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Experts' Pick
 
 
Calvin Ridley
WR - ATL
vs. PHI, Sun 1pm EDT
Amari Cooper
WR - DAL
Amari Cooper
Amari Cooper
WR - DAL
at TB, Thu 8pm EDT
 
 
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Updated: Sep 29th, 2020
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 12# 18-
Best Rank# 3# 5-
Worst Rank# 45# 46-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent vs. PHI at TB-
Matchup RatingThis is a 4 star matchup. WRs perform a litter better than their average vs PHIThis is a 5 star matchup. WRs perform better than their average vs TB-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Rec22.826.6
Rec Yds257.6269.4
Rec TD1.71.8
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total191.5144.8-
Avg Game12.89.1-
Avg Projection10.29.9-
2019 Average12.89.1-
    
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Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Calvin Ridley
WR - ATL
Amari Cooper
WR - DAL
Amari Cooper
Amari Cooper
WR - DAL
2021 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. PHI at TB
Week 2 at TB at LAC
Week 3 at NYG vs. PHI
Week 4 vs. WAS vs. CAR
Week 5 vs. NYJ vs. NYG
Week 6BYE WEEK at NE
Week 7 at MIABYE WEEK
Week 8 vs. CAR at MIN
Week 9 at NO vs. DEN
Week 10 at DAL vs. ATL
Week 11 vs. NE at KC
Week 12 at JAC vs. LV
Week 13 vs. TB at NO
Week 14 at CAR at WAS
Week 15 at SF at NYG
Week 16 vs. DET vs. WAS
Week 17 at BUF vs. ARI
Player Projections Comparison
 
Calvin Ridley
WR - ATL
vs. PHI, Sun 1pm EDT
Amari Cooper
WR - DAL
Amari Cooper
Amari Cooper
WR - DAL
at TB, Thu 8pm EDT
Receiving
   
Receptions5.05.1
Rec Yards66.970.0
Rec TDs0.60.5
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts0.20.1
Rush Yards1.30.5
Rush TDs0.00.0
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points10.29.9
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Calvin Ridley
WR - ATL
Amari Cooper
WR - DAL
Amari Cooper
Amari Cooper
WR - DAL
2020 Points 
Week 124.98.1
Week 222.910.0
Week 311.78.6
Week 40.021.4
Week 513.62.1
Week 612.913.9
Week 714.98.5
Week 84.20.5
Week 97.5
Week 10
Week 119.08.1
Week 1211.017.2
Week 1310.811.3
Week 1418.411.1
Week 1522.30.3
Week 1612.312.1
Week 172.64.1
Total191.5144.8
Average12.89.1
Player Targets Comparison
 
Calvin Ridley
WR - ATL
Amari Cooper
WR - DAL
Amari Cooper
Amari Cooper
WR - DAL
2020 Targets 
Week 11214
Week 2109
Week 31312
Week 4516
Week 5104
Week 6710
Week 777
Week 845
Week 96
Week 10
Week 1197
Week 1298
Week 13109
Week 14125
Week 15143
Week 1696
Week 17129
Notes for Player Combination
 
Calvin Ridley
WR - ATL
vs. PHI, Sun 1pm EDT
Amari Cooper
WR - DAL
Amari Cooper
Amari Cooper
WR - DAL
at TB, Thu 8pm EDT
Expert 
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Ridley should be set to take another step forward this year, he is a WR2 in a game that could turn into a shootout.The Rams were 14th against fantasy wide receivers, Cooper will have to contend with Jalen Ramsey, but he should still be in the WR2 discussion.
Kevin Wheeler
The Draft Zone
 Cooper is likely to see a lot of Jalen Ramsey in Sunday night's matchup with the Rams.
Jacob Wayne
Lineups
Calvin Ridley and the Falcons take on the Seahawks' defense in Week 1, a defense that should be much-improved after the additions of Jamal Adams and Quinton Dunbar. However, the Falcons led the NFL in passing attempts per game last year as they played catch-up in virtually every game. That could very easily be the case again in this game, making Calvin Ridley a solid WR2 this week with WR1 upside.Amari Cooper has been recovering from a hamstring injury for the past couple of week and while he's reportedly ready to play in full in Week 1, it wouldn't shock me to see him suffer a setback before the game. Even if he does play in full, he would likely draw shadow coverage from Jalen Ramsey, one of the best corners in football. With so many weapons in this offense, the Cowboys don't need Cooper to win and I can see Michael Gallup coming up with a huge performance in Week 1. If you drafted Cooper, you're probably not benching him, but just temper your expectations for this week.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
With the way Ridley lines up in the formation, he's typically on the right side about 50-60 percent of the time, which tells us he'll line up with Shaquill Griffin the most. Griffin has been their best cornerback, though there's been some inconsistency to his game. If there's one thing he consistently shuts down, it's allowing receivers to get behind him. It's likely because they play a zone-heavy scheme in Seattle, which makes it easier to keep the receiver in front of you, but it will also allow teams to complete a high percentage of their passes. Over the last two years, Griffin has allowed a 62.7 percent catch rate in his coverage. It's not the greatest matchup for Ridley, but it's also not one where he'll struggle too much if the volume is there. He was on a 131-target pace once Mohamed Sanu left the team last year, so it's possible he gets into the 7-10 target range. Let's temper blowup expectations, but he should deliver stable WR2 numbers.The Cowboys have allowed Cooper to take some practices off leading up to the season, which has caused panic among fantasy land. Mike McCarthy said they're simply trying to lessen his reps as a veteran, though it's a bit worrisome considering Cooper's injury history. Another thing that's worrisome about this week is a potential shadow date with Jalen Ramsey. These two met last year where Cooper saw just two targets, catching one for 19 yards. Both targets were in the first 10 minutes of the game and that was it. He may have been masking an injury through that game, too, as he took a big hit from Ramsey on his lone reception. Cooper is talented enough to get open against any cornerback, but with all the options in the Cowboys offense, there's no need to force it. The Rams cornerback unit behind Ramsey isn't what you'd call good, so if Ramsey doesn't shadow, Cooper can go bananas. Under a new defensive coordinator in 2020, we don't know how the Rams defense will approach this trio of wide receivers. When you combine the potential shadow situation with his undisclosed injury, Cooper has the looks of a boom/bust WR2/3-type option this week.
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
Ridley has been receiving hype all offseason and it should pay off almost immediately here in this matchup. Julio Jones and Ridley should have a field day against the Seattle DBs and there's a very real chance that we see both finish within the top-5 at the WR position this week. Ridley's an absolute must start option this week.The last news that we have on Cooper was that he's missed practices or been limited in them recently. That doesn't exactly instill confidence in starting someone that you drafted early on and need to rely on. With that being said, Cooper also has to deal with the fact that he's most likely going to be shadowed by newly PAID Jalen Ramsey. With the other options on this team, it wouldn't surprise me at all to see Dak look Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb, and Blake Jarwin's way more than Cooper this week. Cooper's not a "must sit" player by any means, but expectations need to be managed going into Sunday Night Football.