Ryan Mathews had 16 touches (14 rushes, two catches).
Mathews was in the news a bit this week, after his general manager stated that his fumbling problems would not be tolerated much longer.
True to the GM’s statement, San Diego rolled out Jackie Battle for the team’s first offensive series.
And Battle was the featured back on that drive.
The first play was a 14-yard pass play from Philip Rivers to Battle. The second and third were each zero-yard gains from Battle’s rushing attempts.
Toward the end of the drive, he broke a 12-yard run to the Chiefs’ 3-yard line and received a subsequent red-zone carry, which was stuffed.
Mathews made an appearance on the team’s second drive, but Battle did not go away.
When Jamaal Charles fumbled deep in Chiefs territory, Battle was the running back who had his number called. On two rushing attempts inside the 5-yard line, the running back took a carry four yards and converted a one-yard touchdown run.
It appears he’s here to stay.
Fantasy owners are probably wondering what to do with Battle after his performance, which also included a receiving touchdown for a 19-point fantasy day (in standard scoring).
His next opponent is the New Orleans Saints in Week 5. The Saints have been awfully kind to fantasy running backs in recent memory, so using Jackie Battle as a spot-start in Week 5 might not be quite as farfetched an idea as it seems.
Even if he isn’t going to be in a starting lineup for fantasy owners, Battle should definitely be owned in more leagues as the bye weeks roll on.
He might have played his way into a time-share with Mathews going forward.
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