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WR Josh Gordon - Cleveland Browns

0-4, 221Born: 4-13-1991College: BaylorDrafted: ---

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Gordon is now suspended will for 10 games, and he will eligible to return in Week 12, which means he could play in five games of the typical fantasy season, including the three playoff weeks.

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Sep 9): With ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi now reporting that reinstatement is a matter of when but not if (albeit based on speculation), Gordon is worth a decent-sized bid. The league could still hand down more punishment for his offseason DWI and Gordon's readiness and level of play is unknown, but you can't afford to take the chance that he comes back even close to his 2013 form on another roster.

General News (Fri Sep 12): is expected to have his suspension reduced from a season-long ban to 10 games following the new agreement between the league and the NFLPA on a new drug policy. Gordon is eligible to return in Week 12, and in all but the very shortest bench leagues, that makes him worth carrying because he could be your secret weapon for the fantasy playoffs. He does still have to keep himself in shape and his first game might not be useful, but if you bet your whole WW budget on Gordon, it looks like you got something for it. Note, however, that Gordon could be suspended for two additional games if he is convicted in his driving while intoxicated case in North Carolina. The hearing for the case is scheduled for Nov. 18. Of course, the case is unlikely to be settled on that hearing date, but this is a reminder that Gordon has another legal hurdle looming.

General News (Thu Sep 11): possibly could play against the New Orleans Saints in Week 2 if a new drug policy agreement with the NFL and Players Association becomes a reality, according to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. "If Josh is able to play this week, I'd like to get him out there," Shanahan said. "I think he'd be able to help." The Browns have not cleared out Gordon's locker, even though he has been suspended for the year.

General News (Tue Sep 9): Rand Getlin @Rand_Getlin posted on his Twitter feed Tuesday night, "NFL player reps will not vote on the new drug policy tonight, according to a league source." There had been much speculation that approving the new drug policy could have positive repercussions for suspended players like Josh Gordon and Wes Welker. Personally, we feel much of the speculation was a pretty far reach. Regardless, it looks like a player vote isn't happening Tuesday night so this drags on a bit more. At this point, a reduction in suspension for players is very much unsettled.

Week 2: vs New Orleans Saints

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Brian Hoyer helped to engineer a 24-point second-half comeback attempt at Pittsburgh in Week One - after a shaky first half Hoyer wound up the day with 19/30 for 230 yards, one TD and zero interceptions (he did take three sacks for -24 yards). Andrew Hawkins (10 targets for 8/87/0) was Hoyer's number one receiver last week, while Jordan Cameron saw five targets for 2/47/0 receiving - unfortunately Cameron aggravated his injured shoulder during the game and sat out most of the fourth quarter. If you have Cameron on your fantasy squads monitor his practice participation (or lack thereof) in Footballguys.com's Players in the News later this week before setting your lineups for Week Two. Tight end Jim Dray handled two targets for 2/30/0 receiving in the contest to check in as the No. three receiver last week, and Travis Benjamin snagged the lone TD with three targets for 2/20/1 receiving. The Saints' pass defense was outstanding during the 2013 season, ranking second in the NFL averaging just 194 passing yards allowed per game, with 20 passing scores given up over 16 games vs. 12 interceptions (tied for 24th in the NFL) and 49 sacks (fourth in the league) generated by the defense. During the third preseason game the Saints had one sack for -7 yards on Andrew Luck (he finished his time on the field with 10/18 for 103 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown), and three sacks for -19 yards during the game as a whole. However, New Orleans' D allowed a career-best 31/43 for 448 yards passing to Matt Ryan last weekend, also surrendering three TD passes vs. zero interceptions and only one sack (for -3 yards) generated during the game. The Saints' D failed to contain the Falcons in Week One. Hoyer found his rhythm in Week One - we'll see what he can do vs. a regrouping New Orleans' defense here in Week Two.

Latest News

Browns | Josh Gordon's suspension reduced (Fri Sep 12, 07:46 PM) - Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon had his suspension reduced from a season-long ban to 10 games following the new agreement between the league and the NFLPA on a new drug policy.

Our View: Gordon is eligible to return in Week 12, and in all but the very shortest bench leagues, that makes him worth carrying because he could be your secret weapon for the fantasy playoffs. He does still have to keep himself in shape and his first game might not be useful, but if you bet your whole WW budget on Gordon, it looks like you got something for it.
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Browns | Josh Gordon could get more games (Fri Sep 12, 05:10 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon could be suspended for two additional games if he is convicted in his driving while intoxicated case in North Carolina. The hearing for the case is scheduled for Nov. 18.

Our View: The case is unlikely to be settled on that hearing date, but this is a reminder that chance are we will see very little of Gordon until at least November.
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Browns | Josh Gordon suspension update (Fri Sep 12, 04:33 PM) - Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's suspension will be reduced to 10 games if the NFL and NFL Players Association agree on a new drug policy, according to a source.

Our View: This would put Jones-Drew in play for ten fantasy weeks with a week 12 return. He could still swing playoff matchups, but his ability to stay in shape and stay healthy, while playing close to his 2013 level is still an unknown, and nothing has been settled on the drug policy front at this moment. Gordon is looking like not as great a gamble on the waiver wire as he might have been a few days ago.
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Browns | Josh Gordon's ban likely reduced (Fri Sep 12, 10:43 AM) - Updating an ongoing story, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's suspension is likely to be reduced to eight games when a new drug testing agreement is reached, according to a source.

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Browns | Browns want Josh Gordon to play (Thu Sep 11, 05:26 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon could play against the New Orleans Saints in Week 2 if a new drug policy agreement with the NFL and Players Association becomes a reality, according to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. 'If Josh is able to play this week, I'd like to get him out there,' Shanahan said. 'I think he'd be able to help.' The Browns have not cleared out Gordon's locker, even though he has been suspended for the year.

Our View: Keep dreaming Cleveland. Never say never, but it would be shocking for the league to eliminate the remaining games in Gordon's suspension. We'll see....so fantasy owners in deep leagues should add Gordon just in case.
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