2013 NFL Power Rankings, Week 16 Edition
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Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has had a breakout year in Browns' vertical passing attack and he's become nearly impossible to stop.
Heading into Week 16, Gordon is just a handful of points behind Calvin Johnson and he's actually scored more fantasy points per game than Megatron.
Despite missing the first two games of the season, he leads the NFL in receiving yards (1,467) and yards per game (122.3). He's become the only player in NFL history with back-to-back 200-yard receiving games and he has broken the franchise records for most receiving yards in a game and a season.
Looking ahead to fantasy drafts in 2014, which WRs not named Calvin would draft before Gordon next year?
Kevin Hanson (follow on Twitter):
There were few in the industry higher on Gordon than I was in the preseason. In fact, Gordon made my list of preseason bold predictions that he'd finish as a top-12 fantasy receiver this year. In hindsight, that doesn't sound bold at all (and sounds way too conservative), but there were about 35 receivers with a higher ADP than Gordon at that point.
To me, I could care less who is under center for the Browns in 2014 as Gordon has thrived with Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell under center. If anything, his quarterback situation seems as though it could only improve.
The one thing that does worry me is the potential for a full-season suspension for his next misstep in the league's substance-abuse program. From this standpoint, I'm most worried about Gordon from January to July as a rich and famous 22-year-old with limited structure and accountability.
Once August is here and we are in midst of training camp and the preseason, I think he'll stay out of trouble although Justin Blackmon shows that a player can mess up midseason as well.
From now until training camp, I would draft safer options like A.J. Green and Dez Bryant ahead of Gordon so that would put him at WR4 heading into next year. Depending on his recovery from his foot injury, I'd consider Julio Jones, who had taken another big step forward (no pun intended) before his season-ending injury.
John Trifone (follow on Twitter):
I'm not taking any of them before Josh Gordon, though, who missed two games at the beginning of the season, but has propelled himself to being the No. 2 overall receiver in fantasy points. Gordon seems to be immune to who is throwing him the ball, as he has performed for three different guys - none of whom are stars.
Gordon has the big-play potential, as well as the ability to be the possession receiver. Going into next year, he looks like the next fantasy stud.
Sean Beazley (follow on Twitter):
I’m going to have trouble ranking Gordon No. 2 next season. The second wide receiver usually goes off the board towards the end of Round 1 or beginning of Round 2. I just can’t draft him here considering he has a few negatives against him:
- If he fails another drug test, he is gone for the year.
- Possible one-year wonder. Had some monster games these past five weeks which really inflated his numbers.
- QB situation in Cleveland is a disaster. They will be in a market for a new QB, which could mean definite growing pains in the future.
That being said, Flash Gordon is outside my top 5.
I’d have to see how free agency, and the draft plays out next year, but I’d take Dez Bryant, AJ Green, and Brandon Marshall all over Gordon at this point. I think Gordon would be in the same general draft area as a Demaryius Thomas, Jordy Nelson or Antonio Brown, and I could make cases that all three should be drafted ahead of Gordon.
I think I would need one more season of solid production before I could invest that high of a pick on him.
Dan Yanotchko (follow on Twitter):
Josh Gordon is having a season for the ages, and he leads the league in receiving yards even after being suspended for two games.
Although this is his breakout year, I would strongly consider picking another wide receiver before Gordon in a 2014 fantasy draft. Especially if I am in a PPR league, I would highly consider taking Antonio Brown of the Steelers. Brown is also having a breakout year, as he has 95 receptions for 1,307 yards and 8 TDs.
Also the other reason to be leery of Gordon is the Cleveland QB situation, as they are most likely to draft a rookie, and you never know how the growing pains will go. I hope that Gordon doesn't become like Braylon Edwards in Cleveland, one great season and then almost never to be heard from again.