Josh Gordon, WR, Browns: Fantasy Football Outlook
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Josh Gordon, WR, Browns

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
WR - #147 103.13 CLE Active 3 years 23 6'3 225 @JOSH_GORDONXII

2014 Outlook: Do Not Draft

Last updated on Jul-08-2014 by Rob Warner

One of the frontrunners for the knucklehead of the year award, Gordon is likely facing a full year suspension after testing positive for marijuana this offseason as well as a DWI arrest. As a stage three offender, it is widely assumed that Gordon will be sidelined for the entire 2014 season, but his suspension hearing is set for late July. The supplemental pick from Baylor had a season for the ages in 2013 as he finished the No. 1 fantasy receiver despite missing the first two games of the year on suspension (sense a pattern here?). Over just 14 games, he amassed a league-high 1,646 yards on 87 catches and nine touchdowns (nearly doubling his rookie year production when he had 50 catches for 805 yards and five touchdowns over a full 16 game season). He's one of the true game-breakers at his position as evidenced by his career 17.9 yards per catch average. Occupying the "X" receiver role in first-year OC Kyle Shanahan's offense would have paid major dividends for Gordon as his dynasty league owners are left to think what could have been. Shanny was Houston's OC for two seasons (2008-2009) when Andre Johnson averaged 108 catches for 1,572 yards with 8.5 touchdowns. Last season in Washington, Shanahan's offense helped Pierre Garçon lead the NFL in both catches (113) and targets (184). Gordon's fantasy value will be officially nil once it becomes official he is out for the year.

Editor's note: We're working under the assumption Gordon doesn't play at all this year.

Latest Update

Jul-22-14 More details emerge about Browns WR Josh Gordon's DWI charges

ESPN has more details about Browns receiver Josh Gordon's pending DWI charges. Apparently he blew a .09 when he was pulled over in North Carolina, which is .01 over the state's legal limit. Browns coach Mike Pettine also said he knows a hearing date has been scheduled but does not know exactly when. The league is currently waiting on a ruling from that hearing in order to determine what additional suspension, if any, will be included in his suspension from failing his third drug test in NFL.

Fantasy Analysis:

I'm no legal expert but this latest news is better than initially thought for Gordon's situation. Some feared he had blown twice the legal limit which is heavily intoxicated. This is obviously not the case although any trouble with the law certainly doesn't help his pending suspension with the NFL. He is likely to be suspended for all of 2014 or more and should not be part of your draft plans.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

7/22 - More details emerge about Browns WR Josh Gordon's DWI charges
7/21 - Browns will name starting QB before August 23
7/21 - Browns WR Josh Gordon unlikely to be cut
7/18 - Browns WR Josh Gordon suspension appeal coming soon
7/14 - Browns S Donte Whitner: don't cut WR Josh Gordon
7/5 - Browns WR Josh Gordon arrested
7/3 - Report: Browns WR Josh Gordon will have his suspension appeal heard later this month
6/30 - Browns TE Jordan Cameron 'was impossible to cover in the spring'
6/27 - WR Chandler Jones may be a 'diamond in the rough' for Browns

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2013 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
6.03 FFToolbox - Scott Atkins - Kid has to serve a suspension, but after that, he makes a very solid WR4 for my squad week in and week out. If he stays out of trouble, Gordon should prove to take that next step in fantasy star development.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
6.09 Zach Law on Sports 
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
6.04 FFMagicMan - Josh Gordon was such a popular sleeper this season until his suspension was announced, and then he slowly started to slip down people's draft boards. In a format such as this, starting 3 WRs every week, I don't mind him missing a few games - his upside the rest of the season is worth it. He very well may end up a Top 25 WR even with a few games on the sideline.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
6.10 FFToolbox 
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