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Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon Should be on Your Fantasy Football Radar in 2013

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Don’t sleep on Cleveland Brown’s wide receiver Josh Gordon in your Fantasy Football drafts. Despite maturity issues and some questions about his work ethic, Gordon is clearly the most talented wide receiver in Browns camp.

Here’s the thing, Gordon is a high-risk player; no argument here. His off-the-field issues make him a cautionary tale.

However, with that said, news about his maturity and work ethic combined with his impending two-game suspension to start the 2013 season has his ADP plummeting far below his talent level. What does that mean for you? To get Gordon in 2013 you will have to invest a very late-round draft pick, nothing more.

Understanding the investment is minimal; let’s instead focus on the possible return.

The Browns offense will be better in 2013 it has to be. There is a new regime with offensive-minded coaches Rob Chudzinski at the helm and Norv Turner calling the plays. The Browns have a new GM in Michael Lombardi and this will be the first full season under the new ownership of Jimmy Haslam.

Additionally, the offense has one more year of experience under their belt. Of course in most situations that seems minimal, in Cleveland it is huge. The Browns leading receiver, rusher and passer last season were all rookies. For them one year is a difference maker.

Gordon is all about value in your draft. When his number should be called you can either follow the lead of fellow GMs in your league and select third or fourth receiving options from other NFL teams or take a chance of Gordon. The former is a safe pick to use during buy weeks as fill in receivers. The later has the upside of being the Brown’s number one receiver when the season ends.

That’s a very low investment with a very high-return possibility – it’s your call.

Jim Heath is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jim_heath, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google