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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 Sep 17): Ridley was a lot more involved in Week 2 and opened the scoring for the Falcons. He'll have a low weekly ceiling, but a playable ceiling, and he could have back-to-back good games with the Saints up next.

Week 3: vs New Orleans Saints

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Matt Ryan mostly faceplanted in Week 1 but enjoyed a nice bounce-back last Sunday. Taking advantage of the Panthers' shaky cornerbacks, Ryan consistently found his wideouts for chain-moving completions en route to a 23-of-28, 272-yard, 2-touchdown performance. Unlike in Week 1, he was able to spread the ball to different targets beyond Julio Jones. Jones is an all-world receiver, of course, but the Falcons tend to stall out when he's the only one seeing action. Last week, rookie Calvin Ridley made his first NFL receptions, hauling in 4 for 64 and 1 touchdown. Between Jones' downfield greatness and Ridley's quick feet on the route tree, there are elements in place for a very productive unit here. Another encouraging Week 2 aspect was the inclusion of tight end Austin Hooper, who's often criminally underused in the gameplan. Hooper is big (6'4" and 254) and nimble in the Kyle Rudolph vein, and like Rudolph, he brings a strong, physical presence to the red zone. Hooper consistently beat the Carolina linebackers into the seams for 59 yards on 5 catches, including a short touchdown. In Week 1, the Saints allowed Ryan Fitzpatrick and his receivers to accumulate 417 yards and 4 touchdowns. The results were more palatable in Week 2, though Tyrod Taylor did complete 22 of 30 throws, including 3 of 23 yards or more. Taylor played a fairly sanitized game, but found numerous openings across the middle, then capped his day with a long touchdown pass. Typically, the Saints have more opportunity to make splash plays against the pass - and also to allow even more big-gainers. They were famously gashed by the deep ball in Week 1, and they're one of the league's more prone to it. Dating back to last season, no team has allowed more completions of 20+ yards than the Saints and Colts (69). Cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley are gambling ballhawks at heart, and while both can many quarterbacks pay, they also tend to jump early on throws and leave receivers open with daylight.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at PHI 46 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2 vs CAR 35 1 3 0 5 4 64 1 0 12.7
3 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 3 * * * *
3 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 3 * * * *
3 vs NO 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 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 snags TD in Week 2 win (Sun Sep 16, 05:56 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley posted four receptions for a team-best 64 yards and a touchdown in the Week 2 win against the Carolina Panthers.

Our View: Ridley was set to play a larger role this week, and he came through with the touchdown that helped ease the team's heavy weighing red zone issues coming into the game. He's worth a pickup in longer bench leagues and has a good outlook against the Saints next week.
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Falcons | Calvin Ridley to be more involved (Fri Sep 14, 02:18 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley is expected to be more involved in the game plan moving forward, according to head coach Dan Quinn. Ridley was held without a catch on two targets in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Our View: Ridley is still not worth carrying in redraft leagues, but he could add another dimension to the Falcons offense and help the fantasy stock of Matt Ryan.
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