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.