Alabama WR Calvin Ridley was drafted 26th overall by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Fantasy Five on Calvin Ridley
1. Ridley, at 6-foot-1 and 189 pounds, isn’t going to be the most physically dominating receiver on the field most days (kind of tough to be when you’re lining up opposite of Julio Jones), but he makes up for it by the way he plays. He’s aggressive after the football and his blazing speed is a compliment to his smooth route-running ability.
2. While talented, his thin build could come back to haunt him at times from aggressive press corners. Plus, Ridley has had 20 drops over three seasons, so concentration will have to be a focal point of his new position coaches.
3. With the Falcons, Ridley is expected to step in as an immediate starter — at least in three-receiver sets. It’s only a matter of time before he overtakes Mohamed Sanu in two-receiver sets. He joins a very talented offensive team, which only becomes more dangerous with Ridley’s addition. QB Matt Ryan knows how to spread the ball around well and he’ll find ways to get Ridley the ball on a regular basis.
4. Seeing Ridley move around on the field won’t be a surprise, too, as they look for ways to put the football in his hands regularly. His after-the-catch ability could be special, and the coaching staff will look to exploit it.
5. Fantasy players like to go after the latest flavor of wide receiver talent, which could over-value Ridley a bit on draft day. There are, however, only so many balls to go around in this offense. Ridley doesn’t project to be a consistently dominating force in fantasy football immediately, but he should produce nicely as the year goes on. Consider him a mid-range WR3 with upside; early projections are: 55 receptions, 900 yards receiving and six touchdowns.