College: Alabama | 3 years
Height: 6'1" | Weight: 190 lbs
Birth Date: 12/20/1994
2020 Bye Week: 10
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 WR
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Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley has shown definite flashes as a No. 2 wide receiver, but the Falcons would rather he and Julio Jones produce like 'two WR1s' with the team's depth at the position lacking, according to one NFL analyst.
Fantasy Spin: Ridley missed the final three games of 2019 with an abdominal injury but did finish 16th among fantasy wideouts with an average of 10.2 points per game. Jones remains the only true WR1 on the team, but Ridley is a solid WR2 selection.
Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter believes the potential of wide receiver Calvin Ridley has yet to be reached. The Alabama product has played superbly in his first two NFL seasons as the WR2 on this team. The 25-year-old amassed 63 receptions, 866 yards, 13.7 yards per catch, and seven touchdowns in 13 games last season. With more rapport with QB Matt Ryan, the 2018 pick will look to elevate further and potentially reach his first 1,000-yard season in 2020. Ridley will certainly be a reliable receiver for fantasy owners considering his massive growth and stable role on the Falcons. He's worth drafting as the WR2 on fantasy teams.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley was picked as the team's breakout star for the 2020 season by NFL.com writer, Adam Rank. The 25-year-old was in the midst of a reliable fantasy season in 2019 before succumbing to an abdominal injury that forced him to miss the last three games of the season. Throughout two seasons in Atlanta, the former Alabama wideout has compiled 127 receptions for 1,687 yards and 17 touchdowns. With the team retaining all of its coaching personnel, the No. 2 wideout has a good shot at living up to Rank's prediction, despite the arrival of Todd Gurley II, a player who will undoubtedly take away some targets from both Ridley and Julio Jones throughout the year.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley had a catch-rate difference of plus-8.7 percent last year and did it while seeing double teams 5.4 percent of the time. Ridley also had a nice cushion on his routes, with an average of 6.6 yards at the time of the snap. Because of his 4.43-second speed, opponents rarely pressed him at the line of scrimmage, and instead preferred to cover him with multiple defensive backs. Atlanta's QBs had a 113.5 passer rating when targeting Ridley in 2019. An injury also limited the 25-year-old last season, so he could easily put up high-end WR2/low-end WR1 numbers over a full season in 2020, even with Julio Jones commanding the lion's share of the looks.
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley was on track for 66 catches for 853 yards and nine touchdowns on 101 targets prior to the Falcons trading Mohamed Sanu to the New England Patriots following a Week 7 loss. Over his final six games and before succumbing to an abdomen injury that ended his season prior to Week 15, Ridley's 16-game pace over the final six contests was 91 receptions for 1,315 yards and eight touchdowns on 131 targets.
Fantasy Spin: Six games is a relatively small sample, but it provides a bit of rationale to those that believe Ridley could be this year's Chris Godwin. The third-year pro finds himself in a wonderful environment to make it happen, as Julio Jones will continue to command the most respect from defensive coordinators and Atlanta's defense may struggle at times yet again. As such, Ridley should be viewed as a high-end WR2 with WR1 upside.
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley hauled in 63 of 75 catchable targets and scored seven touchdowns in 2019. Additionally, Atlanta quarterbacks enjoyed a passer rating of 114.7 when throwing in his direction - the 11th-best passer rating for any receiver or tight end with at least 50 targets. The passer rating mark was lower than it was when Ridley was a rookie in 2018; he finished eighth among receivers and tight ends with at least 50 targets at 119.9.
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley produced 45 more receiving yards (866-821) in 2019 despite playing three fewer games than he did in 2018. Furthermore, Ridley was charged with only three drops on 93 targets in 2019 after committing 10 drops on 92 targets as a rookie.
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley averaged 8.2 targets per game in six games following the trade of WR Mohamed Sanu last season. Ridley was averaging just 6.3 targets per game in his first seven games of the season.
Fantasy Spin: Ridley will be unchallenged as the No. 2 receiver opposite Julio Jones in 2020 and is sure to have plenty of favorable matchups. He caught all eight targets for a season-high 143 yards and a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in the Falcons' third game following the trade of Sanu, and he totaled 24 targets in his next two outings. He's a strong WR2 candidate in 2020 drafts.
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (abdomen) recorded more than 75 yards in each of his final four games of 2019 before suffering an abdominal injury, and Jason Butt of The Athletic believes Ridley will top 1,000 yards for the first time in his career in 2020.
Fantasy Spin: With Mohamed Sanu out of the picture, Ridley will be the unquestioned No. 2 receiver across from Julio Jones in 2020. He has hauled in 17 touchdowns in his first two seasons, and he could be headed for his largest workload to date. Target him as a WR3.