WR - ATL
Week 2 Outlook
Falcons WR Calvin Ridley caught 5-of-8 targets for 51 yards in Sunday's Week 1 loss to the Eagles.
Ridley and Kyle Pitts were tied for the team lead in targets with eight. However, also like Pitts, Ridley could not do anything to help his team or his fantasy managers with his opportunities. Ridley gets the Buccaneers in Week 2.
Falcons Star WR Calvin Ridley has had no setbacks on his surgically repaired foot and appears good to go for the start of training camp.
Ridley stated that "my foot is totally, definitely fixed" and he can't wait to be "unleashed" this season. But, if 90 receptions, 1374 yards, and nine touchdowns are the stat line he posts with a lingering foot issue, the sky is truly the limit for the fourth-year wideout. With Julio Jones exiting the picture in Atlanta, Ridley has a chance to be the WR1 overall in PPR formats.
Calvin Ridley is working out early at the Falcons' first training camp and is clearly recovering well from offseason foot surgery.
With the Julio Jones trade, Ridley is primed to be Matt Ryan's No. 1 target this season. The three-year pro has excelled in that role in the past when Jones has been injured. In the seven games Jones missed last season, Ridley commanded a 30% target share and averaged 11 targets per game. The former Crimson Tide receiver put all that volume to good use too, averaging 19.8 points per game in those contests. Ridley is currently being drafted as the WR6, which isn't a spot fantasy managers should be shying away from him at. He has the talent and expected volume to return good value on that investment. In fact, he has the potential to finish even higher. The Falcons are once again expected to be one of the most pass-happy offenses in the league. They lack an elite talent at running back and their defense is expected to be below-average. Ridley is an excellent investment this season in all scoring formats, especially with the news there are no concerns regarding his health.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network is reporting that Falcons WR Calvin Ridley recently underwent minor foot surgery. He won’t participate in mini-camp but should be all systems go for training camp.
According to Rapoport, the surgery was a “clean up” and Ridley should be fine by training camp. The Falcons recently traded WR Julio Jones, making Ridley Atlanta’s undisputed No.1 wide receiver. With Julio out of the picture, expect Ridley to see an increased target share. Ridley broke out in 2020, hauling in 90 receptions for 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns across 15 games. The 26-year-old is currently fifth among all wideouts in the latest expert consensus draft rankings. Ridley is a surefire WR1 in upcoming fantasy drafts.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that Falcons have exercised the fifth-year option on star WR Calvin Ridley.
It's official now. Falcons have locked up their star WR and deservedly so. $11.1M is what Ridley will be making on his fifth-year option. Ridley has been nothing short of spectacular since coming into the league. He is a route-running technician and a touchdown machine. He enjoyed a breakout season in 2020 catching 90 passes for 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns. Him and Julio are one of, if not, the best WR tandemsin the NFL. Ridley is a lock and loaded WR1 in all fantasy formats in 2021.
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