Josh Gordon: Does the Fantasy Reward Outweigh the Risk?

 

The NFL dropped a shocker of a decision this week when it decided to reinstate Josh Gordon from his indefinite suspension due to multiple failed drug tests. He will serve a 4-game suspension to start the season. If he makes it through that (and that is a BIG if), he will be free to play.

This raises the question; is Josh Gordon worth a late round flyer in your fantasy league? After all, the last time we saw him on the field, he was destroying secondaries while catching balls from one of the sorriest quarterback lineups you’ve ever seen. Seriously, who else would put up the stats he did while catching passes from the immortals that are Bryan Hoyer, Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden? Despite that and missing the first 2 games of the 2013 season, he put up 1,646 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns. There is no doubt that the talent is there. Even with a long layoff the guy could still step back on the field and produce immediately. In addition, he’s back with his college QB, RGIII. Granted, RGIII isn’t exactly in the same shape he was at Baylor, but sometimes a change of scenery can do wonders for a player.

So is Gordon worth a draft pick in your fantasy league? In a word, yes. This comes with some conditions. First, due to the 4-game suspension and his disciplinary history, he is only worth a very late pick. Second, you have to be prepared to stash him for 4 weeks knowing full well that you could have a contributing player in that spot. On top of that, he is at a huge risk to get suspended again before his suspension is even up. If you can stomach all that, the upside to having him on your roster down the stretch is tremendous if he can come anywhere close to matching his past production.

 

Keith Shaffer, Easy Streak Contributor

What the Franchise Tag Means for Kirk Cousins and Alshon Jeffery

 

 

While many notable players such as Von Miller and Josh Norman got big money contracts this offseason, others had to settle for the franchise tag. Two cases stuck out to me in particular for very different reasons – Kirk Cousins and Alshon Jeffery. Kirk Cousins had a breakout year last season, throwing for 4,166 yards and 29 TDs vs 11 INTs while completing passes at an almost 70% clip. Having said that, I am not surprised at all by Washington franchise tagging him, as his production last year was an aberration compared to his career overall. Granted it was his first year as a full time starter, but tagging him essentially allows Washington to say, “Prove it” and see if he can continue to produce without committing to him long-term. If he puts up similar numbers in 2016, he’ll get the payday he deserves and then some.

Alshon Jeffery on the other hand, was quite surprising to me, as he is a proven commodity. Aside from time missed due to injuries, he has been very productive over his four years in the league. In addition, Chicago has let Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett go over these past two off seasons which means Jeffery is their only proven pass-catcher. Kevin White looked great in college but has yet to see any meaningful action in the NFL.  In addition, Jeffery is entering the prime of his career, and due to his injury history it is highly likely the Bears could have signed him to a much more team-friendly deal if they did it this offseason as opposed to taking the risk of him being fully healthy and producing at a great rate next season. If he does that, Chicago will regret not signing him this offseason, while Jeffery will get a payday on par with the Julio Jones and AJ Greens of the league.

 

Keith Shaffer, Easy Streak Contributor

Does Arian Foster Have Anything Left in the Tank?

Arian Foster just signed a 1-year deal with the Dolphins. This raises an important question; does he have anything left in the tank? Foster has always taken excellent care of his body, as he is one of the more health-conscious players in the league. That said, he is about to hit the running back’s worst enemy – his 30th birthday. In addition, Foster has hardly been immune to injuries throughout his career, especially in recent years. The good news for Miami is they got him on a very cheap deal, so if he does end up getting injured it won’t be a big blow financially. He’ll also serve as a good mentor for Jay Ajayi, the Dolphins new back out of Boise State. So, regardless of whether he performs well on the field (or sees the field for that matter), there is value in just having him on the roster. Yes, his yards-per-carry were down last year when he was healthy, but he was also playing without a legitimate QB behind center. This meant defenses could key in on the run knowing the Texans only had one legitimate receiving threat and no one to get him the ball. For all his flaws, Ryan Tannehill is a much better QB than anyone the Texans trotted out behind center last season. For that reason, plus the change of scenery bonus, I think Foster will have a pretty productive season with the Dolphins, especially since he will be splitting carries with Ajayi.

 

Keith Shaffer, Easy Streak Contributor

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The Road to Easy Streak

Welcome!  Thank you for visiting.  We have an exciting announcement for you today! But first, I invite you to take a trip with me to see our story from the beginning.

My story with Easy Streak began on a Saturday evening in a dimly lit classroom.  Matt and I had just completed a two-day business strategy class where we ran a microchip business simulation game against five other incredibly competitive teams.  Being locked in a classroom for two days really forces people to get to know each other.  To my surprise, Matt still wanted to be my friend and fortuitously approached me about building a platform where sports fans could test their knowledge with their immediate community.

We began Easy Streak by drawing our ideas on a whiteboard, and we quickly built a working prototype to show the world.  Matt and I reached out to our friends and the lessons we learned were invaluable.  The extent of how far people were willing to go out of their way to help us completely blew our minds.  It was then we understood that to build the best platform for everyone, we needed the help of our community.

Matt and I wanted to build more than a product or a company.  We strived to build a community.  What we did not expect was how far this idea would propel Easy Streak.  Our community introduced incredibly talented people to join our team, helped us choose our logo, and added priceless feedback for the platform.

Today, the Easy Streak team is very excited to announce the launch of our beta release!  Those who signed up on our website will receive an email from Apple with instructions on how to test our platform.  We hope you enjoy our iOS app as much as we enjoyed building it!  As you can see, we really value your voice so please do not hesitate to email us at peptalk@easystreak.com

We look forward to taking this journey with you up the road to Easy Streak.

Nobel Chang, Chief Innovation Officer

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