I owned Josh Gordon in a ton of leagues last season. Because of his big play potential, I had my eye on him from the start of the year.
Gordon did not disappoint. He played in all 16 games for the Cleveland Browns and started in 13 of them. He had 50 receptions for 805 yards and five touchdowns. Gordon’s big play ability is obviously in his 16.1 yards per reception average. While these numbers are nice, they are not amazing, and you must take in to account that Brandon Weeden is throwing him the ball. Lets be honest, Weeden is not exactly Peyton Manning.
Gordon will be suspended for the first two games of the NFL season due to a failed drug test. He reportedly tested positive for codeine and the fact that this is a two-game suspension means that it is his second strike. Obviously, this is not something that you like to see from a player, but aside from missing the first two games, it does not really effect his fantasy value.
That being said, he is already slipping in fantasy drafts. He is still a big-play receiver that I would love to have on my roster. If anything, the suspension will help keep Gordon at a nice value, as he is currently going somewhere between rounds eight and 10. Do not let the suspension scare you away — savvy fantasy football players will be drafting Gordon a ton this season because he is a great value.
Gordon is a receiver that can score from anywhere on the field. He has elite big-play ability that can single handily win your fantasy matchup. The suspension is annoying, but considering how late you can draft Gordon, you should have other receivers that you can play instead of him.
I will continue to target Gordon in all of my fantasy football drafts, and I recommend that you do the same.