• Jordan Matthews

  • WR
  • , San Francisco 49ers
  • 30
  • 212 lbs
  • 6' 3"
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Scouting report

by Chris Kucharski

BUF WR Jordan Matthews - Week 9 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 9 at New York Jets

With the addition of WR Kelvin Benjamin via trade, Jordan Matthews will settle into a role as the Bills' No. 2 receiver, where he is probably better suited. From a fantasy standpoint, his stock drops and that's not saying much considering the numbers he had been putting up—averaging just over 3 targets and less than 3 receptions per game.

If you have Matthews on your roster, he definitely should not be in your lineup, and finding a better option on the waiver wire is something you should consider.

by Chris Kucharski

BUF WR Jordan Matthews - Week 8 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 8 vs. Oakland Raiders

It was a surprise Jordan Matthews return last week as he had been out with a thumb injury. But the results weren't anything special—targeted 3 times (2 receptions for 10 yards). Even before the injury, Matthews' season-highs were 5 targets and 3 receptions.

Matthews has a decent matchup against the Raiders, who are ranked 23rd in aFPA to wide receivers. But the numbers have just not been there yet. Keep Matthews on the bench for Week 8. When he actually has a relevant game, we will start to consider him as a viable option.

by Chris Kucharski

BUF WR Jordan Matthews - Week 4 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 4 at Atlanta Falcons

Jordan Matthews now has 8 receptions on 11 targets. He actually has 152 receiving yards, which puts him at an impressive 19 yards per catch. But he just isn't getting the ball much in a run-dominated offense.

Matthews faces a Falcons offense that is pretty good—ranked seventh in aFPA to wide receivers. His history, his output as a Bill, and the matchup will limit his numbers for Week 4. Keep Matthews on the bench.

by Chris Kucharski

BUF WR Jordan Matthews - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 vs. Denver Broncos

Six targets and 5 catches means if you are throwing the ball to Jordan Matthews, you are getting some offense. However, last week he only had 30 receiving yards and still has zero touchdowns on the season.

The Broncos are first in aFPA to wide receivers, which means it could be a long day for Matthews and the Buffalo receivers. Keep Matthews on the bench for Week 3.

by Chris Kucharski

BUF WR Jordan Matthews - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 at Carolina Panthers

Jordan Matthews' debut as a Buffalo Bill was sort of like he was still a Philadelphia Eagle. He averaged over 30 yards per catch but was only targeted 3 times, making 2 receptions. People want Matthews to be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL, but his career numbers have not been good enough for that to happen.

It won't get any easier this Sunday against a Carolina pass defense that is one of the better ones in the league. It would be nice to see more targets for Matthews, but don't be surprised if this is the norm considering Buffalo wants to be primarily a running team. Keep Matthews on your bench for Week 2.

by Chris Kucharski

BUF WR Jordan Matthews - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. New York Jets

The Bills shipped out Sammy Watkins and brought in Jordan Matthews to fill the void. The problem is Matthews has not shown the ability Watkins did when he was healthy. So what are the expectations for Matthews?

First, they need him to get healthy. He has missed practice time with a chest injury, although he is expected to play Sunday. He then has to prove he can be more effective than he was in Philadelphia. WIth the lack of reps in practice and his track record, Matthews is not worth a start for Week 1, even against a poor Jets pass defense.

by Chris Kucharski

BUF WR Jordan Matthews - 2017 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Jordan Matthews is now the No. 1 receiver in Buffalo. With the shocking trade of Sammy Watkins, the Bills are putting their faith in Matthews, who put up solid numbers in Philadelphia. He never caught fewer than 67 passes or 800 yards in any of his three seasons. Matthews was going to become the No. 2 receiver in Philly, but now he has a chance to show he can be the top option in Buffalo.

Fantasy Downside

Although Matthews' numbers have been okay, many think he has been a disappointment because he was drafted to be the No. 1 receiver in Philly and hasn't lived up to that status. His numbers last season were the worst of his three-year career. His touchdown total dropped from 8 to 3, and his yards-per-catch average of 11.0 and 804 receiving yards were both career-lows. Plus Matthews has a history of dropping passes.

2017 Bottom Line

Matthews will be the No. 1 receiver in Buffalo, which means he should continue to see 100+ targets. But let's face it, the system in Philadelphia was pretty good for receivers—better than Buffalo. Matthews is likely to put up some similar career numbers (or lower) as a Bill but no better than his Eagles stats. You are drafting Matthews as nothing more than depth for your roster. He is the 50th ranked receiver, making him a late-round draft selection.

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