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Fantasy Football: Should Josh Gordon Be on Your Radar?

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26:  Shea McClellin (R) of Boise State holds up a jersey as he stands on stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected #19 overall by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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Ryan LesterSenior Writer IJuly 10, 2012

Obviously, if you are in a deep dynasty league, you should keep an eye on Josh Gordon. He has solid 4.4 speed, which coupled with his 6’4″, 225 pound frame, makes him an intriguing NFL prospect.

That combination makes him one to keep an eye on in dynasty leagues. However, should traditional re-draft fantasy football owners target him?

A lot of Gordon’s fantasy value will depend on who selects him in the supplemental draft. The quarterback and wide receiver situation where he lands will go a long way in determining when he’ll get a chance to get on the field and how likely he is to succeed once he does.

In 2010 at Baylor, he caught 42 passes for 714 yards and seven touchdowns. However, off-the-field issues led to an indefinite suspension. Gordon transferred to Utah, sitting out all of last year.

Obviously character concerns will come into play, but that hasn’t stopped teams from taking a chance on a player with as much potential as Gordon exudes. Obviously, not every team will be in play for him, but it only takes one team to give him a chance.

Character concerns aren’t his only issue. Gordon is an exceptional athlete, but he is raw. He has, in essence, only played one full year of collegiate ball.

Route running and the nuances of the wide receiver position will have to be learned on the job.  Having been removed from the game for a year could also play a role in his development.

I would tend to shy away from a player like Gordon in re-draft leagues. I’ll certainly keep an eye on him to see where he lands and keep tabs on his progress, but he will have to earn a spot on my team with his play on the field.

Where do you stand on Josh Gordon?


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