Josh Gordon, WR, Browns
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2014 Outlook: Do Not DraftLast 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.
After losing their most productive wide receiver for the entire season earlier this week, the Browns have decided to move on without the most experienced member of their receiving corps. They cut 33-year-old Nate Burleson on Saturday. He missed most of the preseason due to a hamstring injury, and Cleveland chose to go with youngsters Charles Johnson and Willie Snead over him.
The Browns figure to open the regular season with Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins as their top two wideouts.
You have to figure that retirement is a likely scenario for Burleson. It doesn't bode well for his NFL future that one of the league's most wide receiver-needy teams (on paper, at least) said they don't have room for him.
Fantasy owners have been taking the smart route and avoiding this WR group altogether; it figures to be a huge weakness for this team. No Browns wide receiver is being selected within the top 160 picks of most drafts on average.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors8/30 - Browns cut veteran WR Nate Burleson
8/27 - It's official, finally: Browns WR Josh Gordon suspended for 1 year
8/22 - Browns WR Josh Gordon will not get appeal ruling this week
8/18 - Browns QBs Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer look average in preseason game
8/7 - Browns WR Josh Gordon has yet to commence settlement talks
8/5 - Browns hoping for suspension settlement for WR Josh Gordon
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