In this article, we are going to cover the Russell Gage fantasy outlook 2021. We will share where we think he will rank amongst all wide receivers in 2021. Should you buy, hold or sell? Will Russell Gage be more or less valuable in 2022? Do we think he is going to be a league winner, weekly starter, flex play, spot starter, dark horse or dart throw? Included is all of this as well as personal opinions of the 14 people that participated from the RotoHeat staff.
Ever since the news broke that Julio Jones was traded to the Tennessee Titians, fantasy players everywhere have speculated who will be the WR2 and lead the team in targets after Calvin Ridley. Possibly Zaccheaus, Darby, or maybe even rookie Tight End Kyle Pitts? While Pitts could still easily get more targets, in our eyes the WR2 is Russell Gage, who was drafted by the Falcons in 2018 out of LSU. Last season, Gage posted career numbers across the board in receptions (72), yards (786), and touchdowns (4). Julio Jones missed about half of the season, and that is what gave Gage an opportunity to perform. Again, with Julio out of the mix, many people expect bigger and better things from Gage. The concern, however, is the unknown of 2021 rookie Tight End Kyle Pitts and what type of attention he will demand from Quarterback Matt Ryan.
Russell Gage Fantasy Outlook 2021: What is his Weekly Playability?
Only two of us were comfortable anointing Gage as a weekly starter heading into 2021, while four others thought he was going to be a weekly flex starter. The bulk of analysts, eight to be exact, believe that he is likely to be either a spot starter or dart throw, but probably too inconsistent to be trusted as anything more than that.
Weekly Flex: 4
Weekly Starter: 2
Spot Starter: 7
Dart Throw: 1
Russell Gage Fantasy Outlook 2021: More, Same or Less Valuable in 2022 Dynasty Offseason?
One thing we want to cover for all the dynasty managers is whether or not we believe a player will gain value between now and this time next year. When it comes to Gage, this was very polarizing.
Eight from our team expect him to be lower, but 6 expect him to either be the same or higher.
Russell Gage Fantasy Outlook 2021: Buy, Sell or Hold?
When it came down to this, only three analysts voted for “Buying” Russell Gage. This is what one had to say about Gage: “Likely [he will] step into a great opportunity with Julio out of the offense. Another poor defensive season for the Falcons should translate to another high volume passing season.”
Outside of those three, half of the 14 analysts voted that Russell Gage was firmly set as a “Sell” going into the 2021 season. The consensus of the ones who advocate selling essentially think that he is at peak value right now. They believe many people are expecting him to make a solid impact with Julio Jones’ departure, but ultimately new teammates Kyle Pitts and Mike Davis will eat up so many of those new vacated targets that Gage won’t have a big enough impact to be fantasy relevant.
Russell Gage Fantasy Outlook 2021: Where Will He Rank vs. All Wide Receivers?
The team was very split over Russell Gage as a whole. Some love the current opportunity, and other think the perceived opportunity is merely a mirage and is a good time to sell.
Overall, the team expects Gage to finish the season in the WR3 – WR4 range and will have a better season than his prior season in 2020. One analyst said, “with Julio being traded to Tennessee, Gage’s values couldn’t be much higher. Rookie Tight End Kyle Pitts could end up taking Julio’s targets leaving Gage as the third or fourth option for Atlanta.”
When it was all said and done, the 14 analysts predicted where Gage would finish:
Even though one analyst had Gage at WR49+, the majority of our analysts had him hovering in the mid to late 30’s. This essentially means Gage is expected to be in the WR3 – WR4 conversation.
Russell Gage Fantasy Outlook 2021: Conclusion
Overall, the RotoHeat team is split when it comes to deciding if Russell Gage is a solid investment for 2021 or a safe investment in dynasty leagues. The majority recommends avoiding/selling him if you can, however if you’re unable to do that then you should at least expect a a relative good season from him as likely the second best WR on the Falcons.
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