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Monday, September 17, 2018, 4:34pm
Josh Gordon has a new home.
The Cleveland Browns announced Monday they traded wide receiver Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots. In exchange for Gordon, the team received a conditional 2019 fifth-round draft pick, a source informed of the deal told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
Related players: Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Rob Gronkowski
Gordon could play immediately since he had an MRI on his injured hamstring, and it was deemed to be fine. Owners should keep him on the bench for now as this is obviously an upgrade for the mercurial receiver, at least from a quarterback/offense standpoint. It's going to take some time for him to learn the offense, get up to speed and gain Tom Brady's trust, so this will require some patience. Gordon's arrival is a small but not insignificant downgrade for Chris Hogan, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski, though he won't have a negative fantasy impact on these players until he's in the lineup and absorbing targets. Remember, there's a decent chance that he doesn't have any fantasy impact at all. This is Josh Gordon we're talking about, he has played in 11 of a possible 66 games over the last four-plus seasons. It's also going to be difficult to garner enough volume to post big numbers with Edelman, Hogan, Gronkowski and James White all in established roles in the offense.
Posted by Steve Andress
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 10:10am
Looking at our season-long projection for Edelman, he would be a top-20 WR in terms of PPR fantasy points per game. And it's not as if you would get zero points from your WR2 spot during the four weeks he's suspended, as you'd just start a different WR based on matchups.
Edelman is coming off a torn ACL, and it's unclear if he'll still be as effective as he was before the injury at age 32. Plus, the suspension for four games makes for a headache for a time period that is almost a third of your fantasy regular season.
2018 Bottom Line
Our ranking for Edelman is based on his season-long stats over 12 games. At face value, his ADP is absurd based on him being ranked outside our top-40 WRs. However, he's top-20 in projected fantasy points per game, which would make his seventh-round ADP a bargain once Edelman returns. How confident are you that you can manage the suspension?
2018 Strength of Schedule - NE
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2018 Game Stats
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