Ryan Mathews, Jackie Battle duke it out for carries, splitting fantasy value Sunday

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Ryan Mathews rushed for 61 yards on 14 carries compared to 39 yards on 15 carries for Jackie Battle, but Battle found the end zone twice during Sunday's game between the San Diego Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs. We break down the fantasy implications.

Ryan Mathews and Jackie Battle split touches during Sunday's game between the San Diego Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs. Mathews had 14 carries for 61 yards, and two receptions for 21 yards. Battle had 15 carries for 39 yards and a touchdown, and four receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown during the win.

Fantasy Impact: And just like that, there is a running back controversy in San Diego. Battle actually earned the start on the day, though Mathews proved to be the more effective runner. Mathews seems likely to take on a bigger role as the season goes along, but the fact that the Chargers called Battle's number twice near the goal-line makes the situation especially hazy. Mathews is still a worthwhile option in standard fantasy leagues, but a timeshare is less than ideal for those who drafted the running back thinking he'd be one of the elite players in the league.

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