Julio Jones Injury Update Gives Massive Boost to Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage Fantasy Outlook

Jason Schandl
Julio Jones' injury update gives Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage huge boosts in fantasy football value in Week 3.
Julio Jones' injury update gives Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage huge boosts in fantasy football value in Week 3. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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After listing him as questionable all week, the Atlanta Falcons have ruled out Julio Jones for Sunday's Week 3 matchup against the Chicago Bears.

This obviously means you need to bench Julio in fantasy football, and it gives both Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage a massive boost.

Jones soaked up a huge 12 targets in Week 1, but in Week 2 he was clearly playing hurt and saw just 4. With his workload cut down, it was Calvin Ridley (10) who led the team in targets, while Russell Gage (9) was a close second.

We've seen time and time again that the Falcons are willing to completely abandon the run (Matt Ryan threw the ball 54 times in Week 1), but it's those strong target numbers for Ridley and Gage on a 36-attempt day that make them such interesting fantasy options.

With no Julio, a combined 19 targets between the two is likely going to be much closer to their floor than their ceiling.

Ridley is the superior fantasy play by a big margin, but both are worth plugging into your starting lineup this week.

Ridley checks in at WR11 in our Week 3 fantasy football rankings, while Gage sits at WR28.


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