Even though he hasn’t played since 2014, the average draft position (ADP) for Josh Gordon in 2016 Fantasy Football drafts is already becoming steeper and steeper by the day.
In fact, Gordon is now being drafted in the same round as Larry Fitzgerald, Emmanuel Sanders, and Allen Hurns in standard leagues, according to FantasyFootballCalculator.com
And keep in mind that Gordon’s ADP is climbing despite the fact that he hurt himself working out on his own and is out for a couple of weeks. Also keep in mind that Gordon is serving a four-game suspension, which means you won’t be able to use him for at least 25% of your season.
On top of all that, head coach Hue Jackson said Gordon needed to lose some weight.
#Browns HC Hue Jackson said "hopefully soon" for Josh Gordon's return to practice, Josh will be first to tell you he needs to lose weight.
— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) August 8, 2016
Since Gordon is sidelined because of a hamstring injury, it’s going to be difficult to shed those extra pounds. It’s not surprising that he isn’t in football shape, though, as he’s been away for so long.
Luckily for Gordon, he will have more time than usual to get ready for the season, since he is missing the first four games.
But what’s shocking is how quickly players are ready to draft him. If Gordon was a ninth-round pick, then I could see his upside. But when his rapid ADP climb seems like it could soon push him into Round 5.
If you draft him in Rounds 5-6, you’re just setting yourself up for disappointment.
But even if Gordon was in the best of shape, I’d still draft Corey Coleman. Here’s why…