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| Matthews appears to be the forgotten receiver in Philly this season after posting a surprisingly good, but injury shortened season in 2016. Despite playing in just 14 games, Matthews finished with 73 catches for 804 yards and three touchdowns on 117 targets. His 16-game pace would have left him with an 82/904/4 line, making him a viable flex or matchup play in deeper 12 and 14 team leagues.
With the additions of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith helping to take away coverage from Matthews in the slot, the former second-round pick from Vanderbilt could have a bounce back year and post close to the eight touchdowns he averaged in his first two seasons in the league.
Update 8/15/17: As the forgotten man in the Eagles passing offense heading into the 2017 season, Jordan Matthews' fantasy outlook looked fairly glum with so many receiving threats in Philadelphia. With a shocking trade to Buffalo for cornerback Ronald Darby, the outlook for Matthews changed dramatically as the former second round pick from Vanderbilt will likely slide into the No.1 receiving slot for the Bills in 2017.
Expectations should still be tempered, as the Bills are a run-first team and Matthews does not have the game-breaking speed nor the downfield receiving skills of Sammy Watkins, the player whom he is replacing in the offense. But, Matthews owners should view this as an upgrade due to the fact that he will see an increase in volume.
| Bills place Jordan Matthews on IR|
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Dec 5, 4:00 pm
|The Buffalo Bills Tuesday placed defensive end Shaq Lawson and wide receiver Jordan Matthews on their injured-reserve list, ending the season for both players.
Lawson suffered an ankle injury in Sunday’s 23-3 loss against the New England Patriots. Matthews had been dealing with a knee issue. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: Matthews had a disappointing first season in Buffalo (25-282-1) battling both knee and thumb injuries. Zay Jones will operate as the Bills No.1 receiver with Kelvin Benjamin nursing a knee injury of his own. Wide receiver Brandon Reilly will be called up from the practice squad.
| No practice for Benjamin Friday, Tolbert out|
Travaris Cadet will backup McCoy
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Nov 24, 10:30 am
|The Buffalo Bills could be without their top wide receiver when they head to Kansas City to play the Chiefs.
Kelvin Benjamin is not expected to practice on Friday. He did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday, either. Running back Mike Tolbert (hamstring) will be out for the Bills this week. (New York Upstate)|
FFToday's Take: With both Benjamin and Tolbert likely to miss, Zay Jones and Travaris Cadet will see an increase in snaps. Cadet will be the primary backup to LeSean McCoy while Jones, Jordan Matthews and Deonte Thompson will be the top three wideouts against the Chiefs.