Posted: 6/12/2020 4:23 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley has shown definite flashes as a No. 2 wide receiver, but the Falcons would rather he and Julio Jones produce like 'two WR1s' with the team's depth at the position lacking, according to one NFL analyst.
Huddle Up: Ridley missed the final three games of 2019 with an abdominal injury but did finish 16th among fantasy wideouts with an average of 10.2 points per game. Jones remains the only true WR1 on the team, but Ridley is a solid WR2 selection.
Posted: 5/31/2020 9:00 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley was on track for 66 catches for 853 yards and nine touchdowns on 101 targets prior to the Falcons trading Mohamed Sanu to the New England Patriots following a Week 7 loss. Over his final six games and before succumbing to an abdomen injury that ended his season prior to Week 15, Ridley's 16-game pace over the final six contests was 91 receptions for 1,315 yards and eight touchdowns on 131 targets.
Huddle Up: Six games is a relatively small sample, but it provides a bit of rationale to those that believe Ridley could be this year's Chris Godwin. The third-year pro finds himself in a wonderful environment to make it happen, as Julio Jones will continue to command the most respect from defensive coordinators and Atlanta's defense may struggle at times yet again. As such, Ridley should be viewed as a high-end WR2 with WR1 upside.
Posted: 5/27/2020 2:09 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley hauled in 63 of 75 catchable targets and scored seven touchdowns in 2019. Additionally, Atlanta quarterbacks enjoyed a passer rating of 114.7 when throwing in his direction - the 11th-best passer rating for any receiver or tight end with at least 50 targets. The passer rating mark was lower than it was when Ridley was a rookie in 2018; he finished eighth among receivers and tight ends with at least 50 targets at 119.9.
Posted: 4/12/2020 9:20 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley produced 45 more receiving yards (866-821) in 2019 despite playing three fewer games than he did in 2018. Furthermore, Ridley was charged with only three drops on 93 targets in 2019 after committing 10 drops on 92 targets as a rookie.
Posted: 4/11/2020 10:34 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley averaged 8.2 targets per game in six games following the trade of WR Mohamed Sanu last season. Ridley was averaging just 6.3 targets per game in his first seven games of the season.
Huddle Up: Ridley will be unchallenged as the No. 2 receiver opposite Julio Jones in 2020 and is sure to have plenty of favorable matchups. He caught all eight targets for a season-high 143 yards and a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in the Falcons' third game following the trade of Sanu, and he totaled 24 targets in his next two outings. He's a strong WR2 candidate in 2020 drafts.
Posted: 2/09/2020 3:13 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (abdomen) recorded more than 75 yards in each of his final four games of 2019 before suffering an abdominal injury, and Jason Butt of The Athletic believes Ridley will top 1,000 yards for the first time in his career in 2020.
Huddle Up: With Mohamed Sanu out of the picture, Ridley will be the unquestioned No. 2 receiver across from Julio Jones in 2020. He has hauled in 17 touchdowns in his first two seasons, and he could be headed for his largest workload to date. Target him as a WR3.
Posted: 12/09/2019 6:52 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (abdominal) announced on social media he will miss the rest of the season due to an abdominal injury he suffered in Week 14 against the Carolina Panthers.
Huddle Up: Ridley's second pro season will end with 63 catches for 866 yards and a team-high seven touchdown receptions - almost an exact replica of his production over 16 games as a rookie. There's no indication yet whether or not this injury will be a concern for him in 2020. The Falcons will move forward with Julio Jones and Russell Gage as their starting receivers for the remainder of this season. Jones will remain his usual WR1 self, while Gage is now worthy of flex consideration in shallow leagues.
Posted: 12/08/2019 11:28 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley caught five passes for 76 yards and a touchdown on five targets vs. the Carolina Panthers in Week 14 on Sunday, Dec. 8.
Huddle Up: San Francisco is hosting the Week 15 contest, and this pass defense has shown a few cracks in the arm of late (even before the Saints game). There is no reason to get away from Ridley while Julio Jones (shoulder) is banged up and Atlanta is forced to pass early and often. Treat him as a WR2 or a No. 3 option.
Posted: 12/08/2019 8:50 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (abdomen) suffered an abdomen injury during the Week 14 game and will not return.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players should know more about Ridley's injury in the next day or two. Russell Gage Jr. likely would receive a bigger role in the passing game if Ridley misses time and could be at least a flex option in leagues.
Posted: 12/06/2019 11:38 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (toe) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 6, but is not on the injury report for Week 14.
Huddle Up: Ridley has been a big part of the passing game over the last few weeks with 32 targets over the last three games. He should see plenty of targets this week and can be at least a No. 3 receiver in leagues.