Mathews will be the top fantasy rookie in 2010

LaDainian who?

The Chargers traded up 16 spots to take Ryan Mathews with the 12th overall selection, a move that will have more fantasy relevance than any other in the 2010 Draft.

In my mind, Mathews immediately moves ahead of Darren Sproles and to the top of the Chargers depth chart. He won’t be a featured back, as Sproles will see time as a change-of-pace option, but there’s no reason to believe he won’t see 250-plus carries as a rookie.

Mathews will have a very favorable schedule and be part of an offense that will make it hard for opposiong defenses to stack the line of scrimmage. I see him as a high-end No. 2 fantasy back.

In fact, I already have him ahead of LeSean McCoy and Joseph Addai on my board.

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