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Ryan Mathews showing durability, strong fantasy option for Week 16

San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews has been durable this season, for the first time in his career. We break down the fantasy implications.

Justin Edmonds

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.

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