By Jack Delaney on May 12, 2014
After his monster fantasy year in 2013, wide receiver Josh Gordon is now facing a season-long suspension because of another failed drug test. While he may not be able to play every game, the Cleveland Browns will be fighting hard to get him back on the field in 2014. If he is only able to play half of the year, Gordon is still a must-own player.
Here are five reasons why you should still draft Josh Gordon in your fantasy football league.
It has been reported that Gordon is in Stage 3 of the NFL's substance abuse policy, when he should in fact be in Stage 2. This is an important distinction because Gordon would only miss between four to six games if he was classified in a different stage, and even if he misses six games, he could still finish the season as a top-10 wide receiver.
At various points of the season, Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell were the starting quarterbacks for the Cleveland Browns. Despite that, Gordon was still able to total 1,646 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 2013. With a more consistent Brian Hoyer or even with Johnny Manziel, the quarterback position has greatly improved for Gordon.
Most fantasy playoffs start in Week 14, so even if he isn't able to play until Week 9, Gordon will still give you five great games of production. In his first performance after his two-game ban, Gordon torched the Minnesota Vikings for 146 receiving yards and a touchdown. He is an instant producer that can give you an unreal run.
Do you really want to be in the championship game and have Josh Gordon go off for 150 receiving yards and two touchdowns? Even with any type of suspension, if Gordon is available, he is too valuable not to own and start. If you don't draft him or add him from the waiver wire, someone else will.
I was able to pick up Gordon between the 13th-15th round in most of my leagues last year, and that was with him only facing a two-game ban. If he misses a minimum of four games, fantasy players may be too scared to even draft him, which is a great advantage to you. Make sure you find out what ruling the NFL makes on his suspension, but spending a 10th-round-or-later pick in Gordon is not risky at all.
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