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WR Rishard Matthews - Tennessee Titans

6-0, 217Born: 10-12-1989College: NevadaDrafted: Round 7

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Matthews had a 75-yard score and even though he isn't usually the most targeted receiver for the Titans, he has consistent WR3/Flex value with upside. He's a great play against the Colts this week.

General News (Thu Nov 23): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

Week 12: at Indianapolis Colts

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FBG says: Good matchup. Marcus Mariota had a solid fantasy day last week, but it was far from solid based purely on his play. Mariota threw a whopping four interceptions in their loss to the Steelers on Thursday night. This was Mariota's third straight game with an interception, and he now has 10 interceptions with only eight passing touchdowns on the season. Compare that to Mariota's career 45 passing touchdowns to only 19 interceptions coming into this season, and you will see how far he has fallen this year. Rishard Matthews continues to play a big role in this offense despite the return of Corey Davis, as Matthews is on the field for nearly every play and has averaged just over seven targets per game in the last three weeks. He had a big 75-yard deep ball last week for his third touchdown of the season. Delanie Walker has been one of the most consistently utilized tight ends this season, but he still has yet to find the end zone. Corey Davis is a stud from whom big things are expected. He has been targeted just one fewer time than Rishard Matthews in the last three weeks, but Davis has still yet to top 50 receiving yards since his return from injury. The Colts passing defense has been torched on many occasions this season. They lead the league in passing yards per attempt (8.3) and are second in most passing yards allowed per game (275). To their credit, this Colts secondary did play much better in their last game against the Steelers, holding Antonio Brown to just three receptions on seven targets for 47 yards. However, this secondary still allowed JuJu Smith-Schuster to go for nearly 100 yards and a touchdown against them. This unit struggled against the Titans in their last meeting earlier this season as Marcus Mariota passed for over 300 yards, doing a great job at spreading the ball amongst multiple receivers. Corey Davis will be back for the Titans this time, and he should be up against Pierre Desir for a lot of snaps here. Desir has not looked great in replacement of Vontae Davis, who also was struggling mightily this season. That side of the field should continue to be a gap that opposing offenses such as the Titans will look to exploit.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
9 vs BAL 42 0 0 0 7 4 70 1 0 13
10 vs CIN 78 0 0 0 7 5 50 0 0 5
11 at PIT 52 0 0 0 6 5 113 1 0 17.3
12 at IND PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
12 at IND PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 2 * * * *
12 at IND PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs PIT (6 / 5 / 113 / 1 rec)

Rishard Matthews had his best fantasy outing of the season as he hauled in his third touchdown and exceeded 100 receiving yards for the first time this year. Matthews' main highlight came on the Titans' first play of the second half as he caught a 75-yard touchdown bomb. It was a basic go-route where Mariota ran right by the defender before hauling in the big catch, then weaving his way through a few other would-be tacklers before he reached the end zone. Matthews isn't the fastest of receivers, but he showed great running ability here as he made just the right moves to make it to the end zone on this play. After that big play, Matthews didn't do much else in the game. While Corey Davis and Delanie Walker did see more targets than Matthews, he is still an integral part of this offense and played nearly every single snap in this game.

2017 Week 10 vs CIN (7 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)

Rishard Matthews finished with five catches for 50 yards and a few missed opportunities in last Sunday's contest against the Bengals. He gained 28 of his yards on the first drive after hauling in Mariota's first pass of the game for eight yards followed by a 20 yard catch and run to get the Titans into the red zone. Matthews dropped what would have been an easy touchdown midway through the second quarter as he was wide open down the middle of the field. He also nearly hauled in a touchdown late in the game, but it was a tough catch in the middle of two defenders while falling backwards into the end zone. Matthews ranked third in targets here behind Corey Davis and Delanie Walker, but he remains an integral part of this offense.

2017 Week 9 vs BAL (7 / 4 / 70 / 1 rec)

Rishard Matthews led the Titans in targets with seven, hauling in four of those for 70 yards and a touchdown. All of Matthews' production came in the first half, starting strong with a 29-yard reception on the first play from scrimmage that would be the Titans' longest play of the game. On the next drive, Matthews did a great job to haul in a jump ball against Eric Weddle for 15 yards. Matthews' third reception then came on the following drive, this time for a touchdown as he ran a great route to be left wide open in the end zone for an easy 16-yard touchdown reception. When the second half came along though, Matthews did not have it as easy as he couldn't haul in any of his three targets, one of which was a very bad drop on third down to stall a Titans drive.

2017 Week 7 vs CLE (6 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)

Rishard Matthews only managed to haul in three receptions for 40 yards as the Titans passing attack struggled. Matthews started strong with an 18-yard reception on the first play of the game. He also nearly found the end zone again this week as Matthews caught a 14-yard pass across the middle, just one yard short of the goal line. Matthews then made the short catch in overtime that set up the Titans for the game-winning field goal. He continues to play the majority of snaps and is the Titans leading wide receiver, but he is being used more out of the slot as a possession receiver as opposed to the downfield threat we saw last season.

2017 Week 6 vs IND (4 / 4 / 69 / 0 rec)

Rishard Matthews was only targeted four times this week, a season low, as he finished with 69 total yards. This was Matthews' best game from a yardage perspective since Week 3 against the Seahawks. Matthews nearly had a touchdown on a wide receiver screen midway through the third quarter. Matthews hauled in the screen pass and ran down the left sideline, jumping over a Colts defender before barely losing his balance and falling out of bounds just a few yards from the goal line. Matthews has been a solid downfield threat for the Titans, as he now has a reception of at least 20 yards in five of six games this year.

2017 Week 5 vs MIA (6 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)

Rishard Matthews tied for the lead in targets for the Titans this week with six, hauling in three of them for 34 yards. Matthews received one carry on the game in the first half, but it was blown up as he lost three yards. Matthews made a very impressive catch by pinning the ball against his leg to keep it from hitting the ground, resulting in a 17-yard gain - the longest play of the day for the Titans. Outside of that, Matthews really lacked highlights as this entire offense struggled.

2017 Week 4 vs HOU (8 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)

Rishard Matthews led the Titans in targets with eight, but only hauled in three receptions for 49 yards in a day that proved to be tough for this entire offense. Matthews hauled in a 28-yard reception on tight coverage, almost driving it in for the touchdown before being wrestled down by two defenders. Outside of that play, highlights were tough to come by as Mariota struggled and Matt Cassel couldn't throw the ball to anyone during the second half of this game.

2017 Week 3 vs SEA (10 / 6 / 87 / 1 rec)

Rishard Matthews led the Titans in all receiving categories with his six receptions on 10 targets for 87 yards and one touchdown. Matthews was the clear focal point of Marcus Mariota here as the next closest receiver target-wise was Delanie Walker with six. Matthews started slowly with three straight targets for incompletions, most of which were victims of errant throws by Mariota. He snagged a few short passes to help move the chains along later in the first half. Matthews' big play of the day came on a play-action wide receiver screen. Matthews caught the ball and used his speed combined with three great blocks to accelerate downfield. He ran into the Seahawks secondary but used a spin move plus stiff-arm combination to miss literally three Seahawks defenders before grabbing a block and covering his last 10 yards to the goal line for the touchdown.

2017 Week 2 vs JAX (5 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)

Rishard Matthews was targeted five times, hauling in three of them for 43 yards. Matthews made a big 15-yard catch over the middle on third down to keep the Titans drive alive at the end of the first half. He took a huge hit after the catch, but held onto the ball and popped right up afterward. On this same drive, after a couple penalties on the offensive line set the Titans back to 2nd and 30, Matthews hauled in another big reception for 20 yards, finding space in the middle of the field while working against A.J. Bouye. Outside of those two big plays, Matthews was targeted twice near the start of the first half before being relegated to blocking duty as the Titans completely shifted their game plan to protect their lead.

2017 Week 1 vs OAK (9 / 5 / 71 / 0 rec)

Rishard Matthews was targeted nine times, hauling in five of those for 71 receiving yards. Matthews looked very sharp on the first drive, making a couple of critical third-and-long catches for a combined 28 yards. Matthews received the first target of the game, and five of his nine targets came on third and long situations - showing a clear level of trust between him and Marcus Mariota that has carried over from 2016. Despite the talent added this offseason, Matthews looks to still be heavily involved in this Titans offense.

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Latest News

Titans | Rishard Matthews limited (Thu Nov 23, 06:31 PM) - Tennessee Titans WR Rishard Matthews (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 23.

Our View: While the Tennessee Titans have been disappointing as a whole, they are world's better than the Colts. We expect him and Marcus Mariota to hook up often this weekend against Indianapolis, and he should be a nice WR3 start with WR2 upside.

Titans | Rishard Matthews has big game (Fri Nov 17, 01:43 AM) - Tennessee Titans WR Rishard Matthews caught five passes for 113 yards and a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11.

Our View: Matthews got free for a 75 yard score to open the second half and fuel his night. He has a great matchup next week against the Colts and remains a solid WR2/WR3.
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Titans | Rishard Matthews finishes with 50 yards (Sun Nov 12, 05:50 PM) - Tennessee Titans WR Rishard Matthews caught five passes for 50 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10.

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12@ Indianapolis Colts
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14@ Arizona Cardinals
15@ San Francisco 49ers
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