Can Josh Gordon be a Top 15 Fantasy Wide Receiver?

Jul 26, 2016

Josh Gordon
The NFL will allow Josh Gordon to play in Week 5 despite numerous transgressions. He’ll serve the same suspension time in 2016 as Tom Brady, further proving the idiocy of Roger Goodell. That’s neither here nor there though. The important thing to determine is if Josh Gordon can help your fantasy team
With Gordon there is always going to be a disclaimer. Any projection for Gordon is subject to whether or not Gordon can keep his nose clean. That is obviously the risk you take if you use a draft pick on Gordon. Another failed test or incident will end his season and possibly his career.
Gordon has not played since 2014. It seems like an eternity ago that he dominated the league by catching 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns despite missing two games due to suspension. Going that long without playing and even longer since he was a dominant performer causes some concern, but Gordon is just 25 years old.
When Gordon dominated he did so with a combination on Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden and Brian Hoyer. He doesn’t exactly have Bernie Kosar throwing it to him, but Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown figure to provide better quarterback play than Gordon previously received.
Gordon, at 6’3, 225 pounds is a physical receiver with great speed and athleticism. Although I wouldn’t draft him as a #15 fantasy receiver, I do believe he has the capability of performing like one. Total numbers will take a hit because he’ll miss four games, but the final 11 or 12 games (depending on your league rules) are more important that the first four. I currently have him ranked as a low-end WR2.
How you choose to draft Gordon will depend on how much of a risk taker you are. He is certainly a wild card.
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