San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews has perplexed and frustrated fantasy football owners over the last few seasons. He entered the league two seasons ago with high expectations and has failed to deliver on the level of predictions surrounding him. I bought into the hype his rookie season and made a reach in order to grab him as he was advertised as the second coming of LaDainian Tomlinson. Now, Jackie Battle is complicating matters for Mathews in San Diego.
Battle scored two touchdowns last Sunday for the Chargers and actually had more carries in the game than Mathews. Now, according to the Chargers team website depth chart, Mathews has relegated his starting position to Battle.
It’s possible that Mathews is simply not in game shape after suffering a broken collarbone in the preseason. It’s also possible that the coaching staff is trying to send a message to Mathews.
Heading into this year’s fantasy drafts, I stayed away from Mathews, despite the talk from head coach Norv Turner head...