Browns WR Josh Gordon fits into the mold of what I’m looking for as a fantasy owner. Gordon has good size for his position (6’3″ 225 lbs) and speed to burn. Unfortunately burning too much in his spare time led to problems in college. Codeine from a cough syrup lead to a 2-game suspension to start the 2013 season. I own Gordon in 3 of the 5 fantasy leagues I play in this season. Fantasy Football Legend Roger Kline Jr. outbid me for Gordon in an auction. I ran out of funds and was not a happy boy. Gordon is owned in 94.7% of ESPN leagues.
The Browns finished 24th in the NFL in total offense and 19th in passing offense in 2012. The Browns offense should be much better this season with Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner at the helm. I would expect the Browns to move up quite a bit with a more well-rounded attack led by Trent Richardson.
Gordon should easily be able to surpass the production of last season 50 catches, 805 yards, and 5 TD. Owners should take notice that 4 of the 5 TD came from 33 or more yards. The rookie WR was inconsistent with only 4 or more games with 82 yards and just 2 contests with 5 or more catches. Brandon Weeden contributed to some of Gordon’s inconsistency. Weeden threw for 3,385 yards with just 14 TD and 17 INT. Those numbers should be able to improve in 2013.
Greg Little may take away some looks on the outside, but shouldn’t pose too much of a threat to Gordon. Little had 53 catches for 647 yards and 4 TD in 2012. Little’s career YPC of 11.9 shows his lack of ability to stretch the field. His celebration antics have also rubbed some coaches the wrong way. Gordon isn’t a choir boy either, but has displayed more in the NFL than Little at this point.
TE Jordan Cameron could be a bigger threat to Gordon. Cameron’s size and athleticism could cause matchup nightmares in the middle of the field for opposing defenses. Chudzinski worked with 3 All-American Tight Ends at the University of Miami with Bubba Franks, Jeremy Shockey, and Kellen Winslow II. In the NFL, Chudzinski has worked with Kellen Winslow II, Antonio Gates, and Greg Olsen. Big things are expected from Cameron this season and rightfully so.
It’s my belief that Trent Richardson will be one of the most valuable players in fantasy football this season. Defenses will have to drop help down into the box to stop Richardson this season. In turn the Browns will be able to beat team’s over the top with Josh Gordon. Owners should patiently wait out the early suspension and expect explosive plays upon return. Fantasy owners may want to try to target Gordon as a buy low candidate before his return. The buy low window will be closing soon enough.