Josh Gordon Fantasy Outlook: How Seahawks signing Gordon impacts DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett

Josh Gordon is again within the NFL as soon as once more — or not less than again on an NFL roster. In response to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Seahawks have re-signed Gordon to a one-year deal. Gordon performed with the Seahawks final 12 months after being claimed off waivers from the Patriots and located a job with the staff. However how does he slot in now with DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett within the fold? And can he be reinstated by the league whereas dealing with an indefinite suspension? These are the questions fantasy soccer house owners must know the reply to earlier than excited about including Gordon to their rosters.

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Josh Gordon’s fantasy outlook with Seahawks

Final 12 months, Gordon performed a minor position with the Seahawks, enjoying in 5 video games and catching seven passes for 139 yards. He solely performed in additional than 50 % of the snaps as soon as for the staff and had only one recreation by which he noticed greater than two targets.

That stated, when Gordon was with the Patriots, he had an even bigger position of their receiving corps. He was on the sphere loads throughout six video games and was on tempo for a 53-catch, 765-yard, and three-TD season with the staff earlier than the Pats in the end determined to half with him. Had Gordon remained both in New England or on the sphere in Seattle, he definitely would’ve been a viable WR4 and matchup-based flex play, and had he caught extra TDs, he may’ve labored his means into WR3 territory.

Even with out enjoying a full season and switching groups, Gordon nonetheless completed the season because the 88th receiver and averaged four.three fantasy factors per recreation. These numbers aren’t nice, however the reality of the matter is that he was not less than considerably productive final season regardless of enjoying in simply 11 video games.

If you happen to had been to take a flier on Gordon, he is no worse than the everyday back-end bench depth, and he comes with extra upside than a bit of the gamers accessible within the later rounds of fantasy soccer drafts. He should not be relied on as something greater than a boom-or-bust bench man, however there may be not less than a bit wrinkle of hope that Gordon can lastly stay as much as his potential.

Hypothetically, Gordon ought to be higher in his second 12 months in Seattle. He discovered the offense final 12 months on the fly, and whereas he wasn’t round this offseason, he’ll not less than have expertise within the system versus being thrown straight into the hearth. And Gordon was a superb match within the system, as he averaged almost 20 yards per catch with the Seahawks and confirmed off a whole lot of his uncooked expertise as a deep menace.

Nevertheless, the query with Gordon has by no means been about his expertise. It is about his availability. Presently, it is unclear when — or if — Gordon will likely be accessible through the 2020 season. 

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When will Josh Gordon be capable to play?

In mid-December through the ’19 NFL season, Gordon was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the league’s coverage concerning performance-enhancing medication and substance abuse. It was Gordon’s fifth suspension throughout his eight-year profession and it marked the seventh-consecutive season that he had not performed a full 16-game slate. The one time he did that was as a rookie.

Gordon has utilized for reinstatement and is awaiting the outcomes, based on Fowler. The timetable for a choice on the matter has not been clarified, however maybe with Gordon now on a staff, the choice by the league will likely be expedited. Contemplating that Roger Goodell has reinstated Gordon so many instances earlier than, it appears attainable that he may as soon as once more enable Gordon to return to the league.

Even when Gordon does return in time for Week 1 — which is a serious unknown at this level — it is unlikely that he’ll play a full season. Merely put, he hasn’t finished it since ’12, so it is arduous for fantasy house owners to depend on him to turn into a constant contributor. If you happen to do draft Gordon or scoop him up on the waiver wire, be sure to have loads of receiving choices to depend on in case he cannot keep on the sphere once more. He actually ought to solely be picked up as a WR5 that has the potential to be a WR3 if all issues go proper for him.

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DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett fantasy outlook

Gordon’s presence with Seattle may have little to no influence on Metcalf and Lockett. Within the 5 video games by which Gordon noticed motion, Metcalf nonetheless performed not less than 80 % of the snaps every recreation and averaged 6.6 targets per recreation. In the meantime, Lockett performed not less than 71 % of the snaps in these contests and managed an eight-catch, 120-yard recreation with a TD towards the Panthers.

Metcalf and Lockett are nonetheless Seattle’s high two receivers even when Gordon sees the sphere and takes a couple of targets away from them. Metcalf and Lockett are dynamic and extra confirmed than Gordon at this level of their respective careers, so that they’ll proceed to start out and construct up a powerful rapport with Russell Wilson. The duo each crack the highest 30 in our WR rankings.

Gordon’s addition was extra about shoring up the staff’s missing receiver depth, so if something, his presence will have an effect on Paul Richardson and Phillip Dorsett, two different free-agent signees battling for that third WR spot. Richardson and Dorsett already had little to no fantasy worth, however they’re going to be full non-factors barring an harm (until Gordon’s reinstatement takes longer than anticipated or does not come to fruition).

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