Official punishment for Josh Gordon has come down from the NFL and effective immediately, he has been suspended without pay for at least one year for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Brown's GM Ray Farmer had this to say about Gordon. "Unfortunately our efforts have not resonated with him. It is evident that Josh needs to make some substantial strides to live up to the positive culture we are trying to build this football team upon." It's far too early to know exactly what will come of this latest suspension and how the Browns will handle Gordon, but there is zero chance he will be fantasy relevant in 2015.
Josh Gordon has published a letter on a website called Medium where he claims he is not a drug-addict or an alcoholic. Gordon goes on to claim that he thought his league-mandated restriction on alcohol was only valid during the season, which is why he consumed alcohol in the first place. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Gordon continues to talk a good game, but he also keeps getting caught doing things he's not supposed to do. The Browns have refused to comment on his letter, although there's a strong chance the team moves on from him this offseason.
Browns WR Josh Gordon flunked another drug test and now will be subject to a one-year banishment, per league sources. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Assuming the league will hand down strict punishment for a repeat offender, Gordon's 2015 season is effectively finished before it got started. Anyone who thought they were getting a keeper in 2015 will now need to look elsewhere as Gordon's value has become zero for next season.
Josh Gordon has been suspended by the team for the Week 17 season finale against the Baltimore Ravens. (Source: Tony Grossi on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Gordon apparently missed a team walkthrough on Saturday and will not be active tomorrow. It caps a disappointing 2014 season for Gordon. Beat reporter Tony Grossi also has spectulated that Gordon will not be back with the team next year.
Josh Gordon had another pedestrian day Sunday as he caught four passes for 45 yards. Gordon led the team in targets with seven.
Fantasy Impact: Gordon has yet to score a touchdown this season and his production has been nowhere near the levels he set last year. Part of his struggles can be blamed on the quarterback, but Gordon deserves some of the blame as well. The Kyle Shanahan offensive scheme hasn't done him any favors either. Still an amazing talent, Gordon will probably be overdrafted next year in redraft leagues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gordon has permission to attend team meetings and use the Browns facilities as his suspension continues. (Source: profootballtalk.com)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.