Three and out: Norv expects breakout from Mathews

Happy Thursday everybody! Are you excited about Anchorman 2? Well, you should be.

But let’s hit up some fantasy news.

Chargers expect breakout season from Mathews: The Chargers are still in the market for a veteran running back, but coach Norv Turner is excited about Ryan Mathews, who he expects to be a “guy who has that breakout, big-time year.” Via the (San Diego Union-Tribune.) Well that’s great, Norv. Make sure you don’t hand the ball to Le’Ron McClain in the red zone and Mathews will be sure to. But I do look for Mathews to trend up this season and continue to improve on his numbers from last season (1,091 rushing yards, six touchdowns).

Pump the breaks on Blackmon: Our Greg Cosell said Justin Blackmon is not an elite prospect in the realm of Dre Johnson or Calvin Johnson during an appearance on NFL Sirius on Thursday (via Twitter). If teams in the Top 10 feel the same way, we could see the Browns jump on Trent Richardson. Which, as we talked about earlier this week, would be a good move for the Browns – and for fantasy football owners as well.

McCarthy doesn’t learn: One of my biggest pet peeves is the word pet peeve. But second is guys who refuse to make a mistake. You know, when those guys mess up and say, ‘if I had to do it over again, I would do the same thing.’ Don’t do that. When I was a little kid, I burnt my hand when I put it on the muffler of my sister’s boyfriend’s motorcycle. And if I had to do it over again, I wouldn’t do it. So why would Mike McCarthy say if he could rest Aaron Rodgers for Week 17 he’d do it again? Oh boy. But why is this fantasy relevant? Well, I know some of you play in fantasy leagues which stretch until the regular-season finale week. Don’t do it. I’m sure if you had to do it over again, you’d end your leagues in Week 16, right?

For the record, you can submit your fantasy questions to NFL Fantasy Live, Michael Fabiano or me on Twitter. But realize, NFL Fantasy Live has 40,000 followers, and Fabiano has 50,000. Me? Just 13. See, the odds are better that I will answer your question, so hit me up both via Twitter or via Facebook. Also be sure to catch the latest “Dave Dameshek Football Program.”

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