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WR Rishard Matthews - Miami Dolphins

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): Matthews appeared to be the entrenched WR2 heading into the Dallas game, but don't fret too much about his sad stat line. The Cowboys held the ball for 2/3 of the game, and Matthews should be able to avoid Darrelle Revis next week at the Jets.

Week 12: at New York Jets

All WR vs NYJ

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Back in Week Four Miami was still in the grips of the Joe Philbin coaching regime, and they lost 14-27 to New York. Since then Ryan Tannehill has been up-and-down as a passer, currently ranking 15th in the NFL among fantasy quarterbacks after 10 games (226/359 for 2,642 yards, 17 TDs and 10 interceptions thrown). Last week vs. Dallas, Tannehill threw two TDs, but was limited to 13/24 for 188 yards passing, with an interception also to his detriment. He hit Jordan Cameron for a rare TD (five targets for 2/21/1 receiving), while Kenny Stills (two for 2/52/1) also snagged a TD. Jarvis Landry (seven for 4/66/0) was the other player who had over 25 yards receiving on the day. Not a lot to see here last week, folks. The Jets' pass D is ranked 11th in the NFL averaging 231.4 net passing yards allowed per game, with 18 passing scores handed out vs. 10 interceptions (tied for 11th in the NFL) with 22 sacks (tied for 19th) generated. This team is ranked ninth-most in the NFL over the past four weeks (four games) in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (23.2 per game), but is 30th in fantasy points given up to opposing tight ends (only 3.1 per contest), vs. sixth-most in fantasy points given up to opposing wide receivers (30.8 on average during that time span). T.J. Yates and Cecil Shorts combined for 17/35 yielding 241 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown last week (one sack taken for -9 yards); while two games ago the Jets' pass D limited Tyrod Taylor to 17/27 for 132 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown while generating four sacks for -26 yards. They've been up and down in this phase of the game of late. This is a neutral matchup for the visiting Dolphins.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at NE 59 0 0 0 12 7 62 0 0 6.2
9 at BUF 67 0 0 0 4 4 54 0 0 5.4
10 at PHI 63 1 4 0 6 5 93 0 0 9.7
11 vs DAL 48 0 0 0 3 1 15 0 0 1.5
12 at NYJ PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
12 at NYJ PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *
12 at NYJ PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs DAL (3 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

Rishard Matthews had his worst game of the season, understandably, as the Dolphins had possession for just 21 minutes. A week after his previous worst statistical performance of the year, Matthews was silent again against the Cowboys. He could've started his day well by reeling in a significant gain (about 20 yards) early in the game, and the play was actually ruled a catch initially. Jason Garrett challenged the ruling on the field and won, negating the catch. With so few plays for the Dolphins, Matthews only saw two more targets on the day. Matthews had established himself squarely on the WR3 radar with his play through the first 9 weeks of the season, confidence in Matthews may be difficult to come by this week. The Jets have had a shaky pass defense since going down to the Pats in Week 7, so it will be important to monitor Darrelle Revis' status after a concussion. Matthews' matchup, and all Miami pass-catchers' outlook vs. the Jets would get an upgrade if Revis is unable to suit up this week.

2015 Week 10 vs PHI (6 / 5 / 93 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

Rishard Matthews continues to do a lot with a little in the Miami offense. With Landry and Miller becoming targets 1 and 1a for Ryan Tannehill, Matthews' targets are dwindling. Despite averaging a shade over 6 targets per game in the offense, he is still on pace to catch 75 passes and go over 1,000 yards for the season. He has 4 separate plays of 40+ yards this season, adding one and is a key target on 3rd down and long for Tannehill when the Dolphins can't run the ball or hit Jarvis Landry with a quick hitter for an easy first down. Matthews was looking for a trade during the offseason, but now, with Miller and Landry as the weapons in the short passing game, looks to be the biggest Dolphins threat in the intermediate passing game. It's a key element for Miami, as they look to move the ball. Matthews will sit on the WR3 landscape as long as he is healthy and in the lineup this season.

2015 Week 9 vs BUF (4 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)

Rishard Matthews took a backseat to Jarvis Landry, Lamar Miller, and Kenny Stills on Sunday, finishing fourth on the totem pole in targets against the Bills. Drawing a particularly tough matchup against Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby, Matthews wasn't completely blanked, but he saw only 4 targets on the day. Luckily, for anyone starting him in the bye week crunch, he has been highly efficient with his targets all year, which continued Sunday. His chemistry with Ryan Tannehill is evident, and he is always strong going up for the ball. With Lamar Miller and Jarvis Landry soaking up 20 of Tannehill's targets, there was never going to be much left for other members of the offense, but Miller won't be soaking up 7 targets and putting up 97 yards in the air every game. Likewise, Landry won't be commanding 13 targets every game as well. Matthews had an efficient enough afternoon to remain on the WR3 landscape.

2015 Week 8 vs NE (12 / 7 / 62 / 0 rec)

Matthews added another nice stat line to his growing list of breakout year games. Although there were mistakes along the way, he has firmly put himself on the WR3 radar permanently. A staple of the Miami passing game is now a quick little out-route from Tannehill to Matthews that will usually be used on 3rd down to pickup a first down. Unfortunately, the play sometimes is jumped, as it was on the first turnover of the night. Tannehill was late to make the throw as Matthews out of his break and Logan Ryan easily stepped in front of the pass for the interception. The second turnover from the Dolphins was more on Matthews as it looked as if he ran the wrong route. While enough of those mistakes would eventually effect Matthews' playing time, the way he has played has earned him some breathing room. With DeVante Parker dealing with another foot injury, Matthews is locked in as Miami's #2 receiver and a firm WR3 in fantasy football.

2015 Week 7 vs HOU (3 / 3 / 75 / 1 rec)

In such a lopsided game, Miami receivers were short on targets. However, Rishard Matthews was able to reward owners starting him with the likes of Demaryius Thomas, A.J. Green, Emmanuel Sanders, Randall Cobb, and Alshon Jeffery on bye. Despite just three targets, Matthews took his first target 53 yards to the house on a quick slant. A bit lucky with the corner running into the safety, the play foreshadowed the rest of the game, as the Texans refused to make tackles and look defeated late in the first quarter. Matthews continues to make plays, and as long as he continues to do so, he will hold off rookie DeVante Parker and any other receiver on the Dolphins for the #2 job. There will be days with higher volume going forward, and Matthews is firmly establishing himself in the WR3 conversation.

2015 Week 6 vs TEN (6 / 6 / 85 / 0 rec)

After a dud Week 4 following a breakout 3-week stretch, Matthews came back on the scene to take the #1 WR title from Jarvis Landry, at least for one week. From the first snap, as the Dolphins established the run game, and then followed it up with play-action passes, Matthews was the primary beneficiary. He routinely went over the middle of the field for intermediate gains throughout the afternoon, and took a few punishing hits as well. Playing 60 of 67 snaps, and thoroughly out-snapping both Kenny Stills and Greg Jennings, Matthews has a lock on the second WR position in Miami. With Dion Sims back in the fold and the Dolphins looking to run the ball more, double TE sets could be more heavily used in Miami. That puts a dent in the value of Stills, Jennings, and the absent DeVante Parker. Matthews has shown the consistency to be included as a WR3 going forward.

2015 Week 4 vs NYJ (3 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

After breaking out the first three weeks of the season and looking like the firm #2 to Jarvis Landry in the Miami offense, Rishard Matthews took a backseat to both Kenny Stills and Greg Jennings on Sunday. It's very frustrating for any fantasy (DFS or season long) who had put Matthews in their lineup, as it looked like he had firmly entrenched his place as a 7+ target player for the Dolphins. Instead, he rotated in and out of the lineup, as the offensive line struggled to create any room for Tannehill to step up and throw. With adjustments made to the coaching staff, there's really no indication of how Matthews and the other non-Landry WRs will be used coming out of the bye. Luckily, there are about two weeks to figure it out. However, Matthews is not an option in fantasy leagues until there's a little more clarity on the situation.

2015 Week 3 vs BUF (10 / 6 / 113 / 2 rec)

The ascension of Miami's #2 receiver continued again on Sunday, as Rishard Matthews looked every bit of the clear #2 target in the Miami passing game. Matthews offers a threat on the boundary for Ryan Tannehill, one that neither Mike Wallace nor Brian Hartline could provide. Matthews did have a drop, but he makes some tough catches in traffic and near the sideline. His first TD came on a well-run out route where he went up and made the play for the Dolphins' first score of the day, cutting the Bills lead to 27-8. One could argue that Matthews made his second fluky 40+ yard catch in as many weeks, as he caught a garbage time TD for his second score of the game. Tannehill under threw the ball rather flagrantly, but Matthews was aware enough to box out the corner and come back for the ball. He even went as far as going to ground for the ball, getting up and still scoring the touchdown. Fluky, garbage time or not, Matthews was the ultimate GPP play at WR this week and is making owners look smart who plucked him off the waiver wire and started him this week. Going forward, it looks like DeVante Parker's role is growing in the offense, but Greg Jennings and Kenny Stills pose zero threat to Matthews right now. He won't be receiving 10 targets per game, but he's making the most of his opportunities.

2015 Week 2 vs JAX (7 / 6 / 115 / 0 rec)

Now with 10 catches, 150+ yards and a TD on the season, Rishard Matthews is enjoying a breakout campaign so far in 2015. Is this a case of chronic underachieving in years past, or did the Dolphins coaching staff decidedly play Wallace, Hartline, and Gibson over him over the last few seasons. Regardless of that answer, Matthews is stepping up as the #2 receiver for Miami. He's making impressive catches over the middle of the field and has the trust of Tannehill. The first play of the game was a bit fortuitous, as Sergio Brown tipped Tannehill's pass, and Matthews showed great concentration to reel it in. If he had better wheels, he may have turned it into an 80-yard TD. Matthews will be one of the top waiver adds this week after two very strong games, but when does DeVante Parker become more involved? When will the running game get on track and not force Tannehill into 44 throws? The two game sample is good, but owners shouldn't overspend on the waiver wire for him.

2015 Week 1 vs WAS (6 / 4 / 34 / 1 rec)

Matthews was second in both targets and snaps to Jarvis Landry in Week 1, seeing 6 targets in total. Matthews made a nice move to shake David Amerson for the Dolphins' first score of the season, and also hauled in a few other tough catches (notably on the sideline) on the day. It's entirely possible that the 13.4 PPR points he scored in Week 1 go down as his season high, as you can envision an 11-personnel set of Miller, Cameron, Parker, Landry, and Stills when the Miami offense is operating at its peak. However, Matthews ran ahead of Stills even when the former Saint was healthy in training camp, and that continued into Week 1. After a few years of sulking behind the likes of Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Gibson, perhaps Matthews is looking to seize this opportunity.


Latest News

Dolphins | Rishard Matthews heads passing attack (Sun Nov 15, 07:48 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews had five catches for a team-high 93 yards in a 20-19 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 10.

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