Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (personal) is eligible to come off the non-football injury list this week, but head coach Arthur Smith did not provide an update on the Falcons' No. 1 wide receiver. Ridley hasn't played since Week 7 after also being held out in Week 5 for personal reasons. It remains unclear whether or not the 26-year-old will return to action, so fantasy managers should prepare to be without Ridley for the rest of the season. The Atlanta offense has struggled mightily throughout Ridley's absence, as Kyle Pitts deals with double teams while the rest of the offense fails to beat man coverage. Should Ridley come back, he will command a massive target share from quarterback Matt Ryan, but this is not something fantasy managers should be counting on based on what we have heard today.
The Atlanta Falcons placed wide receiver Calvin Ridley on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list on Friday, which means that he'll be out for at least the next three games while dealing with personal issues. Ridley issued a statement last Sunday that he's stepping away from football indefinitely, so fantasy managers need to be prepared for Ridley possibly missing even more than the next three games. Since we don't know exactly when he might be back, fantasy managers need to hold him until further notice. Russell Gage, who had zero targets last week with Ridley out, Tajae Sharpe and rookie tight end Kyle Pitts figure to be the team's top three pass-catchers with Ridley out indefinitely. At best, Gage and Sharpe will be boom/bust WR4/flex assets heading into a Week 9 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.
As expected, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley wasn't at the team's practice on Wednesday while he remains away from the team indefinitely due to undisclosed personal reasons. Ridley announced on Sunday that he was stepping away from football indefinitely, which is a huge blow to the Falcons offense and fantasy managers. Since we have no idea how long the 26-year-old will be away, he needs to be stashed in all formats until further notice. Atlanta's offense stalled in his absence in Week 8, with Russell Gage not seeing a single target. Tajae Sharpe led the team with five catches on six targets for 58 yards, but fantasy managers shouldn't count on that continuing, even with Ridley out indefinitely. Rookie tight end Kyle Pitts will see more looks from quarterback Matt Ryan but will also see more attention from opposing defenses.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley was inactive on Sunday for personal reasons, but he put out an announcement on Twitter on Sunday afternoon to say that he is going to "step away from football at this time." Ridley added he is going to "focus on [his] mental well-being." It's unclear how long Ridley will be away from the football field, but Russell Gage should see increased usage while Ridley is out, as well as Cordarelle Patterson. As for Ridley, hopefully the time off will help the fourth-year wideout's mental well-being, which is more important than his fantasy football value.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (personal) won't play on Sunday against Carolina. Although Ridley hasn't played the best, he has seen double-digit targets in all but one game this season, so this is still a tough blow for the fantasy managers who continue to eagerly anticipate a breakout performance. Nonetheless, the red-hot Kyle Pitts will likely benefit the most, with Cordarrelle Patterson, who was already expected to receive a generous workload against the Panthers, in line to see an uptick in fantasy production.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley is a low-end WR1 option against the Panthers. Ridley is one of the top-two pass-catchers on this team alongside Kyle Pitts and his target share reflects that. The WR has seen at least 10 targets in the past four games while posting at least 61 yards in three of the past four games. While his yardage total each week hasn't been explosive, Ridley's weekly target share and huge role in this offense make him a solid starting option even against a Carolina squad that is stingy against fantasy wideouts.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley caught four passes for 26 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Dolphins. Ridley saw double-digit targets for the fourth time this year but didn't appear to be on the same page as quarterback Matt Ryan- though the two did connect for a touchdown. After averaging a career-best 15.3 yards per reception last year, the star wideout is now averaging less than a first down per catch, an alarming drop-off. Ridley should still be considered among the league's best wideouts- and is seeing the elite-level volume to turn things around. Perhaps a Week 8 matchup with the Panthers, who allowed 178 yards and 11 catches to Ridley last year, can help him turn things around.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley could have a monster game in Week 7 against Miami. Ridley missed the team's most recent Week 5 contest against the Jets due to a personal matter, but is back practicing with the team ahead of a matchup with a Dolphins team that has surrendered the third-most fantasy points per game to wideouts. The star receiver has seen double-digit targets in each of the last three games he's played and ranks 14th in percent share of his team's air yards this year. Perhaps the best sign of all is that quarterback Matt Ryan seems to be thriving in Arthur Smith's offense. It could all be coming together for a monster game from Ridley in Week 7.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley, who missed the trip to London in Week 5 due to personal reasons, is returning to practice this week, according to head coach Arthur Smith. The Falcons just had their bye in Week 6, so it appears that Ridley has moved beyond his personal issues and is ready to return to the field for a Week 7 meeting with the Miami Dolphins. The 26-year-old is quarterback Matt Ryan's clear No. 1 target through the air, and Ridley should see plenty of targets this weekend against a Dolphins defense that has allowed the third-most fantasy points per game (29.1) to opposing receivers. Ridley hasn't gone over 100 yards receiving in his four games this year, but he does have double-digit targets in all but one game and in each of his last three contests.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (personal) has been ruled out for his team's Week 5 contest against the Jets in London. Ridley won't make the trip to London due to a personal matter. While it's at least comforting to know that the star wideout isn't battling an injury, the team still didn't disclose any details as to when he would return to action. Rudley's absence further complicated things for the Falcons' passing attack, as they'll likely also be without Russell Gage (ankle). That should mean more opportunities for rookie tight end Kyle Pitts, who has placed second on the team in targets behind Ridley. More looks in the passing game should also be available to Cordarrelle Patterson and Olamide Zaccheaus.
Atlanta Falcons wide receivers Calvin Ridley (undisclosed) and Russell Gage (ankle) were not spotted during the portion of practice open to the media Thursday. It's not yet clear why Ridley was absent, though it's noteworthy as he was able to suit up for Wednesday's session. Gage looks like he'll go down as a non-participant for Thursday after missing Wednesday as well, meaning he's trending towards missing a third consecutive game Sunday against the Jets. The big news here is the status of Ridley as the team prepares to leave for London Thursday, so stay tuned for an update later in the afternoon.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley amassed seven receptions for 80 yards on 13 targets in Sunday's loss to the Washington Football Team. Ridley posted his best yardage total of the season and has now seen double-digit targets in the last three games. Though his yard totals may vary each week, the WR's weekly volume is about as consistent as they come and his rich target share makes him a solid WR1 going forward.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley is a WR1 against the Washington Football Team in Week 4. Ridley hasn't posted mind-boggling numbers this season (no more than 63 yards in a contest) but what's impressive has been his target share. He has seen at least 10 targets in two of three games and that should remain steady going forward given he is the unquestioned top pass catcher on this team. Washington allows the second-most fantasy points to WRs, so there is a real chance for Ridley to post his best showing of the season.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley caught eight of 11 targets for 61 yards in a Week 3 win over the Giants. Ridley's 11 targets and eight receptions were both season-highs, though he has just one touchdown and has yet to eclipse the 100-yard mark through three weeks of play. While it's frustrating for fantasy managers, Ridley doesn't have a ton of competition for targets and is dominating the Falcons' percent of targeted air yards, which should lead to more fruitful box scores moving forward. A Week 4 date with the Washington Football Team is tough on paper, though their defense just allowed three wideouts to eclipse 60 receiving yards.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley will get a somewhat tough matchup against James Bradberry and the Giants defense in Week 3. Ridley has accrued 18 targets through two weeks of play, a number that ties him for seventh among all pass-catchers, and has totaled 114 receiving yards and a touchdown. The Alabama product also ranks fourth in the league in percent share of his team's targeted air yards, something that bodes well for his future production, particularly with fellow wideout Russell Gage (ankle) likely sidelined this week. It's a tough matchup against Bradberry, but Ridley is one of the best route runners in the league. The talented wideout should exceed double-digit targets and has the talent to make them count on Sunday, even in a tricky matchup.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley recorded seven receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets in Sunday's loss to Tampa. Ridley once again was a major factor for the Falcons and performed better in the most important statistical categories in Week 2 compared to Week 1. He also paced the team in receptions and targets in Week 2. As Matt Ryan's top receiving option, Ridley should see enough volume each week to put up decent numbers. Thus, he is a solid WR1 going forward.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley is a solid WR1 option against Tampa this week. As expected, Ridley paced the team last week with five receptions for 51 yards on eight targets in Week 1 against the Eagles. With Julio Jones out of town, the youngster now has no competition for the WR1 role and should see a high number of targets each week. After one week, the Bucs rank first in points allowed to fantasy wideouts, meaning Ridley is one of the best starts of Week 2.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley had a quiet day in Sunday's loss to the Eagles. Ridley scuffled to just 51 receiving yards in a beatable matchup against the Philadelphia secondary, though he did see eight targets, tied for the team lead with rookie Kyle Pitts. Even in a down performance, it's clear that Ridley won't have much resistance this year in the target department, meaning he should produce WR1 numbers more often than not. A bounce-back opportunity awaits in Week 2 against the Buccaneers defense, who surrendered 163 yards and a touchdown to Ridley in one game last year.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley gets a good matchup against the Eagles to kick start his 2021 campaign. Ridley operated as a target hog for the Falcons in 2020, averaging 9.5 targets, 6.0 receptions, and 91.6 receiving yards per game, eclipsing the 100-yard mark eight times. The Alabama product is a candidate to lead the league in targets in 2021, considering his fellow pass-catchers are relatively unproven now that Julio Jones is out of town. A skilled route-runner, Ridley is perfectly capable of taking advantage of an Eagles secondary that allowed the 14th-most pass plays of 20 yards or more and the most of 40 yards or more. He should be penciled in as an elite WR1 play in all formats.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley is going into his fourth NFL season, with this being his first time as the team's unquestioned No. 1 option in the passing game. With Julio Jones being traded to the Tennessee Titans, the Atlanta offense will go through the 26-year-old. In a joint practice with the Miami Dolphins, Ridley completely blew by one of the best cornerbacks in the league, Xavien Howard. He has shown his ability to create separation and be an effective route-runner in the short, intermediate, and deep passing game. He is coming off a foot injury that caused limitations at some points last season, but going into 2021 he claims he is completely healthy. Ridley has shown he is one of the best receivers in the league after putting up 90 receptions for 1,374 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2020. Going into 2021, the former Alabama star is an elite WR1 in fantasy and has the potential to finish at the top of the position. There should be no concerns if he can keep up his elite production without Jones drawing the most attention from opposing teams.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley told reporters that his foot is "totally, definitely fixed" at training camp Tuesday. Ridley played through the injury last season, asserting his status as one of the league's best wideouts with a 90-catch, 1,374-yard, nine-touchdown season. The Falcons are understandably working him into camp slowly, as he is now the unquestioned number-one target in the offense with Julio Jones in Tennessee. Now fully healthy, Ridley could command a target share as high as any pass-catcher in the NFL this season, making him an excellent choice as a WR1 for fantasy teams at his current 23 ADP, particularly in PPR formats.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (foot) participated in drills during the team's first day of training camp on Thursday. Ridley underwent minor foot surgery and missed most of the offseason workouts but is back in action. Per Michael Rothstein of ESPN, Ridley looked good, making sharp cuts and looking smooth in his route-running. That's good news for both the Falcons and fantasy managers eyeing the 26-year-old- who posted career-best numbers in targets, receptions, and yards in a breakout 2020 campaign- as their starting wideout in drafts. Ridley figures to be a target hog for Atlanta in 2021 and appears set to return or possibly exceed value at his current second-round draft price.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley broke out in a big way in 2020 and deserves to be looked at among the elite WR1s heading into 2021. Ridley amassed a career-high 143 targets, 90 receptions, and 1374 receiving yards while finding the end zone nine times, good for a top-five finish at the position in all fantasy formats. Seven-time Pro Bowler Julio Jones is no longer in town, which means that Ridley will be looked at and schemed against- as Atlanta's unquestioned WR1. He compiled eight 100-yard games in 2020, and five of them came without Jones in the lineup, showing that Ridley can handle the team's opposing number-one corner. Ridley should once again be among the league's target hogs and is a safe WR1 to target in the second round of drafts.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (foot) recently underwent minor foot surgery from Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wisconsin, according to a source. The surgery was a minor cleanup. Ridley will not take part in minicamp, but he should be fine for training camp later this summer. It sounds like it won't impact his 2021 season at all, but it's worth keeping an eye on, especially now that Ridley is the team's unquestioned No. 1 receiver with Julio Jones now in Tennessee. The 26-year-old had a breakout season last year, catching 90 passes for 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns in 15 games, and he'll only see more targets in 2021 with Jones now out of the picture. Ridley will be a high-end WR1 that will come off the board in the early rounds of fantasy drafts.
The Atlanta Falcons picked up wide receiver Calvin Ridley's $11.1 million fifth-year option for the 2022 season on Monday. This comes as no surprise, as he's been excellent for the Falcons since entering the league as a first-rounder in 2018. The 26-year-old is a great route-runner and has a nose for the end zone. If Atlanta were to trade veteran Julio Jones, Ridley would become the team's unquestioned No. 1 receiver. Ridley had a true breakout season in his third year in the NFL in 2020, hauling in 90 passes for 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns. If Jones remains in the fold, both he and Ridley will continue to form one of the better receiving tandems in the league for quarterback Matt Ryan. Ridley will remain a highly coveted WR1 in fantasy.
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