To the dismay of everyone reading, this I will not be talking about weird things or books about how everyone poops. Protip: Everyone does though. This week’s spotlight will be on the guy who I think isn’t getting the love because he is overshadowed on his own team by a return-league and PPR darling… this guy is Rishard Matthews. He isn’t the primary receiving option on the Dolphins, that label is for Jarvis Landry, but Rishard don’t care. He does what he wants, spells it anyway he damn well chooses, and goes about being a target monster for an offense that is finding it harder by foot and better by air. Call Paul Revere, the Dolphins are one if by air and two if by air. So find your favorite seat for three to four minutes, drop a comment to yell at me for absolutely sucking the last two weeks, and listen to what I am going to spit at you about the secondary receiving option in the land where swimming mammals reside.
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An early look at the Fins offensive game shows some things are working and some are not. The run game has been abysmal, and that earlier draft pick we used on Lamar Miller to date looks like a wasted effort. The hype that Ryan Tannnehill had coming into this year developing as a leader and a quarterback pointing in the right direction looks to be coming to fruition though. I am not going to say that Matthews is the second coming of John Taylor, but for the year, why can’t he be this year’s Andrew Hawkins type receiver? I mean, it’s not that much of a stretch. If he finished the year with 100-110 targets, 850-900 yards and 5 TD’s, is that so awful? It’s not awful for a player you may have drafted, and this guy is littered all over waiver wires (4% on Yahoo and less than 1% on ESPN). He is quickly becoming that second option for a team that is going to be relying on a lot of downfield play this week, as they make their home debut versus the Bills.
If you don’t believe me about the attrition of the Dolphins run game, they rank third from the bottom with 116 yards, not per game… total. That’s some DeMarco Murray type stuff. Now add in the fact that Buffalo is stout in run defense, second behind the Cowboys in rushing yards allowed, and only allowing 60 yards per game. Now flip that and let’s look at the propensity for yardage through the air the Bills let up. It’s over 340 yards per game. How can that not be in the favor of every Dolphins receiver for this week? I will tell you it has to be. A home opener, a bitter divisional rivalry and a defense basically giving you the pass. I am sorry, but if you are desperate for a WR3 or a flex option this week with the cavalcade of questionable injuries. I am firmly looking at you Eric Decker owners! So the rot sum of this whole spiel is that I am trusting all Dolphin receivers this week, the only problem is how many of them are actually unowned. This guy, go get him, now! Smokey Predicts: 9 Targets, 6 receptions, 88 yards, 1 touchdown.