31-Year-Old Linebacker – Green Bay Packers
2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
Matthews selflessly and successfully assumed a role as an inside linebacker for the majority of the previous two seasons due to lack of talent at the position, but head coach Mike McCarthy has since d...
Clay Matthews Contract Information:
Matthews signed a five-year deal with the Packers in April of 2013.
Matthews will not require surgery on the shoulder injury that afflicted him during this past season, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Matthews got off to a slow start last season playing exclusively on the edge, but he was moved into an outside/inside linebacker role mid-way through the campaign, and tallied 8.5 sacks over his final eight regular season games to finish the season strong. Matthews has expressed a desire to move back into solely a pass-rush role, but the Packers added just one linebacker during the offseason, so he could be back in the hybrid role again in 2015. While that may not be ideal for Matthews, there's little doubt the Packers' defense -- and his fantasy production -- was much better with him playing inside.
Matthews missed five games last season due to a broken thumb and has now been sidelined for nine games over the past two seasons, while failing to complete a campaign since his rookie year. In his 11 appearances during last season, Matthews proved to be a low-tackle, high-sack IDP option, evidenced by 41 tackles (26 solo) and a team-best 7.5 sacks. He also forced three fumbles. Looking at 2014, Matthews is a great fantasy contributor that is very capable of double-digit sacks when healthy, but his recent track record indicates that a full season shouldn't be expected from him. Additionally, there are other outside linebackers that can offer more tackles and similar sack numbers. Nonetheless, Matthews should benefit from the presence of accomplished edge rusher Julius Peppers opposite of him, potentially resulting in Matthews taking on fewer blocks and opening up opportunities to make game-changing plays.
Matthews led the Packers with 13 sacks in 2012, and will continue to provide a rush presence off the edge for the Packers.
Matthews registered just six sacks in 2011 and saw constant double-teams. The Packers drafted almost exclusively defense and hope that will free him up a bit more. He doesn't rack up big tackle numbers so his value takes a big hit if he isn't getting sacks.
Matthews has the look of the rare 3-4 outside linebacker with the ability to provide both tackle and sack production. Matthews finished his 15-game regular season in 2010 with 60 tackles (54 solo), 13.5 sacks, an interception returned for a touchdown and two forced fumbles. He needs to show even more production in the tackle department if heís going to rise up the rankings, but Matthews has the look of a player who isnít done improving. Heís clearly one of the best 3-4 outside linebackers available this year.
Matthews had a tremendous rookie season in 2009, recording 50 tackles and 10 sacks. He should get more playing time in 2010, but will also see more double teams. The Packers will need to find a rushing complement or his production might suffer.