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Thursday, November 30, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 13 ISSUES: WHAT EXPECTATIONS SHOULD BE REGARDING JOSH GORDON RETURN

After a string of summers where invariably attention would turn to the status of Cleveland Browns ace wideout Josh Gordon and his potential as a fantasy football sleeper, his much-awaited return will take place this Sunday as he finally was reinstated by the team a few weeks ago.  By now everyone knows the story here about how top tier receiving talent Gordon was suspended by the NFL for endless drug busts and now at the age of 26, he has vowed to stay clean and take hold of his career again.  In terms of fantasy football, Gordon has always carried quite a bit of allure as he once caught 87 balls for 1,646 yards and 9 scores in 2013 but he has not been on an NFL field since midway in the 2014 season.  There will clearly be quite a bit of rust for Gordon to work off and he returns to a Browns team that has an ascending receiving talent on their hands in the form of second-year man Corey Coleman.  In fact you can make the argument that Coleman is the more valuable player in terms of present-day fantasy football potential and the Browns also have emerging tight end David Njoku and supreme pass-catching back Duke Johnson around as well.  Throw in the brutal rookie campaign so far of QB DeShon Kizer and Gordon is looking like nothing but a speculative bench wideout for the time being.  Yes Gordon is now just moving toward his prime years and the talent will likely still be very evident.  However expecting him to go right back to WR 1 status is foolish at this stage of the game and he at the most should be slotted as a WR 3 with good upside. 


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