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WR Calvin Ridley - Atlanta Falcons

6-1, 190Born: 12-20-1994College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 1, pick

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 12): Ridley's early season touchdown binge is small in the rear view window now. He's a depth stash going forward at best.

Week 11: vs Dallas Cowboys

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Matt Ryan should be squarely in the MVP discussion right now. After all, he's actually posting more yards and fewer interceptions per game than in his 2016 season, when he did win the honor. He hasn't been drawing an appropriate amount of league-wide attention, primarily because his Falcons are sputtering at 4-5. But on the whole, Ryan is stretching his typical capabilities and presiding over one of the league's most eruptive passing games (a career-best 335 yards a game). Julio Jones continues to dominate opposing secondaries - he's now topped 100 yards in 4 straight games, and 6 of 9 overall. Jones is fantastic, of course, but some of the credit goes to rookie Calvin Ridley, who's brought a dynamic, versatile presence to this offense. Mohamed Sanu is generally solid, but Ridley has both provided a new, fun target for Ryan (56 yards a game and 7 touchdowns) and helped to open things up for Jones down the field. With explosive check-down men in tight end Austin Hooper and speedy back Tevin Coleman, Ryan is no longer boxed-in or limited by his all-around weaponry. That's allowed him and Jones to open things up and chase that glorious 2016 finish. The 2018 Cowboys are showing some fairly clear tendencies in pass defense. When facing mobile, athletic quarterbacks, they're stingy, forcing them to abandon throws and take off running. But sharp downfield passers are piling up the yardage, as seen last week, with Carson Wentz completing 73% of his throws for 360. The problem certainly doesn't lie with cornerback Byron Jones, who's emerged as an All-Pro caliber cover man. He's played a big role in limiting Corey Davis (just 56 yards on 10 targets) and Alshon Jeffery (48 on 8) over the last 2 weeks. Rather, it's been the safeties getting roasted, frequently failing to provide help and being beaten down the seams. Still, this unit has tightened considerably this year and is no longer a pushover for fantasy purposes. In fact, between Jones' emergence and the pass rush's occasionally dominant play, this is actually a matchup that's capable of stymying quarterbacks from time to time.

Recent Stats and Projections

7 vs NYG 41 0 0 0 6 5 43 0 0 4.3
9 at WAS 47 1 6 0 9 6 71 1 0 13.7
10 at CLE 53 1 3 0 5 3 37 0 0 4
11 vs DAL PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 4 * * * *
11 vs DAL PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 3 * * * *
11 vs DAL PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Calvin Ridley's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 10 vs CLE (5 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Ryan overthrew Ridley in the left flat during the first drive on a second and five. He fumbled a toss play as the I-back to begin the second quarter but recovered a lucky bounce for a three-yard gain. Denzel Ward nearly picked off Ryan on a third-and-seven out route where Ryan threw the ball behind Calvin Ridley's break during the third quarter and it forced another punt. Ridley beat Ward over the middle for a third-and-one conversion midway through the fourth quarter. A few plays later, Ridley earned 47 in a short route where he turned past Ward for most of the yardage after the catch.

2018 Week 9 vs WAS (9 / 6 / 71 / 1 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

Quentin Dunbar broke well on a deep out route intended for Ridley during the first drive, undercutting the receiver on the throw across the field. Ridley later dropped a beltline-level target--failing to look the ball into his hands. Ridley earned a short throw-out to the left side for a minimal gain, setting up the seventh third down of the half. He scored on a crossing route working under a Mohamed Sanu rub that got Ridley into the open field for over 40 yards on the play. He earned a quick slant on an RPO for 15 yards early in the fourth quarter.

2018 Week 7 vs NYG (6 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)

His first catch was a route across the middle that he took another eight yards across the field for the first down off a play-action look during the second drive. Ridley earned a first down on a pick route by Hooper to get open on the slant midway through the fourth quarter. Riley earned a first down on third and nine late in the game on a timing route where he broke back to the ball and extended through a wrap for the marker. It was his third, third-down catch of the game.

2018 Week 6 vs TB (3 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)

He earned 15 yards on a third-and-short, play-action slant route during the opening drive. He earned another catch on an out to the left sideline late in the drive. He earned a third catch against off coverage on a comeback route for 20 yards. He injured his left ankle and had both ankles taped early in the second quarter. He was labeled questionable to return.

2018 Week 5 vs PIT (5 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)

He earned an easy slant as the inside trips receiver on third down on the same side of the field as Freeman and Austin Hooper, who rubbed ahead for Ridley to work underneath. Ridley earned a first down on a shallow crossing route on third and short against a wide open zone to get Atlanta inside the Pittsburgh 15. Ridley earned an intermediate cross against a wide-open zone to end the third quarter. Jones' first catch came from the slot on a crossing route and scramble drill during the fourth quarter for 18 yards and position inside the red zone. Ridley and Ryan had a miscommunication with reading deep coverage on a double move late in the game and Ryan threw the ball deeper than Ridley's break, nearly resulting in an interception.

2018 Week 4 vs CIN (6 / 4 / 54 / 2 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

He began the game with a six-yard gain working across the middle as the check-down option on a second-down pass play during the initial drive. He earned a deep target to begin the second drive but Ryan overshot the receiver. Ridley had a one-on-one with a Bengals defense on an end-around but slipped on a cut and lost yardage on the play. He then dropped a wide-open slant that when through his hands on high but catchable target. Ridley scored on a red zone slant for the Falcons' third touchdown of the half. Ridley scored again on an out-and-up just outside the red zone for an easy touchdown early in the fourth quarter for the Atlanta lead.

2018 Week 3 vs NO (8 / 7 / 146 / 3 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

Ridley got open over the middle for a first down from the slot on a trips set during the second drive. Ridley followed with an end around for nine yards. Ridley converted a third down during his drive on a dig route, juggling the ball after a good route and managing to hang on. On the next play, he ran a stutter-go for the touchdown. Ridley began the next drive with curl for a first down. Ryan overshot Ridley on a deep post in the middle of the second quarter and two Saints defenders committed uncalled fouls on Ridley during the route. Ridley then beat two defensive backs on a deep post on the first drive of the third quarter and forced a 45-yard defensive pass interference foul that put Atlanta in the Saints red zone. Saints defensive back Patrick Robinson was carted off after the play. Ridley then worked back to the football along the end line for his third touchdown. He earned a first down with Jones working deeper on a third down and opening up the flat for Ridley on the crossing route in the late third quarter.

2018 Week 2 vs CAR (5 / 4 / 64 / 1 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

He earned his first catch of the season on a short out route as an outside receiver during the first drive. Ridley forced a defensive pass interference penalty from a stacked set with Austin Hooper but it shouldn't have bene called; Ridley fell and there was nothing but incidental contact. Ridley scored on an easy on-on-one singled up against a defender with outside shade for a slant. Ridley earned a strong game during the final two minutes working with Austin Hooper on a rub route and gained another 17 after the catch. Atlanta found Ridley on another route dragging under Hooper and gained another 15 yards after the catch. Ridley dropped an in-cut of a pivot route trying to run after the catch in the third quarter.

2018 Week 1 vs PHI (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Ridley dropped his first target on a hitch in the middle of the field when the Eagles defense hit him in the back. Ryan didn't go back to him for the rest of the contest.


Latest News

Falcons | Calvin Ridley a full participant (Fri Nov 16, 03:15 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (elbow) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 16, and is not on the injury report for Week 11.

Our View: Julio Jones could see a lot of Byron Jones in this matchup, so it could be a bounceback game for Ridley at home.
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Falcons | Calvin Ridley held to 37 yards (Sun Nov 11, 04:34 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley caught three passes for 37 yards against the Cleveland Browns in Week 10.

Our View: Ridley only had one impact play in this one and took a backseat to Austin Hooper and Mohamed as a secondary pass catcher. His high early season ceiling isn't in view right now. He's a what the heck flex against the Cowboys next week.
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Falcons | Calvin Ridley cleared to return (Sun Nov 4, 08:25 PM) - Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (head) cleared concussion protocol and returned to the Week 9 game against the Washington Redskins. He finished with six catches for 71 yards and a touchdown and rushed once for six yards.

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Falcons | Calvin Ridley has head injury (Sun Nov 4, 03:34 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (head) left the Week 9 game early and is being evaluated for a head injury. He is considered questionable to return.

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