Ryan Mathews Fantasy Football Advice

Week 3 – RB – Start or Sit – Ryan Matthews or Steven Ridley?

Question:

Who should I start? Steven Ridley or Ryan Mathews in week 3?

Answer:

Steven Ridley will take on the Baltimore Ravens on the road and Ryan Mat]thews will have the Atlanta Falcons at home. Ridley has so far been a great mid-round pick putting up about 18 points in week 1 and nearly 10 points in week 2.

Mathews has been sidelined for two weeks with a collarbone injury. His return is still questionable. Matthews wants to play and the fact that he practiced this past week is an encouraging sign. He’s on track to get the start this Sunday, but I don’t like the fact that it’s still an unknown if and how much he’ll play.

The good news is that the Chargers have the 4:00 game and the Patriots play at night. I think you go into this one with Ryan Mathews as the starter and if he’s a last-minute scratch, which is unlikely at this point, you can insert Stevan Ridley in your lineup. Mathews is the play this week as he has a better matchup than Ridley.

Week 2 – RB – Start or Sit – Ryan Matthews or Stevan Ridley?

Question:

I have Ryan Mathews and Steven Ridley on my squad. Mathews was out week 1, but should be back in the lineup in week 2 against the Tennesee Titans. Do I start Matthews this week or give him another week before I put him in my starting lineup?

Answer:

Ryan Mathews is itching to get back on the field and he should play this week. What a performance from Stevan Ridley though in week 1. 125 yards and 1 TD. New England is at home and facing the Cardinals. Ridley may have another big week. The Chargers may decide to be cautious and have Mathews split carries with Ronnie Brown. I would go with Ridley this week.

Week 16 Championship – Start or Sit – Hakeem Nicks or DeSean Jackson?

Question: I’m in the Championship Game and I’m debating whether I should bench Hakeem Nicks or Laurent Robinson in favor if DeSean Jackson.

My current starters:

QB – Philip Rivers
WR – Calvin Johnson
WR – Hakeem Nicks
WR – Laurent Robinson
RB – Ryan Mathews
RB – Arian Foster
TE – Jermichael Finley
W/R – Roy Helu
K – Jason Hanson
DEF – Houston

Bench: DeSean Jackson, Aaron Hernandez, Carson Palmer, Cam Newton, Jabar Gaffney, and Kahlil Bell

Thank you

Best answer:

I would definitely start DeSean Jackson over Laurent Robinson. That is a ridiculous line with Jackson in. You may want to then sub Laurent Robinson for Roy Helu at the flex. Helu’s carries have been going down.

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Week 13 – WR/RB – A.J. Green or Mike Wallace? C.J. Spiller or Mark Ingram?

Question: I need some advice for week 13. I need to start three players out of the following.

WR:
Laurent Robinson @ ARI (Miles Austin might be back this game)
A.J. Green @ PIT
Mike Wallace vs. CIN

RB:
Rashard Mendenhall vs. CIN
Ryan Mathews @ JAX
C.J. Spiller vs. TEN
Mark Ingram vs. DET

Pick 3 and tell me why!

Answer:

Ryan Mathews – San Diego is due for a win and the Jaguars fired their head coach and are using their defensive coach as a stand-in. Their lackluster offense should be an even bigger mess. Look for SD to pull ahead and give Matthews the go ahead late in the game to gain yards and eat clock.

C.J. Spiller- Tennessee has a staunch pass defense and Buffalo will likely use Spiller’s big play ability out of the backfield as a check down/screen player. With Jackson out, he’ll be getting all of Buffalo’s carries.

Laurent Robinson – Even if Austin returns, Arizona is awful against the pass and Laurent Robinson has a touchdown catch in five games and seven touchdowns over the previous five games. They won’t be benching him at this pace. Miles Austin may take him out of a few plays, but Robinson should still see plenty of playing time.

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Week 1 Start/Sit Advice – Cassel or McCoy, Colston or Marshall?

Question:

QB – Now that Peyton Manning is out, would you start Matt Cassel vs. BUF or Colt McCoy vs. CIN?  Matt Cassel has already said he will play despite rib injury.

WR: I have Marques Colston @ GB and Mike Wallace @ BA. Should I replace either one with Brandon Marshall vs. NE?

RB: Thomas Jones vs. BUF or Ryan Mathews vs. MIN

Answer

QB- I would go with Cold McCoy vs. Cincinnati just because Cinccinnati has a terrile defense and the threat of Peyton Hillis will not help.

WR- I would go with Marquest Colston vs. GB just because GB dosent have a great secondary.

RB- Ryan Matthews vs. Minny just because he is there bona fide starter while at KC Thomas Jones is 2nd string for Jamaal Charles.