Josh Gordon: Browns WR Is Becoming Must-Start Fantasy Stud Despite Mistakes

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVOctober 22, 2012

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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If you turned on Sunday's Cleveland Browns-Indianapolis Colts game late in the contest, you may have witnessed Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon drop a crucial touchdown that may have ended up costing his team the game. 

And that one play was just about the first negative thing we've seen from Gordon this season.

Gordon has already emerged as the Browns' best wide receiver. Despite not only being a rookie, but being picked up in the supplemental draft, he's had himself a heck of a season.

The 21-year-old from Baylor was expected to be a developmental player this season, but instead has emerged as a big-play target. He proved that yet again Sunday, despite his team's 17-13 loss to Indianapolis. 

In just 12 catches this season, Gordon has 296 yards and four touchdowns. All four touchdowns have come in his last three games, including a score Sunday against the Colts.

Gordon has surprised everybody this season, and it's gotten to the point where he's well worth picking up in fantasy football.

Any player who is his team's best receiver needs to be at least considered as a perennial starter in your fantasy league.

The Browns may be one of the worst teams in the league, but there are still relevant fantasy options on their team and Gordon is one of them. Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden has had a pretty impressive season statistically, and he's obviously giving Gordon the opportunities to make plays.

The sky is the limit for Gordon, though he showed this weekend that he still is capable of making mistakes. He'll only get better throughout the season, and soon he'll be an every-week starter in fantasy football.


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