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Josh Gordon: Fantasy Expectations for Cleveland Browns WR vs. Indianapolis Colts

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 14:  Wide receiver Josh Gordon #13 of the Cleveland Browns catches a touchdown pass in front of safety Reggie Nelson of the Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Alex KayCorrespondent IOctober 21, 2012

Josh Gordon has been a revelation for the Cleveland Browns over the past two weeks, rewarding gutsy fantasy owners with five catches for 181 yards and three touchdowns.

The rookie wide receiver is quickly becoming one of the top options in Cleveland’s streaky passing game. And there is a good chance he sees a ton of targets in the Week 7 matchup versus the Indianapolis Colts.

In fact, Gordon has been targeted 12 times over the last two games, and first-year signal-caller Brandon Weeden is developing a solid rapport with the young man out of Baylor. He’s got a tough matchup against an improving Colts pass defense—a unit giving just 200 yards per game up, but one that's allowed 10 scores via the air—but there is a solid probability he makes a few plays and likely leads the team in targets.

While Gordon’s catch rate leaves something to be desired and most of his scores have come on big plays—something Indy isn’t giving up too many of (they have allowed just 15 pass plays of 20 or more yards, and just two of 40 or more yards)—there is always that chance that he breaks one.

All Gordon needs to do is make one big play happen to make his fantasy starter status worthwhile, and that's what owners will be betting on when they slot Gordon into their lineup.

If the rook can shake free of coverage, it’s a given that Weeden will be looking his way down the field. Gordon possesses the speed and skills (as evidenced by his one-handed TD grab on a 71-yard bomb against Cincinnati) that many WRs in the NFL are lacking.

Here’s what we think the youngster will do against the Colts in Week 7: six receptions on nine targets for 97 yards and a touchdown. And that certainly makes him a worthy fantasy play.

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