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|After sharing the running back duties with Mike Tolbert last season, Mathews appears ready to take over a workhorse back role with San Diego in 2012. Tolbert signed with Carolina as a free agent and the Chargers will enter the season with the uninspiring trio of Ronnie Brown, Le’Ron McClain and Curtis Brinkley in reserve behind Mathews. That should translate into plenty of touches for the talented Mathews. He enters the season having had a very productive 2011 with 1,545 total yards and six touchdowns despite missing two full games and playing nicked up in several others. Tolbert saw plenty of action last season both as a short yardage runner and the teams’ third down back, pilfering 10 touchdowns. Look for Mathews to assume most of that workload, giving him an opportunity to approach 2,000 total yards and reach double-digit touchdowns for the first time in his career. The only risk with Mathews is his penchant for getting hurt (six missed games over the first two years of his career) but reports out of San Diego indicate that he is in the best shape of his career. He is a legitimate RB1 in 2012 and likely to be amongst the top five fantasy producers at running back.
|Jordan Matthews returns to practice -- Wed Dec 7 11:42 am --|
WR dealing with ankle injury but expected to play Week 14
|Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) on Twitter: "Doug Pederson: DGB (oblique contusion) and Big V (knee) won't practice today. Jordan Matthews and Ryan Mathews will, expected to play Sun." (Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: With Dorial Green-Beckham suffering the ill effects of a Vontaze Burfict collision, Matthews makes for a fine WR3 play this week. Fire up Ryan Mathews (sprained MCL) as well.
| Mathews and Matthews miss practice for Eagles -- Wed Nov 30 1:05 pm --|
Jordan Matthews expected to play
|Running back Ryan Mathews (knee), Jordan Matthews (ankle) headline the walking wounded.
Mathews remains officially listed as day-to-day and Pederson explained that he is "doing good," but was held out of practice as a precaution.
Pederson said that Matthews will be fine for the game after X-rays on his ankle were negative. (NJ.com)|
FF Today's Take: Ryan Mathews is likely to miss Week 13 with his knee injury but it sounds like WR Jordan Matthews will be available after spraining his ankle Monday night. Matthews will be on the WR3 radar against the Bengals.
| Ryan Mathews misses practice Friday -- Fri Nov 25 12:10 pm --|
More reps for Smallwood?
|Still no Ryan Mathews. Even if he plays, likely won't be in similar role. Expect to see more Smallwood. (Zach Berman on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Mathews sprained his knee last week and even though the Eagles play on Monday night, Mathews is shaping up to be on the inactive list. Wendell Smallwood should get a bump in usage but Darren Sproles (ribs) and Kenjon Barner will also see action limiting the fantasy upside of all Eagle RBs.