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Ridley rose up draft boards last summer after receiving glowing training camp reports with the expectation that he could return WR1 value working with Trevor Lawrence. Ultimately, his 2023 season didn't live up to the hype. Ridley still topped 1,000 yards (1,016), but he only caught 76 of his 136 targets and finished as the WR17 despite being drafted as a WR1. Ridley led the NFL in end zone targets and he cashed those in for eight touchdowns. Those targets and his overall target share may be harder to come by in a developing pass game after signing with the Titans. Second-year QB Will Levis likely still has growing pains to work through and Ridley will compete with DeAndre Hopkins for targets. Ridley is worth drafting in the Rounds 4-5 range of your Fantasy drafts, but he doesn't carry the same upside he did heading into the 2023 season.

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Year rec
Receiving Yards
Average Yards per Reception
Receiving Touchdowns
Rushing Yards
Average Yards per Rush
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
2023 76 1016 13.37 8 23 2.56 1478.6
2022 0.00 0.00
3y Avg. 36 432 12.00 3 8 2.67 547.7
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  • Titans' Calvin Ridley: May be used like Ja'Marr Chase

    Titans coach Brian Callahan told ESPN's Kevin Clark that he envisions Ridley's role as being "very similar" to what Ja'Marr Chase did for the Bengals. Chase is bigger, stronger and probably also faster, not to mention he has Joe Burrow throwing him the ball rather than Will Levis. Still, it's promising that Callahan -- the former offensive coordinator in Cincinnati -- hopes to have Ridley mimic Chase's usage, as the 2021 fifth overall pick got a lot of easy receptions the past two years, including 35 targets behind the line of scrimmage in 2023 (tied for second most among WRs). Ridley saw eight passes behind the line last season in Jacksonville and got only 22 percent of his targets between the numbers, whereas Chase drew 44 percent of his looks in the middle part of the field. The Titans do have other solid options for screens and quick passes, however, with Ridley joined by DeAndre Hopkins and Treylon Burks at wide receiver, tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo and running backs Tyjae Spears and Tony Pollard.
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  • Titans' Calvin Ridley: Lands in Tennessee

    Ridley agreed to terms Wednesday with the Titans on a four-year, $92 million contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Ridley was initially reported to be choosing between New England and Jacksonville as potential landing spots in free agency, but he now becomes the new No. 1 wideout for second-year quarterback Will Levis (foot) in Tennessee. His deal reportedly includes $50 million guaranteed, a notable sign of long-term confidence. While seeing his NFL action since 2021 last season in Jacksonville, Ridley put together a 76-1,016-8 receiving line while playing in all 17 regular-season games. His speed and route-running prowess will nicely complement fellow wideouts DeAndre Hopkins and Treylon Burks, providing the Titans with a solid three-receiver group alongside new top running back Tony Pollard and third-year tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo.
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  • Jaguars' Calvin Ridley: Deciding between Jags and Pats

    Ridley's current contract negotiations have narrowed down to the Jaguars and Patriots as two potential landing spots, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports. Ridley would reportedly prefer to return to Jacksonville, per Adam Schefter of ESPN, but New England appears to be making a strong push for his services. The 29-year-old wideout managed a 76-1,016-8 receiving line across 17 regular-season games with the Jaguars in 2023, his first NFL action since 2021, and it's possible that another offseason to build chemistry with Trevor Lawrence could allow Ridley to truly become the No. 1 option he was billed as last season. In New England, Ridley would immediately step up as the top dog with JuJu Smith-Schuster (ankle) and Kendrick Bourne (knee) ready to operate as complementary options, but potentially have his fantasy ceiling capped by having to pair with either Jacoby Brissett or a rookie, should the Patriots select one in April's draft, under center.
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  • Jaguars' Calvin Ridley: Not ruled out for Jags

    The Jaguars hope to re-sign Ridley despite reaching an agreement with fellow wide receiver Gabe Davis on Monday, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports. That may be so, but the signing of Davis decreases the odds of Ridley staying in Jacksonville. If the team somehow ends up with both guys, Zay Jones' chances of sticking around for the final year of his contract would be close to nil. Jones has a non-guaranteed $7 million base salary and another $1 million in non-guaranteed bonuses.
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  • Jaguars' Calvin Ridley: May stay in Jacksonville

    The Jaguars are expected to make a strong push to re-sign Ridley, who can become an unrestricted free agent in March, Jeremy Fowler of reports. Ridley's first shot at free agency would come three months after his 29th birthday. He was on the old side for his draft class (2018 first round), got suspended for all of 2022 and then played out 2023 under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. He wasn't quite the dominant No. 1 option the Jaguars (and many fantasy drafters) had been hoping for in 2023, but he did play all 17 games en route to a 76-1,016-8 line on 136 targets (55.9 percent catch rate, 7.5 YPT). It was enough for the Jaguars to likely offer him a new contract before the start of free agency, though not enough that the team would be willing to make him one of the best-paid WRs in the league. He can start negotiating with other teams March 11 if nothing gets done with Jacksonville before then.
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  • Jaguars' Calvin Ridley: Big performance in Week 18 loss

    Ridley recorded six receptions on 10 targets for 106 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-20 loss to the Titans. Ridley finished second on the team in targets, but he paced Jacksonville in yardage thanks to four catches of more than 11 yards. His biggest contribution of the day came early in the second quarter via a 59-yard touchdown reception on which he beat the Titans' secondary over the top for his eighth score of the year. Ridley narrowly missed a bigger game, as he beat Tennessee's defense for a second time late in the game, only to see the ball slip through his hands on a slightly overthrown ball. His season was inconsistent, but Ridley still managed the second 1,000-yard effort of his career and now has at least eight touchdowns in three of his five campaigns.
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  • Jaguars' Calvin Ridley: Quiet day in win

    Ridley secured four of eight targets for 39 yards in the Jaguars' 26-0 win over the Panthers on Sunday. Ridley led the Jaguars in targets, checked in second in receptions and ranked third in receiving yards. The speedy veteran's underwhelming numbers weren't entirely surprising considering C.J. Beathard was at quarterback in place of Trevor Lawrence (shoulder), and Jacksonville didn't exactly have to be aggressive with the Panthers' lackluster offense on the other side. Ridley could encounter more success irrespective of who's under center when the Jaguars close out the regular season on the road against the vulnerable Titans pass defense.
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  • Jaguars' Calvin Ridley: Catches two second-half touchdowns

    Ridley caught six of nine targets for 90 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 30-12 loss to Tampa Bay. He suffered a loss of 12 yards on his lone rushing attempt. Ridley finally broke out with a huge fantasy score after managers were forced to endure three weeks of inefficient play. Jacksonville's top wideout scored both of his touchdowns in the second half of Sunday's loss, but the second came from the arm of backup quarterback C.J. Beathard after Trevor Lawrence (shoulder) left the game with a shoulder injury. The latter was already playing through a high-ankle sprain before injuring his shoulder, so Ridley's production may not take as big of a hit as it normally would have if the Jaguars' backup QB is forced to start against the Panthers next Sunday.
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  • Jaguars' Calvin Ridley: Sleeper WRs

    I'm putting Ridley in the sleepers column because of the uncertainty with Trevor Lawrence (concussion). There's a chance Lawrence could play in Week 16 at Tampa Bay, and that makes Ridley clearly more appealing than if he's catching passes from C.J. Beathard. Ridley comes into Week 16 with three games in a row of scoring fewer than 9.5 PPR points. He hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 12, and it's not for a lack of trying since he has 25 targets in his past two games against Cleveland and Baltimore. But this is a dream matchup against the Buccaneers, who are No. 4 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers. In just the past five games, six receivers have scored at least 12.9 PPR points against Tampa Bay. With Lawrence, Ridley is a borderline top-20 receiver in all leagues. Without Lawrence, Ridley should only be started in three-receiver leagues.
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  • Jaguars' Calvin Ridley: Another inefficient game

    Ridley finished with five receptions and 39 yards off 12 targets in Sunday's 23-7 loss to Baltimore. Ridley posted a similarly inffefficient stat line to last week's four-catch, 53-yard performance off 13 targets. The absence of Christian Kirk (groin) has resulted in back-to-back games with double-digit targets for Ridley after he reached that total just twice in his previous 12 contests. Despite the increased attention, the results haven't been there for the wideout since quarterback Trevor Lawrence suffered, and continues to play through, a high-ankle sprain back in Week 13. That said, Ridley is still a viable starting option for next Sunday's tilt against Tampa Bay based on his target volume alone.
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  • Jaguars' Calvin Ridley: Little production with 13 targets

    Ridley recorded four receptions on 13 targets for 53 yards in Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Browns. Ridley benefitted from the absence of Christian Kirk (groin) and saw a season-high 13 targets. However, he struggled to produce, as he averaged only 4.1 yards per target with a long gain of just 16 yards. Ridley's efficiency should have the chance to rebound in future weeks as Trevor Lawrence's (ankle) health improves and in easier matchups. That may not come in Week 15, however, as the Jaguars draw a tough matchup against the stingy Baltimore secondary.
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  • Jaguars' Calvin Ridley: WRs to Sit

    We're not expecting Trevor Lawrence (ankle) to play in Week 14 at Cleveland, and Christian Kirk (groin) is also out. That puts a big target on Ridley's back, and the Browns are expected to have cornerback Denzel Ward (shoulder) back in action. Even if Lawrence somehow plays, I'd still be down on Ridley given the matchup since Cleveland is No. 2 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers. I would only start Ridley in three-receiver leagues for Week 14.
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  • Jaguars' Calvin Ridley: Quiet night as QB gets hurt

    Ridley caught four of eight targets for 26 yards while rushing three times for seven yards in Monday's 34-31 overtime loss to the Bengals. Ridley was tackled on the 1-yard line on a third-quarter catch, narrowly missing his fourth touchdown in the last three games. The talented receiver had been playing his best football of the season in recent weeks, but the wind was taken out of Ridley's sails by Trevor Lawrence's fourth-quarter ankle injury. Ridley officially had just one catch for minus-4 yards in C.J. Beathard's two drives after the latter replaced Lawrence under center, though he had a 43-yard catch wiped out by a holding penalty in overtime. The Jaguars could be without both Lawrence and Christian Kirk (groin) -- who exited on the opening drive Monday -- for their Week 14 trip to Cleveland, which could lead to extra attention for Ridley from both Beathard and the Browns defense.
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  • Jaguars' Calvin Ridley: WRs to Start

    Ridley loves it when Zay Jones is on the field. Jones has played in five games this season (Weeks 1, 2, 5, 11 and 12), and Ridley has scored at least 20.6 PPR points in four of those outings, including two in a row. In his past two outings against the Titans and Texans, Ridley has 12 catches for 192 yards and three touchdowns on 15 targets, and he's approaching must-start status in all leagues. I still like Christian Kirk as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver as well, and the Bengals defense should struggle to stop the Jaguars passing attack in Week 13 on Monday night.
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  • Jaguars' Calvin Ridley: Stays hot in Week 12 win

    Ridley caught five of six targets for 89 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's 24-21 win over the Texans. He also caught a two-point conversion. Ridley caught consecutive passes in the end zone with Jacksonville trailing 14-13 in the third quarter, as he scored a one-yard touchdown and added a two-point conversion to turn the one-point deficit into a seven-point lead. After an inconsistent start to his tenure in Jacksonville, Ridley has heated up over the past two games, scoring three touchdowns in that span while having at least a share of the team lead in receiving yards both times. He tied with Christian Kirk for the team receiving yardage lead in this one, and Ridley will look to stay hot in Week 13 against the Bengals.
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  • Jaguars' Calvin Ridley: Finds end zone twice

    Ridley recorded seven receptions on nine targets for 103 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 34-14 win over the Titans. Ridley entered Sunday's matchup having failed to reach 100 yards or record a touchdown in four consecutive games. He snapped both unfavorable streaks with his performance, tallying touchdown catches of three and 20 yards. In addition to the scores, Ridley showed off his big-play ability by recording long receptions of 34 and 26 yards. While his results have been volatile, Ridley continues to show that he can deliver excellent stat lines when the Jaguars are in favorable matchups.
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  • Jaguars' Calvin Ridley: Held to two catches in Week 10

    Ridley caught two of three targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 34-3 loss to the 49ers. Christian Kirk led the Jaguars with 104 receiving yards, while nobody else on the team reached 30 receiving yards in the blowout loss. Ridley has failed to find consistency in his first season with Jacksonville, as he's exceeded 80 yards three times but recorded no more than 40 yards in any of the team's other six games. Ridley will look to bounce back in Week 11 against the Titans.
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  • Jaguars' Calvin Ridley: Start Him (Lineup Decisions)

    The name of the game for the Jaguars is to keep Lawrence upright long enough to overcome the Niners' pass rush pressure and hit Ridley downfield. I would expect Jacksonville to come up with new post-bye wrinkles to utilize Ridley so that he can come through for some solid numbers like many receivers against the Niners before him. I see him as a low-end WR2 worth chancing over Amari Cooper, Jordan Addison, Jakobi Meyers and Zay Flowers.
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  • Jaguars' Calvin Ridley: Targeted 10 times in Week 8

    Ridley caught six of 10 targets for 83 yards in Sunday's 20-10 win over the Steelers. Ridley tied Evan Engram for the team lead in targets while finishing five yards shy of Engram's team-leading total. In his three best games -- including this one -- Ridley has combined for 21 catches, 306 yards and one touchdown on 29 targets, but he has just 12 catches for 145 yards and one touchdown on 29 targets across five other games. He'll remain a low-floor, high-ceiling option in Week 10 against the 49ers following Jacksonville's Week 9 bye.
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  • Jaguars' Calvin Ridley: Flex Starter (Lineup Decisions)

    Ridley's been frustrating for Fantasy managers to deal with, made worse by the Jaguars' lack of creativity in how to use him more effectively against the kinds of defense he's seen. If he was in motion more often he'd get more free releases and would be able to get open for Lawrence. Until there's evidence of that happening, it's OK to be more nervous than optimistic about Ridley, especially against a fierce defense that has done (relatively) well taking away a team's most dangerous receiving threat. I'd rather start Drake London and George Pickens in all formats, Tyler Lockett and Brandon Aiyuk in non-PPR, and Garrett Wilson and Chris Godwin in PPR.
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