SMITTY: What a waste of talent. This kid really doesn’t get it, and it’s pretty clear he never will. Reports all over suggest he tested positive for alcohol, a substance Josh Gordon is reportedly prohibited from consuming coming off his 2014 DUI. It was extremely clear that Gordon was to stay away from alcohol, among other things, so there isn’t likely any chance of winning an appeal, this is becoming very clear according to a grip of sources. His contract will be “tolled” through 2016, meaning he could be eligible for restricted free agency in 2017. Folks, this is if the guy can stay out of trouble between now and then, which at this point seems like an impossible task for the receiver. What a waste of talent.
SMITTY: It looks like this was for violating team rules. He is on the suspended list due to failing to show up for the team’s Saturday walk-through. Expect the Browns to shop the ultra-talented receiver this off-season, as many expect that he won’t be in Cleveland in 2015. Looking for Week 17 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: This came from Chris Mortensen on his Twitter account. Gordon also gave up some snaps to Taylor Gabriel and Travis Benjamin on Sunday in Week 14. Word is that the Browns are not pleased with his conditioning, routes or knowledge of the playbook. We wouldn’t read too much into this – yet. Keep in mind, out of shape or not, Gordon is arguably the most gifted receiver in the league, had 100 yards his first week back from suspension two weeks ago, and would have had a TD in Week 14 had Hoyer not missed a late TD strike to Gordon. Stay tuned, as we expect some Hoyer/Manziel controversy all day and week!
SMITTY: Josh Gordon is officially reinstated from his suspension. Happy Josh Gordon Week, as we are constantly saying on our forums! While it’s possible he needs to get his feet wet before dropping fantasy WR1-type numbers, don’t think for a second this insane talent can’t drop 100 yards and a TD right out of the gate. Expecting that isn’t wise, but ruling something like that out is foolish. The guy was the No. 1 WR last year in fantasy and started that season suspended, so like I said, Happy Josh Gordon Week, everyone! Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: Not good. Keep in mind that Jordan Cameron has had three concussions since 2012 and has missed significant time because of them. We will keep you posted, but it looks like his owners will be without his services in Week 9. Looking for Week 9 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: This is a good sign as he comes off a week of rest via his bye week. He still has to prove he is a high-end TE1 before we start expecting that kind of production, but it will be tough to sit him in Week 5 unless you’re loaded at the TE position. Looking for Week 5 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: Jordan Cameron has admitted, according to several reports, that his AC joint is going to be an issue all season long. Yet, he says he feels healthy, so this is a tough situation to evaluate moving forward. Is he a top 5TE? Is he someone you buy-low? These are all great questions to debate in the comments below, so definitely get involved below and let’s talk it out! Looking for Week 5 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: According to the Browns running backs coach, Tate is expected to return to the line-up once he returns from his knee sprain. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, because when Tate is on the field, he has top 10RB upside. How long will he stay on the field, though? That’s the question, and that can be argued no question… if he can’t stay on the field long, Crowell might be the answer, but don’t rule out West, who has a grip of future upside still. This situation is kind of messy, one you almost want to avoid until it shakes out, but Crowell should be scooped up off waivers in medium and larger leagues, as he could see TD opportunities coming out of his Week 4 bye. Make sure Tate wasn’t dropped in your league(s), as again, he has top 10RB appeal if starting (injury risk or not). Looking for Week 4 Power Rankings?
According to Adam Schefter on Twitter, Browns WR Josh Gordon (suspended) is expected to be looking at an 8-game ban after a new drug policy is approved as early as this afternoon.
SMITTY: This would be fantastic for those who scooped up Josh Gordon late in drafts like we’ve been recommending for weeks. He should no longer be available in any leagues, right? We have been sending out Smart Alerts on this all week, that he needed to be grabbed if available on waivers. We will let you know once/if this becomes official. Look for Wes Welker to see his suspension fully reduced — We should know more shortly, stay tuned.
According to Matthew Berry on Twitter, “@AdamSchefter on NFL Insiders just said if NFL-NFLPA agreement is approved, Josh Gordon would still be suspended for some games, maybe 6-10.”
SMITTY: Having Josh Gordon for 10 games would be unreal for those who invested in the receiver despite his current ‘year-long’ suspension status. Russ Bliss and I have talked about this for over three-to-four weeks now, especially heading into the last 2-3 weeks of fantasy football drafting… there was/is no risk scooping Gordon up in the late rounds (or even middle rounds) of your fantasy draft, and in leagues where he is still a free agent (or was), I would drop most all of my free agent dollars on the chance he returns for even 6 games. Same goes for Wes Welker, who has a stronger shot of having his ban completely wiped out. Stay on top of this situation in real-time by sign-up for our Smart Alerts.