The Josh Gordon Plan
August 27, 2013 | Jeff
Fake Footballers are never short on strategy. After all, what have we spent the last eight months hashing out on Twitter? As the cold, cold winter months gave way to real live practices and exhibition games, the one single fantasy football draft tactic that us fine folks at The Fake Football have agreed on, is to wait on drafting a quarterback. This theory has been beaten and dropped kicked into the ground worse than Miley Cyrus VMA jokes, but the general idea is that the extreme depth at the quarterback position affords fantasy owners the ability to draft a quality signal caller late, and stock up at other positions.
So what does this all mean?!? Well, my fake football friends, following this playbook means that we are free to circle above a few key fantasy assets like birds of prey. One such fantasy asset is Mr. Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns. Our man Chet touched on this topic in his recent draft strategy rundown, and John Kerwin delivered an excellent recap of Gordon’s potential this spring. I am not here to dig into the details of why Josh Gordon is great, which he is, but rather to discuss the fact that he is grossly undervalued in fantasy football drafts and that by using the “wait on a quarterback” strategy, you can add Gordon as the crown jewel in your fake football crown, or helmet, or whatever you like wearing on your head on Sundays.
Plan of Attack:
Let’s start by quickly discussing the giant pachyderm in the room, Josh Gordon’s suspension. Gordon will sit out Cleveland’s first two games of the 2013 season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, which gives many fantasy football owners worry at first glance. Thankfully, you’re a savvy reader of The Fake Football and you won’t be swayed by little things like two game bans! The point here is that Gordon’s suspension is a good thing. Not for Gordon himself, or the Browns, but for us fantasy footballer owners. We are in the business of winning fantasy football games and fake football hardware, and this suspension means a gold mine of fantasy value is in our sights.
Gordon’s current Average Draft Position (ADP) sits at the end of the seventh round in twelve team leagues (right next to Mark Ingram…ewwww). This may sound a bit high for a player sitting out for two games, but think of things from the perspective of less knowledgeable folks in your league:
THEY say, “I can’t draft Gordon at 7.12. He is suspended for two games! I already drafted a quarterback and a tight end in the first five rounds, so how can I draft a suspended player when my starting roster isn’t even complete!?!”
YOU say, “Alright! Josh Gordon! Since I plan on drafting a quarterback and tight end in the 8th-10th rounds, I have a nice stack of running backs and wide receivers already on my roster. I can afford to let Gordon sit on my bench until week three, when he will come back dominate with WR2 numbers!”
This is exactly how capitalizing on fantasy football value works. By waiting on a quarterback (and preferably tight end), you can secure the type of running back and wide receiver depth necessary to afford the luxury of a player like Josh Gordon. When he returns from suspension, you have instantly added lethal firepower to your team, while still rolling out a quarterback and tight end with comparable production to others in the top twelve at their position.
As the last days of fantasy football draft season float away, don’t let Josh Gordon do the same. Your fantasy squad will appreciate the boost in week three.
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