Ryan Mathews RB SD 21 Hrs
Ryan Mathews has rushed for 641 yards and four touchdowns on his last 140 carries (4.65 YPC).
The Chargers opened the season playing Danny Woodhead more, but over the past five weeks Mathews has 142 snaps to Woodhead's 109 while emerging as a rock-solid fantasy RB2. Not his typical injury-prone, fumbling self in 2013, Mathews has played in 13-of-13 games and lost one fumble all year. He handled a season-high 32 touches in Week 14. For more player breakdowns like this, read Evan Silva's Thursday night Chargers-Broncos Matchup column at the link below.
Ryan Mathews RB SD 3 Days
Ryan Mathews rushed 29 times for 103 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 32 yards in San Diego's Week 14 win over the Giants.
Mathews' 32 touches were a season high. He's earned a bigger role in San Diego's offense over the last 4-5 games, and the Chargers' coaching staff is rewarding Mathews for his highly efficient, sustaining running. He'll be a legit RB2 when San Diego takes on Denver next. The Broncos' run defense coughed up gobs of fantasy points to the Titans' running backs in Week 14.
Ryan Mathews RB SD 13 Days
Ryan Mathews (hamstring) practiced again on Friday.
Mathews is on track to play Sunday against the Bengals, but he's not easy to trust without a passing game role and likely playing through an injury. Cincinnati has played stout run defense this year. Mathews will be a flex option, and Danny Woodhead will be a superior bet for Week 13 fantasy points.
Ryan Mathews RB SD 14 Days
Ryan Mathews (hamstring) returned to Chargers practice Thursday.
Mathews will likely be listed as "limited," but it puts him on track to suit up for Sunday's game against the Bengals. ESPN reported earlier Thursday that Mathews "should be fine" for Week 13. The signs are looking good, but his status still can't be taken for granted. Mathews' status will be updated on Friday.
Ryan Mathews RB SD 15 Days
Ryan Mathews (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.
Mathews re-tweaked his hamstring in the third quarter of last Sunday's win over the Chiefs and did not return. Coach Mike McCoy said Mathews has a chance to play this week, but it's not a good start to the practice week. Hamstring injuries are tricky for runners. He'll be updated again on Thursday.
Ryan Mathews RB SD 15 Days
Coach Mike McCoy said Ryan Mathews (hamstring) has a chance to play in Sunday's game against the Bengals.
McCoy will update the status of all his injured players, including Mathews and Eddie Royal (chest) on Wednesday afternoon. Mathews' status is extremely tenuous because he left the Week 12 win with an aggravation of an existing hamstring pull. We've seen time and time again how tricky of an injury that can be for players. Ronnie Brown is Mathews' early-down backup.
Ryan Mathews RB SD 17 Days
The Union-Tribune San Diego confirms Ryan Mathews' latest hamstring injury is an aggravation of an existing issue.
Mathews originally tweaked his right hamstring in the Week 10 loss to the Broncos. In Sunday's win at Kansas City, he left in the third quarter and did not return. Hamstring aggravations are often among the trickiest injuries to come back from, leaving Mathews very questionable for the Week 13 game against the Bengals. Washed up 31-year-old Ronnie Brown would fill in for some base work, but the Chargers would be wise to just ride Danny Woodhead harder.