Russell Gage has really come on at wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons in recent weeks. Is it worth starting him at the flex in fantasy on Thanksgiving?
The Atlanta Falcons will be one of six teams playing on Thanksgiving this year. They will be hosting the archrival New Orleans Saints on a special edition of Sunday Night Football on Thursday night. Atlanta shockingly beat New Orleans on the road earlier this season, but if the Falcons do end up finding a way to sweep the Saints this year, it’ll be because of their receiving corps.
With Atlanta trading away Mohamed Sanu several weeks ago to the New England Patriots, second-year player Russell Gage has gotten more opportunities in the receiving game of late. He had eight catches for 76 yards last week in the Falcons’ home loss to another division rival in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Would Gage be a wise flex option for you to start on Thanksgiving?
The Fantasy Footballers do believe that Gage could be in for another good game this week vs. the Saints. There are a few factors that favor Gage having a good matchup vs. New Orleans on Thursday night.
The first is the health of Atlanta’s top receiving targets in wide receivers Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, as well as tight end Austin Hooper. Hooper has been out the last few weeks and Jones did hurt his shoulder vs. the Buccaneers last week. So Falcons receiving targets on the mend could mean more targets thrown in Gage’s direction by his quarterback Matt Ryan.
Another reason that it might be wise to start Gage in the flex is that The Fantasy Footballers expect the Saints to score a lot of points in this game against a bad Atlanta defense. So Atlanta will be looking to pass a ton in this game to possibly keep pace with the high-octane Saints offense.
And the third season you can consider starting Gage in the flex is that these two teams know each other very, very well. This is a short week and the gameplan has been worked out seemingly weeks in advance. Adding in an emerging Gage as an interesting wrinkle in the passing game could be big for the Falcons’ chances to win, as well as you in your fantasy football league.