WR Rishard Matthews - Free Agent
|6-0, 217||Born: 10-12-1989||College: Nevada||Drafted: Round 7, pick 2012|
2018 Week 1 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rishard Matthews was not targeted in Week 1 as he is still learning this new offense after missing the entire preseason. Matthews did see some snaps on special teams as he returned a punt while also playing limited offensive snaps.
2018 Week 2 vs HOU (4 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Rishard Matthews was back on the field for more snaps this week, but he hauled in only two of four targets for eight yards. With the backup quarterback and a banged-up offensive line, Matthews was basically not a factor in this game.
2018 Week 3 vs JAX (2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Rishard Matthews was targeted only twice here, hauling in one for three yards. The Titans passing game did next to nothing in this game with Blaine Gabbert concussed and Marcus Mariota playing with an injured arm.
2018 Week 14 vs BUF (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Matthews was only on the field for three snaps, but was targeted on one of them for a 6-yard gain.
2018 Week 15 vs HOU (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Matthews continues to be no more than a warm body on offense, with very little involvement of depth on any given play. It seems very much like if he is targeted, it means Sam Darnold was desperate.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 14 vs ARI (5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Matthews could not get anything going on his first game back from a hamstring injury, hauling in just three receptions for 19 yards. He had to deal with coverage from Patrick Peterson for most of the game, which will limit the upside of any receiver regardless of who he is.
2017 Week 15 vs SF (8 / 6 / 95 / 1 rec)
Rishard Matthews led the team in receiving as he hauled in six of his eight targets for 95 yards and a touchdown. This was his biggest game since going out with the hamstring injury in Week 11. Matthews showed his playmaking ability in this game as his first four receptions all went for over 20 yards each, with three of them coming before halftime. Matthews showed non-stop drive after his first reception as gained an extra seven yards once he had been wrapped up just by keeping his legs pumping to push downfield. Matthews ran a great corner route during the two-minute drill before halftime to help set up a Titans touchdown. He had to make that catch on the ball thrown a bit over his head, but Matthews had no problem hauling it in and getting out of bounds. On 3rd-and-4 late in the third quarter, Matthews came up big with another 21-yard reception that he showed great power to push forward for some extra yards at the end. Shortly after that play, Matthews would easily haul in the touchdown on 3rd-and-goal from eight yards out as he fooled the 49ers linebacker with a nice stop and go to get wide open in the back of the end zone. This would mark Matthews' third touchdown in his last five games.
2017 Week 16 vs LAR (4 / 2 / 48 / 0 rec)
Matthews made a great play midway through the third quarter as he caught the ball after an out route, then shedding his would-be tackler before accelerating up the sideline to get the Titans into the red zone. His only other reception of the day was another big one as Matthews ran a short slant route, catching the ball about four yards from the line of scrimmage but again ram right through the cornerback covering him as Matthews scampered for 23 yards in total on that play. This was the first game of the season in which Matthews finished with fewer than three receptions as his overall usage was certainly down despite a couple of long plays.
2017 Week 17 vs JAX (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Rishard Matthews was targeted only twice in last week's game as the stout Jaguars cornerbacks shut down all of the Titans wide receivers. He did not even see a target until the second half, and his only reception was a seven-yard grab coming early in the fourth quarter.
2017 Week 18 vs KC (2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Rishard Matthews was targeted only twice, hauling in one catch for 15 yards midway through the second quarter while lined up against Darrelle Revis. Matthews was facing coverage from Marcus Peters for most of the day, so it was tough for him to get open. Matthews now has just four receptions in his last three games as he is beginning to fall under the radar for the run-heavy Titans offense that is focusing more on Delanie Walker in big passing situations.
2017 Week 19 vs NE (8 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Rishard Matthews would have yet another disappointing performance to close out his season as he only managed to haul in three of eight targets for 27 yards. His longest play of the game came in garbage time as Matthews hauled in a 12-yard pass near midfield despite being held on the play. Matthews really never did look himself after returning from a hamstring injury in Week 14 as he closed out the season on quite the negative note.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 12 vs NYJ (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Rishard Matthews took a nasty shot on the third offensive play of the game and did not return to the game. On pass that was thrown a little behind, which probably could've been deemed uncatchable, Matthews took a shot in the back from Calvin Pryor. He was immediately ruled out with chest and rib injuries. The only notable player to step up in Matthews' absence was rookie DeVante Parker, who started making some plays. While Matthews has broken out this season, he's fallen off the pace a bit over the last few weeks. With the Parker ascension officially on, Matthews has probably seen his best days this season.
2014 Week 8 vs JAX (2 / 1 / 3 / 1 rec)
After a few big games last season, it was tempting to get excited about Rishard Matthews. Well, after scoring a TD on Sunday, there likely won't be too many people getting excited about the Miami WR. He played 16 snaps, and saw two targets, but really is nothing more than another tool to show defenses a different look. He's played at least a handful of snaps in every game this season, even as high as 25-30 against Buffalo and Oakland (blowouts), but is still the #5 receiver for the Dolphins when all parties are healthy. He'll need an injury or even two to gain relevance in any fantasy league this season.
2013 Week 3 vs ATL (4 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Matthews' four catch, four-target day might be a bit misleading, as he provided that production on just 14 snaps. Matthews was impressive with his play, making multiple plays on the final drive, and breaking a few tackles to pickup a few extra yards along the way. It does look like he is the direct backup to Hartline and Wallace, so if either were to miss time, he may get the snaps in two wide receiver sets. However, he still needs an injury to have a direct line at some quality playing time.
2013 Week 8 vs NE (6 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Matthews has been used to playing in 4-wide sets so far this season, but with Brandon Gibson's knee injury, he stepped into the #3 receiver void yesterday. Throughout the first half and into the third quarter, Matthews really only played about 15 snaps, as the Dolphins decided to use two tight-end sets to run the ball with the lead. Once they were down at the end of the third and fourth quarter, Matthews finally saw the field more, finishing with 37 snaps overall. Matthews did pickup the Gibson-type role, seeing 6 targets in the passing game, securing 3 of them. A few of the incompletions were just a matter of miscommunications, as these two likely haven't spent a ton of time playing together in practice. Matthews will be an interesting pickup as a bye week WR if he indeed is playing the same role as Gibson. However, the Dolphins may look to add a receiver more suited to play in the slot, because that fits what they're doing more.
2013 Week 9 vs CIN (4 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Matthews was a popular candidate to step in and see Brandon Gibson level for production in the wake of Gibson's season-ending injury. Matthews ran 25 pass routes and received 4 targets, so it will likely take a few weeks for Matthews and Tannehill to develop the chemistry needed to be a viable target. Additionally, the Dolphins' run game is rolling right now, so Matthews losing snaps to Michael Egnew, Dion Sims and an extra offensive lineman is something that Mike Sherman and company might employ for the foreseeable future. Even with Dion Sims sitting out last night, Matthews didn't see the snap load Gibson was seeing. He may work up to seeing 50+ snaps eventually, but for now, until he proves otherwise, it's best to leave him on the waiver wire.
2013 Week 10 vs TB (14 / 11 / 120 / 2 rec)
Rishard Matthews matched his entire season catch and yardage total on Monday night, in addition to catching the first two touchdown catches of his career. After struggling to gain a real role in the Dolphins' offense since Brandon Gibson's season ending knee injury, Matthews exploded onto the fantasy scene with easily his career best performance. With Darrelle Revis matched up on Mike Wallace all night, and the sieve of an offensive line doing very little to deter Gerald McCoy and company, Tannehill locked onto his slot receiver to the tune of 14 targets. Matthews was seeing very soft coverage, as the Bucs often shaded free safety Dashon Goldson towards Matthews, but played him about 10 yards from the line of scrimmage. Matthews had no problem coming out of his in and out breaking routes and catching simple passes. His first TD was a simple pitch and catch from 6 yards out near the end of the first half. The Bucs essentially forgot to cover him, that's nothing new from the Bucs this season. His second touchdown was a bit more impressive. With Goldson playing off coverage yet again, Tannehill whipped a perfect pass on a wide receiver screen, leading Matthews towards a block from Brian Hartline and right into pay dirt. While Matthews is sure to be a hot commodity on the waiver wire this week, expectations need to be tempered a bit. Revis blanketed Wallace, and the Dolphins still want their big free agent pickup to function as a #1 wide receiver, even though he might not be playing like it. On the plus side for fantasy owners, the offensive line isn't about to make a drastic turnaround. Additionally, Brandon Gibson was getting red zone looks before he went down for the season. Matthews seems like one of those players that will put up huge numbers on the bench and throw up duds when in the starting lineup, but he's certainly worth an add at this point in the season.
2013 Week 11 vs SD (6 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec)
Rishard Matthews followed up his huge 11/120/2 game on Monday Night Football with a respectable line on 6 targets. Matthews played 57 out of 66 snaps, which is easily the highest percentage he's played this season. That probably had something to do with the game plan the Dolphins had going into the game, but it's a positive sign for Matthews' value over the rest of the season. Ryan Tannehill will always look to his slot receivers, and increasingly, he's been looking for them in the red zone. Matthews received another target from inside the 20, catching ball near the 5, but coming up short of the end zone. Additionally, Matthews has flashed some after the catch ability. Ryan Tannehill is very good with his ball placement on his short throws, which allows a guy like Matthews to hit his stride as he's catching the ball. Then, he can takeoff, chewing up yards as he goes. With the Dolphins, it's always difficult to predict a game plan, so fantasy owners are always risking disaster, but, especially in PPR leagues, he is on the radar as a WR3, especially with the final week of byes rolling through in Week 12.
2013 Week 12 vs CAR (7 / 3 / 2 / 0 rec)
With the Dolphins very much leaning on a pass heavy attack against the stout Carolina defensive front, Rishard Matthews continued to see the bulk of the snaps, playing 55 in all. He also saw the second most targets on the team behind Mike Wallace, with 7. However, it wasn't his day, finding it tough going in the middle of the field against the likes of Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, who jammed up the area of the field he likes to work. The Panthers weren't fooled on the wide receiver screens that the Dolphins ran for Matthews either, losing yardage on both of them. On the bright side, Matthews did receive another red zone target, but let a potential touchdown slip through his hands. He's likely going to be very inconsistent down the stretch, especially with Mike Wallace possibly finding his game. He should be owned in most leagues, but it would be tough to start him going forward.
2013 Week 13 vs NYJ (3 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
The Dolphins' slot receiver took a backseat and was a distant fourth in targets to Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Charles Clay on Sunday, seeing just three targets from Ryan Tannehill. On a day in which the Dolphins were having no trouble getting open against a porous New York secondary, one of their top targets was likely to see a few less targets. It wasn't as if Matthews was getting locked down either. He usually saw a linebacker or oft-burned slot corner Kyle Wilson in coverage, but Miami was having an easier time finding Charles Clay or one of their outside receivers open. Additionally, Matthews couldn't really get on the field in the second half, as the Dolphins logically went to more two tight end sets nursing a lead for most of the second half. He played in just over half of the offensive snaps for the Dolphins as well, his lowest percentage since assuming the slot role for an injured Brandon Gibson in Week 8. Such is the life for most slot receivers in the league. Game flow dictated that Matthews should be on the sideline for much of the second half, and while Matthews figures to see the field plenty against teams like the Steelers and Patriots in the coming weeks, Mike Sherman and the coaching staff could switch it up and lean on a multiple tight end attack. Matthews was always going to be a desperation fantasy play, and owners would truly have to be desperate to use him in the playoffs.
2013 Week 14 vs PIT (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Rishard Matthews didn't start the game, but still played 43 out of 62 snaps on the offense. However, he didn't come into many targets in this one, as Charles Clay ate up the middle of the field for the Dolphins. It's positive that he still saw 43 snaps, as the Dolphins seem very content to play with 11 personnel for most of the game. However, in game in which Mike Wallace couldn't get going, you'd hope Matthews could pick up some of the slack and see more than two targets. He couldn't, and at this point, fantasy owners would be better served using the end of their bench for higher upside plays.
2013 Week 15 vs NE (9 / 5 / 64 / 0 rec)
In what's become routine in Miami, it was Rishard Matthews' turn for a good game against the Patriots. With 4 viable pass catchers in Wallace, Hartline, Matthews, and Charles Clay, the second year player from Nevada had been taking a backseat to the other three in recent games, but came up big for his team on Sunday with some big catches. Bill Belichick decided that he was going to takeaway Charles Clay, which he did well, but that left Matthews to take advantage of the likes of Logan Ryan in the slot. Aqib Talib moved around, matching up with just about every receiver the Dolphins had to offer. But, Tannehill was smart, targeted Talib just 4 times, and was able to take advantage of the other matchups that were offered to him. Matthews' biggest play was on a corner route against Logan Ryan late in the second quarter to kickstart a scoring drive for the Dolphins. It was a perfectly thrown ball, but Matthews showed good concentration to follow the ball in and secure the pass on a crucial third down. If he doesn't come up with the catch, the Pats would've had about a minute and 3 timeouts to go down the field and add to their 10-0 lead before the half.
2013 Week 16 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Rishard Matthews' on-again, off-again fantasy production continued as he saw just two targets from Ryan Tannehill in Sunday's game. Due to the fact that the Dolphins just couldn't move the ball, and Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Charles Clay soaked up 28 of the 32 targets in the game, Matthews wasn't able to make an impact. That's been the story for Matthews since his 11-catch, 2-touchdown breakout performance on Monday Night Football against the Bucs. With three viable targets all ahead of him competing for looks, Matthews is a non-factor all too often. It's unclear what his role might be next season with Brandon Gibson recovering from his knee injury, but Matthews is an intriguing prospect. For a bigger target, he's plays in the slot very well, and has shown after-the-catch ability. He's not likely to be a player to target in fantasy drafts next season, but he's a player to keep on the radar.
2013 Week 17 vs NYJ (7 / 4 / 58 / 0 rec)
Matthews stepped into the #2 receiver role when Brian Hartline left with an injury, and subsequently led the Dolphins in receiving on Sunday. Matthews left at least one catch for a big chunk of yardage on the table, dropping an important third down pass that would've gone for a first down. It was one of those taking your eyes off the ball before catching it plays, but it was a crucial drop, ending a potential scoring threat for the Dolphins, who were struggling for big plays the entire game. Matthews stepped in very nicely for Brandon Gibson after the latter went down earlier in the season. Just a second year player, Matthews would be a candidate to receive more playing time next season, but Wallace, Hartline, and Gibson are all expected back with the club. The second-year pro out of Nevada could start the season as the #4 receiver, but with injuries always playing a role, he'll have the opportunity to move up on the depth chart.
2012 Week 11 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
Matthews was the lone speed threat for the Dolphins, but only received two targets. Appearing to catch McKelvin off guard, Matthews ran right by the nickel corner, forcing McKelvin to tackle the rookie for the 30-yard penalty. The pass just missed and could have been much bigger if not for the tackle. Matthews' lone catch came on the Dolphin's final drive, picking up 19 yards on the crosser.
2012 Week 13 vs NE (2 / 1 / 28 / 0 rec)
Matthews was the target of one of Tannehill's worst thrown passes of the day. On third down, Matthews gained separation down the sidelines, but Tannehill short-armed the throw. That three-and-out was one of many on the day that prevented the Miami offense from having any sense of rhythm on offense. In the final minutes, Matthews made a long reception down the field after gaining separation in garbage time.
2012 Week 14 vs SF (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Matthews caught a short throw on the final drive as San Francisco played extremely soft defense. His only other target was a long bomb to him down the sideline, but with tight coverage the receiver was unable to make a play.
2012 Week 15 vs JAX (5 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Matthews was a surprising contributor this week as he saw five targets. He had just six targets in the previous four games combined. Matthews is a big-bodied receiver that can box out defenders when he gets in the proper position. Those traits were on display on each of his three receptions. Matthews held on to passes when hit and even drew a defensive pass interference penalty on a third down in the second half. On his lone chance for a big play, Tannehill missed Matthews when he was wide open on a seam route. Miami was in field goal range and facing a third down, adding to its importance as one of Tannehill's few off-target throws.
2012 Week 16 vs BUF (3 / 2 / 37 / 0 rec)
You know its bad when the leading receiver (that isn't a RB) registers a mere two catches (on three targets) for 37 yards, but such was the case on Sunday. Matthews long went for 30 yards as he ran down the seam for the long gain. The throw coming on a rope, Matthews was able to snatch the pass out of the air before Jairus Byrd delivered a shot on the WR. Matthews absorbed the heavy hit, which brought him off his feet, and was able to maintain control as he went to the ground.
2012 Week 17 vs NE (6 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
The big-bodied receiver had his third straight decent game, this time against New England's secondary. Matthews was not fazed by tight coverage and he showed the ability to shield defensive backs with his body to make the play. Tannehill missed Matthews on one target, leading him too far out in front on a slant route. Tannehill's lone interception came on an ill-advised throw into double coverage. Against the blitz, Matthews was tightly covered, which allowed another defensive back to pick off the floating pass.