Ryan Mathews: Why Chargers RB’s Fantasy Value Has Flatlined

October 3, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews enjoyed elite fantasy running back status entering this season, and he promptly fumbled it away.
Mathews lost a big fumble in Week 3 as the Chargers were getting whooped by the Atlanta Falcons. Taken in isolation, one fumble is not that big of deal, but Mathews has a history of fumbling.
He now has 11 fumbles in the 404 carries in his three-year career.
Combine the fumbling issues with his injury problems, he missed the first two weeks this year after injuring himself on his first carry of the preseason, and you have a back that can't be trusted on the NFL field or the fantasy realm. 
Case in point was the Chargers' Week 4 contest against the Kansas City Chiefs. 
Check out this stat by stat by Rotoinfo.com, "Jackie Battle led the Chargers in offensive snaps on Sunday (Week 4) with 27, compared to Ryan Mathews' 21 and Ronnie Brown's 14."
That's right, Mathews took a backseat to Jackie Battle last w...

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