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Desmond Ridder

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RANK: 48


243 FPTS

RANK: 29


23 yrs


6'3'' / 207 lbs



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Dealt to Cardinals

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-14

The Falcons are trading Ridder to Arizona in exchange for wide receiver Rondale Moore, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Ridder gets a chance to start fresh after Atlanta opted to ink Kirk Cousins (Achilles) to a massive four-year contract, and he becomes the favorite to back up Kyler Murray for the Cardinals. The team also has 2023 fifth-round pick Clayton Tune available, and further competition could be added this offseason, but Ridder boasts enough experience to step up in emergency circumstances. Across 15 appearances last season he completed 249 of 388 passes for 2,836 yards, 12 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022


Weekly Stats 2022

Fantasy PointsBettingPassing StatsRushing StatsAdvanced Passing StatsTargets
15 @NO Dome 49° 7.7 28th 5.542.52613970050.059.36380354%0%17%58%23%19%
16 @BAL Outdoor 17° 9.5 26th 6.535.533222180066.785.2480567%50%23%55%24%15%
17 ARZ Dome 66° 5.7 30th -6.540.526191690073.190.1490473%0%16%42%39%15%
18 TB Dome 57° 15.9 10th -6.040.530192242063.3108.2290863%40%0%60%10%23%

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsPassing AveragesRushing Averages
Home Retractable Dome 2 210.814th1971.0067.999.868%29%690.0
Away Outdoor 1 19.551st2180.0066.785.267%50%580.0
Away Dome 1 17.744th970.0050.059.354%0%3380.0

Career Stats by Season: 2022 to 2022

Fantasy PointsPassing StatsRushing StatsAdvanced Passing StatsTargets
2022 23 ATL 4 4 39 48th115737082063.586.4166405.264%25%14%54%24%18%
*"Air" yards thrown per completion. Pass was "Catch"able. Percent of passes thrown "20yds+" that were completed. "Play" action pass percent of total pass plays.

On trade block

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-14

The Falcons are expected to trade Ridder following the signing of Kirk Cousins to a four-year contract worth up to $180 million, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Atlanta reportedly doesn't have an immediate deal in place, but Ridder should draw some interest from teams in the league willing to part with later draft picks. The 2022 third-round pick boasts a unique amount of starting experience, as he's now heading into just his age-25 season, potentially making him an upgrade as a No. 2 option for some quarterback rooms in the NFL. If Ridder is indeed traded, it could throw a wrench in the assumption that Atlanta will release Taylor Heinicke in a cap-savings move.

Sliding into backup role

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-03-12

Ridder figures to be relegated to a backup role with the Falcons set to sign Kirk Cousins, per the team's official website.

The 2022 third-round pick has won eight of his 17 NFL starts while throwing 14 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. He's completed 64.0 percent of his passes for 7.0 YPA, but with a higher-than-average sack rate (7.4 percent) and nine lost fumbles. Overall, Ridder has the same number of turnovers (19) as combined passing and rushing TDs in the NFL. The Falcons likely will release Taylor Heinicke after their agreement with Cousins becomes official.

Encouraging performance in finale

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-07

Ridder completed 22 of 30 passes for 291 yards with two touchdowns and one interception and netted no gain on two carries in the Falcons' 48-17 loss to the Saints on Sunday. He also lost a fumble.

The two turnovers were naturally a blemish, but Ridder otherwise put together some encouraging numbers that included an elevated 9.7 yards per attempt, his second-highest figure of the season. Ridder connected with Jonnu Smith and and Bijan Robinson for touchdown tosses of 15 and 71 yards, respectively, for only his second multi-touchdown performance of his second season, and Sunday's production pushed the sophomore signal-caller's final numbers to 2,836 passing yards and a 12:12 TD:INT over 15 games. Both Ridder and the Falcons as a whole head into the offseason with plenty of uncertainty, and it seems likely that the young signal-caller will either find himself in a new locale or playing for a new coaching staff with Atlanta in 2024.

Will start Week 18

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-07

Ridder will start Sunday's matchup against the Saints, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Ridder has been benched in favor of Taylor Heinicke twice this season, but the 2022 third-round pick will get another crack as a starter in Week 18 with the latter nursing an ankle injury. Ridder has appeared in 14 games this season, completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 2,545 yards, 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He's also fumbled 11 times, losing six of them. Logan Woodside will be Ridder's primary backup, while Heinicke is officially listed as the emergency quarterback.

Loses grip on starting gig

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-19

Ridder will be replaced by Taylor Heinicke as Atlanta's starting quarterback Sunday versus the Colts, Josh Kendall of The Athletic reports.

Ridder is being benched for the second time this season, a move which Kendall reports could signal the end of his starting tenure for the Falcons. The switch comes following an unimpressive performance by Ridder in poor weather conditions, when he completed 12 of 20 passes for 157 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Atlanta's narrow 9-7 loss to the Panthers in Week 15. Perhaps more crucially, Ridder set up Carolina's final game-winning drive with a crucial red zone interception, a mistake that cascaded into the Falcons' playoff hopes being effectively crushed by the loss. The second-year signal-caller will presumably operate as Heinicke's backup Sunday versus Indianapolis.

Underwhelming in Week 15 loss

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-17

Ridder completed 12 of 20 passes for 157 yards with one touchdown and one interception and netted minus-2 yards on five rush attempts in the Falcons' 9-7 loss to the Panthers on Sunday. He also committed a fumble recovered by Atlanta.

A week after throwing for a career-high 347 yards against the Buccaneers, Ridder's production took a steep drop on a rainy afternoon in Carolina. The second-year signal-caller finished well under the 200-yard mark for the third time in four games since returning to the starting job, and the only highlight of his day was a two-yard touchdown pass to Cordarrelle Patterson in the latter portion of the second quarter. Ridder's hold on the starting job could be somewhat shaky once again following Sunday's performance, and he'll face an aggressive Colts defense in a Week 16 home matchup.

Career-high yardage tally in loss

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-10

Ridder completed 26 of 40 passes for 347 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Falcons' 29-25 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also rushed four times for 15 yards and another score, committed two fumbles and lost one, and threw a two-point conversion pass.

Ridder had about as eventful a day as his final line implies, compiling a career-high yardage tally while also accounting for multiple touchdowns for the fourth time this season. Ridder and Drake London were the more lethal quarterback-receiver duo on the field by far Sunday, with the second-year wideout accounting for 10 of Ridder's completions and 172 of his yards. Ridder also connected with London for his late two-point conversion pass, and he came about four yards short of successfully orchestrating a game-winning Hail Mary with London as time expired. Ridder had failed to eclipsed 168 passing yards in either of his first two starts since his demotion, but Sunday's breakout affords him plenty of momentum going into a Week 15 road battle against the Panthers.

Struggles in low-scoring win

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-03

Ridder completed 12 of 27 passes for 121 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's 13-8 win over the Jets. He also had zero yards on three rushing attempts.

Ridder was held to fewer than 200 passing yards for the sixth time in 11 appearances this season, but his modest passing yardage total included a 20-yard touchdown pass to MyCole Pruitt in the second quarter. He also had an interception wiped out by a penalty in the second quarter, and despite the officials calling seven penalties on the Jets in the final four minutes of the first half to move the Falcons into scoring range, Atlanta had to settle for a 22-yard field goal to take a 10-5 lead into the locker room. Ridder helped the team tack on a field goal in the second half, after which the Falcons were content to rely on their defense and running game to seal the win and improve to 6-6 heading into a Week 14 home game against the Buccaneers.

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