by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
According to Michael Gehlken (via Twitter), courtesy of Pro Football Focus, the Chargers snap split was as follows in Week 1:
- Ronnie Brown – 25
- Ryan Mathews – 20
- Danny Woodhead – 10
Mathews did receive the most touches, though he managed a meager 33 yards on 13 carries (2.5 yards over carry). Brown was actually more effective in his limited opportunities, running for 27 yards on five carries (including a 12 yard run).
All three played a role in the passing game, so no one has an advantage in that regard.
In Week 1 Brown operated more as the third down back, yet he saw more time on the field and was the more effective running back. That’s not a good mix for Mathews owners.
While we wouldn’t expect Brown to take over as the top running back, a continued timeshare appears to be inevitable at this point. Unless Mathews significantly picks up his game, he is going to be rendered fairly useless from a fantasy perspective.
For now consider Brown well worth stashing in all formats, in case he does overtake Mathews (even in the short-term). As for Mathews, he’s a FLEX option, at best, unless he starts to see more time on the field.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 2 rankings: