Actual Value vs. Perceived Value: Jordan Matthews

Dominick Petrillo


What if I said there was a wide receiver who is being drafted in the 11th round, and by the end of the year has a chance to be a WR1? Not just on his own team, but in the league. Jordan Matthews could be that player.

Jordan Matthews, is currently going as the forty-ninth receiver off the draft board at pick 11.08 according to Fantasy Football Calculator. Matthews has a legitimate shot to break into the top 20 WRs by season’s end. He is currently going behind players such as Marvin Jones, Quincy Enunwa, and rookie Mike Williams. All of whom Matthews should be taken before.

With the re-signing of Jason Peters as well as the return of Lane Johnson, the Philadelphia Eagles offensive line has a real chance to make a much-needed step forward. As bad as the line played at times in 2016, Carson Wentz still had a mostly productive rookie season, which will only improve with the experience and better protection up front. As for Jordan Matthews, he had a very underwhelming 2016 campaign recording only 73 receptions for 803 yards and only 3 TDs. While this is a terrible stat line for a team’s WR1, Carson Wentz was a rookie and Jordan Matthews was playing out of position as the outside receiver when he is much more suited to be in the slot. With Alshon Jeffery joining the team as well as Torrey Smith, Matthews is not going to be playing out of position again this year. The last season he played in the slot (2015) his stat line was much more in line with a no. 1 receiver. In the 2015 season, he recorded 85 receptions for 997 yards and 8 TDs. With the added depth at wide receiver and better offensive line, these numbers should be his floor in 2017.
While Alshon Jeffery is an alpha receiver who command’s targets, he is also known to suffer from the injury bug. If Jeffery misses playing time this season, Jordan Matthews will immediately take over the no. 1 spot in the receiving corp and could push 100 receptions by the time the season has ends.

Verdict: With the additions of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith and the reunion of the entire offensive line, look for Jordan Matthews to have a breakthrough season in 2017. If Jeffery is unable to stay on the field, Matthews could be a sure-fire top 15 fantasy receiver. Even with Jeffery healthy, Matthews should not finish any lower than WR30. Right now, WR 30 is coming off the board at pick 6.09 and where Matthews should be looked at. Especially knowing this spot should be his floor and he could only outperform from there. If you are looking for a mid-round sleeper you can’t do much better than Jordan Matthews.


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