| Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles
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|Draft: 2010 Round 1 (12)
College: Fresno State
DOB: 1987-10-10 Age: 29
|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.
| Opportunity knocks for Eagles RB Byron Marshall -- Wed Dec 28 1:05 pm --|
Ryan Mathews placed on IR
|With Ryan Mathews joining fellow running backs Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner on injured reserve, the Eagles have just two running backs on their roster: Darren Sproles and Byron Marshall. Marshall, an undrafted rookie out of Oregon, was promoted from the practice squad two weeks ago after Smallwood was placed on IR with a knee injury. “Right now, the plan is (to primarily use) Darren,’’ Pederson said. “But for sure we’ll see a little more of (Marshall) on first and second down, and even some third-down situations. (Philly.com)|
FF Today's Take: With Ryan Mathews (back) out, the Eagles will need to rely on Bryon Marshall to complement Darren Sproles in the backfield Sunday. The rookie had 11 touches last week and could see a few more against the Cowboys. Marshall may not have a ton of upside but he may become a nice backup option if your typical starter is in danger of sitting out this weekend. Meanwhile, Ryan Mathews may become a salary cap casualty after the season despite scoring nine touchdowns on 776 total yards in 2016.
| Darren Sproles out for Week 15 -- Fri Dec 16 11:00 am --|
|Eagles RB Darren Sproles out Sunday vs. Ravens. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: With Sproles missing the game due to a concussion suffered last week, expect Ryan Mathews and Kenjon Barner to handle rushing duties. Mathews will have a difficult matchup going against a Ravens defense that's allowed the fewest fantasy points to running backs this season.
| Ryan Mathews ready to return -- Thu Dec 8 10:00 am --|
Missed two games with knee injury
|Ryan Mathews practiced Wednesday for the first time since he injured his knee Nov. 20. The Eagles' leading rusher is expected to play Sunday against the Washington Redskins. "He's good to play," coach Doug Pederson said. "He's cleared and ready to go." (Philadephia Inquirer)|
FF Today's Take: Mathews is back meaning the Eagles add one more running back to their committee. Even in a decent matchup against the Redskins, it's hard to get excited about Mathews as anything more than a Flex option given the current state of the offense but he is the preferred back around the goaline.
|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.
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