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WR Josh Gordon - Cleveland Browns

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

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The "no-duh" upside player of upside players, Gordon remains suspended and his long-term status with the Browns in limbo. Hall of Fame RB Jim Brown, a team official for Cleveland, says Gordon has received help for his off-field issues. Brown appears optimistic about Gordon returning. "When" is as big of a question as "if", but his gigantic upside makes him worth a late-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 - 51, 22, 30, 33, 36, 40, 43, 48, 56, 58
WR Redraft PPR - 51, 23, 31, 33, 37, 43, 43, 48, 51, 58
WR Dynasty - 40, 21, 36, 46, 63
Overall Dynasty - 64, 28, 75

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 * * 58 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 0 0 * * 0 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 171
WR: 61
Overall-PPR: 163
WR-PPR: 60

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Latest News

Browns | Josh Gordon being reinstated (Mon Jul 25, 02:03 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is being reinstated by the NFL conditionally, according to a source. He will be suspended for the first four games of the season.

Our View: A huge win for the Browns here. The team has already stated they would welcome Gordon back with open arms. New head coach Hue Jackson is giving everyone a clean slate, and Gordon will certainly help the entire offense. He's one of the most naturally talented players at his position, but staying out of trouble and off the suspended list has been difficult during his pro career. The Browns QB situation isn't great, but Gordon should perform like a WR3 with WR1 upside for fantasy owners when he returns. He's going off the board at WR53 (11.06) right now in 12-team PPR leagues, but that should rise with this news.
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Browns | Josh Gordon decision not imminent (Fri Jul 22, 09:15 AM) - Updating previous reports, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has no timetable for a decision on his potential reinstatement, but one source said it isn't expected for at least six weeks.

Our View: Gordon's previous WR1 upside and young age of 25 makes him an enticing second half of the draft pick on the non-zero chance he plays this year. Still, there's no guarantee that he'll be in shape, play effectively, or even figure into the Browns plans. If the Browns learn he is reinstated right before the season, it is hard to imagine him playing a big role right away since he has been away from the team.
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Browns | Josh Gordon meets with commish (Thu Jul 21, 12:54 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon met with commissioner Roger Goodell Wednesday, July 20, regarding his possible return to football, according to sources. Gordon can reapply for reinstatement Aug. 1.

Our View: We'd love to see Gordon get back on the field and he'd be a great asset to both the Browns and fantasy GMs. We do wonder whether he has finally "gotten it" and decided to make football a priority over his use of marijuana. Jim Brown, both the Browns' Hall of Fame running back and a part of the team's hierarchy, says Gordon has received help for his off-field issues. He's worth a late-round flier now, while his overall value would totally depend on when he was allowed to play this season and how many games he might miss.
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Browns | Cleveland would welcome Josh Gordon (Tue Jul 19, 10:01 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon would be welcomed back by the team if he is reinstated after eligible to apply Aug. 1, according to beat writer Mary Kay Cabot. Head coach Hue Jackson has said everyone will begin with a clean slate and that includes Gordon.

Our View: Talent is never the question with Gordon. He's big, fast, physical and has the ability to dominate...so long as he doesn't keep ripping bong loads in his off time. We'll see if Gordon can stay clean and get reinstated by the league before getting too excited about his prospects.
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