WR Calvin Ridley - Atlanta Falcons

6-1, 190Born: 12-20-1994College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 1, pick 2018

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 16): Ridley is getting open effortlessly and could be as prominent as Julio Jones in the passing game this year. He's a must start until he cools off.

Week 3: at Indianapolis Colts

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Matt Ryan has led a pass-heavy Falcons offense to 624 passing yards from 89 pass attempts--tied for third-most attempts in the league through Week 2. He has been far from efficient with this high volume though, as Ryan has started out with five interceptions to go along with his five touchdowns--including three of each last week. The offensive line did a better job protecting Ryan last week, but the potential injury to right tackle Kaleb McGary is not an encouraging sign for an offensive line already down one starter. Ryan fed his stud receivers handily last week as both Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones were targeted 10 times, finishing with over 100 receiving yards and at least one touchdown apiece. Last week was a nice bounceback for Jones after being held to just 31 yards in Week 1. Ridley has been more consistent to start the season, finishing with at least 60 yards and a touchdown in both games while converting 75 percent of his targets compared to Jones hauling in just 52 percent of his volume. Mohamed Sanu remains involved, but his contributions are inconsistent from the slot. Austin Hooper saw a drop in volume last week after leading the team in receptions for Week 1, but Devonta Freeman has seen consistent targets despite his slow start rushing the ball. A couple of key injuries threaten to have a significant impact on the Colts defense this week. Top cornerback Pierre Desir suffered a bone bruise in his knee last week and is expected to miss playing time. In addition, All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard was placed in the concussion protocol after last week's game and could be at risk of not clearing prior to Sunday. With Desir missing and rookie Rock Ya-Sin on the other side, both outside Falcons receivers Ridley and Jones should have a much easier path to success in this matchup. From the slot, the Falcons gave up a big game to Keenan Allen in Week 1, showing Kenny Moore can also be vulnerable in coverage. But Mohammed Sanu is far from the talent level of Allen, so it will be a much more even matchup in this one. With or without Leonard, this Colts linebacker group has not looked sharp in pass coverage. They haven't given up much production to running backs, but opposing offenses have not tried to target the position very heavily. Having Leonard is certainly a big plus, but Devonta Freeman could still find space on a few screens this week. Tight end Austin Hooper will not be in a good spot, however, as coverage from the Falcons Colts has been relatively strong.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at MIN 61 0 0 0 6 4.0 64 1 0 12.4
2 vs PHI 42 0 0 0 10 8.0 105 1 0 16.5
3 at IND PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4.3 * * * *
3 at IND PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4.0 * * * *
3 at IND PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5.0 * * * *

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

2019 Week 2 vs PHI (10 / 8 / 105 / 1 rec)

He earned a first down on 3rd and 5 on an out to the opposite side of the field. Ridley dropped a diving go route off a double move in the end zone on 2nd and 9. Ridley made the first man miss after running a short out and got the first down in the middle of the second quarter. He then caught a route crossing the middle for a first down and took a hard hit to his hip on the play that forced Ridley to leave the game (on his own volition) for a break. He scored a few plays later on a deep post where he sold the dig effectively to the coverage to run past. He worked back to the ball with an excellent extension to the ball over the middle for a first down with a minute left. Late in the game, Ridley nearly pulled down a post route between two defenders in the end zone.

2019 Week 1 vs MIN (6 / 4 / 64 / 1 rec)

His first catch came with 5:25 in the third quarter for a first down in the right flat. Ryan targeted Ridley in the end zone late in the third quarter and drew a defensive pass interference call that was questionable, at best. Ridley dropped a low throw against tight coverage late in the third quarter. Ryan exhibited good touch on a throw to the pylon where Trae Waynes tied up Ridely during the stem, but Ridley worked free and ran to the pylong and under the target for the touchdown with nine minutes left. Ridley's most impressive play was a crossing route where made multiple men miss in the open field with a little more than a minute left to reach the Vikings two.

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Schedule

3@ Indianapolis Colts
4vs Tennessee Titans
5@ Houston Texans
6@ Arizona Cardinals
7vs Los Angeles Rams
8vs Seattle Seahawks
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ New Orleans Saints
11@ Carolina Panthers
12vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13vs New Orleans Saints
14vs Carolina Panthers
15@ San Francisco 49ers
16vs Jacksonville Jaguars
17@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers