Ryan Mathews could miss more time with injury; Branden Oliver worth a fantasy look

Ryan Mathews is still nursing a sprained MCL and could miss more time. We break down the fantasy implications.

San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews is dealing with a sprained MCL that has now forced him out of three consecutive games, and stands to force him out of a couple more, at least. Mathews is out “probably at least another week and more likely two,” according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune.

The Chargers have been solid this season, winning four consecutive games since dropping the opener to the Arizona Cardinals, but the running game has been essentially non-existent. San Diego ranks 27th in the NFL with 88.0 rushing yards per game on average. But rookie running back Branden Oliver showed some solid stuff on Sunday, carrying the ball 19 times for 114 yards and a touchdown against the New York Jets.

Fantasy Impact: The Chargers may not inspire much confidence when it comes to running the football, but Mathews is expected to be a solid fantasy back when he does finally return from injury. Still, he could be targeting something a couple weeks away at this point, so Oliver might be a smart pickup if fantasy owners don’t already have him. The Jets are not the best team against the run, but Oliver added 68 yards and a touchdown through the air, as well.

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