Fantasy Football Dark Horse Sleeper: Rishard Matthews





The Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers closed out Week 10 with a somewhat decent game on Monday night. It came down to a late fourth-quarter drive by the Dolphins, only to have it end by a Darrelle Revis interception.

One day after the Jacksonville Jaguars win their first game, the Bucs did the same thing. The Dolphins did have the lead heading into the fourth quarter after a Ryan Tannehill touchdown. However, it wasn’t caught by Mike WallaceBrian Hartline or even Charles Clay. It was caught by Rishard Matthews.

Who? Exactly.

This was Matthews’ second touchdown of the game. He finished with 11 receptions for 120 yards and two scores. He lined up for most of the game as the slot receiver and succeeded. He had more than double the amount of catches than the next-leading receiver on his team (Hartline had five). The rushing game was non-existent, forcing Tannehill to chuck it 42 times.

Brandon Gibson had one big game in Week 7 with five receptions for 40 yards and two touchdowns, but is now out for the year. Hartline and Wallace had two good games, but nothing spectacular recently. This could be a one-week wonder for Matthews, but I don’t think so. Tannehill targeted him 14 times. Wallace saw eight targets and Hartline seven.

He is a nice play in deep 16-team leagues. Matthews solidified himself as the No. 3 receiver for the Dolphins. With the San Diego Chargers up next for Miami, Matthews could have another double-digit game. The Chargers allow 25.1 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, seventh-worst in the league.

Not surprisingly, Matthews is owned in just 0.2 percent of ESPN leagues. I believe that by Wednesday, he will be owned in at least 10 percent.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy football writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Mr_Piv1127.


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