WR Rishard Matthews - Tennessee Titans
|6-0, 217||Born: 10-12-1989||College: Nevada||Drafted: Round 7|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 17 vs HOU (13 / 9 / 114 / 1 rec)
Rishard Matthews again led the team in receiving on Sunday by hauling in nine of 13 receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown. This was his best game from a fantasy perspective this season. Matthews was heavily targeted all day as Cassel was basically locked in on him as all other receiving options combined only had 12 targets. Matthews had a big drive midway through second half, receiving five targets times with a big 25-yard catch followed by a 2-yard touchdown--his 9th of the season. Matthews ended up leading the Titans in all receiving categories and will be a solid option going into 2017.
2016 Week 16 vs JAX (9 / 3 / 31 / 1 rec)
Rishard Matthews led the team in targets yet again, however he--like all other Titans receivers--could not do much with them as he only amassed 31 yards on three receptions. Matthews did find the end zone, which somewhat salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective. The touchdown came from three yards out as Matthews did a great job finding some space and rolling with his quarterback as Mariota was trying to find an open option once the initial routes didn't pan out. Matthews (along with the rest of the Titans receiving corps) will not be an attractive option next week against the Texans. Walker then added a couple of short garbage-time receptions for short yardage to round out an overall rough outing made palatable by his touchdown.
2016 Week 15 vs KC (10 / 4 / 105 / 0 rec)
Rishard Matthews was targeted a team-high 10 times here as he made some big plays in addition to one very costly one that could have been big fantasy points for him. Matthews had his first reception go for 35 yards on a nice deep ball, only to fumble as he was near crossing the goal line. One of his other big plays came on a flea flicker for 46 yards to help set up the Titans' first touchdown. Despite only catching four passes, Matthews managed to break 100 total yards for only the second time this season. He is not scoring at the rate he was in the middle of the season, but Matthews is still clearly an integral part of this offense and will remain a factor even in the tough matchup next week.
2016 Week 14 vs DEN (3 / 1 / 26 / 0 rec)
The entire Titans receiving corps had a very quiet day as Marcus Mariota only completed six passes for less than 100 yards. Rishard Matthews had only one reception, but it happened to be the Titans' longest play of the game for 26 yards. Matthews was lined up one-on-one with Aquib Talib and managed to haul in this fantastic catch over the shoulder with Talib right on top of him. The throw to set up that catch was perfectly executed with great timing between Mariota and Matthews--something we have seen all season long.
2016 Week 12 vs CHI (7 / 3 / 64 / 1 rec)
Rishard Matthews was the most targeted (7) Titans receiver for the second week in a row, finding the end zone yet again--his seventh touchdown in the past eight games. Matthews made his hay off chunk plays this week, with his touchdown reception coming from 29 yards out while his other two catches went for 24 and 11 yards. Matthews' touchdown was a highlight-reel diving catch in the back of the end zone, set up by a good route on which Matthews managed to accelerate just enough to beat the safety to the ball and make the catch.
2016 Week 11 vs IND (13 / 9 / 122 / 0 rec)
Despite being held out of the end zone for the first time in three weeks, Rishard Matthews finished the day Sunday with season-highs in both receptions and yards as he was the most targeted (13) receiver on the team. Matthews had a hand full of big plays, including a 21 yard strike late in the first quarter and his longest play of the game, a 35-yard deep ball across the middle of the field, early in the 2nd quarter. Matthews nearly found the end zone at the end of the first half as he caught a 16-yard pass at the one-yard line but could not quite tip-toe inside the pylon for the score. Matthews had an encouraging number of downfield looks in this contest with five of his nine receptions going for 11 or more yards. He has become a favorite target of Mariota throughout this season and looks to be one of their most reliable targets through the air.
2016 Week 10 vs GB (5 / 3 / 63 / 1 rec)
Rishard Matthews only hauled in three receptions on five targets, but he extended his touchdown streak to three games here on a 32-yard strike. The touchdown pass came on a play where Matthews was able to create some space by winning his 1-on-1 matchup and hauling in the catch on a well-thrown ball that hit him in stride in the end zone. Matthews now has six touchdowns in his past six games and leads the team in receiving touchdowns.
2016 Week 9 vs SD (10 / 6 / 63 / 2 rec)
Rishard Matthews continues to defy logic as he put up big fantasy numbers again while still playing only limited snaps. Matthews led the team in targets with 10 and had his first multi-touchdown game of the season, having now scored in four of his last five games. Matthews could have had a third touchdown as he had his hands on a long pass in between defenders early the 2nd quarter, but he collided with the defender and just barely could not hold on to it. Matthews' first touchdown was a beauty as he grabbed the ball over the top of the safety and fought for the last two yards to cross the goal line. His second touchdown required much less effort as Matthews simply beat the coverage to run out a corner route, catching the ball uncontested in the back of the end zone.
2016 Week 8 vs JAX (4 / 4 / 38 / 1 rec)
Rishard Matthews continues to put up decent fantasy numbers as he has now scored his third touchdowns in the past four games despite having failed to exceed four receptions in a single game this season. Matthews hauled in this touchdown in the third quarter on a simple crossing route from four yards out that Mariota timed perfectly to hit Matthews in stride on the goal line between two defenders. Matthews was on the field more than any other receiver in this past game, but he still is being used more like a WR3 in this offense and is tough to rely upon from week to week as these touchdowns are not at all sustainable nor predictable.
2016 Week 7 vs IND (7 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)
Rishard Matthews finished Sunday as the most targeted wide receiver on the team with seven, only one behind Delanie Walker. Matthews only managed to haul on four of those targets for 37 yards however, making it a dismal day in terms of fantasy output. Matthews' one highlight came on a 3rd and 19 to start the 4th quarter on which Matthews wrestled the ball away from and shirked off a defender to fight for a big first down to keep the drive alive.
2016 Week 6 vs CLE (3 / 3 / 70 / 1 rec)
For the second week in a row, Rishard Matthews found the end zone for the Titans as he hauled in an 11-yard reception to cap the Titans opening drive. Matthews had another big play later in the third quarter as he laid out for a 43-yard reception that set up another Titans touchdown. All of the Titans receivers had their way with the Cleveland secondary, as it was not hard to find open space and beat their safeties. Matthews has made the most out of his limited opportunities all season as he has been held to between two and four receptions in every game, but now has two touchdowns and is averaging nearly 50 yards per game. He has the potential to be a top option, but with his relatively limited volume, it will be tough to rely on him steadily outside of a tournament flyer.
2016 Week 5 vs MIA (4 / 4 / 32 / 1 rec)
Rishard Matthews had a stroll down narrative street this week as he managed to find the end zone for the first time this season against his former team in Miami. Matthews converted on all four of his targets for 32 yards. His touchdown reception came mid-way through the 4th quarter on a very impressive throw from Marcus Mariota who put the ball perfectly over the defender for Matthews to dive backwards in the corner of the end zone for the catch. Matthews has more receiving yards than any other wide receiver on the team, however his usage is still too unreliable to make Matthews a target for fantasy rosters.
2016 Week 4 vs HOU (2 / 2 / 82 / 0 rec)
Rishard Matthews found himself wide open in the 2nd quarter to catch a perfectly placed deep ball for 60 yards. His only other target and reception came on a big 3rd and 9 early in the 3rd quarter for 22 yards. While Matthews made some nice plays and led the team in receiving yards, he was only afforded two targets overall--- the fewest targets among all Titans receivers. It is hard to even consider Matthews a boom or bust option going forward, as he has been bust all season until now.
2016 Week 2 vs DET (6 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
Matthews was target 6 times this week, converting 4 of those for 40 yards. While the Titans did spread the ball around more in this game, it was still clear that Matthews is at best a 4th-best option in the Titans passing attack. Matthews wasn't targeted until the last drive of the 1st half when Mariota went to him on back to back plays. He made a big play to start a 75-yard touchdown drive by the Titans as he worked his way to an open spot in coverage for a 20-yard reception. Outside of that play, he had a quiet outing overall.
2016 Week 1 vs MIN (4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Rishard Matthews received the fewest targets (4) among Titans receivers, finishing with a very meager 26 yards on 3 receptions. Matthews was touted as a potential WR1 for the Titans, but it was evident after today that Tajae Sharpe has staked his claim on that role. He did not help himself by dropping a key pass in the 3rd quarter on 3rd and 11 to cap off a 3-and-out.
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