by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/10/13) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews already has a solid performance against his Week 15 opponent -- he scored 11 Fantasy points (in standard leagues) on 59 rushing yards and a touchdown against the Broncos in Week 10.
Since that game, Mathews has run for over 100 yards twice, scoring two touchdowns and averaging 22.3 receiving yards. In that four-game span, Mathews has averaged 13.3 Fantasy points per game in standard leagues.
Denver, meanwhile, has allowed five touchdowns over those last four games to opposing running backs, as well as 41 receiving yards per game. They've caused four fumbles in that run, which might be a bit of a concern for Mathews, who has encountered fumble issues in the past, but Mathews has fumbled just once this season and could carry momentum forward from his 29-carry game in Week 14.
There's still some risk involved with Mathews -- a quick turnaround after a heavy workload, the presence of Danny Woodhead, and the past fumble issues -- but he's solid enough of an option to be used in most Fantasy formats this week.
Ryan Mathews scores, cracks century mark in Week 14 win
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews found the end zone during Sunday’s win over the Giants in Week 14.
After failing to cash it in from 1-yard out on his first two tries, Mathews plowed his way into the end zone on third down to extend the lead for the Chargers in the third quarter. He finished the game with 29 carries for 103 yards (3.6 yards per carry) and caught three passes for 32 yards in a 37-14 victory.
Mathews has scored a rushing touchdown in two of his last three games and has rushed for at least 100 yards in two of his last four games. He will look to keep rolling on short rest in week 15 against the Broncos in Denver Thursday night.
Ryan Mathews bounces back with 92 yards of total offense
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (12/1/13) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews, who pulled a hamstring his last time out, bounced back with a productive performance as he nearly totaled for 100 yards of offense during Sunday's loss to the Bengals in Week 13.
Mathews caught a short pass from Philip Rivers and turned it up the field for a gain of 17 yards in the second quarter -- his longest gain of the day. He had 14 carries for 61 yards (4.4 yards per carry) and five catches for 31 yards in a 17-10 defeat.
Mathews has rushed for at least 55 yards in four straight games. He'll look to stay productive at home against the Giants in Week 14.
Six injured Chargers get the green light for Week 13
Chargers place eight among probables for Sunday battle
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (11/29/13) The Chargers have designated eight players as probable for the game Sunday against the Bengals, including running back Ryan Mathews and tight end Antonio Gates, both of whom are nursing hamstring injuries.
12/12/2013 15:35 Week 15 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em
Montee Ball has slowly but surely picked it up over the second half of his rookie season. Jamey Eisenberg likes his outlook tonight against the Chargers and explains why in his Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.
12/11/2013 22:40 Week 15 Fantasy Fact Sheet
With so much at stake in Week 15, every advantage you can gain when setting your lineups is key. Our Nathan Zegura breaks down the trends you need to know about.
Ryan Mathews enters this season with a lot less hype than he had last year, which is a good thing. Mathews failed in 2012; a broken clavicle in training camp derailed the start of his season and he never regained his form before suffering a second broken clavicle in Week 15. He finished the year with 184 carries for 707 yards (3.8 yards per carry) and one touchdown and 39 catches for 252 yards, numbers that pale to his 2011 totals. But Mathews has gotten the wake-up call this summer, playing tougher in the preseason and seemingly far in the lead for playing time at running back even though the Chargers signed Danny Woodhead this summer. With the running back position thin after the studs at the top, Mathews sizes up as a medium-risk, high-reward Fantasy option worth a pick as soon as late Round 4 in deeper leagues and Round 5 in basic Fantasy formats. (Updated 8/25/13)