In today’s misinformation age, sometimes you have to just revert to basic, ground-level common sense to make an elementary point. Forget any nuance. Don’t try to explain the complex inner workings of any particular point.
Just convey the fundamental, bare-bones facts.
Here’s one: Josh Gordon hasn’t been a significant fantasy factor since 2013.
That is just a basic fact. He had a sensational season that year, his second in the league — 87 receptions for a league-leading 1,646 yards along with nine touchdowns. In the seven seasons since, he had one mediocre campaign — 41-737-4 in 2018. Since 2013, he has scored six TDs, total.
He has missed three entire seasons. Of 63 career games played, 30 came in his first two years. Outside of 2018, when he played 12 games, in the other three seasons since 2013 when he has played at least some games (21 games combined), he totaled 69-1,064-2. That wouldn’t be bad were it all in one season, but that is three combined.
Even if you lump in the 2018 year, bringing is post-2013 totals to 100-1,801-6 over 33 games, that is an average PPR fantasy output of 9.6 per game. And that was before missing another entire season last year.
He quite literally is a Chumbawamba-type one-hit fantasy wonder. Some fantasy managers keep throwing a dart his way every time he resurfaces, but why? Do we really expect him to churn out another “Tubthumping” at this point?
This is relevant because he signed to the Chiefs practice squad on Monday. There reportedly are plans to elevate him to the active roster at some point.
So what should we expect from Gordon if that happens?
Well, we have a pretty good guide of what to expect. Everything we just told you. You should expect some lesser version of the fantasy phantom he has been the past eight years. And for him to reacquire his former status as a difference-maker would be unprecedented, as in we never have seen such a resurrection after so many bad seasons and so much missed time.
The Madman shouldn’t have to tell you, don’t gamble on “first time ever” propositions. You are going to lose those virtually every time. There are reasons something has never happened before.
So when it comes to Gordon, let someone else waste a roster spot.
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