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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 7 PPR Rankings
Calvin Ridley Note
Calvin Ridley photo 4. Calvin Ridley (vs . DET)
Outside of that one game on Monday night where he didn't catch a pass, Ridley has totaled at least 110 yards and/or scored a touchdown in every game. Despite having that zero-point game in Week 4, Ridley is still the No. 1 receiver in fantasy. You can say his ceiling took a hit with Jones back in the lineup, and that's fine, but there should be room for both of them to get near double-digit targets in Week 7. The Lions have faced an average of 22.2 wide receiver targets per game, which has accounted for a 65.3 percent target share (ranks second in the NFL). The cornerback Ridley will see about 70 percent of the time is rookie Jeffrey Okudah, who's had some issues to this point, allowing a 73.1 percent catch-rate and 11.5 yards per target in his coverage. Ridley should continue to be plugging into lineups as a sturdy WR1 even with Jones back.
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Julio Jones Note
Julio Jones photo 5. Julio Jones (vs . DET)
We got to see one of the greatest to ever play return in Week 6 and what a treat it was watching him rack up eight receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns. He looked like he was 100 percent for the first time all season. It was a great matchup against the Vikings last week, and he'll get a similarly good one in Week 7. Wide receivers have seen a massive 65.3 percent target share against the Lions this year, which ranks second to only the Seahawks. With the way the Lions align, it would be Amani Oruwariye matching up against Jones most of the time, a second-year cornerback who's been pretty solid in coverage this year, though he's allowed 14.0 yards per reception in his coverage, which is one of the higher marks in the league. Jones also moves into the slot 26 percent of the time, which is golden for his matchup, as the Lions have been destroyed by slot receivers all year. Look, you're starting Jones as a WR1 every week now that he's proven to be healthy.
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Russell Gage Note
Russell Gage photo 54. Russell Gage (vs . DET)
I mentioned last week that if/when Jones came back to the lineup, it would help everyone involved in the Falcons offense. While Gage finished with just four targets last week, they amounted to four catches for 65 yards. He hasn't seen more than five targets since back in Week 2, which is worrisome when you're playing him for a floor and not necessarily a ceiling. It certainly helps that the Lions opponents have targeted their wide receivers 65.3 percent of the time, which is the second-highest mark in the league. It also helps to know that the Lions have been crushed by slot-heavy receivers. Here are the ones they've played through five games: Keelan Cole 6/143/0, Emmanuel Sanders 6/93/0, Andy Isabella/Larry Fitzgerald 5/47/2, Allen Lazard 3/45/0, and Anthony Miller 4/76/1. It's clearly a weakness between Darryl Roberts and Justin Coleman. Gage should be able to offer a WR4/5-type floor in this game.
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Olamide Zaccheaus Note
Olamide Zaccheaus photo 87. Olamide Zaccheaus (vs . DET)
Christian Blake Note
Christian Blake photo 100. Christian Blake (vs . DET)
Brandon Powell Note
Brandon Powell photo 130. Brandon Powell (vs . DET)