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WR Josh Gordon - Cleveland Browns

6-3, 225Born: 4-13-1991College: BaylorDrafted: ---

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Gordon has been reinstated by the NFL, but he will be suspended for the first four games of the season.
The "no-duh" upside player of upside players, Gordon will be suspended four games. Hall of Fame RB Jim Brown, a team official for Cleveland, says Gordon has received help for his off-field issues. Cornerback Joe Haden said at the start of Week 3 that Gordon looks like the same player he was before his suspension. Paired with a great deep-ball thrower, Gordon's gigantic upside makes him worth a mid-round pick.

Summary

The troubled receiver should be reinstated in early August and will be able to return to football this year, pending further incident (this per Ian Rapoport's report on July 25). Gordon will be suspended for the first four games, though. When he returns to the field, expect him to be the most heavily-targeted receiver in the offense and to take some pressure off of rookie first-round pick Corey Coleman. While Gordon hasn't played since 2014 (just five games that year due to suspensions), he's still just 25 years old and showcased massive skill in his 2013 season that saw him eclipse 1,600 receiving yards. (July 25)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 39, 24, 30, 31, 34, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 45, 45, 46, 48, 51, 54, 55
Overall Redraft - 77, 46, 56, 57
WR Redraft PPR - 38, 24, 31, 31, 34, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 40, 40, 40, 43, 46, 47, 49, 55
Overall Redraft PPR - 89, 56, 57
WR Dynasty - 28, 21, 33, 36
Overall Dynasty - 40, 28, 65

Stats and Projections

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2013 CLE 14 5 88 0 159 87 1646 9
2014 CLE 5 0 0 0 47 24 303 0
2016 PROJ-Dodds 12 1 * * 47 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 11 0 * * 52 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 12 0 * * 51 * * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 12 0 * * 54 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 90
WR: 38
Overall-PPR: 85
WR-PPR: 37

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Latest News

Browns | Teams calling about Josh Gordon (Tue Aug 23, 08:52 AM) - Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has had multiple teams call the Browns inquiring about his availability, according to sources. A team source said the Browns aren't looking to trade Gordon, and many around the league believe head coach Hue Jackson is the right coach for Gordon to thrive with.

Our View: The Browns know that Gordon is the best receiver on the roster, and there's little chance they trade him away unless they get an offer they can't refuse. Jackson is giving everyone a second chance on the roster, and Gordon has the talent to be one of the best WRs in the league. There's no reason to trade him away, and we don't imagine any team paying a hefty price for the oft-suspended WR.
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Browns | Josh Gordon runs with starters (Mon Aug 22, 09:53 AM) - Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (quadriceps) is running with the first-team offense in practice Monday, Aug. 22.

Our View: The team is planning on Gordon playing in their preseason game on Friday, so it makes sense he's working with the first-team offense. He'll miss the first four games of the season due to a suspension, but Gordon is a clear starter when he returns in Week 5. Fantasy owners could get him at a value as a WR3 with WR1 upside.
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Browns | Josh Gordon likely to play this week (Mon Aug 22, 08:24 AM) - Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (quadriceps) is likely to play his first preseason game Friday, Aug. 26. 'He still looks the exact same and it's just crazy,'' CB Joe Haden said. 'He looks a little bigger. I don't know how that happened, but he's still out there running around, looking the same, running his routes, floating. It still looks effortless.''

Our View: We haven't seen Gordon on the field since Week 16 of the 2014 season. Fantasy owners know that he can be a star player regardless of who is throwing him the ball. Gordon should be considered a WR3 with WR1 upside. He's suspended the first four games of the year, but Gordon should be able to step in and shine after that. His current ADP is WR30 (6.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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Browns | Josh Gordon starting to drop weight (Sun Aug 21, 09:40 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon was about 10 pounds overweight after missing time with a quadriceps injury, but beat writer Mary Kay Cabot said the weight is already coming off now that he is back practicing.

Our View: It sounds like Gordon is not back even to his 2014 form, but we hope to see him in Week 3 of the preseason. He'll have four weeks off while he is suspended and will take a bit to ramp up, but this is a sign things are going in the right direction.
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Browns | Josh Gordon may practice (Sun Aug 21, 12:37 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (quadriceps) hopefully will be able to participate in practice this week, according to head coach Hue Jackson.

Our View: Hopefully we can see Terrelle Pryor, Corey Coleman, and Gordon on the field next week. The Browns could have a very dynamic pass offense if Robert Griffin III keeps his poise and distributes the ball well. Adding in Gary Barnidge at tight end and Duke Johnson as a receiver out of the backfield will only help.
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