San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews carried the football 29 times against the Denver Broncos in Week 15, and had a season-high 127 rushing yards for his efforts. Mathews has always been pegged as a back unable to carry a full load due to his lack of durability, but he's spent all season disproving that theory.
Even head coach Mike McCoy has been impressed, saying "He has done a great job of monitoring his body all year long and taking care of himself. Like I said, the last five days, he has had 58 carries and if he can handle it, he is going to take it," according to U-T San Diego.
That's a good indicator that Mathews will continue to receive a healthy dose of carries, especially in Week 16.
Fantasy Impact: Mathews has carried the ball 236 times for 1,012 yards and five touchdowns. He's been a surprising fantasy weapon all season, and fantasy owners should depend on him once again in Week 16. Mathews should get a full slate of carries to show that he can continue to be the bell cow of the offense if need be, to the benefit of the aforementioned fantasy owners.