Rishard Matthews
Rishard Matthews
29-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
New York Jets
2018 Fantasy Outlook
In a down year for the Tennessee offense, Matthews missed two games, but was essentially the same efficient, productive player he's always been. The fall-off was felt mostly in the scoring department - nine TDs in 2016, only four in 2017 - as Matthews saw seven red-zone targets all year. At 6-0, 217, and with poor timed speed (4.62 40), Matthews posts strong per-target numbers and makes occasional plays downfield thanks to his stout build, good hands and crisp route running. The departure of Mike Mularkey and his low-octane play calling can only help, and new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur has vowed to simplify the offense and scheme to get both Matthews and second-year man Corey Davis open. It's unclear who will be the team's top dog - we'd imagine the team wants it to be Davis, on whom it used the No. 5 overall pick last year, but Matthews was by far the better player in 2017. Delanie Walker and Dion Lewis are also in the mix, but the Titans' passing-game tree is on the narrow side, which bodes well for Matthews even if Davis does break out. Of greater concern, Matthews was unavailable at the start of training camp while nursing an unspecified injury that dates back to May. The Titans don't seem inclined to provide any details, so it would be wise to approach Matthews with caution for the time being. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Jets in October of 2018.
May be utilized Sunday
WRNew York Jets
October 26, 2018
Matthews is a candidate to earn snaps Sunday in Chicago with Quincy Enunwa (ankle) sidelined and Robby Anderson (ankle) doubtful to play, Matt Stypulkoski of NJ.com reports.
ANALYSIS
With the aforementioned duo expected to be out of commission this weekend, the Jets are particularly thin at wideout. Aside from Jermaine Kearse, only Andre Roberts (eight targets) and Deontay Burnett (two) have been on the receiving end of passes from Sam Darnold. Among the rest of the skill positions, Chris Herndon (16), Isaiah Crowell (13) and Eric Tomlinson (10) are the only healthy options that sit in the double-digits in terms of targets. While Matthews has only been with the team since Tuesday, he may be forced to run routes due to the lack of available options. Prior to his release from the Titans last month, he had just three catches (on six targets) for 11 yards. However, Matthews is just two years removed from a 65-945-9 line on 108 targets.
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How do Rishard Matthews' 2018 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
1.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.09
 
% Team Air Yards
0.5%
 
% Team Targets
2.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
1.5 Yds
 
Catch Rate
50.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
2.0
 
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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Overall QB Rating Against
83.5
 
Cornerbacks
70.5
 
Safeties
111.7
 
Linebackers
82.5
 
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Measurables Review
How do Rishard Matthews' measurables compare to other wide receivers?
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Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
217 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.62 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.19 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.88 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.0 in
 
Bench Press
20 reps
 
Hand Length
9.13 in
 
Arm Length
32.50 in
 
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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A small-sample standout in Miami two years ago, Matthews got more opportunities in Tennessee last year and proved it was no fluke. Among the league's 41 100-target WR, Matthews' 14.5 YPC and 8.8 YPT placed him 11th and 12th, respectively. Matthews saw only 15 looks from the red zone, but made the most of them, scoring seven of his nine TDs there. At 6-0, 217, Matthews is stoutly built, runs crisp routes and has good hands. His timed speed (4.62 40) is poor, but it hasn't stopped him from striking for big plays -- 16 catches of 20 plus and four of 40 or more. The Titans used the fifth overall pick on WR Corey Davis and then signed Eric Decker in June, but Matthews has done nothing but play well the past couple seasons, and he's the only one of the trio with experience in Tennessee's system. A downtick from last year's 108 targets should be expected, but the drop off won't necessarily be severe and he figures to remain efficient. Matthews was always unlikely to match last season's touchdown total, with or without Decker in the picture.
Matthews parlayed a strong season with the Dolphins into a three-year deal in Tennessee this offseason, but it's hardly ideal. For starters, the Titans have a high-volume TE in Delanie Walker and a potentially dominant red-zone presence in Dorial Green-Beckham. And while the team's passing offense should improve with Marcus Mariota in his second year, it's still below average. At 6-0, 217, Matthews is stoutly built and able to make catches in traffic. He's also a good route runner and has reliable hands. He's on the slow side (4.62 40), though it didn't stop him from making big plays last year (four catches of 40-plus yards on 61 targets). Matthews has moderate upside should he supplant the pedestrian Kendall Wright as the top possession WR or Green-Beckham, who has a nagging hamstring injury, in the red zone.
In three seasons with the Dolphins, Matthews has 64 receptions, 734 yards, and four touchdowns. While those aren't exactly lofty figures, the Dolphins completely revamped their receiving corps after trading Mike Wallace to Minnesota, cutting Brian Hartline, and refusing to match Buffalo’s offer sheet to TE Charles Clay this offseason. As a result, there will be fresh opportunities for targets this season, but Matthews will still have to compete with rookie first-rounder DeVante Parker, offseason additions Kenny Stills and Greg Jennings, as well as promising second-year wideout Jarvis Landry. Knowing that, Matthews could find himself playing for another team before next season starts.
The former seventh round pick didn't look out of place in the NFL last season, and while he doesn't have the size or speed to make a big impact the Dolphins also didn't do a whole lot in the offseason to upgrade their receiving corps, or for that matter their quarterbacking situation. Matthews will have to fight off second round pick Jarvis Landry for the no. 3 spot on the depth chart, with the prize being the scraps of a lackluster passing game.
Matthews had just 11 receptions for 151 yards last season and is not expected to be an integral part of the Dolphins' passing game in 2013.
As much as I hate to beat a dead horse it goes without saying that the Miami receiving corps is the weakest unit on the team. There will be opportunities for just about anyone to make an impact, including Matthews who was a seventh round pick in this past April's draft.
More Fantasy News
Reaches deal with Jets
WRNew York Jets
October 23, 2018
Matthews agreed to a contract with the Jets on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Working out for Jets
WRFree Agent
October 16, 2018
Matthews will work out for the Jets on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Set to work out for Browns
WRFree Agent
October 7, 2018
The Browns are slated to work out Matthews on Monday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Hires agent, hopes to sign soon
WRFree Agent
October 4, 2018
Matthews has drawn interest from multiple teams since being released by the Titans last week and is expected to sign with a club soon, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Officially cut loose by Tennessee
WRTennessee Titans
Personal
September 27, 2018
The Titans officially released Matthews on Thursday, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports.
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