Josh Gordon Fantasy Value: Browns WR ‘Locked in’ and ‘100 Percent’

Josh Gordon Fantasy Value: Browns WR ‘Locked in’ and ‘100 Percent’

Josh Gordon

Getty Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon.

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson has remained adamant with his stance on wide receiver Josh Gordon. He plans on not starting Gordon in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which on the surface, throws a wrench into the plans of some fantasy football owners.

But while Gordon may not start the game opposite Jarvis Landry on the Browns’ first drive, it’s hard to envision Jackson keeping one of the NFL’s best talents on the sidelines for long. During an interview Wednesday, Gordon told Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal that he’s as locked in as he’s ever been, adding that he’s 100 percent healthy.

#Browns WR Josh Gordon said it's fair to say he's as locked in as he's ever been

— Nate Ulrich (@ByNateUlrich) September 5, 2018

#Browns WR Josh Gordon said he feels 100 percent healthy, believes he could have a big role Sunday vs. #Steelers

— Nate Ulrich (@ByNateUlrich) September 5, 2018

So, what should fantasy owners of Gordon do? In short, you roll out the electrifying 27-year-old pass-catcher, barring one or two specific situations.

Although the Browns have some new offensive weapons, including the aforementioned Landry, Gordon has a home-run-hitting ability. When healthy and playing at a high level, he’s arguably one of the best players at his position, and he proved that over a span of 14 games during the 2013 season. In that year, Gordon caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards (18.9 yards per reception) and nine touchdowns.

A Strong Start in 12-Plus Team Leagues

If you’re in a fantasy football league with 12 or more teams, there’s little reason to leave Gordon on your bench. Unless you have two stars at wide receiver and no flex spot, then the Browns wideout should be locked in against the Steelers.

While Pittsburgh boasts a solid defense as always, they allowed 16 touchdowns to opposing wideouts last season. Add that to quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s ability to navigate the pocket and generate time for his receivers to get open, and it’s easy to envision Gordon breaking loose over the top once or twice.

One thing that is worth noting is the weather, as it seems there’ll be 20 MPH winds. This comes courtesy of RotoGrinders’ Kevin Roth.

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Josh Gordon Fantasy Value: Browns WR ‘Locked in’ and ‘100 Percent’

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