Josh Gordon: Updated Fantasy Outlook & Analysis for Browns WR

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Josh Gordon: Updated Fantasy Outlook & Analysis for Browns WR
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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is turning into an intriguing fantasy football player after having two big games in a row. 

Gordon caught two passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns against the New York Giants in Week 5, and then he followed up that gem of a performance with three catches for 99 yards and one touchdown in Week 6 against the Cincinnati Bengals

For the season, the rookie has caught 12 passes for 274 yards (averaging 22.83 yards per reception) with three touchdowns, but what does it all mean for your fantasy team?

First, let's take a look at what Gordon brings to the table. 

 

Profile

Gordon entered the 2012 NFL supplemental draft after getting dismissed from the University of Baylor following the 2010 season for failing multiple drug tests (h/t CBSSports.com). 

He then transferred to the University of Utah but sat out the entire 2011 season. 

During his tenure at Baylor, Gordon only participated in one full season, catching 43 passes for 741 yards with seven touchdowns. 

There's a good reason the Browns took Gordon in the 2012 supplemental draft, though.

ESPN.com's Adam Schefter wrote this before the draft, "One NFL scout said Gordon could go as high as the second round, and he is considered a rare talent as far as supplemental drafts go."

So far he's proven to be a rare talent, indeed. The question I have about Gordon as it pertains to fantasy football is this: Will he be a guy that has a few big games here and there, or will Gordon become a consistent producer?

 

Fantasy Outlook

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For reasons unknown to me, Gordon has been a starting wide receiver in only three of the Browns' six games this season, alternating between starting and coming off the bench every week. 

Greg Little and Mohamed Massaquoi are still listed ahead of Gordon on the team's depth chart, even though Little has hands of stone and Massaquoi continues to be a supreme disappointment since joining the team four years ago. 

It's hard to believe that after the past two games Gordon won't push through and become one of the two starting receivers every week for the Browns. 

Given the way Pat Shurmur has allowed rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden to throw the ball liberally every week, it's safe to assume that Gordon's numbers will rise as he continues to become integrated into the offense more and more. 

Next up for the Browns is a road game against the Indianapolis Colts—a team with the No. 3 passing defense in the NFL. The San Diego Chargers—a team with the No. 24 passing defense in the NFL—come to town in Week 8.

 

Analysis

Gordon is a receiver that could become a solid fantasy producer for your team in the second half of the season.

He's still learning the team's offense after missing training camp, but it's becoming increasingly evident that Gordon is going to be a big part of the Browns offense in the weeks and years to come. 

If you are struggling to find consistent production at the wide receiver position, it's worth a gamble to snag Gordon off the waiver wire as a No. 3 or flex receiver for your fantasy football team.

 

Follow me on Twitter @JesseReed78 and check out my weekly NFL picks at Pickfactor.com

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