Fantasy Impact of the NFL Denying Josh Gordon's Reinstatement

By Vincent Frank on Thursday, May 11th 2017
Fantasy Impact of the NFL Denying Josh Gordon's Reinstatement

Out of the league since 2014 after four different suspensions stemming from violating the NFL's Substance Abuse Policy, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon applied for reinstatement earlier this spring. 

The expectation all along was that Gordon would be reinstated on a conditional basis. That can now be thrown out the window. The league denied his application on Thursday, meaning that he will have to wait until the fall to apply again. 

This doesn't necessarily change how we should value the Browns from a fantasy perspective. Gordon himself was always going to be a risky re-draft proposition with his history of suspensions. Though, he did lead the NFL in receiving yards with 1,646 back in 2013. 

With Gordon now firmly sidelined at least to start the season, 2016 first-round pick Corey Coleman will likely act as Cleveland's No. 1 receiver. There's no real re-draft relevance there, especially with the Browns' quarterback situation remaining in flux. If it is indeed Brock Osweiler who earns the starting gig, he pushes down what fantasy value of his receivers. See DeAndre Hopkins with the Houston Texans last season. 

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