Dec 18, 2011; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs up the middle as Baltimore Ravens defensive end Haloti Ngata (right) defends during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Ryan Mathews will gain even more popularity in the fantasy football world in PPR (Points Per Reception) leagues. Last season, Mathews snagged 50 passes for over 455 yards. This season, the expectations are even greater with a increased workload that will open up more opportunities catching the football.
Former Chargers RB Mike Tolbert packed up his bags and left for Carolina. He left behind 50+ catches out of the backfield for someone to pick up. Mathews will get the first servings and then the backups will find ways to pick up the leftovers.
It would not surprise to see Mathews add to his reception numbers from last year, PLUS make bigger things happen in the ground game. Remember when Mathews came in the league as a rookie and struggled catching passes? He found a way to flip that around.
There are lots of expectations on Ryan from the fantasy football planet. He has the potential to put up big numbers in the ground and passing attack. From all the offseason coverage, it sounds like Ryan is putting in the work to make these good things happen.