Rishard Matthews Fantasy Football News 2017

Titans insider Jim Wyatt called WR Taywan Taylor a "star of the offseason" and even predicted that he'll out-target WR Corey Davis this season. Davis, of course, was the 5th overall pick of this year's draft. Taylor was a 3rd-rounder. But he checks boxes for college production (3,197 yards and 34 TDs over the last 2 seasons) and athleticism (96th percentile SPARQ score). There's a crowd in Tennessee with Taylor and Davis joining veterans Rishard Matthews and Eric Decker at WR. TE Delanie Walker is still there. And the Titans figure to remain a run-leaning offense. We'd be surprised if they produced more than 2 viable fantasy starting WRs, so the battle for snaps and targets this summer will be worth monitoring closely.

The Titans have agreed to a 1-year deal with WR Eric Decker. The former Jet gives QB Marcus Mariota a talented, steady veteran presence. Decker shouldn't keep Corey Davis from reaching the top of the WR depth chart if the rookie proves ready to do so, but he'll cut into the available targets and certainly make it tough for Rishard Matthews to deliver another fantasy-starter line. Decker could also block 3rd-round WR Taywan Taylor from turning into a fantasy surprise this season. We'll see this summer just how healthy Decker is coming off groin and shoulder surgeries at the end of last year. But he reportedly looked good in Jets OTAs before his release. Another receiving weapon makes Mariota even more attractive around the fringe of QB1 territory in fantasy football drafts.

The Titans used the #5 overall pick on WR Corey Davis. He was a stat-compiling machine at Western Michigan, leaving as the NCAA’s record holder for career receiving yards (5,278). After posting a 67-941-6 line as a true freshman, he topped 1,400 yards and 12 TDs in each of his final 3 seasons. He certainly squared off against some weaker competition in the MAC but also averaged 5.8 catches, 77.9 yards and .6 TDs in 9 games against “Power 5” conferences (ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12). An ankle injury prevented Davis from working out in the pre-draft process, but he looks plenty athletic on film. He’s also 1 of the most advanced route runners in the class. Davis has a shot to quickly become Tennessee’s #1 WR, bumping Rishard Matthews to the #2 spot. QB Marcus Mariota’s stock is on the rise.

Titans WR Rishard Matthews predictably struggled to post numbers against the Broncos on Sunday. He caught just 1 of 3 targets for 26 yards. The targets and yards both ranked 2nd on the team to TE Delanie Walker on a day where QB Marcus Mariota completed just 6 passes for 88 yards. The schedule holds at least 2 more tough matchups, with next week's trip to K.C. potentially tough as well. Matthews is no more than a WR4 the rest of way.

Titans WR Kendall Wright is inactive for today's game against the Broncos. He wasn't listed on the final injury report, so he looks like a healthy scratch. Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe will serve as Tennessee's top 2 WRs against Denver's stingy secondary.

Update: Wright was scratched after missing a team meeting on Saturday, according to insider Jim Wyatt.

Titans WR Kendall Wright (hamstring) has been ruled out of Sunday's game vs. Minnesota. Increasingly injury-prone, Wright isn’t worth rostering in fantasy leagues. The Titans will start Rishard Matthews and rookie Tajae Sharpe to open the season.

The Titans on Tuesday morning traded WR Dorial Green-Beckham to the Eagles for swing O-lineman Dennis Kelly. This is the biggest statement to date against DGB's work ethic, which has been questioned and called out by Tennessee all offseason. If he finally gets his stuff together, though, he'll find a wide-open WR situation in Philly. The Eagles obviously remain unhappy with Nelson Agholor's development and couldn't have been impressed with Rueben Randle's preseason debut against the Bucs. Jordan Matthews, meanwhile, remains out with a knee bruise. Green-Beckham remains a hold in dynasty leagues, but you shouldn't be any more excited about his 2016 outlook today than you were yesterday. Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe, meanwhile, gain safety as late-round fantasy football draft picks without the spectre of DGB's talent looming.

The Titans have signed WR Andre Johnson to a 2-year deal, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Johnson will go down as 1 of the best WRs of his generation, but there's not much gas left in his tank. He mustered just 41 catches, 503 yards and 4 TDs with the Colts last season. It was his 3rd straight year below 13 yards per catch. Hopefully Tennessee doesn't give him snaps at the expense of youngsters Dorial Green-Beckham, Kendall Wright, Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe.

Tajae Sharpe and Rishard Matthews emerged as the Titans' top 2 WRs in spring practices, according to insider Terry McCormick. Sharpe is a 5th-round rookie but generated buzz from coaches and media throughout OTAs. Matthews never carved out a significant role in Miami but was efficient with the targets he got. Tennessee's WR depth chart remains fluid, though, with Kendall Wright and Dorial Green-Beckham still squarely in the mix. DGB retains the highest upside of the group.

Titans rookie WR Tajae Sharpe is off to a strong start in spring practices. “He’s been the most consistent (receiver)," HC Mike Mularkey said. "And we’re letting guys who have been the most consistent get more reps.” Sharpe has worked in with the 1st-team offense in OTAs and minicamps. The 5th-rounder is a lanky 6’2, 194 pounds with subpar athleticism. But he racked up 196 catches, 2,600 yards and 12 scores over the past 2 seasons at UMass. Sharpe will head to training camp behind at least Dorial Green-Beckham, Kendall Wright and Rishard Matthews on the depth chart, but none of those guys are locked into roles. The rookie will be worth monitoring this summer.

Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham reportedly isn't doing much in team workouts so far, and it seems like HC Mike Mularkey is perturbed. “He’s not done a lot of work because he tweaked his hamstring like a year ago,” Mularkey told The Tennessean on Friday. “So he’s got some work to do.” If a guy's dealing with a legit injury -- even minor at this stage in the NFL calendar -- then a coach tends to just say that. When you say it happened "like a year ago," you're probably annoyed that the player isn't on the field. If DGB puts in the work, he should have a shot at lead receiver duties this season. If he doesn't, then more opportunities will fall to Kendall Wright and Rishard Matthews. We'll see where this goes as summer approaches.

The Titans have inked WR Rishard Matthews to a 3-year deal, according to ESPN's Paul Kuharksy.  Matthews spent the first 4 seasons of his career in Miami and was never able to carve out a significant role.  But he was efficient, hauling in 65.3% of his targets and averaging 13.0 yards per catch over the last 3 years.  Matthews led Dolphins WRs in yards per target (10.9) in 2015.  It's a sneaky-good addition for the Titans, but Matthews figures to slot in as the #3 WR behind Kendall Wright and Dorial Green-Beckham.  With TE Delanie Walker also garnering a big piece of the pie, Matthews will struggle for reliable weekly fantasy production.

Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews (ribs) was placed on IR and is out for today’s finale against the Patriots. Rookie DeVante Parker gets another start and is in the WR3 mix.

Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews (ribs) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots but doesn’t expect to play, per insider Barry Jackson. Rookie DeVante Parker gets another start and is an intriguing WR3. Miami figures to be playing catchup this weekend, and New England will likely try to take away WR Jarvis Landry.

Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews (ribs) is inactive for today’s game against the Colts. Rookie DeVante Parker gets another start and is a low-end WR3.

Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews (ribs) is questionable for this weekend’s game against the Colts. He put in full practices on Wednesday and Thursday but was limited on Friday. We’ll find out Matthews’ official status by noon ET on Sunday, but he shouldn’t be in fantasy lineups. His absence would make DeVante Parker a borderline WR3.

Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews (ribs) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.  That puts him on track to return for this weekend's game against the Colts.  We don't know how snaps will be divvied between Matthews and WR DeVante Parker, making both guys shaky fantasy options.

Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews (ribs) is inactive for today’s game against the Chargers. That keeps rookie DaVante Parker in the starting lineup. He’s a shaky WR3.

 
 
 

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