Josh Gordon: Updated Fantasy Profile and Analysis for Browns WR

Zach Kruse@@zachkruse2Senior Analyst IOctober 29, 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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Rookie receiver Josh Gordon continues to be the Cleveland Browns' top passing target and a viable fantasy option.

Despite nasty weather Sunday that included gusty winds and driving rain, Gordon caught three passes on a team-high five targets for 46 yards against the San Diego Chargers in Week 8. His streak of three straight games with a touchdown ended, but the weather hamstrung the downfield passing game of both teams. 

Through eight games, Gordon is still on pace for 34 catches on 82 targets for 758 yards and eight touchdowns this season. 

Here's an updated look at Gordon's fantasy profile for the rest of the 2012 season:


Fantasy Profile

Gordon, a second-round pick in the 2012 supplemental draft, has quickly established himself as the Browns' go-to receiving option, especially vertically. 

Leading into Week 8, Gordon had notched touchdown catches of 33, 71 and 62 yards over the last three weeks. Six of Gordon's 17 total catches have gone over 20 yards, and his receiving average of 22.3 yards per catch leads the NFL.

The production from his first four games (seven catches, 93 yards, eight total fantasy points) was troubling, but he has come on recently as Gordon has gotten more comfortable in the offense and quarterback Brandon Weeden has trusted him down field. 

Since Week 5, Gordon's targets (27) all Browns receivers, as does his receiving yards (286) and touchdowns. 



The Browns are slowly getting healthy at receiver, as Travis Benjamin (hamstring) and Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring) work their way back in the rotation. Cleveland is also attempting to get Greg Little, a 2011 draft pick, back on track after a bought with the drops. 

However, Gordon remains the one and only fantasy receiver worth having from Cleveland's roster, even with the influx of players back into the mix. His ability to stretch the field vertically, combined with a quarterback who isn't afraid to give him chances downfield, are a rare fantasy asset. 

Owned in under 50 percent of ESPN leagues, the time might be now to get Gordon for the stretch run. 

Consider some of these fantasy defenses he faces over the last eight games: Baltimore (Week 9), Oakland (Week 13), Kansas City (Week 14) and Washington (Week 15). Each have been vulnerable against opposing fantasy receivers this season. 

Gordon may not be a receiver you start save for one or two really good matchups late, but given his targets and big-play ability, he's worth having as an high-upside insurance policy.