Chargers RB Ryan Mathews listed as probable for Thursday
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Chargers RB Ryan Mathews listed as probable for Thursday

Willis McGahee all ran over the Oakland Raiders' defense last week without much resistance. San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews @rmathews24 will get his chance to do the same on Thursday. Mathews was a full participant during the team's Tuesday and Wednesday practices, and he is listed as probable for the game. He missed the Chargers' previous game because of a groin injury.

Fantasy Analysis:

Of course, Mike Tolbert will be involved quite a bit, but even with his carry count perhaps a little limited, Mathews is a very strong start against that Oakland defense. Don't forget that before Oakland gave up 299 yards on the ground to the Broncos, they had allowed Jackie Battle to run for close to five yards per carry in week seven. And Arian Foster gained 184 yards from scrimmage against the Raiders in week five.

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How would you rank Tolbert for this game? I'm in a 12 team league and my other options for RB2 are Starks, Helu, D. Thomas and Bradshaw.

Posted by:
o2cool727 11/10/11 10:33 AM

Helu is really the only other logical option and seeing as he plays for Washington, I'd definitely go with Tolbert. I unfortunately will be leaving Tolbert on the bench but thats only because I'm playing M. Bush while McFadden is hurt and I dont know how many carries Tolbert will get with Mathews back in the mix.

Posted by:
bears85 11/10/11 05:15 PM

I'm stacked! Pick 2 MJD,Murray,Matthews,Bush,Matthews. Love them all this week but just worried a bit about Matthews injury and Tolbert stealing carries. Thanks.

Posted by:
chilicates 11/10/11 05:26 PM

Sorry I put Matthews twice lol.

Posted by:
chilicates 11/10/11 05:32 PM

Thanks for responding! Not! Gametime! I'm sticking with MJD and Murray.

Posted by:
chilicates 11/10/11 08:24 PM Owner

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