Ryan Mathews is already being touted as a player to watch this year, which obviously makes me nervous. Norv Turner is expecting a "breakout" career year, and that doesn't help either to be honest.
On paper, everything looks great: no Tolbert, added fullback in McClain, no other pass catching 'backs to worry about (not a great O-line, but serviceable). While always seemingly nicked up, he only missed one game during the fantasy season and thanks to his pass catching ability, he eclipsed 100 total yards in 10 of 14 games. Entering his third year, Mathews appears to have moved pass the minor injuries that plagued his rookie season. With Tolbert and his 10 TD's scored last year now gone, a majority of those (not to mention the passing yards) will conceivably go to Mathews.
Only the age of 24, do you believe Ryan Mathews is primed for a breakout career year or do you think it's more likely he will fail to build on his 1,500 total yards, 6 TD 2011 campaign (good for 7th overall in RB scoring last year)?
When I take a look at the situation, it's hard not to see 2,000+ total yards and 14 TD's.