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.

 

 

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  1. L says:
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    Better injured player to drop – Romo or Austen Sefarian? Hve Cook at TE. Have Mariota and Carr for QB and trying to work a trade where I send vereen or Gio to a team for a QB upgrade. Thoughts?

    • Smokey

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      @L: hoarding Qb’s I see. Can’t drop Romo so ASJ has gota go. I would try and upgrade TE though the position is an abyss of blah

      • L says:
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        @Smokey:
        Hahhha yeah thanks. I was just offered Cam for Gio and have Latavius Murray, Forte, and Vereen so might pull the trigger. What do you think. I’d then drop ether Carr or Mariota I guess

        • Smokey

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          @L: Looks and sounds good to me

  2. Clint says:
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    Insert Constantine from Muppets Most Wanted duet with Ricky Gervais song, “You’re Number Two” here.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Clint: Don’t get me started on the Muppets. I was hoping the new show would be like the original alas it isnt

  3. Mark says:
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    Would u drop Sankey to pick up Matthews? My other WR are ty Hilton and Sammy Watkins.

    • Smokey

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      @Mark: as long as Sankey is your RB4 sure

      • Mark says:
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        @Smokey: i got hyde, gio bernard, david johnson, cj anderson, dion lewis. so i might pull the plug on sankey.

        • Smokey

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          @Mark: you’re definitely covered

  4. Zandy says:
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    Last bench spot – taliaferro or Damien Williams?
    Not starting either this week even if Lamar sits

    • Smokey

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      @Zandy: Lorenzo

  5. Scott says:
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    Yes, I am an Eric Decker owner, and I need help. Thanks!

    • Smokey

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      @Scott: There’s always one

  6. Hella Waits says:
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    Love the potential (16 team PPR league here) with Rishard Matthews but I currently have my WR roster full with Brandin Cooks/Golden Tate/Devante Adams and a suspended Martavis. They are all killing me right now but you wouldn’t drop any of these gents for Rishard would you?

    • Smokey

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      @Hella Waits: he wouldn’t get the nod over those guys

  7. pbmax says:
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    Nice write up. Matthews is one of the few WRs left out there. I thought about him before adding Ty Montgomery and Heyward-Bey. Drop either of those two for him?

    • Smokey

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      @pbmax: Him and Bey are very similar in stats. Once Martavious comes back Bey is a non entity for me, so I like Matthews better than Bey from here on out with Bell coming back as well

  8. UltraKzilla says:
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    .5 ppr 14 team

    I just picked up Matthews on a $8 waiver claim so I appreciate the reinforcement. Would you play him this week over my #3 receiver Anquan Boldin?

  9. BK says:
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    Trade ODB for CJ/Ellington/Watkins? Only other RBs are Coleman/Freeman and David Johnson. Have Cooper and John Brown as other at WR…

    • Smokey

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      @BK: ugh I hate trading top guys for pieces personally. If you’re going to monopolize a backfield I would aim a little higher than the Cards

  10. Beans says:
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    What’s up Smoke? This is my first question with prob many more to follow. I’m in a really bad spot at WR. Cooks sucks right now Agholor is non existent and M.Bryant is out getting high. I just dropped Royal and picked up Perriman. Would you drop Brandon Coleman for Charles Johnson? Someone just dropped him today. It’s a 14 team PPR so the wire is very bare. I picked up you boy Mathews last week and gonna start him this week. Thanks for your time.

    • Smokey

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      @Beans: the more the merrier…I would roster Royal instead of C-Johnson for this week. Clausen is going to need a safety blanket and Royal is good at that. I would start Cooks, Matthews and Coleman

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