2011 Recap: Mathews had an up and down 2011, but he flashed the abilities that showed why the Chargers drafted him to replace L.T. He also had major issues with fumbling (lost 5) and had trouble staying on the field, although he only missed 2 games. Mathews finished as the 13th best fantasy RB as he had 1,091 yards rushing (4.9 YPC), 50 receptions for 455 yards, and 6 TDs. In the 14 games he played, he scored at least 10 fantasy points in 10 of them and had at least 14 touches in all but one.
What’s Changed: Mike Fat Tolbert is gone and Mathews has little competition in the backfield. Ronnie Brown? Curtis Brinkley? Please. Mathews was actually a better goaline runner than Fatty Tolbert, with a 80% conversion rate as opposed to Tolbert’s 28% conversion rate. Tolbert is leaving behind 900 plus total yards, 8 TDs, and 54 receptions. They ain’t ALL going to Mathews, but those numbers ain’t ALL going to Ronnie Freakin Brown or Curtis Christy Brinkley either. If Mathews can just get a good chunk of that action, we are looking at a top 3 RB.
Outlook: Emmit Smith, Stephen Davis, Frank Gore, and L.T. are a some of the RBs that Norv Turner has made into fantasy stars. Ryan Mathews will be the next big thing and is my breakout player at RB. Trust me, as an owner of “Mr Glass” last season I realize the HIGH risk that comes with drafting Mathews in the first round. He’s got juice, power, and receiving ability that puts him in the mix with “Three Amigos” at the top of every fantasy draft. I’m all in.
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