It’s safe to say that Ryan Mathews burned nearly every fantasy football owner on the face of the earth in 2012. This San Diego Chargers‘ running back was supposed to be a rushing and receiving monster once again, but he disappointed with just one touchdown in 12 games. With Mathews now healthy, you’d think that the buzz around him would be positive, yet fantasy owners were still dodging the fourth-year pro like the plague all summer long.
Well, those same owners were given a slice of humble pie when Mathews scored on the Chargers’ very first offensive snap of the season. It was a picture-perfect play for San Diego as quarterback Philip Rivers called for an audible at the line of scrimmage and led Mathews right into the end zone on a wheel route. Rivers and Mathews both had pitiful 2012 campaigns, so maybe this is a huge step in the right direction for the both of them?
Naturally, I am gun-shy when it comes to Mathews because of how many games he’s managed to miss in just three seasons. Fantasy football owners don’t want to worry about their star running back being a regular on the inactive list. In addition, the Mathews hype will remain at a dull roar until he proves that his 12 fumbles over the last 3 seasons are things of the past. Either way, keep an eye out once again for this ultra-talented running back as he still hasn’t even turned 27 yet.