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Russell Gage
ATL

WR ATL

#77 Wide Receiver

87 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 6
Experience: 3 Yr(s)
Age: 25
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 184
40 Time: 4.50

Weekly Outlook

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Rest Of Way Outlook

Week 14
Gage followed up likely the best game he’ll ever have with a solid outing at Carolina. He caught 4 of 6 targets for 64 yards, highlighted by a 36-yard deep grab midway through the 1st quarter.

Gage tied for the team lead, while claiming 21.4% target share. He has now seen 6+ targets and caught 4+ balls in 4 straight games and 5 of the past 6. Gage will remain a solid PPR play at San Francisco this week and then at home against Detroit in Week 16. A fantasy finale at Buffalo looks like a tougher spot.
Week 13
We can probably go ahead and write in Sharpie that Gage’s 11-130 receiving line in Sunday’s loss to Tampa Bay will be his biggest of the season. His 12 targets beat his nearest teammate (Kyle Pitts) by 5 and made up 29.3% of Matt Ryan’s total attempts for the game.

Gage has been a strong target bet for most of the past 5 weeks, though. He got shut out on just 3 looks in a terrible all-around offensive effort at Dallas in Week 10. But Gage sandwiched that between 8-target games. He has caught at least 5 balls in 4 of his past 5 outings and topped 60 receiving yards in 3 of those. Gage has claimed a 25.5% target share over the past 5 weeks.

Next, however, comes a visit to a Carolina defense that allowed Matt Ryan only 146 yards -- despite 20-of-27 passing -- in their Week 8 meeting. Gage finished that game with 0 targets, despite Calvin Ridley’s absence.

We’ll bet on Gage beating that performance in the rematch, but let it remind you that he’s far from a safe bet for good PPR production. Matchups with San Francisco and Detroit the following 2 weeks look more favorable for receiving numbers.
Week 12
Gage caught 6 of 7 targets for 62 yards and 1 TD in the Falcons' Week 12 win over the Jaguars.
Gage led the Falcons in all receiving categories and was the only Atlanta player to catch more than 3 passes. He’s benefiting from the absence of Calvin Ridley and the extra defensive attention on Kyle Pitts.
Gage has WR3 potential in a good matchup against the Bucs pass defense in Week 13.
Week 10
Gage didn’t officially catch a pass at Dallas, though 1 grab was negated by a penalty. He was 0 for 3 in targets that counted. WR Tajae Sharpe caught the only pass thrown to him, but for no gain.
Sharpe hasn’t scored a TD since 2019. Gage has 1 this season but has played in just 6 games, starting 3, in 2021. If RB/WR Cordarrelle Patterson can’t play this week, there isn’t a go-to WR on the roster. Instead of watching Atlanta Thursday night, Falcons fans should concentrate on following scouts as they scour Saturday’s college games for WRs to draft.
Week 9
Since his return in Week 7, Gage has been very up and down. In Week 7, he caught 4-67-1 vs. the Dolphins then followed that game up with a 0-0-0 line vs. the Panthers. In Week 9, Gage had a solid day for PPR, securing 7-64 vs. a good Saints D. The good news for fantasy managers is Gage was utilized as the top WR as he did tie for the lead in routes on the week.
Moving forward, Gage will have his solid games when the Falcons have to throw as he looks to be the defacto #1 WR behind Kyle Pitts. Relying on Gage week in and week out is not advised as his floor doesn’t match his ceiling. That’s why we recommend fading him for Week 10 as Dallas has been tough vs. interior WRs this year.
Week 1
If you see Russell Gage, then please call the police. He needs your help. Not even the Falcons are bothering to look for him.

The guy who is supposed to be the new #2 wideout drew just 2 targets in the opener and caught neither of them. Of course, that did actually rank 2nd among Falcons WRs for the game. But 5 other players drew more -- including FB Keith Smith.

Gage will obviously have some better days, but Week 1 showed us why Julio Jones’ departure doesn’t automatically make the next WR relevant. Keep Gage far away from your fantasy lineups until he gives you a reason to use him.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • Working primarily as a short-to-intermediate slot receiver, Gage set career highs in 2020 with 110 targets, 72 catches, 786 yards and 4 TDs.
  • He benefited from 7 missed games from Julio Jones. In those, Gage ranked as a top-30 WR three times. He maxed out as the WR8 in Week 17 at Tampa Bay.
  • With Jones active for 9 games, Gage scored only once and ranked as a top-30 WR three times. He maxed out as the WR11 (Week 1 vs. Seattle).
  • Jones, of course, was dealt to the Titans in June. He was on pace for 121 targets last season. His absence is huge for Gage’s spot-start value.
  • Gage benefited from a pass heavy Atlanta offense. Matt Ryan led the league in attempts; Atlanta led the league in pass rate.
  • At WR, no significant add was made in free agency. The Falcons only selected Frank Darby in Round 6 of April’s draft. He’s a long-shot for 2021 value.
  • Of course, Kyle Pitts arrived as the 4th overall pick. Young, uber-athletic and versatile, Pitts projects as an instant focal point for 1st-year HC Arthur Smith.
  • 2021 is a contract year for the LSU product.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Gage wasn’t an explosive playmaker last season. But he flexed some PPR muscle with 72 catches, a tally only 24 WRs beat.

Now with Julio officially off of the roster, Gage will retain some PPR appeal as a WR4/5.

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Falcons WR Russell Gage (ankle) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll be back for Sunday’s game vs. the Dolphins but would be a desperation fantasy play.

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Falcons WR Russell Gage (ankle) is out for Sunday’s game vs. Washington. Olamide Zaccheaus stepped in as Atlanta’s #2 WR with Gage out last week, catching 3 of 6 targets for 32 yards and a TD. He’s still not much of a Week 4 fantasy option.

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Falcons WR Russell Gage (ankle) is out for Sunday's game against the Giants. That leaves Olamide Zaccheaus, Christian Blake and Tajae Sharp as Atlanta's 2nd through 4th WRs. None of those guys are viable fantasy options. Gage's absence should just mean a few extra targets for WR Calvin Ridley and TE Kyle Pitts.

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Falcons WR Russell Gage suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's loss to the Bucs and is considered "week to week," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "The team will see on Friday if he can possibly go this week vs the Giants, though it appears as a bit of a long-shot at first glance." Gage has just 5 catches on 9 targets for 28 yards through 2 games, so hopefully he wasn't part of your Week 3 plans.

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Falcons WR Russell Gage suffered a knee injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Lions and is officially questionable to return. We'll update his status when we learn more.

Update: Gage returned for the 2nd half.

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