Calvin Ridley hasn't been terrible so far this season, and he's hardly been the biggest disappointment in Fantasy -- heck, he hasn't even been the biggest disappointment among No. 1 wide receivers, thanks to Allen Robinson. However, while most Fantasy managers and analysts have largely accepted Robinson's fate as a bust, Ridley is kind of a controversial player right now, and we're getting a lot of questions about him, so I figured I'd lead off this week's mailbag with him. 

We're starting to see comparisons to JuJu Smith-Schuster float around, as the last No. 2 wide receiver expected to make a leap with the loss of an elite teammate, only to get exposed as overmatched as a No. 1 option. The analogy seems apt, but it's a little more complicated than that -- for one thing, Smith-Schuster's ascension to the top spot in the hierarchy coincided with Ben Roethlisberger suffering a major injury and then going into steep and seemingly irreversible decline. There have certainly been some ugly moments for Matt Ryan this season, but that hasn't really held back the rest of the Falcons offense, especially over the past four games. 

Which is to say, Ridley's struggles cannot seemingly just be laid at the feet of the offense or quarterback. Additionally, while Smith-Schuster had been very good in three games without Antonio Brown prior to 2019, it was just three games -- Ridley had averaged 20 PPR points in eight games without Julio Jones prior to this season. The sample size for 2021 is just five games so far, so it's not even half his career games without Jones so far. 

This is a new offense in Atlanta and Ridley is being used differently than before, with his average depth of target falling from around 14 in previous seasons to 10. That's not ideal, but it isn't like the Steelers turning Smith-Schuster into an extension of the running game. And with a target share over 25%, there should still be plenty of room for Ridley to be a star in this offense with how often they pass the ball. In a typical situation with typical talent and outcomes, you would expect a player with an average depth of target to be right around 8 to 9 yards per target, for the most part. That kind of range would put Ridley between 83 and 94 yards per game, or borderline elite territory. He's at 56.2 instead and 5.4 yards per target. 

Which is to say, this is an execution issue, not a role issue. The Falcons aren't targeting Ridley down the field as aggressively as they have been in the past, but the bigger problem is Ryan has completed just two of 12 attempts over 15 yards down the field when targeting Ridley. And it's not like there's any one reason for all of the misses. It's not like Ridley just isn't getting open and winning down the field, nor is Ryan just underthrowing them all. Those would give you a reasonable explanation for the struggles. The truth is, they just haven't been able to hit as often as you'd want, and it's not necessarily anyone's fault. 

Add it all up, I think you probably just have to assume Ridley is going to get going again. Or at least I do. Five games just isn't enough for me to fundamentally change how I view a player's talent level, so I'm buying Ridley at a discount if I get the opportunity. 

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Cameron: "Who would be a fair return for DeAndre Hopkins? I'm in a 12-team PPR league with three starting WRs. Other WRs are Ja'Marr Chase, Antonio Brown, Hunter Renfrow, and DeVante Parker. Or should I just keep him?"

So, to start with: I don't think you are in a position where you should be trying to move a wide receiver. Antonio Brown looks like he could miss several weeks and I wouldn't feel comfortable with either Renfrow or Parker as my WR3, and one of them would have to be your WR2 in this scenario. If you were going to move Hopkins, I think the move would have to be to try to buy low on at least one, and possibly two wide receivers. That would mean someone like Ridley -- who I like more than Hopkins, rest of season -- or maybe Amari Cooper plus Tyler Lockett or something along those lines. Hopkins looks more like a WR2 in his current lower usage role, though with a target share over 30% in two of the last three games, it's entirely possible that role increases moving forward. If you can't get a clear upgrade or two starting caliber WR, I'd hang on to Hopkins. 

Justus: "I give up Davante Adams in return for Stefon Diggs, Dalton Schultz and A.J. Green. Do I do it?"

That's a tough one. Green is kind of a throw away -- he's not quite a replacement-level player, but he's probably not much of an upgrade on the kind of wide receivers you can get on the waiver wire. However, I do view Schultz as one of the few must-start tight ends in the league at this point, with at least six targets and 10-plus PPR points in all but one game so far. 

However, it is a downgrade from Adams to Diggs, and not a small one, even if I do think Diggs will be better than he has been. On a per-game basis, I think this probably doesn't end up being a huge win -- the drop from Adams to Diggs is probably bigger than the one from Schultz to a touchdown-or-bust tight end -- but there's one thing to consider: Diggs has two more games on the schedule than Adams from here on out, assuming Adams is out for Week 8 as expected after being added to the reserve/COVID-19 list. With Diggs' bye in the past (as well as Schultz's), that might be enough to overcome Adams' expected per-game , whose bye comes in Week 13. 

Thomas: "I have Aaron Rodgers as my starting QB. With Adams and Allen Lazard out, should I pick up a QB on waivers like Carson Wentz or Daniel Jones and sit Rodgers?"

Yeah, I have both Wentz and Jones ranked ahead of Rodgers this week, though I do have to admit, I don't necessarily feel great about it. As big a deal as it seems to lose your top two targets, Rodgers has actually averaged more points (24.7) over the past five seasons in seven games without Adams than with him. Still, this is a tough matchup and I think it's fine to avoid for Wentz, especially, who is playing at a high level himself and has a great matchup on the way against the Titans

Eric: "I feel greedy asking this because I'm actually doing quite well, so I'm looking ahead to the playoffs already. My running backs are my weak spot but I have a roster spot free to stash someone: Jeff Wilson or ... someone dropped David Montgomery! They'll both come back to muddled backfields and limping teams. On one hand Wilson has a much better schedule in the playoffs, on the other's David Montgomery. I'm stumped."

This is exactly what you should be doing in this situation! Starting out well puts you in position to take advantage of others' short-term desperation while playing with an eye on the future, which is why Montgomery is the perfect add, here. He's probably out a couple more weeks, but maybe not much longer than that, as Week 11 was his targeted return date according to reports at the time of the injury. I like Wilson too, but if both hit their best-case scenarios, Montgomery's passing game role just puts him on a different level than Wilson. 

What you really should be trying to do in addition to a move like this is to start consolidating depth and turning that into the strongest starting lineup you can. You don't want to give up too much depth, but once you seem assured of the playoffs, making sure you have a championship caliber lineup with as few potential landmines as possible is key. Holding Montgomery through the next few weeks and then looking to make a trade upon his return would be a smart move. 

Alan: "I am pretty strong at RB with D'Andre Swift, Jonathan Taylor, Darryl Henderson, Chuba Hubbard for another week or two, and David Montgomery on IR. Who would you recommend I offer in a trade for a top-24 wide receiver (I have Tyreek Hill, Robert Woods, Hunter Renfrow, and Christian Kirk). And who would be a fair WR to target for whichever RB you think I should offer?"

Yeah, you are quite strong at RB, so looking for a WR is a good idea. You could try to take advantage of someone's desperation and move Hubbard for Marquise Brown, who is currently on a bye. I view him as a top-24 WR for the rest of the season, and while Hubbard might not be enough to get it done on his own, it's worth a try. 

It would be harder to move on from one of your other running backs, all of whom look like No. 1 caliber players at this point, but I wouldn't hate the idea of moving Henderson, who still seems like an injury risk given his track record and how much the Rams are using him. Of course, if you're doing that, you need to be getting back a No. 1 caliber WR in return, so don't do it for anything less than that. You would need Hubbard to remain the starter in Week 9 since the Lions are on a bye, but Montgomery should be back well before the Colts bye in Week 14, so you should be OK there. 

Chuck: "I'm in a 10-person PPR league. I'm in first but my WRs are my weak link. I have Justin Jefferson, Allen Robinson, Michael Pittman and Robby Anderson. I'm thinking of dropping Anderson and picking up one of these – Hunter Renfrow, Rashod Bateman or one of these three Giants WR – Sterling Shepard, Kadarius Toney or Kenny Golladay? Thoughts? Cole Beasley is also available but I have Josh Allen as QB."

Yeah, you definitely need some wide receiver help. In a 10-team league, I wouldn't mind dropping Robinson and Anderson, because I'm just not sure either is all that likely to figure it out, given how few signs they've shown of late. 

If you need help this week, obviously Renfrow and Bateman won't help, being on bye. On the other hand, it's not clear any of the Giants guys are going to play this week either. I think Bateman is the clear first choice as an upside play, but it's legitimately hard to pick any one of the Giants guys over the others. 

Shepard has earned a huge target share when healthy and playing out of the slot, while Golladay is the most proven high-upside choice of the three. And then there's Toney, the proverbial mystery box, who has basically given us 1.5 good games so far. The potential is tantalizing with Toney, but the same can be said for Golladay and Shepard, and I worry all three of them being healthy at the same time means none will be able to consistently live up to their potential. If I have to pick one of them, I'll go with Golladay's track record of high-level play, with Toney second. 

Alessi: "In .5-PPR who do you like between Tyler Higbee, Tommy Sweeney, C.J. Uzomah, Evan Engram, Mo Alie-Cox, and Robert Tonyan"

I think Higbee is the top choice among this group for this week and for the rest of the season. He figures to be better than he has been moving forward, especially in the red zone, where he has 11 targets and just one touchdown on the season. In that offense, he'll see some positive regression soon enough.

That being said, I don't think you're in a place where you shouldn't be trying to upgrade your tight end position if those are your choices.