Ryan Mathews, however, will define how far this offense can go. He hasn't proven to be a consistent passing-down back, but he's the most realistic option between the tackles. With some tweaks to his technique, the deceptively powerful Mathews could become a solid contributor if McCoy and Whisenhunt can harness his abilities, particularly out of more zone-blocking processes.
Mathews meets world of production?
Mathews has had issues with dancing in and out of his designed runs, but new offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris helped facilitate C.J. Spiller's growth last year in Buffalo; maybe similar progress can turn around Mathews' career. Luckily, you might only have to spend a borderline RB2/3 pick on him, so this is the best chance he'll ever have at delivering a profit, even with Woodhead's penchant for stealing touches.
San Diego's shift in philosophy theoretically gives their receiving corps more potential for competence in PPR leagues. Antonio Gates, who just turned 33 today and is widely considered to have run out of gas, could be a handy value in such formats if people forget he exists and reports of his fit self in non-pads work hold up. Not a bad fringe TE1 gamble, wouldn't ya say?
Danario Alexander boasts the talent to succeed regardless of system; it's a matter of whether you want to pay WR3 or 4 dollars for his spotty health record and diminishing chances to resemble Vincent Jackson in yards per snare. Malcom Floyd has to alter his streak-defined game but could serve well as a WR5. Someone among Vincent Brown, Keenan Allen, Eddie Royal and (I guess?) Robert Meachem should have fleeting inseason utility, as well.
This offense won't be as explosive as its former incarnation, which tempers the pieces' late-round flyer allure, but expect efficiency to rise, which leaves plenty of room to make money off them.
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