WR Russell Gage - Atlanta Falcons
|6-0, 184||Born: 1-22-1996||College: LSU||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2018|
Week 12: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
FBG says: Great matchup. Perhaps the Falcons indeed pressed reset over their Week 9 bye. If so, it's fair to expect massive things ahead for Matt Ryan and the passing game. Ryan was producing on an elite level (310 yards and 2.1 touchdowns per game) prior to the bye, albeit with shaky efficiency for a 1-7 team. But last week, he shredded the Panthers' strong pass defense for 311 yards and a touchdown over just 31 attempts. Ryan wasn't asked to do much in the blowout win, but he found Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley on deep balls for gains of 48, 36, and 34 while building the lead. Jones and Ridley are explosive downfield targets, and Ryan has long had success looking their way deep on play action. Jones has recorded 79+ yards in 5 straight games, though he hasn't found the end zone since Week 3. Jones has never been a very effective target in the red zone, but remains an elite fantasy play every week, in every matchup. If tight end Austin Hooper can return Sunday - early reports are positive - then Ryan will have been his dynamic security blanket. Even with a game and a half spent on the shelf, Hooper sits tied for second among NFL tight ends with 56 receptions, and his 6 touchdowns match Mark Andrews for the lead. This attack looks poised to pick up where it left off in Week 7, but with real momentum and a glorious matchup this Sunday. The Tampa Bay pass defense simply can't get out of its own way. They've allowed the league's second-most yards and touchdowns through the air, and it's been a fairly consistent downpour. Six of their 10 opponents have topped 300 yards, and each of the last 8 have thrown multiple scores. (The latter list includes the likes of Daniel Jones, Teddy Bridgewater, Kyle Allen, and Ryan Tannehill.) The Buccaneers have big problems in the secondary, where waiving Vernon Hargreaves didn't pay any dividends last week. With such a lack of coverage talent in play, Drew Brees had little difficulty finding Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara to move the chains. Carlton Davis and Sean Murphy-Bunting are liabilities on the outside, while the linebackers and safeties struggle mightily against the pass. Even with the pass rush clicking nicely, there's just not enough on the back end to slow most opponents. The Falcons' rebounding offense is set up beautifully here.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Russell Gage's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 11 vs CAR (4 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
He earned a slant on the first third-down of the game, earning the ball against a huge cushion on the outside for a first down to reach the Atlanta 40. Gage worked the scramble drill on third and four inside the Carolina five. Ryan threw on the move to his right and Gage nearly made the diving catch in the end zone for the score but safety Tre Boston knocked the ball loose, leading to a third field goal attempt. Ryan climbed the pocket under pressure on second-and-long to find Gage over the middle just before the two-minute warning. Gage made a man miss and earned the first down near midfield on the play.
2019 Week 10 vs NO (5 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)
He took a quick out for three yards on 2nd and 19 during the first drive in Saints territory. Gage earned nine yards in the left flat during the second drive. Gage earned six yards in the flat on a short route settling into zone after an Atlanta penalty that set up a 2nd and 15 mid-way through the second quarter. Gage won a rebound on a contested catch at the boundary but couldn't keep both feet inbounds on a 2nd and 15 pas midway through the third quarter. Gage earned another short check-down in the flat for two yards on second down to reach the Saints' 10 at the end of the third quarter.
2019 Week 8 vs SEA (9 / 7 / 58 / 0 rec)
He gained close to 10 yards in the left flat and up the sideline early in the second series to get Atlanta to midfield. Gage earned a stick route for five yards on second and long to begin the second half. Gage ran the slant late in the third quarter and was wide open but Schaub was once again behind his receiver, leading to a 47-yard field goal. He earned 11 on a stick route with a good push after contact up the middle. Schaub then found Gage for a diving catch across midfield on the next play for another first down with 5:00 left and down 16 points. Gage earned garbage time yardage again with a gain of five in the left flat to reach the red zone. Two plays later, he worked inside the 10 with a short target to the left boundary. He earned a pair of catches over the middle inside the two-minute warning.
2019 Week 7 vs LAR (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
He caught a short slant against zone coverage and took a hard hit by Eric Weddle that folded Gage in half at midfield. Gage got open on a deep slant later in the drive but Ryan threw the ball well behind the receiver. Gage fumbled a punt return when hit hard on the ball late in the game and the Rams recovered the ball In the end zone for another touchdown, putting the Rams up 37-10 with 11 seconds left.
2019 Week 6 vs ARI (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
His first target came late in the third quarter on a short out off an RPO at the Arizona 13. He made a nice grab of a low throw--his third catch of the year.
2019 Week 3 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After seeing time the first two weeks, he did not see the field during this game.
2019 Week 2 vs PHI (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
He dropped a slant thrown high and behind him during the second drive of the first quarter.
2019 Week 1 vs MIN (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
He took a double reverse for a loss of a yard when the Vikings stayed at home on this play late in the first quarter. He made a leaping catch on a crossing route near the boundary on third and long during the third drive of the first half but Ryan threw the ball too high for Gate to land in bounds. He made a tough catch over the middle and was helped off the field after taking a hit ot his shoulder.
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