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Ryan Mathews returns to practice on Friday: Fantasy Implications

Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews returned to practice on Friday. We breakdown the fantasy implications.

San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews returned to practice on Friday after being held out on Wednesday and Thursday, per Michael Gehlken. The Chargers' starting back did not participate for two consecutive days prior, so this is a good sign. Mathews was reportedly suffering from some stiffness in his neck.

Mathews is expected to play on Sunday against their AFC West rival, the Denver Broncos. San Diego is going to need Mathews at his best in order to compete in Week 11.

Fantasy Analysis: With Mathews expected to start on Sunday, he must stay in your fantasy lineup. He does receive the bulk of the workload for the Chargers, and is an all-purpose threat. He has had difficulty staying healthy, which has limited his fantasy value this season, but when he's on the field, Mathews is an asset that can get you points.

Look for the Chargers to lean on Mathews in a tough, grind-it-out division match-up on Sunday.

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