WR Calvin Ridley - Atlanta Falcons
|6-1, 190||Born: 12-20-1994||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2018|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 9): Ridley left Week 14 with an abdominal injury and he will miss the rest of the season
General News (Tue Dec 10): was placed on the Reserve/Injured list on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
General News (Mon Dec 9): announced on social media he will miss the rest of the season due to an abdominal injury he suffered in Week 14 against the Carolina Panthers.
Week 15: at San Francisco 49ers - $6900
FBG says: Bad matchup. Win or lose, the Falcons always seem to set up Matt Ryan for big numbers. Ryan hasn't been the most efficient passer here in 2019, sitting just 16th in both yards per attempt and touchdown rate. But the Falcons throw with such strong volume - a league-high 42 attempts per game - that Ryan can win fantasy matchups even on his down weeks. He's topped 300 yards in 9 of his 11 full games, with 8 multi-touchdown games along the way. Still, it's certainly fair to wonder about his potential against a punishing 49ers defense. Ryan boasts strong weaponry in Julio Jones, Austin Hooper, and a supporting cast of reserves. (Last week, Olamide Zaccheaus won a go route last week for a 93-yard touchdown.) But he's also working behind a deteriorating front line, which has hindered his deep-ball connection with Jones of late. Jones remains a consistent producer, but he hasn't found the end zone since Week 3. It doesn't help matters, of course, that he'll be without the services of Calvin Ridley for the rest of the year. As has often been the case, Ryan enters the week as the underdog quarterback and should be expected to throw early and often. But his fantasy QB1 ceiling depends on that volume, and if he's put off his game Sunday, there's less of a floor in place than usual. The San Francisco pass defense has spent 2019 as arguably the league's premier unit. They're allowing just 5.8 yards per attempt and 176 per game - only 2 opponents have topped 250 yards thus far. It all starts up front, where their dominant pass rush sits sixth league-wide in pressures despite blitzing at the fourth-lowest rate. And the secondary has been stout, with a deep rotation of cover men that's smothered most opposing wideouts. Still, this unit faces a bit of uncertainty entering a likely shootout with Matt Ryan and the Falcons. They're fresh off a 349-yard, 5-touchdown drubbing from Drew Brees in last week's marathon win over the Saints. They had no answer for Michael Thomas, who went off for 134 yards, or Jared Cook, who caught a pair of early touchdowns. More concerningly, they'll be without top cornerback Richard Sherman for the near future. Sherman was instrumental in limiting No. 1 receivers Davante Adams (43 yards), D.J. Moore (38), and Marquise Brown (1) in recent matchups. There's good depth here, but a shutdown talent like Sherman will always be missed - especially with Julio Jones coming to town.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Calvin Ridley's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 14 vs CAR (5 / 5 / 76 / 1 rec - 16.1 points, $6900)
Ryan found Ridley on an over route in stride for a quick 18 on the second play of the game. Ridley earned 11 yards up the left flat on a second-and-long after Ryan took a sack during Atlanta's second drive. Ridley got free on what looked like a coverage break-down in the red zone for a touchdown under Eric Reid who thought he'd have more help underneath. Ridley came back hard for the ball to dig out a Ryan throw under pressure with 37 seconds left and reach the sideline near midfield. Ryan found Ridley two plays later on the corner route and came back well to the ball. Ridley collapsed after leaving the blue tent for an examination and was carted off the field on his back. He'll miss the rest of the season with an abdomen injury.
2019 Week 13 vs NO (10 / 8 / 91 / 0 rec - 13.1 points, $6800)
The Saints played off the receivers on third and long to begin the game and Ridley earned a target on a fin route under the coverage for a gain of four and a punt. Ridley earned a fin route early in the second series for a six-yard gain, setting up a third-and-one. Ridley drew a third-and-six pass interference penalty on a fade route up the right sideline during the third series, getting Atlanta into the red zone. Ridley was wide-open on an end-zone switch-route combination with Christian Blake but Ryan didn't target him and it led to a turnover on downs inside the Saints' five. The next series, Ridley beat his coverage up the right sideline on third-and-eight, and Ryan underthrew him. Ridley managed to draw a defensive pass interference call. Ridley earned a first-down on a 2nd and-12 in-cut against man coverage for a first down midway through the second quarter. Ridley made an excellent grab on a throw high and away against tight man coverage late in the third quarter. He earned a 20-yard gain on a perimeter target thrown well over his head at the end of the third quarter to get Atlanta out of its own end zone. Ridley earned a slant for 10 yards later in the fourth quarter. Ridley dropped a comeback against tight coverage on a 3rd and 14 late in the game. The ball hit Ridley on the hands despite Ryan throwing the ball with defenders in his face and hanging off him. Ridley converted the 4th and 14 with a sliding catch against tight coverage on the next play. Ridley found a hole in the zone a play later for his eighth grab just ahead of the two-minute warning.
2019 Week 12 vs TB (14 / 6 / 85 / 1 rec, 1 / 15 / 0 rush - 19 points, $6700)
He took an end-around for 15 yards during the first drive. Ridley earned his first target on a red-zone slant against double coverage that broke it up on third down, leading to a field goal. Ridley earned seven yards on a stop route to the right flat during Atlanta's second drive. Ridley tried to pull away from tight coverage on a fade late on a third-down pass up the right sideline and although he managed to earn some space, he had difficulty tracking the ball even as it landed in his hands. The drop led to a punt. Ryan forced the ball under pressure to Ridley in a well-covered right flat leading to a third and short. Ryan threw the ball up for grabs to Ridley with heavy pressure in his face. Ridley nearly caught the sailed target on the post route but Carlton Davis pulled the ball away from the receiver. Ridley got open on a go route in the end zone but couldn't get the second foot inbounds as he made the catch over the shoulder. Ridley dropped a slant against tight coverage and left the field holding his left shoulder awkwardly when landing on it with it pinned under him on the play. He returned a few plays later in the drive and made a catch on an out against tight coverage that nearly cut it off.
2019 Week 11 vs CAR (8 / 8 / 143 / 1 rec - 24.3 points, $5500)
He earned a throwback off play action across midfield for 34 yards. He was wide open and made the catch as he exited the boundary. Ridley earned a first-down near midfield on a 12-yard gain over the middle and followed up with a corner route on the next play for 26 yards against man coverage, earning a great release on the cornerback. Ridley earned an over-the-shoulder target up the flat to reach the Carolina 22 midway through the third quarter but ran gingerly off the field after the play. Ridley returned later in the drive to catch an anticipation throw to the left sideline in the back of the end zone to go up 26. Ridley ran the diamond release into a slant, making a diving catch early in the third quarter for nine yards on s2nd and 10. He followed up on a fade for 42 on a perfect throw from Ryan under pressure.
2019 Week 10 vs NO (5 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec, 1 / 19 / 0 rush - 6.2 points, $5300)
He earned 19 on the first play of the game, an end around form a two tight end set with the tight ends heavy to the opposite side of the run. Ridley caught a third-down out for the first down, dragging the back toe effectively at the boundary. Ridley earned a short gain on third and longin the flat, forcing a punt. Ridley ran the deep post and got behind the corner and safety early in the second half but Ryan underthrew the target. Ryan led Ridley too far on a slant under pressure late in the third quarter but the Saints earned an illegal hands to the face penalty that granted Atlanta a first down. Two plays later, he found Ridley on a well-run fin route against the blitz. Ridley gained another 10 yards up the crease after the pass.
2019 Week 8 vs SEA (7 / 4 / 70 / 0 rec - 11 points, $5400)
He dropped a short slant after cornerback Shaq Griffin knocked the ball away. The target was at the receiver's back shoulder. Although it should have been caught and secured, the placement made the corner's job easier to defend the target. He made a diving leaping catch near the end line for a two-point conversion on the Brian Hill touchdown run in the third quarter. Schaub threw a hospital ball to Ridley on a corner route thrown behind the receiver inside the 10. Ridley hit his head on the turf after catching the ball, taking the hit and holding on early in the fourth quarter. He passed an evaluation in the medical tent but rookie Olamide Zaccheaus replacement him during a fourth-quarter drive. Ridley was well covered on a fade in the end zone late in the game by Jamar Taylor. Ridley gained over 40 yards on two catches during garbage-time late in the game on passes over the middle. The first was a crossing route where he fumbled the ball after he was hit, but Austin Hooper recovered it.
2019 Week 7 vs LAR (6 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec - 5 points, $5500)
Dante Fowler held Ridley on third and three during the first drive and gave Altanta new life. Ridley earned a first down on an out route late in the first drive. Ridley caught fin route against off coverage on third and short near midfield in the middle of the second quarter. He caught a quick out route late in the third quarter but Troy Hill stopped Ridley immediately on the play. Ridley gained six a few plays later on 2nd and 16 on a quick slant that Hill also limited early in the fourth quarter.
2019 Week 6 vs ARI (6 / 4 / 48 / 1 rec - 12.8 points, $5500)
He scored on a variation of orbit motion towards the quarterback at the snap, to mimic an end-around and then reversed field to the flat he came from and scored after making a defender miss. Ridley committed a pass interference penalty to end the second drive of the first quarter, but it was a designed clear-out play for Julio Jones that Ryan was late to throw the ball and it contributed to Ridley's block being illegal. He earned a short rout in the left flat for five yards on a pass that forced him back to the ball and back insdie the first down marker early in the fourth quarter. Two plays later he earned 23 yards on an out route across midfield.
2019 Week 5 vs HOU (9 / 5 / 88 / 1 rec - 17.3 points, $5400)
The receiver slipped on a short sideline route on 2nd and 8 during the Falcons' second series and the ball bounced off his hands. He ran a strong out route with a nice sale of the post against off coverage for a 22-yard gain to get Atlanta inside the Texans' 25. Ryan found Ridley for 16 yards in the right flat during the fifth series to reach midfield. Ryan led Ridley too far on an inside-breaking route and into a throng of defenders who should have intercepted the target late in the half. After a first-down clipping penalty on Alex Mack, Ridley was overthrown at the sideline on a deep out. Ridley earned an out route late in the third quarter down by 16 points. Ryan worked free on a roll to the right and found Ridley for a 28-yard score at the right boundary of the end zone and Ridley worked free of Jonathan Joseph, who thought he pushed the receiver out of bounds.
2019 Week 4 vs TEN (6 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec - 4.7 points, $5800)
Adoree Jackson tightly covered Ridley on a third-down target at the boundary and forced the incompletion and a subsequent punt. Ryan overshot Calvin Ridley on a deep post early in the second quarter. Ridley dropped a 2nd and 20 pass in the third quarter on a route breaking inside and back to the quarterback. He toasted Malcolm Butler for a dee pout in the middle of the third quarter. He caught an off-target receiver screen in the middle of the fourth quarter. He earned an eight-yard hook route deep in their territory with less than two minutes left.
2019 Week 3 vs IND (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec - 1.1 points, $6500)
Ridley didn't earn a target in the first half and then made a mental error with a third-and-short block where he was too close to the line of scrimmage to begin his block and cost a third-down conversion for Austin Hooper. Ridley made his first catch later in the series on a slant for a first down.
2019 Week 2 vs PHI (10 / 8 / 105 / 1 rec - 20.5 points, $6500)
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 - 14.4 points, $6500)
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.
Latest NewsFalcons | Calvin Ridley, Desmond Trufant on IR (Tue Dec 10, 04:43 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (abdominal) and CB Desmond Trufant (forearm) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list on Tuesday, Dec. 10. LB Ahmad Thomas was signed to the active roster, while TE Carson Meier and LB Quentin Poling were added to the practice squad. link to story Falcons | Calvin Ridley done for the season (Mon Dec 9, 01:52 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (abdominal) announced on social media he will miss the rest of the season due to an abdominal injury he suffered in Week 14 against the Carolina Panthers. Our View: Ridley finishes his second season with 63 catches for 866 yards and seven touchdowns. He's a big part of the Falcons offense and has a nose for the end zone with 17 touchdowns in two seasons as a pro. Ridley should be considered a WR2 breakout candidate in 2020.
link to story Falcons | Calvin Ridley leads the way for Atlanta WRs (Sun Dec 8, 06:28 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley caught five passes for 76 yards and a touchdown on five targets vs. the Carolina Panthers in Week 14 on Sunday, Dec. 8. Our View: Ridley looked great but also suffered an abdomen injury in this one. It could end his season with only three games left. Russell Gage and Christian Blake would get more snaps and targets if Ridley is out.
link to story Falcons | Calvin Ridley will not return (Sun Dec 8, 03:50 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (abdomen) suffered an abdomen injury during the Week 14 game and will not return. Our View: Ridley was playing very well before this injury. We'll see if he can make it back on the field for the matchup against the 49ers next week.
link to story Falcons | Calvin Ridley limited Friday (Fri Dec 6, 06:38 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (toe) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 6, but is not on the injury report for Week 14. link to story More News
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