It’s a great time for the Atlanta Falcons’ receiving corps. Julio Jones is one of the best receivers in the league, Mohamed Sanu is a solid receiver in his own right, and Alabama’s very own Calvin Ridley is a rising star in the league.
Taken in the first round with the 26th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, Ridley finished with an impressive season statistically, with 64 catches for 821 yards and ten touchdowns, including six TD receptions in his first four games. His efforts were enough for him to be selected to PFWA’s All-Rookie Team.
Ridley was also a fantasy success in his rookie season, finishing 18th among all receivers in fantasy points with 142.8 according to FantasyData. This also made him first in fantasy points among all rookie receivers. In addition, he was 12th on third down fantasy points (46.4) and 14th in red zone fantasy points (40.5). Not bad for a receiver who plays with Julio Jones!
As far as dynasty investments go, Ridley at the most is definitely worth a third-round startup pick, and can become a steal as a fourth or fifth round pick. Especially with Jones getting older (he’s currently 30), expect Ridley to be targeted more as the years and games go by.