Julio Jones Injury Update Could be Massive Boost for Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage Fantasy Outlook in Week 5

Larry Rupp
Julio Jones' latest injury update could boost Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage's fantasy outlooks in Week 5.
Julio Jones' latest injury update could boost Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage's fantasy outlooks in Week 5. / Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Julio Jones Injury Update — Inactive

Update — 11:46 a.m. EST: Julio Jones has been officially ruled out as an inactive for the Atlanta Falcons in Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers. Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage are both strong fantasy options now.

It looks like fantasy managers will be waiting all the way up until game time to see whether or not Atlanta Falcons' wide receiver Julio Jones gives it a go. He has been dealing with hamstring injury that caused him to miss practice all of this past week.

His status remains up in the air for the team's Week 5 matchup against the Carolina Panthers. If Jones is unable to suit up, it could be a massive boost to the fantasy outlooks of Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage.

Calvin Ridley Fantasy Outlook

Ridley has been one of the best players in fantasy football so far this season and should continue to dominate as one of quarterback Matt Ryan's favorite targets. With the team's back against the wall, Ridley could be in for a huge day as he tries to help the team get its first win of the season after starting 0-4.

Without Jones, Ridley would be peppered with even more targets than usual. He already averages 10 targets per game and could see even more this week. Ridley checks in as the No. 11 wide receiver in our Week 5 fantasy football rankings and should be in your lineup each and every week.

Russell Gage Fantasy Outlook

The other player that would see an uptick in targets with a Jones absence would be fellow wide receiver Russell Gage. Gage has been productive this season racking up 208 receiving yards on 19 receptions to go along with a touchdown as well.

Gage would slide into the No. 2 receiving role on the team and becomes a solid FLEX option in fantasy football. He draws a touch matchup as the Panthers have only allowed 227.0 passing yards per game so far this season (No. 7 in the NFL), but he could benefit from the defense being focused on stopping Ridley.

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