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Josh Gordon Fantasy Outlook Continues to Improve With Return to Patriots Practice

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Perhaps no single player has experienced a more meteoric rise in average draft position (ADP) this offseason than the recently-reinstated Josh Gordon. The 6' 3" wide receiver's ADP has already climbed to WR29, and it may continue to rise before all is said and done.

Gordon was finally taken off of the non-football injury list yesterday, so he's officially been cleared to practice and gear up for the New England Patriots' Week 1 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Gordon remains one of the riskiest selections in all of fantasy, having missed a combined 31-of-48 games over the last three seasons. Even so, it's not hard to see what makes Gordon such a tantalizing pick.

He possesses one of the most lethal combinations of size and speed in the NFL, and he put that rare athleticism on display in limited action with the Patriots last season. Gordon amassed 720 yards receiving and three TDs through 11 games in New England, and he averaged 18.0 yards per reception, the second-highest mark in football.

Now that he's back with the team, there are some factors that could point to an even better campaign in 2019. For one, that Gordon was as productive as he was is impressive. Not only did he miss the majority of the 2017 season due to suspension, he had to learn New England's notoriously complex offense on the fly. That's no small feat, as veteran WRs like Chad Johnson and Reggie Wayne's short-lived tenures in New England have proven.

Additionally, Gordon was wildly productive in games without Rob Gronkowski, who has since retired. In three games without Gronk, Gordon averaged 103.67 receiving yards on 4.33 receptions per game. It's a small sample size, and likely an unsustainable rate, but if we average that out over a full 16-game season, Gordon would've racked up about 1,658 yards, the second-best total in the NFL.

While risk-averse fantasy owners might want to steer clear of Gordon, those willing to take the plunge could be rewarded.

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