• Russell Gage

  • WR
  • , Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 26
  • 184 lbs
  • 6' 0"
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by Jordan Heck

TB WR Russell Gage - Week 4 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 4 vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Russell Gage was the big winner of the Bucs' carousel of backup wide receivers in Week 3. With no Mike Evans, Chris Godwin or Julio Jones, Gage stepped up and saw a team-high 13 targets, finishing 12-87-1. His 13 targets were more than double any other player, and his 12 receptions were four more than every other wide receiver on the team combined. Unfortunately for Gage, Evans returns this week, and Jones might return. Gage's value really only came from the fact everyone else was out. If both players are active, he still has some appeal as a WR3. If Jones is out, then Gage will rise in the rankings and could be a sneaky start for teams in need. He'll draw a middle-of-the-road matchup vs. the Chiefs this week.

by Jordan Heck

TB WR Russell Gage - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 vs. Green Bay Packers

Russell Gage had a decent outing in Week 2, finishing 5-28 on six targets. Gage played on 66% of the Bucs' offensive snaps, which was the second-most on the team. He could see a similar role in Week 3 as Mike Evans is suspended and Julio Jones might be inactive again due to an injury. It's a tough matchup against the Packers, so we wouldn't expect a huge game. But Gage is a nice waiver add if you're in need of a receiver, especially if Jones sits. Gage should be viewed as a low-end WR3 with Jones inactive and more of a WR4 with Jones active. Gage is also dealing with a hamstring injury of his own, but he's expected to play.

by Jordan Heck

TB WR Russell Gage - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 at New Orleans Saints

Turns out Russell Gage will fill in for Chris Godwin after all. Although Gage was fairly limited in Week 1, finishing 2-13 on two targets, he played on 42% of the offensive snaps, matching fellow WR Breshad Perriman. Based on the snaps and targets from Week 1, Gage is clearly the third option behind Mike Evans and Julio Jones. But we saw plenty of success from Antonio Brown (the Bucs' WR3 last year) a season ago. Gage may not produce like AB, but he carries some fantasy relevance with Godwin sidelined. He should be viewed as a WR4 heading into a decent matchup vs. the Saints in Week 2. Gage's health should be monitored this week as he's dealing with a hamstring injury. In fact, all the WRs should be monitored as Mike Evans and Julio Jones have each missed practice. If either of them is out, then Gage becomes an even better option.

by Jordan Heck

TB WR Russell Gage - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 at Dallas Cowboys

Russell Gage started the offseason as a nice sleeper pick, someone who would replace Chris Godwin as he healed from a torn ACL. But then Godwin's recovery was quicker than anyone anticipated, and the Bucs brought in Julio Jones. Suddenly Gage is on the outside looking in. If Godwin is active, then it's hard to see Gage providing much value in Week 1. But if Godwin is unable to play, then Gage could step into WR4 range in a favorable matchup vs. the Cowboys.

by Jordan Heck

TB WR Russell Gage - 2022 Fantasy Football Outlook

2022 Fantasy Upside
Russell Gage is joining Tampa Bay after two solid seasons with Atlanta. Gage was the Falcons’ leading wide receiver last year, finishing 66-770-4 on 94 targets, which was good enough for a WR48 finish. And there is reason to believe he’ll top that in 2022. He joins a Bucs team that threw the ball 731 times last season (compared to the Falcons’ 573) and also lost Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski in the offseason. Chris Godwin is also still recovering from a torn ACL, which will put him out likely through October. This means Gage gets shot up into WR2 in one of the most productive offenses in the NFL. Even Tom Brady made note of this in the offseason, saying of Gage as the team’s WR2: “That is a very important role for an offense that throws the ball as much as we do." Even when Godwin returns, we saw Antonio Brown have a lot of success as a WR3 in this offense. Gage is likely on pace for a career season.

2022 Fantasy Downside
Gage has never been a dominant player throughout his career, finishing under 800 yards each season. He’s also never scored more than four touchdowns in a season. And while he’s projected to be in that No. 2 role, the Bucs also have some other interesting options at WR including Cyril Grayson, Jaelon Darden, Tyler Johnson, Breshad Perriman and Scotty Miller. Also, a lot of Gage’s value depends on when Godwin is able to return, which is unknown at the moment. If Godwin returns sooner than expected, then Gage only gets a limited amount of time in that WR2 role.

2022 Bottom Line
Assuming Godwin misses the first half of the season, Gage should turn into a real value play for Tampa Bay. Even when Godwin returns, Gage is a talented wide receiver who “can play 3 positions,” according to HC Todd Bowles. In 2020 when Evans, Godwin, and Brown were all on the field, they had a fairly even target distribution (Evans 19.5%, Godwin 18.9%, Brown 15.7%). Gage gets an upgrade at quarterback, and joins a much better offensive system in 2022. He’ll likely post career numbers, and should be viewed as a strong WR3 option ahead of the double digit rounds.

by Bill Riccette

ATL WR Russell Gage - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs Bills

Atlanta's offense left a lot to be desired against the Lions, resulting in pedestrian numbers for Russell Gage. And now he gets our No. 1 defense against opposing wide receivers in the Buffalo Bills. Still, there's some value in being the WR1 here, even if it is the Falcons. He's a low-end WR3 for the championship round.

by Bill Riccette

ATL WR Russell Gage - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs Lions

Another solid day for Russell Gage (8-91-1) as he has taken advantage well of his opportunities as the Falcons WR1 in the absence of Calvin Ridley. He's got a good chance to add another touchdown this week. Detroit has allowed 23 passing touchdowns this season. And Matt Ryan has been looking for Gage. In two of the last three games he has seen 12 targets and he has 23 catches in the span. Gage is a solid flex option this week.

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