Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon

Cleveland Browns

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By Matthew Terelle, Browns Correspondent, Mon, Dec 15th 4:04pm EST

Josh Gordon had another slow game Sunday. He caught three passes for 48 yards on four targets.

Fantasy Impact: So much for Johnny Manziel jump-starting Gordon's production. Sadly, 48 yards was enough for Gordon to be the team's leading receiver as Manziel and the whole offense struggled mightily on Sunday. In this offensive scheme, with the Cleveland quarterback situation a question mark, Gordon can no longer be viewed as a sure-fire WR1 and would be best treated as a boom or bust WR3 for Week 16. Gordon's spectacular 2013 campaign seems like eons ago.

By Matthew Dorfman, Browns Correspondent, Mon, Dec 8th 12:42pm EST

Josh Gordon was targeted 7 times and caught 2 passes for 15 yards. One pass was overthrown by Hoyer that Josh would have easily taken in for a touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: Josh is not making the difference that everyone expected. He had a spectacular return from a 2 game suspension last season, but this comeback has been much different. He is returning to a completely different team, and is not relied upon for offense like he was last year. He should be targeted heavily next weekend, but the Browns game plans are somewhat hard to project. He may continue to struggle as the Browns try to find their identity, but only needs one or two plays to make a difference for owners.

By Jeff Moore, Browns Correspondent, Sun, Nov 30th 11:03am EST

The NFL Network's Albert Breer reports that the Browns plan to take the "reins off" Josh Gordon this week, following a pitch count in his return last week. (Source: Albert Breer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gordon is a freakish talent, and hauled in 8 receptions for 120 yards playing on just 69% of snaps last week. He should be the team leader in targets again this week. He's an elite WR1 in Week 13, and moving forward.

By Matthew Dorfman, Browns Correspondent, Mon, Nov 24th 11:52am EST

Josh Gordon had 8 receptions for 120 yards yesterday and although he was held scoreless, his presence helped generate a win for Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact: There were reports of him being limited, and he did play less than 80% of the offensive snaps, but the Browns targeted him heavily while he was on the field. He is a freak of nature and is a threat to score every time the ball is thrown his way. He has potential to be the best fantasy WR for the rest of the season.

By Matthew Terelle, Browns Correspondent, Sun, Nov 23rd 12:13pm EST

Adam Schefter believes Josh Gordon will only play 20-30 snaps today against Atlanta. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This may make owners a little worried about starting him today. A few things working in Gordon's favor: Atlanta has a poor pass defense, Brian Hoyer had to be reminded by the coaches in practice not to throw to Gordon too much, and Gordon is good enough that he can still do significant damage even on a snap count. Don't bench a sure WR1 for Gordon, but he should be safe to deploy today.

By Matthew Dorfman, Browns Correspondent, Fri, Nov 21st 7:13pm EST

Josh Gordon is determined and happy to be back. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Josh Gordon suffered from pre-suspension depression and had a crummy preseason. He is now ready to attack opposing defenses and help his team make the playoffs. He has fresh legs and should be a force versus the Atlanta Falcons defense.

By Matthew Dorfman, Browns Correspondent, Fri, Nov 14th 11:41am EST

Gordon will return to practice on Wednesday and is slated for game action in Week 12 against Atlanta. (Source: The Bleacher Report)

Fantasy Impact: He has been practicing and using team facilities. Josh will be used heavily and with fresh legs he could be terrifying on the field. It has been rumored that the Browns will wait to extend Brian Hoyer until they see how he meshes with Gordon. Fantasy owners who have been stashing Gordon should be very excited.

By Matthew Terelle, Browns Correspondent, Wed, Nov 12th 4:01pm EST

Josh Gordon is set to make his 2014 debut at practice one week from today. (Source: Tony Grossi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is the moment forward thinking owners that stashed him have been waiting for. Gordon is an immediate WR2 with upside in next week's tilt against the Falcons and their porous pass defense.

By Matthew Dorfman, Browns Correspondent, Fri, Oct 17th 12:26pm EDT

Josh Gordon is attending Browns meetings, using the facilities, and staying in shape for his return from suspension in Week 12.

Fantasy Impact: We are in Week 7 so Josh is halfway through his suspension. All summer long every news article about Josh was negative and hurt his fantasy value. If he is stashed on your bench, get ready to start him week 12. He will be a WR 1 immediately, so plan accordingly.

By Matthew Dorfman, Browns Correspondent, Thu, Oct 2nd 12:51pm EDT

Gordon has permission to attend team meetings and use the Browns facilities as his suspension continues. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: It has been a breath of fresh air to see his name pop up in the news for constructive reasons. After a summer of bad luck it seems like Gordon is making smart decisions and putting himself in encouraging settings. His suspension ends November 17th, and he should be owned in all leagues.

By Matthew Dorfman, Browns Correspondent, Fri, Sep 19th 3:22pm EDT

Josh Gordon's suspension has offically been changed to 10 games. (Source: Jason La Canfora)

Fantasy Impact: Josh Gordon will return Week 12 against the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome. The Browns have been playing good football, and Gordon will fit in nicely. Gordon is worth stashing in all fantasy formats. When on the field he has as much upside as any WR in the game.

By Matthew Dorfman, Browns Correspondent, Fri, Sep 12th 4:35pm EDT

The NFLPA votes are in and Josh Gordon will be out for 10 weeks. (Source: Mary Kay Cabot)

Fantasy Impact: He is an elite fantasy wide receiver when on the field, so grab him if you can. Gordon has enough upside to stash him for the majority of the season. He will be back for the final weeks of the fantasy season and provide your team with a fantasy playoff boost.

By Graham Barfield, Browns Correspondent, Sat, Sep 6th 11:07am EDT

Josh Gordon told ESPN's Elizabeth Merrill that he does not plan on suing the NFL over his one year-ban for substance abuse. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: "The whole being in limbo thing, I'm over it," Gordon said. "I'm not waiting on the edge of my seat anymore." If Josh Gordon did indeed file an injunction against the NFL, it would have temporarily allowed him to play while the case was contested. Now, the only way Gordon sees the field in 2014 is if the NFLPA and the NFL agrees to a brand new drug policy. If the language in the deal applies retroactively to players that were suspended for substance abuse this year, Gordon's suspension could be reduced or wiped away. On the small chance that his suspension is reduced or abolished, Gordon is well worth a stash at the end of your fantasy bench.

By Matthew Terelle, Browns Correspondent, Thu, Sep 4th 10:40pm EDT

Star Browns receiver Josh Gordon has a chance at a reduced or complete cancellation of his season long suspension. The NFL and the player's association are currently negotiating to lessen the penalties for non-performance enhancing drug use. This Sunday is rumored to be a date that an agreement could be reached. (Source: Cincy Jungle)

Fantasy Impact: If Gordon is on the waiver wire in your league he is worth an immediate speculative add. A recommended strategy would be to drop your kicker to pick up Gordon and then wait and see if any news breaks on Sunday. Gordon would be an immediate WR1 if he does play this season.

By Andrew Sears, Browns Correspondent, Wed, Aug 27th 1:12pm EDT

Schefter reports that the appeal on Gordon's suspension was upheld and the Browns' star WR will be out of action for the next year. Gordon will be able to apply for reinstatement at the end of the 2014 season to determine if he's eligible to participate in the Browns' 2015 OTAs and training camp. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is obviously difficult (but not entirely unexpected) news for Gordon. There was some hope that the suspension would be reduced to less than the full season. As it stands now, Jordan Cameron becomes the centerpiece of the Browns' passing game while Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin will see moderate bumps in value.

By Graham Barfield, Browns Correspondent, Sun, Aug 24th 5:56pm EDT

Here is the full Mike Pettine quote: "Knowing that the decision is looming, we're fairly certain that we're not going to have him for at minimum some part of the year..." (Source: Nate Ulrich - Akron)

Fantasy Impact: The Browns are being realistic. They know they will likely be without Josh Gordon for some period of time; however, this could mean, four, eight, or sixteen games. Again, without clarity, it's tough to say where Josh Gordon should be drafted. His ADP is currently in the middle of the 9th round and if Gordon does only miss four or eight games, he could be a massive value heading in to the 2014 season.

By Graham Barfield, Browns Correspondent, Fri, Aug 22nd 4:05pm EDT

Browns beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot says that the news on Josh Gordon's pending or non-pending suspension is not expected today. (Source: Mary Kay Cabot)

Fantasy Impact: It's a bit surprising that the NFL has not come down with a ruling on whether or not Josh Gordon will play, at all, in the 2014 season. Hopefully we'll get some solid news this weekend or early next week. Josh Gordon continues to be drafted in the late-9th round.

By Matthew Dorfman, Browns Correspondent, Tue, Aug 19th 4:22pm EDT

Josh Gordon had 1 catch for 8 yards on 5 targets.

Fantasy Impact: Gordon was unusually unimpressive in Monday’s preseason game. He only had one reception for 8 yards. He was getting throws from two different quarterbacks. The receiving corps will continue to struggle while the quarterback competition continues. Josh Gordon had 3 different quarterbacks last season and was still a fantasy monster. There is still no news about his pending suspension, and that is all that is standing in the way of him being one of fantasy's best receivers.

By Graham Barfield, Browns Correspondent, Tue, Aug 5th 11:16pm EDT

The Cleveland Browns are "bracing themselves" for Gordon to be suspended at least eight games. (Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Fantasy Impact: Gordon's appeal has two outcomes. The first being that if Gordon wins his appeal, he'll resume his career and won't be suspended. If he loses, he'll be suspended and banned from the team for a year. The best case scenario is that Gordon can settle and get an 8 game suspension. "The Browns know that no NFL player has ever won an appeal based on second-hand smoke and that Gordon will be hard-pressed to end up with anything less than the indefinite ban", said Mary Kay Cabot (Cleveland Plain Dealer). A decision on Gordon's appeal is expected in 1-3 weeks.

By Graham Barfield, Browns Correspondent, Tue, Aug 5th 11:53am EDT

Mary Kay Cabot (Cleveland Plain Dealer) is reporting that suspended WR Josh Gordon expects a decision on his pending appeal in 1-3 weeks. (Source: Mary Kay Cabot)

Fantasy Impact: Gordon's hearing concluded yesterday (8/4/14) and the 1-3 week time frame is a bit strange because it is longer than most expected. All fantasy owners can do is wait for the ruling to be dolled out at this point.

By Matthew Terelle, Browns Correspondent, Wed, Jul 30th 4:43pm EDT

Josh Gordon now has a slight chance of avoiding an indefinite suspension for the upcoming NFL season. The plan outlined by Gordon's agent and lawyer is to use the argument that Gordon was subjected to secondhand smoke and therefore failed the subsequent drug test. Grossi feels there is a perfect storm of events working in Gordon's favor by putting pressure on the NFL. These include Ray Rice only getting suspended two games for domestic violence and Colts Owner Jim Irsay getting arrested in March for driving while intoxicated. (Source: Tony Grossi)

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners would be wise to keep an eye on the proceedings this Friday, August 1. If Gordon's expected year-long suspension is lowered to eight games or less, he becomes an attractive target in dynasty leagues and worth a late round pick in redraft leagues with deep benches.

By Matthew Terelle, Browns Correspondent, Fri, Jul 25th 5:26pm EDT

Josh Gordon is indeed in attendance as Browns training camp opened for veterans today. He took part in the conditioning test and appeared to be in good shape. (Source: Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gordon's future still remains up in the air until his appeal is heard by the NFL. Fantasy owners should plan on him not being available for the 2014 season and he is undraftable except perhaps as a flier in deep leagues. Gordon's presence at camp, however, may indicate that he remains in Cleveland's plans for the future. There was some speculation that the team would cut ties with the talented but troubled wide receiver. He remains a hold in dynasty leagues.

By Clinton Ho, Browns Correspondent, Fri, Jul 18th 3:24pm EDT

Josh Gordon's agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed that Gordon's appeal hearing regarding his drug suspension is coming up soon. (Source: Mary Kay Cabot)

Fantasy Impact: Without any specific details as to when Gordon's hearing will take place, the expectation for fantasy owners should be that he won't play in 2014. Nothing is confirmed, but the Browns' star cornerback, Joe Haden, was suspended in 2012 for four games after his first failed drug test. In Gordon's case, he has had a history with violations of the substance abuse policy leading most to believe he won't be a factor in 2014.

By Andrew Sears, Browns Correspondent, Tue, Jul 8th 2:15am EDT

Gordon was arrested at 3am on Saturday after being pulled over for speeding. The police officer on duty stated that Gordon was "appreciably impaired." (Source: Mary Cay Cabot)

Fantasy Impact: Gordon was already facing a 16 game suspension for a failed drug test. There was some hope that the suspension would get reduced but he'll almost assuredly be suspended for the year now (and possibly longer). It goes without saying that Gordon should not be drafted in redraft leagues in 2014.

Fantasy Football Maniax | Dec 20th
Gordon has WR1 talent, but WR3 downside with Cleveland's Johnny Football experiment in full swing.
FantasyPros | Dec 19th
It’s championship week for most and it doesn’t get more exciting or confusing as there are certainly question marks heading into the weekend. Do you play a Josh Gordon knowing Johnny Football is throwing it to him? Or how confident should ... read more »
ESPN | Dec 15th
Matthew Berry discusses whether Peyton Manning and Josh Gordon are worth starting this week after disappointing performances in Week 15.
ESPN | Dec 10th
After a disappointing Week 14, what should you expect from WR Josh Gordon this week?
ESPN | Dec 8th
"I just have to assume a big play is coming no matter who is under center for Cleveland." Christopher Harris thinks WR Josh Gordon still needs to be ...
FFLockerRoom | Dec 5th
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ESPN | Nov 24th
Christopher Harris analyzes Josh Gordon for Week 13.
ESPN | Nov 24th
Matthew Berry and Nate Ravitz recap the Week 12 games, delve into Josh Gordon's return, Odell Beckham Jr.'s monster catch and the surprising relevance...
Fantasy Sports LR | Nov 24th
He appeared to be a bit rusty, certainly in need of more practice reps, but the fantasy production sure was. Indeed, the game wasn't perfect against Atlanta, but Josh Gordon got right back to producing. Overall, QB Brian Hoyer had an up and down day and there were a number of plays on which he and Gordon could have connected but didn't... The post Josh Gordon gets right back to work; Browns WR del...
Yahoo! Sports | Nov 23rd
Meet the new Josh Gordon. Same as the old Josh Gordon.  Uncoverable freak. There were all sorts of whispers and rumors about how the Browns would handle Gordon in his 2014 debut, but ultimately it was a day of limited restrictions. Gordon was targeted early and often Sunday at the Georgia Dome, and the Browns needed every last yard and catch in their 26-24 comeback victory over the Falcons....
CBS Sports | Nov 20th
What should owners expect from Josh Gordon in his first action of 2014? Our Dave Richard shares his thoughts on that and the rest of Week 12 in his latest Fantasy Cheat Sheet.
Rotoworld | Nov 20th
Patrick Daugherty breaks down all of Week 12's top plays, including a returning Josh Gordon.
FFLockerRoom | Nov 20th
Normally, readers of our weekly Four Downs article are treated to the musings of Adam Inman. Adam does a phenomenal job reviewing his favorite things from the prior week but this time you are stuck with me. You see, an amazing thing happened in the past week, Adam became a Dad again. And with a […]
Fantasy Sports LR | Nov 20th
Happy Josh Gordon week, everyone. Go ahead and flip to the WR tab to see where he settles in (spoiler: as a solid WR1, with some trepidation about his workload and conditioning). Beyond that, we’re coming to the end of the bye weeks so most teams should have their full compliment of players available for … Continue reading » The post Fantasy Football Week 12 NFL Ranks appeared ...
ESPN | Nov 20th
Christopher Harris discusses what makes Josh Gordon a good play in Week 12, his first week back.
FantasySharks | Nov 20th
I tell you what. The Browns have a football team. They're still learning on the job and trying to get all their pieces back but the return of Josh Gordon makes this team a whole bunch better. I've read here and there that most are saying to temper your enthusiasm until Gordon gets his legs back. Forget that. Gordon is ready, the team has him ready, he's going big right from snap one.
ESPN | Nov 19th
Nate Ravtiz and Field Yates delve into the futures of LeGarrette Blount and Ben Tate, discuss the expectations for Josh Gordon and take your questions...
RotoBaller | Nov 19th
BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues Immediately OWNED IN: 73% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Josh Gordon led all wide receivers in fantasy points in 2013, just his second year in the league. As he prepares to make his 2014 debut after a 10-game suspension, Gordon should pick up right where he left off. With Brian […]
ESPN | Nov 18th
Matthew Berry ranks 200 players for Week 12 of the fantasy football season and tries to balance the risk versus the reward represented by Josh Gordon's return to the field after serving a 10-game suspension.
Yahoo! Sports | Nov 17th
Yup, that's right: Josh Gordon is back in our fantasy lives. Reinstated, officially. He's available for immediate use. This is really a rough blow to that one Ohio car dealership, which loses a key member of the sales force. But things are obviously looking up for the Cleveland Browns. [Join's $2.5M Week 12 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 21,840 teams paid] Gordon of course led the N...
ESPN | Nov 14th
Christopher Harris analyzes Josh Gordon for Week 11.
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