Running Back — Ryan Mathews (25); Danny Woodhead (28); Ronnie Brown (31); Edwin Baker (22)
The Chargers traded up in the 2010 NFL Draft to take Ryan Mathews, who was expected to jump right into the big shoes left behind by LaDainian Tomlinson. According to Mathews’ own personal assessment, he has been “average”. Boy, I’ll say. Mathews has been a consistent fantasy football disappointment, perhaps no more so than he was last year. He played in just 12 games and finished with one touchdown total on the season. The good news for Mathews is, there’s nowhere to go but up. I think he is a darkhorse yet again to put up RB1 numbers, but you will be able to draft him as a RB2 or maybe even RB3.
Danny Woodhead will be the team’s primary backup at RB, and he offers a lot as a receiver as well as a runner. You have to wonder why the Patriots decided to let him go after he proved time and again that he was a valuable piece of their offense, but maybe Woodhead just decided it was time to move on and have an expanded role. I am not sure I would draft Woodhead, but he’s worth keeping an eye on if Mathews struggles again.
For the first time in his career, backup RB Ronnie Brown had more receptions (49) than he did carries (46). He will see limited touches, and the team might get some more action for second year player Edwin Baker. Baker is a big, talented back out of Michigan State who I really liked last year.