Russell Gage
Russell Gage
24-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Atlanta Falcons
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Gage emerged as a playmaker in the second half of the 2019 season, when he was promoted to the No. 3 slot in the receiving corps following Mohamed Sanu's trade to New England on Oct. 22. The third-year man out of LSU could pay dividends as a late-round pickup for invested fantasy GMs, with all signs indicating that he will remain the third wide receiver for a Falcons offense that last season finished behind only Tampa Bay and Dallas in passing yards per game (294.6). He came into his own by averaging five receptions per game between Weeks 8 and 17, and he may become even more involved this season considering the possibility of a tight end downgrade going from Pro Bowler Austin Hooper to unproven Hayden Hurst. What's more, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter gave a recent nod to his young receiver during virtual OTAs, noting Gage's talent and that he'll "see a jump in his game." Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $2.46 million contract with the Falcons in May of 2018.
Huge Week 1 against Seattle
WRAtlanta Falcons
September 13, 2020
Gage corralled nine of 12 targets for a career-high 114 receiving yards during Sunday's 38-25 loss to the Seahawks.
ANALYSIS
Gage picked up right where he left off at the tail end of 2019 when he filled in as the No. 2 option at wide receiver while Calvin Ridley missed three games with an abdomen injury. The former LSU Tiger averaged eight targets per game between Weeks 12 and 17 last year, and he demonstrated a high PPR floor during that span by collecting 32 total catches. Gage owns just one touchdown on 68 offensive touches for his career, but as long as he is the No. 3 receiver in Atlanta's passing game he will remain fantasy relevant. The 24-year-old projects to be a popular waiver-wire pickup based on both opportunity and talent as he prepares for a Week 2 matchup against the Cowboys.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Russell Gage's 2020 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
86.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.56
 
% Team Air Yards
16.3%
 
% Team Targets
23.5%
 
Avg Depth of Target
7.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
75.0%
 
Drop Rate
8.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.1
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Cowboys pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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Sunday, Sep 20th at 1:00PM
Overall QB Rating Against
78.8
 
Cornerbacks
57.0
 
Safeties
82.3
 
Linebackers
118.8
 
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2020 Russell Gage Split Stats
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Russell Gage
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Hidden Stat Line: Preparing for Week 2 and Beyond
3 days ago
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Hidden Stat Line: Targets, Routes & Snaps from Week 1
4 days ago
Jimmy Graham returning to fantasy relevance isn't something we expected, but it looks like a real possibility given his Week 1 usage. That, and much more, in Jerry Donabedian's Week 1 breakdown of WRs and TEs.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
The ultra-athletic Gage got an audition at receiver in 2018 after Atlanta's playoffs hopes disintegrated with a 4-9 start. His workload remained relatively minimal, but Gage proved to be somewhat efficient, hauling in six of 10 targets. What was surprising was his inability to produce explosive gains with those touches, as he accumulated 10.5 yards per catch, a stark drop-off from his 13.6 YPC average during his senior year at LSU. In a best-case scenario, Gage will fully overtake Justin Hardy for the No. 4 receiver job, while continuing to play a key role on special teams. Gage fielded 63.6 percent of the special teams snaps last year for the Falcons, recording seven tackles while serving as one of the primary gunners on punts.
The rookie out of LSU has been featured all over the field since the Falcons selected him in the sixth round of April's draft. He started off taking snaps at cornerback during rookie minicamp in May and then transitioned over to wide receiver during minicamp and training camp, while also seeing reps on special teams coverage. Gage is highly unlikely to break the top four on the depth chart at either receiver or cornerback, leaving him with the opportunity to pursue playing time as a member of the Falcons special teams coverage unit. Though he possesses a slight frame of 6-foot, 180 pounds, Gage boasts blazing speed as exemplified by his 40-yard dash time of 4.42 seconds at LSU's pro day. He has a long way to go in terms of polishing his skill set to become an offensive or defensive starter, but Gage's track team-caliber speed could lead to him locking down a gunner position on punt coverage.
More Fantasy News
Returns to Sunday's game
WRAtlanta Falcons
September 13, 2020
Gage (head) was cleared to return to Sunday's game versus the Seahawks, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
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Having head examined
WRAtlanta Falcons
Head
September 13, 2020
Gage left Sunday's game against the Seahawks to be evaluated for a head injury, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
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Puts in full practice Thursday
WRAtlanta Falcons
September 10, 2020
Gage (groin) practiced fully Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
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Tending to groin issue
WRAtlanta Falcons
Groin
September 9, 2020
Gage was limited at Wednesday's practice due to a groin injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
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Returns to practice Monday
WRAtlanta Falcons
Undisclosed
September 7, 2020
Gage (undisclosed) participated in Monday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
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