What was the main reason that fantasy players didn’t draft San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Matthews last year? Oh yeah, because he was always hurt. Last season Matthews put up a highly successful campaign, without injury. This immediately made fantasy-ites forget about that. Then Sunday, came and we were all reminded of why Matthews was such a risky pick. Matthews suffered a sprained MCL which is looking like it will sideline him for 4-5 weeks. He could return sooner but it is a bit too early to tell.
This offseason the Chargers went out and signed Donald Brown to a 3-year, $10.5 million contract, and not for no reason. You don’t sign a player of Brown’s caliber to let him rot away on the bench. He was going to get touches regardless of Matthew’s health, but now that he is out indefinitely, Brown’s stock has shot through the roof. He will see almost all of the Brown’s early-down work and the majority of goal line work. He is a good catcher and should see some balls thrown his way from Rivers as well. Brown should be a solid flex with RB2 potential. Side Note: Woodhead should see a slight increase in workload. If he is available in PPR leagues he is worth the add.