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WR Rishard Matthews - Tennessee Titans

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

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Week 3: vs Seattle Seahawks

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The Titans passing attack, and offense as a whole, started out very sluggish last week against a tough Jaguars secondary. Marcus Mariota looked sloppy in the first half, but he really turned it around on the other side of halftime, completing six of nine passes for 135 yards and a touchdown. Delanie Walker continues to showcase his connection with Mariota as he led the team in receiving yards for a second week in a row (while also adding a career-first rushing touchdown last week). Rishard Matthews made a couple of big plays on one drive but was otherwise quiet. Corey Davis was ineffective for three-quarters before leaving with a hamstring injury similar to what he was dealing with throughout training camp. He would later return to help with run-blocking but is still listed as day-to-day. The stats did not look eye-popping for this passing offense last week, but much of that was due to the game script as the Titans centered their offense around the run during the second half to protect their lead. The Seahawks pass defense has allowed only 5.9 yards per pass attempt in their first two games, including Week 1 against Aaron Rodgers. The sample is small, but this is one of the most feared secondaries in the league with some serious talent at most positions. Bobby Wagner had Brian Hoyer's number last week as he read Hoyer like a book, defending two passes while intercepting one. Both safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor continue to look solid this year in defending over the top. Delanie Walker will have a tough time finding space in the middle against these linebackers and safeties, Corey Davis likely will not be 100%, and Rishard Matthews should see a lot of Richard Sherman.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs OAK 52 0 0 0 9 5 71 0 0 7.1
2 at JAX 48 0 0 0 5 3 43 0 0 4.3
3 vs SEA 0 0 0 0 10 6 87 1 0 14.7
3 vs SEA PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
3 vs SEA PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
3 vs SEA PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 finds the end zone (Sun Sep 24, 10:21 PM) - Tennessee Titans WR Rishard Matthews finished with six catches on 10 targets for 87 yards and a touchdown in a 33-27 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3.

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Titans | Eric Decker, Rishard Matthews to start (Wed Sep 20, 06:42 PM) - Tennessee Titans WRs Eric Decker and Rishard Matthews are set to start in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks with rookie WR Corey Davis (hamstring) sidelined.

Our View: Neither Decker or Matthews are likely to do much against the Seahawks on Sunday. It helps that they're at home in Week 3, but fantasy owners should just consider either one a WR3 or flex play.
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Schedule

3vs Seattle Seahawks
4@ Houston Texans
5@ Miami Dolphins
6vs Indianapolis Colts
7@ Cleveland Browns
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9vs Baltimore Ravens
10vs Cincinnati Bengals
11@ Pittsburgh Steelers
12@ Indianapolis Colts
13vs Houston Texans
14@ Arizona Cardinals
15@ San Francisco 49ers
16vs Los Angeles Rams
17vs Jacksonville Jaguars