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Calvin Ridley
ATL

WR ATL

#4 Wide Receiver

197 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 6
Experience: 3 Yr(s)
Age: 26
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 189
40 Time: 4.43

Weekly Outlook

3d Projection

Med Floor

8.2

DS Projection

11.3

Consensus

38 other sites
11

Low Ceiling

14.5

Rest of
Season

10.4

Week 7 Projections
Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
6.2 82.9 0.5 11.3
Weekly Writeup

Rest Of Way Outlook

Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
5.6 72 0.5 10.4
Week 4
Ridley was OK in Sunday’s loss to Washington, snagging 7 balls for 80 yards. Despite seeing 8+ targets for the 4th straight game — and Matt Ryan tossing 4 scores — Ridley remains stuck on 1 TD this season. That probably should have changed against Washington, though. Ridley had 5 near misses on deep balls, including 2 where a PI flag was thrown on the defense. On another, a flag was thrown and picked up. Ridley also had a 16-yarder wiped out on holding — and a drop for 11+ yards. So Sunday was quite eventful…just not the way fantasy owners wanted. We expect Ridley to put in a more complete game Sunday against a talent-thin Jets secondary.
Week 3
Ridley finished with an 8-61-0 stat line in the Week 3 win over the Giants. He dominated in targets with 11, but was limited when he caught the ball because he was blanketed most of the game by DB James Bradberry. Ridley has yet to surpass 65 yards in a game this year. Ridley has seen at least 8 targets in each game so far with the last two in double digits. That amount of volume on a consistent basis is a good sign QB Matt Ryan wants to go to him. And he’ll need to step up even more with WR Russell Gage on the mend from an ankle injury. A tasty matchup against a Washington defense that just coughed up 43 points to the Bills awaits Ridley in Atlanta.
Week 2
Ridley caught 7 of 10 targets for 63 yards and 1 TD in the Falcons' Week 2 loss to the Bucs.
It was promising to see Ridley get 10 targets in a game coming off a slow Week 1 against the Eagles. Ridley was only able to compile 63 yards. But he’s the clear top option in the Falcons passing game and there will be some monster games ahead.
His TD came on 4th and goal from the 3-yard line as he beat his man and made a diving catch. Matt Ryan was errant on a couple of throws to Ridley, but he will be peppering him with 10+ targets on a weekly basis.
Ridley is an every-week WR1 and has a good matchup in Week 3 against the Giants.
Week 1
Ridley disappointed you in Week 1 vs. his Round 2 (or early Round 3) draft position. But he saw a decent 22.9% target share vs. Philly, tying Kyle Pitts for the lead there. And Ridley also drew a 19-yard pass-interference call in the 4th quarter. That didn’t help his fantasy line. But had that gone for a reception instead, he would have garnered 25% target share and posted a 6-70 receiving line.

Ridley stands as Atlanta’s clear lead wideout, with Russell Gage drawing the position’s only 2 other looks against Philly.

Matchups with the Bucs and Giants the next 2 weeks don’t hold anything scary in coverage.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • Missing only 1 game to a foot sprain (and playing through a hamstring injury in another) Ridley finished as the WR4 in PPR points per game.
  • He smashed prior career highs with 143 targets, 90 catches, 1,374 yards and 9 TDs.
  • In 7 games without Julio Jones, Ridley averaged 11.2 targets, 7.1 catches, 109.2 yards and .42 .TDs. Elite numbers.
  • Julio, of course, was dealt to the Titans in June.
  • Ridley also benefited from a pass happy Atlanta offense. Led by Matt Ryan, the Falcons ranked #1 in raw pass attempts and #1 in pass rate. Expect both numbers to regress a bit in 2021.
  • Ridley’s 19 end zone targets tied for 2nd-most league-wide.
  • A career-high 15.2-yard average depth of target helped him lead the league in air yards.
  • The Falcons didn’t make any impact WR adds in free agency or the draft. But they selected WR-lookalike Kyle Pitts with the 4th overall pick. He projects as an offensive focal point right away.
  • A tradeoff of Julio for Pitts should be considered a win for Ridley. The veteran likely would have seen a larger target share than the rookie had he remained a Falcon.
  • Matt Ryan enters September as a 36-year-old in his 14th pro season. He didn’t show any obvious signs of decline in 2020; Pro Football Focus slotted him 9th league-wide in passing grade.
  • While not carbon copies, AJ Brown broke out in 2020 under new HC Arthur Smith’s tutelage. He went 70-1,065-11 with a 22.6% target share — all across 14 games.
  • While Atlanta’s pass rate figures to dip a bit, we still see this unit clearly leaning pass. Two main reasons why: a suspect backfield and defense.
  • -Ridley, a 2018 1st-rounder, had his 5th year option picked up in May. The Falcons will look to sign him long-term over the next year.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

A clear rapport with Matt Ryan and a keen ability to separate have elevated Ridley to WR1 status. He held up well on a massive, 143-target workload in 2020. And he’s in a great spot to see similar usage this fall — especially with Julio Jones off the roster.

Only 26, Ridley looks like a high-floor, high-ceiling target with an ADP in mid- Round 2.

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Falcons HC Arthur Smith says WR Calvin Ridley is returning to practice this week, according to multiple reports. Ridley missed the Week 5 game in London for personal reasons but appears ready to play coming off the Week 6 bye. An active Ridley belongs in most fantasy football lineups.

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Falcons WR Calvin Ridley did not travel with the team to London and is out for Sunday's game vs. the Jets due to a personal matter, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. We'll look for more info on the situation and whether Ridley will be out beyond Week 5. WR Russell Gage (ankle) is also out for Sunday's game, leaving Atlanta with WRs Olamide Zaccheaus, Tajae Sharpe and Christian Blake. We wouldn't mess with them in fantasy lineups. RB Cordarrelle Patterson will continue to play a big role in this passing game. And TE Kyle Pitts should see more volume with Ridley out.

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Falcons WR Calvin Ridley was on the field for Thursday's practice after missing spring workouts recovering from foot surgery. "The Falcons number one receiver looks good," ESPN's Michael Rothstein tweeted. "Cut well out of his breaks and looked smooth as ever." We'll continue to keep an eye on Ridley, but it doesn't sound like we should be concerned about the foot.

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Falcons WR Calvin Ridley recently underwent "minor" foot surgery, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "A little cleanup," Rapoport adds. Ridley won't participate in minicamp but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. We'll keep an eye on him.

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Falcons WR Calvin Ridley got his left ankle twisted on a 3rd-quarter catch against the Raiders on Sunday. We'll pass along an update on his status when we get one.

Update: Ridley was able to return after missing just 1 play.

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