The Atlanta Falcons host the New Orleans Saints on Thanksgiving, and wide receiver Julio Jones is a question mark. The team is optimistic about his availability, according to Ian Rapoport, but he won’t be 100 percent. He’s a must start in fantasy football when he’s active, but at less than 100 percent or absent, what does it mean for his running mates in the Falcons wide receiver corps?
Calvin Ridley will start opposite Jones, and Gage will be the team’s third receiver. Two weeks ago when Jones was healthy, Gage played in 48 percent of the team’s snaps. Last week when Jones missed some snaps after injuring his shoulder, Gage finished the game playing in 73 percent of the team’s snaps.
In last week’s game, Ridley led the team with 14 targets and finished with six receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown. Gage and Jones each followed with ten targets and Gage led the team with eight receptions and produced 76 yards. Jones finished with five receptions for 68 yards.
Start/Sit Recommendation: Falcons wide receivers
Jones looks like he is going to play. If that’s the case, Ridley is worth a WR3/flex start and Gage is only useful in deeper leagues (16+ teams). Jones is in that WR1/WR2 range at less than 100 percent and facing Marshon Lattimore.
If Jones does not play, Ridley becomes a WR2 and Gage becomes a WR3/flex option.