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KFFL: Mathews Should Score Between 10 and 12 TD’s in 2010, a premiere fantasy site, says that Chargers rookie back Ryan Mathews should cross the goal-line 10 to 12 times in 2010, but the Chargers below average O-line could be a major concern:

Pros: Fresno State’s Mathews enters a fantastic situation with the high-octane Chargers’ offense. Arguably the most complete back in the draft, Mathews has size, speed, breakaway ability, vision and quality hands. He’ll fit right into the Chargers’ system and should received ample touches to shine in ’10. Head coach Norv Turner expects Mathews to touch the ball around 290 times. The Bolts have so many offensive weapons it will be tough for defenses to key in on Mathews. The AFC West isn’t exactly known as a defensive division, and Mathews plays at least half of his games in sunny San Diego. Despite the perception that San Diego abandoned the run last year, they still checked in with the 15th most rushing attempts from the running back position. Not great, but better than you probably expected.

Cons: The Chargers’ offensive line is below average but not terrible. Their running backs produced a 3.5 yards-per-carry average, but left tackle Marcus McNeill is holding out and says he’s prepared to take it into the regular season. Darren Sproles is still on roster and will come in to relieve Mathews every few series and often on third down. That is not an indictment of Mathews’ blocking skills but rather just how Turner runs his offense. Mathews had issues with staying healthy at Fresno State.

Fantasy tip: The most versatile rook is being drafted 16th overall, on average, and be willing to spend a late first-rounder or early second-rounder if you want to secure his services. His value should increase slightly in point-per-reception setups. Mathews is technically a sleeper, but the cat is out of the bag at this point. He comes with a fair amount of risk, but running back is probably the easiest position for a player to excel at as a rookie. It likely goes without saying: You need to draft a deeper RB corps than normal if Mathews is your No. 1.

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