rushing in the season was the most by a Charger since LaDainian Tomlinson’s 1,474 in 2007.

It wasn’t a breakout season, however. As an NFL sophomore in 2011, he topped 1,000 yards rushing while averaging 4.9 yards per carry. Also then, he caught 50 passes.

But he was never so dependable as he was this season, his fourth since the Chargers selected him 12th overall. He played all 18 games. From 2010-12, he missed 4, 2 and 4 games. He had 285 rushes in the regular season. Not only was the total fourth-most in the NFL, it exceeded his career-high by 63 attempts. His catch rate was 90.3 percent, beating his 2010-12 marks of 84.6, 86.2 and 75.

Pyro's take: Mathews surprised all of us with his stellar 2013 campaign. The most impressive part was the fact that he was a workhorse back with 20+ carries in six games, including the final four of the season.

In those final four games Mathews had 107 carries for 473 yards and three touchdowns. He also added nine catches for another 64 yards. Mathews was about as dependable as you could get for your fantasy playoffs, and he will be an interesting target in 2014. He still carries with him the risk of injury, which means that there should still be a lot of skepticism about what he will do. If that is the case he could still be a potential value in 2014.

02/17/14, 10:31 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.utsandiego.com

One step forward and two steps back

A poor decision didn't cost the Chargers this time.

It could, coach Mike McCoy said Tuesday, the next.

Running back Ryan Mathews overall had a gritty, physical night Monday, his first 100-yard rushing game since December 2011. But just as positives can be taken from a loss, McCoy took issue with a negative in the fourth quarter of a 19-9 win over the Colts.

"I can't repeat what I said on the sideline yesterday," McCoy said. "It comes down to, that could have cost us the game."

The Chargers were in their four-minute offense, the goal to milk the clock and build on a 16-9 lead. The Colts had all three timeouts, and Mathews bounced a short run to the outside and out of bounds for a 4-yard gain.

That stopped the clock at 2:34.

Instead of Indianapolis using its first timeout, San Diego did. The drive ended with a 50-yard Nick Novak field goal.

Pyro's take: This type of mistake by Mathews is one that could cost him playing time in crucial situations. Mathews currently does not get redzone carries, and if he makes another mistake like this one, he will not be carrying the ball late in the game either.

It was nice to see him run effectively in this game, but Mathews continues to struggle to break the big run and really be a game changing back in the NFL or fantasy.

10/17/13, 07:39 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.utsandiego.com

Ryan Mathews probable for week 5 with a hamstring

A hamstring ailment landed Chargers running back Ryan Mathews on the injury report Friday, but he is probable for Sunday night’s game at Oakland.

According to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, coach Mike McCoy indicated Mathews was dealing with some tightness.

Pyro's take: Mathews should be able to go against the Raiders this week, but hamstrings are so tricky and it is always possible that it flares up again. Regardless, Danny Woodhead has been the back that has been performing at a high level as of late, and he could be in line for more touches if they limit Mathews at all.

10/05/13, 12:25 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com