WR Josh Gordon - Seattle Seahawks

6-3, 225Born: 4-13-1991College: BaylorDrafted: Round 2, pick 2012

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Week 14: at Los Angeles Rams

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Although Seattle's offense ranks in the bottom quarter of the NFL in passing volume, Russell Wilson's incredible 2019 season has the team ranked firmly in the top-10 of almost every relevant passing statistic. The Seahawks rank 10th in the NFL in passing yards, tied for 1st in passing touchdowns, and 5th in net yards per attempt so far this season. Through the air, Wilson has favored Tyler Lockett as his number-one target. However, in recent weeks, a leg injury along with the flu have limited Lockett's impact on the game, as he averages just three targets per game over the last month. D.K. Metcalf has picked up some of the slack, as the rookie receiver has led the team's receiving corps in targets in every game since Lockett was initially hampered by the leg injury against the San Francisco 49ers. Josh Gordon has yet to make much of an impact in the team's offense, aside from two timely catches, and there is no sign of that changing anytime soon. The Los Angeles Rams field one of the NFL's most talented pass defenses at all three levels this season. The Rams have defended above-average volume through the air, and aside from two outlier performances, they have done a great job at limiting opposing passing attacks. On a per-play basis, the Rams rank 6th in the NFL, allowing just 5.7 net yards per attempt this season, thanks to their supremely talented unit of pass defenders. Along the defensive line, Aaron Donald headlines one of the league's most-feared pass-rushes. Aaron Donald, Clay Matthews, and Dante Fowler, Jr. have combined for 25 sacks this season, in large part thanks to Donald's uncanny ability to command and beat double teams. At linebacker, Cory Littleton is one of the best pass-defending linebackers in the NFL. Littleton is tied for the team-lead in interceptions this season, with two to his name, and his athleticism at the second-level is nearly-unmatched by any other linebacker in the league. In the secondary, an in-season move to acquire Jalen Ramsey bolstered an already impressive defensive backfield. Ramsey's performance in a Rams' jersey has been just slightly-above-average through six games, but he should return to his All-Pro levels in the near future. Ramsey is supported by established veterans in Nickell Robey-Coleman and Eric Weddle in the secondary, helping to compensate for Ramsey's comparatively disappointing production. Lastly, Taylor Rapp, a wildly impressive rookie that recorded his first career interception last weekend, rounds out one of the league's best pass defenses at the safety position. In all, Los Angeles' pass defense is one of the league's strongest, and they should give Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks' passing attack as much trouble as any defense has this season.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
10 at SF 28 0 0 0 2 2.0 27 0 0 2.7
12 at PHI 22 0 0 0 2 1.0 10 0 0 1
13 vs MIN 27 0 0 0 1 1.0 10 0 0 1
14 at LAR PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 1.3 * * * *
14 at LAR PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0.3 * * * *
14 at LAR PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 1.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Josh Gordon's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 13 vs MIN (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Gordon has yet to earn his space here as a fantasy relevant receiver, but ... he's Josh Gordon, and you're curious (...right?). On a positive note, he played the most snaps of any WR not named Lockett or Metcalf. And his 10-yard catch, on his lone target, was a clutch play for a tough first down as he extended for the ball in blanket coverage. If he were to get more snaps or looks, it's safe to say that he has the trust of his QB.

2019 Week 12 vs PHI (2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Gordon only played about half of the offensive snaps, pulling in one catch on a short slant route. A couple of longer ones were thrown to him, but were not catchable.

2019 Week 10 vs SF (2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

You'll be forgiven if you glossed over Gordon's 2-27 final stat line. Working as part of the third WR committee, he got steady snaps, but finished with only 28 snaps played. Significantly, though, was his usage late in the game, as he proved to be dependable on third down, getting first downs with both of his catches. With Russell Wilson throwing to him, there is reason for intrigue after Seattle's bye week.

2019 Week 6 vs NYG (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Josh Gordon left the game in the second quarter making a tackle off a turnover and got rolled up on. As a result, he wasn't even able to play a half, and it questionable for the next Pats game.

2019 Week 5 vs WAS (8 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)

Though Gordon was certainly involved against the Redskins, he only made one play of real note. On the play, Gordon caught a pass and stiff armed a defender into oblivion, running for additional yards after the catch. It highlighted that this year beyond a couple superhuman catches, the Pats have been using Gordon for YAC throws and letting him go to work with his physicality.

2019 Week 4 vs BUF (7 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)

Beyond a 31 yard catch and go on a pick play, Gordon didn't do much of anything, as the Bills smothered him in coverage and bothered Tom Brady all game. He did have a drop on a slant route, and some of his routes were odd considering the Pats didn't have a ton of time to throw. Julian Edelman was also playing injured, which meant more coverage could head Gordon's way. Either way, he was expected to be volatile in the stat column on a weekly basis, and it showed here.

2019 Week 3 vs NYJ (11 / 6 / 83 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Though he got banged up in the 2nd quarter, Gordon gritted through his injury and flashed what makes him such a talent. His first highlight reel grab was a leaping grab at the 4 yard line in which he high pointed the catch over a defender. His second even better grab was another jump ball in the middle of the field in triple coverage with yet another defender nearby. It's a catch very few players in the NFL can make, and one that highlights his importance to this offense without Antonio Brown. If Julian Edelman's injury keeps him out, Gordon is in line to see heavy volume in the near future.

2019 Week 2 vs MIA (5 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

With Antonio Brown and the lopsided game, it was Gordon who saw the biggest drop in action. Though he did see 5 targets, he only converted 2 of them for catches. It's clear as long as AB is part of the game, his targets and yards could be volatile, though it's also worth noting a theme of the first half against the Dolphins was getting AB integrated into the offense.

2019 Week 1 vs PIT (4 / 3 / 73 / 1 rec)

Edelman did typical Edelman things against the Steelers, including a trick play showing off his arm, which seems to happen once or twice a season. Edelman did miss a catch, but also caught one in the second half where he was absolutely whacked and still hung onto the ball. There wasn't much rust to speak of, but with all the weapons the Patriots have, it's fair to wonder if he will be as consistent as he usually is in the stat column. That said, the trust he has with Tom Brady is unrivaled.

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Latest News

Seahawks | Josh Gordon posts just one reception (Tue Dec 3, 12:33 AM) - Seattle Seahawks WR Josh Gordon had one grab for 10 yards on his only target in Week 13 against the Minnesota Vikings.

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Seahawks | Josh Gordon set for Week 13 (Sat Nov 30, 06:22 PM) - Seattle Seahawks WR Josh Gordon (ankle) practiced in full Saturday, Nov. 30.

Our View: Gordon hasn't done much for the Seahawks, so Fantasy GMs should just stash him on the bench if they can. When we see Gordon's snaps and targets go up, then we'll get more excited about his fantasy prospects. That Week 16 matchup against the Cardinals pretty tempting if he can put it all together by that time.
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Seahawks | Josh Gordon takes part in practice (Fri Nov 29, 07:53 PM) - Seattle Seahawks WR Josh Gordon (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 29.

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Seahawks | Josh Gordon limited (Thu Nov 28, 06:13 PM) - Seattle Seahawks WR Josh Gordon (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 28.

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Seahawks | Thursday's practice report for Seattle (Thu Nov 28, 04:24 PM) - Seattle Seahawks FB Nick Bellore (quad), OT Duane Brown (biceps), TE Luke Willson (hamstring), DT Al Woods (ankle), DE Jadeveon Clowney (core), DT Jarran Reed (ankle), CB Neiko Thorpe (groin), OG Mike Iupati (neck) and LB Shaquem Griffin (illness) did not practice Thursday, Nov. 28. TE Jacob Hollister (toe), WR Tyler Lockett (shin), WR D.K. Metcalf (knee), WR Josh Gordon (ankle), Shaquill Griffin (non-injury), S Quandre Diggs (hamstring), LB K.J. Wright (shoulder, knee) and LB Bobby Wagner (non-injury) were limited. Seattle did not hold a practice Thursday, so all designations are estimates.

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Schedule

14@ Los Angeles Rams
15@ Carolina Panthers
16vs Arizona Cardinals
17vs San Francisco 49ers