Fantasy Football 2012 Rankings: San Diego Chargers Running Back Ryan Matthews

Now that Mike Tolbert is with the Carolina Panthers after spending the first four seasons of his career with the San Diego Chargers, Ryan Matthews is expected to see an increase in production for the fantasy football 2012 season–which is why many owners believe he has what it takes to be a top-five running back.

The Chargers expected to use Matthews more in the ground game, but Norv Turner and company hope to see Matthews more involved as a receiver as well. Not only did Matthews find the end zone 13 times in 2011, but he recorded 1,546 yards from the line of scrimmage as well to go along with six touchdowns (13 total over the first two years of his career).

With two years of experience under his belt, expectations are high for Matthews heading into the 2012 season as many believe this will be the year he emerges into a top-five running back. San Diego had one of the top overall offenses during the 2011 season if Matthews can live up to the hype–there’s no reason why they can’t do that once again in 2012.

Similar to LeSean McCoy, the Chargers hope to get Matthews more involved in the passing game during the 2012 season–which fantasy owners would love considering he would most likely receive more points on a weekly basis. Plus, Matthews would have one of the top quarterbacks in Philip Rivers throwing him the ball on offense–so it’s safe to say he could be just as productive in the passing game as on the ground.

Top 10 Fantasy Football RB Rankings

1. Arian Foster
2. LeSean McCoy
3. Ray Rice
4. Maurice Jones-Drew
5. Ryan Matthews
6. Chris Johnson
7. Darren McFadden
8. Marshawn Lynch
9. Matt Forte
10. DeMarco Murray