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WR Jordan Matthews - Buffalo Bills

6-3, 212Born: 7-16-1992College: VanderbiltDrafted: Round 2

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Week 15: vs Miami Dolphins

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FBG says: Good matchup. It's been a rocky ride, but Tyrod Taylor is likely the Bills' unquestioned starter again. Rookie Nathan Peterman has been abjectly terrible, posting a league-worst 1.24 adjusted net yards per attempt (factoring in sacks, touchdowns, and interceptions). Third-stringer and ideal Wildcat specialist Joe Webb could be even worse. So, assuming he's recovered adequately from his knee injury, Taylor will be back under center in Week 15. That's nice, and it's helpful to us as fantasy owners, but it may not mean too much for start/sit purposes. Taylor is an exceptionally one-dimensional fantasy producer; he'll generally either run for 60+ yards and pay off for owners or fail to bring value. He's only reached 225 passing yards twice thus far in 2017. It certainly doesn't help that he throws to virtually no starting-caliber talent. Kelvin Benjamin remains hurt - he's caught just seven passes over three appearances as a Bill, anyway - while Zay Jones has suffered through an atrocious rookie season (68 targets but just 291 yards), and Deonte Thompson isn't anyone's idea of a WR1. Frankly, the only worthwhile pieces of the Bills passing game are running back LeSean McCoy and tight end Charles Clay, and both have capped upsides as receivers in this offense. Is it possible to wash away a season's worth of poor pass defense with just one masterpiece against Tom Brady? Probably not, but it's worth noting just how great of a game this unit played last week. Second-year cornerback Xavien Howard, one of the league's least effective cover man for most of the year, was thoroughly dominant against the Patriots, refusing to allow a catch and picking off two passes. And there's even further reason for optimism, as the Dolphins have now slotted T.J. McDonald into the lineup to construct a top-tier safety tandem. McDonald and Reshad Jones should discourage downfield throws to a degree, and while Howard's aggressive playing style won't always win out, it's a nice weapon to have. There's still tons of reason for concern here, especially with the team's pass rush still not showing up. But there are steps being taken in the right direction, and the Dolphins may not be an eminently targetable matchup anymore.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 at KC 42 0 0 0 3 2 15 0 0 1.5
13 vs NE 51 0 0 0 3 1 14 0 0 1.4

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 13 vs NE (3 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

Jordan Matthews continued what has been a frustrating season, finishing the day with only one catch on a dig route for 14 yards. Matthews has struggled to get open consistently and is a poor fit for Tyrod Taylor who struggles throwing the ball in tight windows.

2017 Week 12 vs KC (3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Jordan Matthews functioned as an ancillary receiver in the Buffalo offense that was working with a lead. Matthews's two catches were both on third down, one for a conversion on a low pass across the middle, and the second on an out Matthews ran short of the line to gain.

2017 Week 10 vs NO (2 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

Jordan Matthews was limited to a single catch on a garbage time throw from Nathan Peterman. Jordan Matthews is a poor fit with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback, but works in the intermediate area and across the middle of the field where Peterman is more comfortable throwing the football.

2017 Week 9 vs NYJ (8 / 6 / 46 / 0 rec)

Jordan Matthews had the most targets of the season with eight. Matthews had the opportunity for a short touchdown when he caught a slant in the red zone that was initially ruled a touchdown but was overturned on review. Matthews was more involved in the passing game than prior weeks, largely the result of negative game script as Buffalo fell behind 34 to 7 in the second half and had to throw a season high 40 times. Matthews operated in the short and intermediate area of the field and Taylor frequently checked down to Matthews during garbage time. He did lose a fumble during a two-minute opportunity at the end of the first half, but his playing time did not suffer after the fumble.

2017 Week 8 vs OAK (4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)

Jordan Matthews was involved early in the game. Matthew was used across the middle of the field, and converted key third downs on targets. Matthews could have had a bigger day, but a catch and run for 27 yards was called back on one of the worst offensive pass interference calls you will see. Matthews broke across the field and the defender slipped on the break, and Matthews was called for offensive pass interference.

2017 Week 7 vs TB (3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Jordan Matthews got involved early on a drag route that he caught and ran for a third down conversion. He only had two catches on three targets, for 10 yards. Matthews wore a special glove during the game to protect his injured finger, which allowed him to play. Matthews has not been targeted more than 5 times in any game this season, and does not have a definable role in the Buffalo offense.

2017 Week 4 vs ATL (2 / 2 / 10 / 1 rec)

Jordan Matthews caught both of his two official targets for 10 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was run out of a bunch formation where Matthews worked a crossing route in the end zone creating separation for the pass from Taylor. The other target was also in the red zone where Matthews was motioned into a stack formation and ran a quick inbreaking route on the snap. The throw was to Matthews's back hip that caused Matthews to slow his momentum on the catch. As a result, Matthews was tackled just short of the line of scrimmage. Matthews also caught another pass but was called for offensive pass interference.

2017 Week 3 vs DEN (5 / 3 / 61 / 0 rec)

Jordan Matthews was the most targeted wide receiver, with five targets, and finished with a team high 61 yards. Matthews ran a nice crossing route against Chris Harris where he got separation in the route, for a 25-yard catch. Matthews motioned into the slot on another crossing route which he caught for a 28-yard catch and run. One of the passes targeted to Matthews was tipped at the line of scrimmage. Matthews did drop a target on a third down and two when matched up against Aqib Talib.

2017 Week 2 vs CAR (3 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)

Jordan Matthews was only targeted three times but converted all three opportunities for thirty yards, including two big third down conversions. The first was on an out route which he caught and ran for 15 yards. The second was a dig route on third down and 13 which he caught in the middle of the field and held on through contact for the conversion. Matthews was used in both the slot and on the perimeter, but was limited to the short and intermediate areas of the field.

2017 Week 1 vs NYJ (3 / 2 / 61 / 0 rec)

Matthews was limited to two catches on the game, but produced a highlight catch on a crossing route, where he broke the initial tackle then reeled off a long run after the catch for 47-yard gain to set up a Bills touchdown. He looked healthy and full speed on the run and catch after missing extensive time in training camp with a chipped bone in his chest. A positive game script limited the Bills to 28 passes in the games, but Matthews looked the best of the wide receivers in the game on his limited opportunities.


Latest News

Bills | Jordan Matthews placed on IR (Tue Dec 5, 04:17 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Our View: Matthews first (and likely only) year in Buffalo goes down as a huge disappointment. He's missed time and battled through a multitude of injuries, including knee, chest and thumb problems. A second-round pick in 2014, Matthews is headed for the open market this offseason. With a history of knee problems and coming off such a down year (25 catches, 282 yards, one touchdown), we can't imagine teams falling all over themselves to sign Matthews.
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Bills | One grab for Jordan Matthews (Sun Dec 3, 04:53 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews posted just one grab for 14 yards on three targets in Week 13 against the New England Patriots.

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Bills | Jordan Matthews active for Week 13 (Sun Dec 3, 12:14 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews (knee) is officially active for the team's Week 13 game.

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Bills | Jordan Matthews questionable (Fri Dec 1, 07:46 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 1, and is listed as questionable for Week 13.

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Bills | Week 13 injury report for Buffalo (Fri Dec 1, 03:01 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee), OT Cordy Glenn (foot, ankle), OG John Miller (ankle) and RB Mike Tolbert (hamstring) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 13 against the New England Patriots. TE Charles Clay (knee), FB Patrick DiMarco (ankle), WR Jordan Matthews (knee), OT Conor McDermott (chest), TE Nick O'Leary (back) and DE Eddie Yarbrough (chest) were all limited in practice Friday, Dec. 1, and are listed as questionable. OT Seantrel Henderson (illness) did not practice Friday and is also listed as questionable. RB LeSean McCoy (knee) also did not practice Friday but has been removed from the injury report.

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