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Falcons WR Russell Gage is OUT for Week 3 vs. Giants

The Falcons will be without their No. 2 WR in Week 3.

Russell Gage #83 of the Atlanta Falcons runs after a catch during a game at Raymond James Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Friday update: Russell Gage is out for Week 3 with an ankle injury, per ESPN’s Michael Rothstein. Olamide Zaccheaus will see the biggest boost in snaps, but Calvin Ridley and Kyle Pitts get the biggest fantasy boost as targets will funnel their way.

Thursday update: Russell Gage was a DNP on the Falcons injury report, per Jeanna Kelley.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Russell Gage was in and out of Week 2’s matchup with the Buccaneers with an ankle injury and now appears to be a long-shot to play in Week 3, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Gage ended up with just 28 routes run to Calvin Ridley’s 42 in Week 2 while Olamide Zaccheaus saw a bump with 23 routes run. Zaccheaus would likely see the biggest increase in work if Gage misses this game against the Giants. But for fantasy, I’d expect tight end Kyle Pitts to have an even higher upside as more work would funnel his way.

Gage saw seven targets against the Bucs in Week 2 even with a few missed plays due to his ankle. Those should end up moving toward Pitts, Zaccheaus and Ridley. So far the Giants defense has been below average, as they rank 23rd in pass defense DVOA. They’ve also been giving to tight ends, as the Broncos and Washington tight ends have caught 16-of-21 targets for 149 yards and two touchdowns.