All of the talk surrounding the Cleveland Browns as we head into Week 3 is about Brandon Weeden's struggles (and his sprained thumb) and the early break out of Jordan Cameron. Both of those are important to the Browns and fantasy teams, but there should be more talk about the return of Josh Gordon this week after serving his two-game suspension. This may be his last chance to make it as a pro, because his next failed drug test will result in a year-long suspension. The hope is that with his back up against the proverbial wall, Gordon will toe the line and stay focused going forward.
If he can find the same kind of focus we have seen from Dez Bryant -- who had plenty of off-field issues before pulling it all together last season -- the Browns will have a lethal weapon in their arsenal. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound 22-year-old Gordon ran a 4.52 40 at his pro day prior to being selected by the Browns in the 2012 supplemental draft. That's a great combination of size and speed, and he showed flashes as a rookie last year of high-end statistical upside.
He put his name on the map in Week 5 with a pair of touchdowns against the New York Giants. He followed that up with three catches for 99 yards and a TD against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6 and his first 100-yard game (116 yards on six catches) in Week 12 against the Oakland Raiders. Just in case there is any doubt about Gordon's big-play ability, his five rookie touchdowns had the following yardages: 20, 62, 71, 33 and 42.
In other words, Gordon should help the Browns quarterback (be it Weeden or Jason Campbell or Brian Hoyer) this week and beyond. It also means that Gordon has no business being available in 10 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues. He has star potential, and if he is owned in your league, you should make an offer for him on the cheap before he busts loose and his fantasy value skyrockets.