Feel like taking a risk this week? Go ahead and snag Rishard Matthews off the waiver wire.
The second-year wideout is going off in the Miami Dolphins' Monday night game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He finished with 11 receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns in a losing effort, as Miami was downed 19-22 by the previously win-less Bucs.
At least Marshall's emergence was a possible silver lining, and nobody could've seen it coming.
NFL on ESPN's official Twitter account has the disparity between this game and the rest of Matthews' 2013 season.
Rishard Matthews, HAVE YOUR DAY! Tonight: 11 catches, 120 yards, 2 touchdowns. First 8 games: 10 catches for 117 yards.— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) November 12, 2013
There are plenty of reasons to take the wait-and-see approach with Matthews, among them that he's unproven, and the Dolphins have a lot of money invested in other receivers.
When it comes to the first issue, just look at Jarrett Boykin. He turned his huge performance in Week 7 into a steady role in the Green Bay Packers offense. Maybe Matthews can do the same.
In regard to the second problem, Mike Wallace isn't exactly earning that massive contract he received in the offseason. There was quite the contrast between the production of Wallace and Matthews on Monday night, via CBS Sports' Josh Katzowitz.
Rishard Matthews has 11 catches for 120 yards and 2 TDs for Miami. Mike Wallace has two catches for minus-2 yards.— Josh Katzowitz (@joshkatzowitz) November 12, 2013
Miami won't be afraid to elevate Matthews into a larger role if it means helping Ryan Tannehill and improving the offense.
Although you can't expect this kind of performance again, Matthews may have some fantasy value going forward and is worth the risk if you're looking for a wideout this week.