This week's Gut Check offers a variety of observations, questions, and gut feelings based on my study of the league this year. Many of these takes will be me working out my own unresolved issues on the page. If some of them help you, I'll be thrilled, but I'm not expecting it.
I've been sitting on Gordon's rights in two dynasty leagues where I have the luxury of a competitive team and roster space. The last time I went after him on a re-draft waiver wire, I went big and, eventually in late December, went home as a result.
Gordon's recent GQ interview illustrates the common problem with delving into the issue of off-field behavior. Some players with a similar range of issues have successfully worked the system and avoided getting caught for an entire career. Others have made one big mistake, a smaller mistake while trying to grow past their behavior, and transitioned into mature professionals. Then there are those who can't avoid trouble.
Gordon's candor about the extent of his troubles is a good sign. Returning to the Browns is not. There's enough organizational that projecting whether Gordon will contribute this year is completely unpredictable.
If the Browns want to unload him, it might make sense to let him play and talk up his recovery so they can get something in return. However, Sashi Brown said months ago that they had no interest in Gordon and were moving on. Considering that Hue Jackson and Brown aren't on the same page, it's possible they won't be about Gordon, either.