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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 6 Rankings
Calvin Ridley Note
Calvin Ridley photo 5. Calvin Ridley (at MIN)
When Julio Jones is out of the lineup, we know Ridley is getting targeted heavily. In the 12 games where he's seen at least eight targets, Ridley has never scored fewer than 16.7 PPR points. That's ridiculous. The Vikings have faced just two receivers who've seen eight-plus targets, and those receivers went bananas (Davante Adams 14/156/2 and D.K. Metcalf 6/93/2). There is no cornerback that'll travel around the field with Ridley, but based on alignment, he'd see Mike Hughes the most. They moved him from the slot out to the perimeter last week after he failed that experiment. It really hasn't mattered where he's been throughout his career to this point, though. Through two-plus years, he's allowed 73-of-108 passing for 849 yards and six touchdowns in his coverage. If Julio Jones is out of the lineup, Ridley should be considered a can't-miss WR1. If Jones is back, it would lower the certainty, but Ridley would remain the top play on the Falcons roster. He's a plug-and-play WR1 every week and this matchup doesn't change that.
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Julio Jones Note
Julio Jones photo 18. Julio Jones (at MIN)
I was saying last week that I think it's more likely Jones missed multiple games before playing in last week's game. I know they called him a game-time decision, but after not practicing all week, he was never going to play coming off a hamstring injury that he's re-aggravated twice. Until we see him practice, you shouldn't be planning on having him in your lineup, especially when you consider this team is 0-5 and going nowhere. If he suits up against the Vikings, he'd be tough to sit considering the state of their cornerbacks. The combination of Holton Hill, Jeff Gladney, Cameron Dantzler, and Mike Hughes has been rough in coverage, as they've all allowed at least a 101.9 QB Rating in their coverage. They've combined to allow 2.16 PPR points per game to wide receivers, which ranks as the third-most in the NFL. We must pay attention to Jones' practice participation throughout the week. I'll update this section later in the week when he have more clarity.
5 days ago
Russell Gage Note
Russell Gage photo 55. Russell Gage (at MIN)
It's been a disappointing couple weeks for Gage, who has now seen just 11 targets over the last three games, which included a lot of time without Julio Jones on the field. He's also watched his yardage decline every week: 114, 46, 26, 22, 16. The Vikings did some shifting around last week and moved rookie Jeff Gladney into the slot, so that's who we should expect Gage to see in coverage. Gladney has done a good job in the slot this year, much better than he's been on the perimeter. On 12 slot targets, he's allowed just six receptions for 93 yards, which included a lot of Tyler Lockett in coverage last week. Knowing that veterans Lockett, Adam Humphries, and Randall Cobb have struggled to do much against the Vikings, it's probably wise to fade Gage in this matchup. The ceiling is not worth the risk you're taking on a receiver who's slowly being faded in the offense.
5 days ago
Olamide Zaccheaus Note
Olamide Zaccheaus photo 77. Olamide Zaccheaus (at MIN)
Christian Blake Note
Christian Blake photo 106. Christian Blake (at MIN)
Brandon Powell Note
Brandon Powell photo 139. Brandon Powell (at MIN)