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Desmond Ridder

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RANK: 48


224 FPTS

RANK: 30


23 yrs


6'3'' / 207 lbs



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Named starting quarterback

Latest Headline: Published 2023-03-29

Head coach Arthur Smith announced Tuesday that Ridder will be the Falcons' starting quarterback to begin the 2023 campaign, Michael Rothstein of reports.

After the acquisition of Taylor Heinicke earlier this month, Rothstein reported that Ridder was still expected to retain the starting gig, and Smith finally confirmed as much. Smith's comments also suggest that the Falcons aren't targeting a quarterback with the No. 8 overall pick in the upcoming draft. Ridder took over for a struggling Marcus Mariota and started the final four games of the 2022 campaign, completing 63.5 percent of his pass attempts for 708 yards and two touchdowns while carrying 16 times for 64 yards. Ridder didn't throw an interception in any of those contests but lost fumbles in Week 17 and 18 wins over the Cardinals and Buccaneers, respectively.

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.

Still viewed as Falcons' starter

Latest Headline: Published 2023-03-14

Despite the Falcons' reported signing of Taylor Heinicke, Ridder is still expected to enter training camp as the starting quarterback, ESPN's Michael Rothstein reports.

It's become evident that Atlanta wants to see what it has in Ridder, the No. 74 overall pick in last year's NFL Draft. He made four starts to close out his rookie season but wasn't all that impressive, completing 63.5 percent of his throws for 177 yards per game with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Heinicke could give Ridder a run at the top job in camp, but the former Commander has already demonstrated he isn't a 17-game starter in the NFL.

Leads team to Week 18 win

Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-08

Ridder completed 19 of 30 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 30-17 win over Tampa Bay. He also rushed twice for nine yards.

Ridder wasn't overly prolific or efficient, but he avoided turnovers and made plays when he needed to. He had a strong connection with Drake London, who finished with a career-high 120 receiving yards, but Ridder's touchdown passes went to Olamide Zaccheaus and MyCole Pruitt. It was Atlanta's second win with Ridder under center, and the two-game win streak to end the campaign is certainly an encouraging finish to build off of going into the offseason. However, the Falcons are likely still going to be in the market for a quarterback this offseason, leaving Ridder's future unclear.

Orchestrates game-winning drive

Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-01

Ridder completed 19 of 26 passes for 169 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's 20-19 win over the Cardinals. He added four rushes for nine yards.

Ridder has still yet to throw a touchdown through three career starts, though he's reached 6.5 yards per attempt in each of his last two games. He did very little early in Sunday's win, though he led a game-winning drive in the final moments of the fourth quarter during which he went 3-for-3 for 31 yards to help get the team in field-goal range. Though the Falcons have remained a run-focused offense, Ridder has shown a baseline ability to run the offense in the first few starts of his career.