Ryan Mathews Inactive For Monday Night Football, Removing Fantasy Value

SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 03: Running back Ryan Mathews #24 of the San Diego Chargers carries the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at Qualcomm Stadium on October 3 2010 in San Diego California. The Chargers won 41-10. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews is inactive for the team's Monday night game against the Oakland Raiders. We break down the fantasy implications.

San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews is inactive for the team's Monday night game against the Oakland Raiders, according to Ricky Henne of Chargers.com. Mathews broke his collarbone on the first preseason carry he received. He didn't play any preseason games after his injury and has not yet been cleared for contact. Though Mathews vowed to be ready for the season opener, he has set his sights on Week 2 at this point.

Fantasy Impact: Ryan Mathews will be a top five fantasy back when he's healthy. He will shoulder the full workload in San Diego and is talented enough to pile up fantasy points. His biggest issue will continue to be staying on the field. If he comes back too soon he could risk re-injury. Still, Mathews should return to RB1 status soon enough.

For more on the San Diego Chargers, check out Bolts from the Blue. For more fantasy info, check out the SB Nation Fantasy War Room 4-8pm ET Monday through Friday, 8am -1pm Sunday. Check out SB Nation's own Fantasy Football game, Pick 6!

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