Josh Gordon Fantasy Football News 2019

The Patriots have placed an original-round tender on restricted free agent WR Josh Gordon. That means he'll get a 1-year, $2.025 million contract from New England if he doesn't sign elsewhere. And signing elsewhere seems unlikely for Gordon, whose status remains uncertain following his latest drug-program violation. The Browns originally spent a 2nd-round pick on Gordon in the supplemental draft, so it looks like any new team would have to give such a pick to New England to sign Gordon.

NESN's Doug Kyed reports that a return to the Patriots is "still possible" for WR Josh Gordon. He's currently serving an indefinite suspension after turning in diluted drug test samples. Gordon is reportedly in a Gainesville-area rehab center, where his treatment is being paid for by the Pats. We wouldn't consider him any better than 50/50 to get back on an NFL field -- but the 27-year-old is still worth stashing in most dynasty leagues.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that it's "possible" WR Josh Gordon is reinstated for the 2019 season. He's suspended indefinitely and will need to show the league he's clean for a "sustained period of time," according to Rapoport. Frankly, we weren't betting on Gordon ever stepping on an NFL field again. So hearing that he could be back next season is surprising. Still just 27, Gordon is worth stashing in most dynasty leagues.

Patriots WR Josh Gordon announced Thursday that he's stepping away from the team to focus on his mental health. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Gordon is facing another indefinite suspension for violating terms of his reinstatement under the substance abuse policy. Don't expect to see him on the field again this season -- and this could spell the end of Gordon's NFL career. It's obviously a significant loss for the Patriots. Gordon has played over 70% of New England offensive snaps since arriving and averaged 6.2 targets per game. WR Chris Hogan would seem like the big winner, but he averaged just 4.7 targets and 2.3 catches over the first 3 weeks before the Gordon trade. We should see some more WR Cordarrelle Patterson, while WR Julian Edelman, TE Rob Gronkowski and RB James White could also pick up an extra target or 2.

Update: Gordon has been suspended indefinitely for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the substance abuse policy. It's the 5th suspension of his NFL career and could result in permanent banishment from the league.

Dolphins lead CB Xavien Howard will likely miss Sunday's game against the Patriots because of a knee injury, according to ESPN's Cameron Wolfe. HC Adam Gase deemed Howard "week to week" in a Wednesday press conference, which generally indicates a player isn't expected to be ready for the coming game. That's bad news for the Miami pass D but good news for owners of Patriots WR Josh Gordon. We'll keep an eye on Howard's status heading into the weekend -- and then beyond.

The Patriots plan to bench WR Josh Gordon for "several series" during tonight's game against the Bills because of tardiness, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. His absence will reportedly amount to about a quarter of action, with "regular playing time after that." This situation isn't likely to change many redraft plans for tonight, but it adds risk to Gordon if you're building any DFS lineups that include tonight's game. Throw in the matchup with CB Tre'Davious White and Gordon's extreme popularity for fantasy, and he looks like a good player to fade in DFS. We'll see if any off-field issues persist for Gordon in New England.

Patriots WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) is questionable for Monday night’s game against the Bills. He put in limited practices all week, though, and played through the exact same setup last week. We’d bet on Gordon playing but will confirm his status Monday evening.

11:09am EDT 9/30/18

Patriots WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Dolphins. He was limited in practice all week and figures to be on some type of snap count in his Pats debut. Gordon is just a fantasy flier.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that there's a "good chance" WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) makes his Patriots debut against the Dolphins today. We'll find out for sure by noon ET. If active, Gordon figures to play a limited number of snaps after joining the team just 2 weeks ago. Consider him just a fantasy flier for Week 4.

Patriots WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. It’s unclear if he’s ready to make his Pats debut, but we’ll find out by noon ET. If active, Gordon will be just a fantasy flier.

7:09pm EDT 9/23/18

Patriots WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) is inactive for tonight’s game against the Lions. It’s unclear if the hammy is keeping him out or the fact that he’s been with the team for less than a week. Regardless, Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett will remain New England’s top 2 WRs tonight.

Patriots WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) is "no sure thing" to play against the Lions tonight, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "He’ll have to test his hamstring pre-game and the team is preparing for scenarios without him on the field, as well as one with him playing," Rapoport says. "Clear they aren’t 100% counting on it." Even if Gordon's hammy allows him to suit up, he figures to play a limited number of snaps. He shouldn't be in Week 3 fantasy lineups.

Patriots WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Lions after a limited week of practice. We’ll look for updates on his status Sunday morning, but we might not know for sure whether he’ll play until 90 minutes until kickoff. If he does, it will be in a limited role. Gordon belongs on fantasy benches for Week 3.

WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) was limited in his 1st practice with the Patriots Wednesday. Gordon dealt with hamstring trouble in August and reportedly suffered a setback late last week. It's unclear at this point whether New England plans to play him against the Lions on Sunday night. We should know more later this week.

The Patriots have acquired WR Josh Gordon from the Browns in exchange for a conditional 5th-round pick. This was 1 of (if not the best) landing spots for Gordon's 2018 fantasy upside. He'll be working with an elite QB in an offense with a relatively clear path to playing time. Be careful not to overrate Gordon here, though. He has a brand new offense to learn, has been dealing with hamstring trouble for almost a month now and obviously comes with lots of off-field baggage. Consider Gordon a high-upside bench stash for now. We'll be keeping a close eye on his progress in New England.

 
 
 

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