Posted: 6/20/2021 1:56 am GMT
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley was targeted on 19.9 percent of his routes when Tennessee Titans WR Julio Jones was also on the field in 2020, and he was targeted on 30.8 percent of his routes when Jones wasn't on the field.
Huddle Up: With Jones heading to Tennessee this offseason, Ridley becomes the unquestioned go-to weapon for Matt Ryan. He will have to deal with more attention from opposing defenses, but Ridley should see enough targets to be in the WR1 mix.
Posted: 6/09/2021 5:17 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (foot) underwent 'minor' foot surgery two weeks ago to address a lingering issue from last season. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport states Ridley should be fine for training camp.
Huddle Up: Of course, this news comes out only days after Atlanta traded Julio Jones to the Tennessee Titans. This news is slightly concerning, but Rapoport also notes it was merely "a little cleanup." It is a situation to monitor, but the odds are strong this will be a non-issue by September. Barring a setback of some sort, expect Ridley to come off the board within the first two rounds of most fantasy drafts this summer.
Posted: 5/03/2021 5:11 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley had his fifth-year option was exercised Monday, May 3. He is scheduled to make $11.116 million in 2022.
Huddle Up: Ridley had a breakout 2020 season and will continue to be a main option in the passing game for the Falcons in this upcoming season. He can be considered at least a No. 2 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
Posted: 4/28/2021 1:57 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley is expected to have his fifth-year option picked up. The option will be worth $11.116 million.
Huddle Up: Well, duh. Ridley put together a 90-1,374-9 season last year in his evolution to a WR1 in fantasy. Things may change for him, though, as Julio Jones could be traded. View Ridley as a low-end WR1 with some risk of regression if there aren't enough pieces around him.
Posted: 3/03/2021 4:01 am GMT
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley has recorded a league-high 89 catches on throws that traveled at least 10 yards in the air since the start of the 2019 season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Ridley is an exquisite route-runner, which helps to explain how he is so proficient in the intermediate passing game. Julio Jones figures to remain the alpha receiver in the Atlanta offense for at least another year or two, but 2020 removed any doubt that Ridley is more than ready to slide into that role. Ridley averaged 88 yards receiving in the seven full games Jones missed last year, but he only scored two of his nine touchdowns in those contests. Ridley should be among the first 10 receivers off the board in fantasy drafts this spring and summer.
Posted: 1/24/2021 4:12 am GMT
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley's 23 receptions of 20-plus yards in 2020 were tied for the league lead.
Huddle Up: Ridley's 90 receptions, 143 targets and 1,374 yards all shattered his previous career highs, and while injuries to Julio Jones created more opportunities, credit Ridley for being able to take advantage. Barring a major overhaul of Atlanta's offense, he should be no worse than a WR2 in 2021.
Posted: 1/02/2021 4:19 am GMT
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley leads the league with 575 receiving yards since Week 12.
Huddle Up: Ridley has topped 100 yards in four straight games, and he is a must-start option in Week 17 against a Tampa Bay defense that he torched for 10 catches, 163 yards and a score a couple of weeks ago.
Posted: 12/27/2020 9:33 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley caught five passes for 130 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16. He was targeted nine times during the game.
Huddle Up: Ridley posted his fourth straight 100-yard game this week and continue to be one of the top receivers in the NFL. He is a must-start option in all leagues next week.
Posted: 12/21/2020 1:09 am GMT
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley was good for 10 receptions, 163 yards and one touchdown on 14 targets in Week 15 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: That's three straight 100-yard games for Ridley, and he has scored in back-to-back outings. Fantasy owners in their playoffs are very thankful for Ridley, and even more happy Julio Jones isn't in the picture to derail Ridley. The Falcons travel to meet the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16.
Posted: 12/19/2020 1:29 am GMT
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (foot) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 18, but is not on the injury report for Week 15.
Huddle Up: Ridley has been one of the better receivers in the NFL this season and will see plenty of targets this week with Julio Jones sidelined. He should be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues.