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|After Matt Ryan was traded to the Indianapolis Colts for a third-round pick, the Falcons signed free agent Marcus Mariota one month later. Unsure if Mariota was going to be their future starter, the Falcons drafted Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder with the pick the Colts traded to them.
Mariota ended up being the starter, recording a 5-8 record before suffering an injury. Ridder played the final four games, throwing 73 completions out of 115 attempts (63.5 percent) for 708 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Ridder doesn't have very high expectations going into his second season due to his lack of production (even though it was limited) and the crowded, but talented running back room. Because of this, and head coach Arthur Smith's run-heavy scheme, Ridder isn't likely to be drafted in most 1QB leagues. However, the extremely underrated talent around him could give him a boost and potentially get him off the waiver wire at some point in the season.
|Falcons going back to Desmond Ridder in Week 12|
Taylor Heinicke back to the bench
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Nov 19, 7:05 am
|Sources: The #Falcons will start QB Desmond Ridder going forward, beginning with their next game against the #Saints, handing the ball back to their original starter. (Ian Rapoport on X)|
FFToday's Take: Taylor Heinicke got the start the past two games but was predictably average completing 54% of his passes while throwing 2 TDs and 1 INT in Arthur Smith' run-first offense. This change doesn't move the need for Drake London or the TE combo of Kyle Pitts and Jonnu Smith. Their value remains the same.
|Taylor Heinicke in Desmond Ridder to the bench|
Falcons make a move at quarterback
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Nov 1, 11:44 am
|Another quarterback change: The #Falcons will start Taylor Heinicke on Sunday against the #Vikings, per coach Arthur Smith.
So it'll be Taylor Heinicke against Jaren Hall. (Tom Pelissero on X)|
FFToday's Take: Desmond Ridder has posted two 300-yard passing games this season but has yet to show any difference making ability in Arthur Smith's run-heavy scheme. Let's face it, Taylor Heinicke isn't going to be a fantasy upgrade either but could be an option in 2QB leagues given the weak landscape of the position. The Falcons face the Vikings and Cardinals before their Week 11 bye.