Julio Jones Injury Update: Falcons WR Ruled Out, Boosting Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage Fantasy Outlook in Week 13

Jason Schandl
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After being questionable all week, Julio Jones has been ruled out for Thursday night's Thanksgiving meeting between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons.

Julio got banged up in Week 12, and while he returned after leaving that game, the injury is serious enough that the Falcons aren't going to push him with nothing on the line.

Before that injury-shortened game, Jones had accounted for 22 percent of the Falcons' targets and 35 percent of the air yards on the season, both of which were team-highs.

Russell Gage and Calvin Ridley both stepped up in a big way with Jones hurt last week, each reaching double-digit targets. Ridley caught six of 14 targets for 85 yards and a TD, while Gage caught eight of 10 for 76 yards.

This news, of course, means it's time to get Jones out of your fantasy lineup before this game kicks off. It also means that both Ridley and Gage offer big-time value with the potential to rack up double-digit targets again this week.

Updated to reflect Jones' absence, Ridley checks in at WR15 while Gage is WR25 in our Week 13 PPR fantasy football rankings.

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