Chargers' Ryan Mathews feels 'normal' after Monday workout
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Chargers' Ryan Mathews feels 'normal' after Monday workout

San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews @rmathews24 went through his most extensive workout since spraining his ankle during the first quarter of the team's game in week two. The good news for the Chargers and Mathews' fantasy owners is that he came out no worse for wear. "They let me get after it today," Mathews told the San Diego Union-Tribune on Monday. "[The injured ankle] didn't hurt. I felt like my normal self." Mathews, who was inactive for week three's game at Seattle, was initially thought to have a high ankle sprain, a claim that he later denied. Head coach Norv Turner said he was "hopeful" his rookie runner will practice sometime later in the week, perhaps as soon as Wednesday. The Chargers will host the Arizona Cardinals in week four.

Fantasy Analysis:

Mike Tolbert was unable to capitalize on his starting opportunity last week. He ran for 73 yards on 17 carries with a fumble lost against the Seahawks. That came a week after his 16-carry, 82-yard, multi-touchdown effort in relief of Mathews. Darren Sproles @DarrenSproles chipped in with just one run and one reception -- also with a fumble lost -- with Mathews on the mend. The Chargers' running game has a favorable matchup this week against a Cardinals defense that was punished by Michael Turner and Jason Snelling, then gave up 105 rushing yards to Darren McFadden. Who will get the chance to keep that trend alive remains unknown but the early-week news sounds fairly optimistic for Mathews.

Source:
San Diego Union-Tribune

5 Comments | Add Yours

Am I the only owner that will gamble on Mathews if he continues to participate in full practices throughout the week??? I really don't have to, but I jus got dis feeln!! Any feedback?!

Posted by:
morbiddestiny 09/29/10 10:25 PM

I'm hoping that regardless of who gets them there, that Tolbert will be the one crossing the goal line.
What I think is that Mathews will get the bulk of the carries and yards.

Posted by:
gridrats 09/30/10 10:33 AM
FFToolbox.com Writer

It looks like Mathews will play and he has a good matchup. If you need a pretty good No. 2 RB this week, Mathews can fill that spot.
But it is known that Mathews and Tolbert will split goal-line carries. In Mathews' first game back from injury, I think Tolbert will get a few more carries than usual going forward and he could vulture a cheap TD. But he probably will rush for less than 25 yards.

Brian Murphy

Posted by:
Brian Murphy 09/30/10 12:16 PM

Pic 2 at flex (standard)...Finley (DET), Tolbert or Mathews (ARZ), Addai (JAX)...I think all of these are good match-ups, but I need the 2 most likely to get at least 75yds and a TD...thoughts??

Posted by:
morbiddestiny 09/30/10 08:41 PM
FFToolbox.com Writer

I would go with Finley and Addai. The matchups are outstanding. That's not to say Tolbert and Mathews don't have a good matchup, but maybe they will cannibalize each other's value.

Brian Murphy

Posted by:
Brian Murphy 10/01/10 12:01 PM

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