Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers
Gagnant: WR Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers
Samuel had locked in the winning spot early in the second quarter after scoring his second touchdown of the game. He finished with three carries for 23 yards and one touchdown, as well as four catches for 31 yards and one touchdown. Samuel’s fantastic stock was on the rise earlier in the week after the release of Seth Roberts, which helped increase Samuel’s playing time. While this game was a step in the right direction, Christian McCaffrey will be back soon and will order a ton of keys. There is the possibility that McCaffrey and Mike Davis seeing the field at the same time, which could reduce both Samuel’s playing time and his runs.
Perdant: WR Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons
Gage was held to two strikes on three targets for 25 yards. With Ridley missing two-thirds of the game, this should have been an opportunity for Gage to play a bigger role in the offense. He had seen his goals increase in recent weeks, leading to back-to-back games over 50 yards. Instead, Ridley’s injury led to more goals for July Jones and Hayden Hurst. Even if Ridley ran out of time, it would be hard to trust Gage with the few targets he had in this game and earlier in the season when Jones was out.
Release Thread Target: RB Brian Hill, Atlanta Falcons
Hill spent the season as the number 2 running back behind Todd Gurley II. By arriving Thursday night, he had racked up more yards per carry and more than double the yards per run. This week, Hill saw his biggest role in the offense in over a month. Despite seven carries less than Gurley, Hill was left with nine more rushing yards. He saw three targets and was the only running back targeted in the Falcons’ offense. He’s only had two catches for nine yards, but if he continues to outsmart Gurley, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Hill’s playing time continue to increase.
Blessure: WR Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons
Ridley left the game early in the second quarter with an ankle injury. He got off to a good start with three catches on four targets for 42 yards before the injury. The Falcons have struggled to keep their three big receivers healthy, with the two July Jones and Russell Gage missing time in recent weeks. While Olamide Zaccheaus usually replaced Jones, and Brandon Powell replaced Gage last week, it was Christian Blake mainly replacing Ridley on Thursday night. Blake caught his two targets for 14 yards. If Ridley was missing a moment, Blake would be a good target for exemption. It might not be worth starting right away, but there would be some big advantages in attacking the Falcons.