The Atlanta Falcons have no shortage of intriguing players in fantasy football this season, with Julio Jones and Todd Gurley both being drafted in the top three rounds. Don't sleep on wide Receiver Calvin Ridley, though, who could be a true breakout player in 2020.
Prior to getting injured in 2019, Ridley was on a 16-game pace for 1,066 yard and 9 touchdowns, and he was tied for No. 18 among all wideouts in PPR fantasy points per game.
Defenses clearly gave full respect to Ridley's elite route-running skills in 2019, as no receiver in the league saw a larger average pre-snap cushion (7.4 yards). He has the capabilities to both create space in short yardage situations or beat cornerbacks deep down the field.
Yes, Julio Jones is still playing for Atlanta and will be the WR1 on the team until he leaves or retires. However, there is no reason the Falcons can't have two high-scoring fantasy wideouts. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a proven example of this concept as Mike Evans and Chris Godwin both finished within the top 12 wide receivers in fantasy last year. The Falcons also typically have plenty of passing volume to go around, as Ryan has thrown over 600 passes in six of the last eight seasons.
With Jones drawing a lot of attention from the defense, Ridley has less competition to get open and should see just as many, if not more, targets as he has in prior years. There is no reason to believe he can't resume that pace he was on in 2019 and finally finish with his first 1,000-yard season.
Ridley has a ton of upside as a breakout candidate this year, and he checks in at WR23 in our 2020 fantasy football rankings.
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