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Snap Count: Eagles Running Backs: Is It Time To Give Up On Ryan Mathews?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 7:31
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by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Zach Berman (via Twitter) yesterday posted the Eagles’ snap counts for Sunday’s game.  The running back usage is certainly “telling”:

  • Darren Sproles – 23 (44%)
  • Ryan Mathews – 11 (21%)
  • Wendell Smallwood – 10 (19%)
  • Kenjon Barner – 8 (15%)

What exactly does this tell us?  Basically that it’s deteriorating into an unpredictable landmine for fantasy owners, at least in the short-term.  Outside of Sproles, who should remain on the FLEX spectrum in PPR formats, it’s impossible to depend on enough touches for any other running back on a weekly basis.

That said Mathews did make the most of his opportunities, turning 9 carries into 60 yards, while the other two runners didn’t show much:

  • Smallwood – 4 carries for 6 yards
  • Barner – 2 carries for 6 yards

Smallwood had one big day against the Steelers, but if you remove that he’s totaled 7 carries for 23 yards in the other four games.  Barner’s shown a little bit more, but he too has been inconsistent on a weekly basis.

Maybe part of the usage was due to Mathews fumble against the Lions the week before, but it’s easy to imagine him once again settling into the early down role.  While it’s impossible to currently trust him, writing him off and simply cutting bait would also be a mistake.  Fantasy owners would be wise to keep him stashed on the bench and see if he can regain his value in the not too distant future.

Source – ESPN 


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