By now you've probably heard that wide receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated by the NFL and can rejoin the New England Patriots. And with fantasy football draft season in full swing, Gordon had been a player that was often going undrafted before this news, but with the potential of him rejoining the Patriots, we have seen his fantasy value skyrocket.
Over the past day in best ball fantasy leagues, Gordon has been drafted as the WR32, on average. This means he is currently being valued as a WR3, though this seems low for what Gordon is capable of.
Gordon played 11 games with New England last season, averaging 11.82 fantasy points per game in PPR scoring leagues. With this average projected over the full 16-game season, Gordon would have finished as WR24. After developing a chemistry with Tom Brady this offseason and learning the offense, as well as having more plays designed specifically for him, it's tough to imagine him averaging fewer fantasy PPG in 2019.
The Patriots also lost their biggest red zone threat in Rob Gronkowski, so Gordon's size could be utilized more in the red zone, which would likely result in more than the three touchdowns he scored as a Patriot last season.
Clearly there's a lot more to like about Gordon on the field than off of it, but if any organization can turn a player's career around, it's likely New England. Keep an eye out for Gordon's ADP to rise over the coming days, though he will likely still be a bargain come most fantasy draft days.
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