ARTICLE UPDATE: SEAHAWKS CLAIM WR JOSH GORDON FROM WAIVERS
Impact: The move will likely push receivers David Moore and Jaron Brown out of three wide receiver sets for Seattle, although they never really ran many to begin with. With those two players relegated to lighter duty, expect speedsters Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf to continue their usual work, for now, in two wide sets. Lockett has been efficient out of the slot, while rookie Metcalf has had some explosive games out wide. Figure Gordon to eventually work his way into the two wide rotation as a veteran who still has a lot to offer.
Seattle is extremely run heavy, so expectations should be tempered with Gordon, at least this week. Moving forward, this is great for Russell Wilson and his run at league MVP. Lockett should still be a lock to do what he has been doing, but this definitely hurts Metcalf’s stock if Gordon can mesh with Wilson relatively quickly.
Author’s note: Football aside, Gordon may have a tougher time with willpower given the fact that cannabis is legal in Seattle and readily available.
Who’s Claiming Josh Gordon & What it Means for Fantasy FootballTweet
It was breaking news to us all when the Patriots moved to acquire Mohamad Sanu before the trade deadline.
Then there was the announcement, surprising even to Josh Gordon, when he was first placed on the injured reserve list with multiple knee bruises (Gordon re-aggravated and sustained a bone bruise on his knee during a hustle play to stop a defensive touchdown against the Giants back on October 10th).
Now the Patriots have released Josh Gordon off of IR on Thursday after he passed an exit physical. Gordon will hit waivers this afternoon at 4pm and everyone is wondering where he will land next.
In his short time in Boston, Gordon gave the Patriots 17 starts, 60 catches for 1,007 yards and 4 TDs over the course of 2 seasons. That only cost New England a 5th round pick and just over $2.5M. A nice filler to help them continue their winning ways.
The Patriots, crafty as they are, held Gordon past the trade deadline so that he wouldn’t be dealt to a contender. The team that claims him will take on what is due to Gordon, $1.072M for the final 9 weeks of the NFL season.
Gordon becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2020. So why would a non-contender claim him? If he walks as an UFA in March, that team may be entitled to a compensatory pick, essentially for free.
Now healthy enough to play after the knee injury suffered just a few weeks ago, Gordon hopes to land with a supportive team in a complimentary role. This means that he will not be a fantasy WR1 by any means, but may still produce a decent floor once he is up to speed with his new team.
The order of claims would have Miami with first dibs, but do they take a chance on him or continue their “tank season”? The Dolphins currently have Devante Parker, Preston Williams and Albert Wilson on their roster. They traded away Kenny Stills to Houston just before the start of the 2019 season.
Second in priority, the Bengals now have a few competent wide receivers in Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate. It also appears that A.J. Green will finally make his season debut in the coming week(s). So perhaps they also pass on the 28 year old 6th year veteran.
Top 10 Waiver Priority:
- Dolphins 0-7
- Bengals 0-8
- Redskins 1-7
- Falcons 1-7
- Jets 1-6
- Giants 2-6
- Broncos 2-6
- Buccaneers 2-6
- Browns 2-5
- Chargers 3-5
Running through the rest of the top ten teams in waiver priority, only a couple of them look like they could use Gordon right away.
The Redskins surely could, but they would need better quarterback play for Gordon to be fantasy relevant this season.
The Falcons just traded away Sanu and could take a shot on Gordon as their WR3, which would be terrific given the amount they like to throw the football. Jones, Ridley and Gordon would crush for fantasy purposes.
The Jets would have Robbie Anderson, Jamison Crowder and Demaryius Thomas in addition to Gordon if they claim him. We’d hate to see him go to an Adam Gase offense.
Given how TB doesn’t use a TE, they could add a proven third receiver to the mix to solidify a nice receiving corps that already bolsters the likes of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
The Raiders would most likely be a good fit, having Tyrell Williams and rookie Hunter Renfrow as the starting wide-outs, but they are 13th in the waiver priority.
The Steelers could also use support across from JuJu Smith-Schuster and potentially use Gordon as a WR2/3. They would most likely cut Donte Moncrief and keep Diontae Johnson and James Washington.
The wide receiver needy teams seem to be somewhere in the middle of the waiver priority, so its really anyone’s guess at this moment.
The Eagles appear to have a chance to land the former Baylor standout. In the absence of DeSean Jackson, the Eagles passing offense has averaged just 6.5 pass yards per attempt. Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffery have been the target leaders for Philly. The addition of Gordon would likely make him the WR2/3 for a team that could desperately use him. Still, the Eagles would need several teams to pass in order to have a shot.
We can assume a name as big as Josh Gordon will not clear waivers, and despite his history, it appears as if all those troublesome days are finally behind him.
Online sports betting odds on where Gordon lands (Odds Shark):
- Eagles +280
- Seahawks +300
- Saints +350
- Panthers +700
- Bills +700
- Packers +800
- Ravens +800
As fantasy managers, we would love to see Gordon claimed by the likes of the Seahawks, Saints, Panthers and Packers as well.
Speculation aside, fantasy owners are hoping to have Gordon land on a team that could fill a glaring hole and use him right away. He’s talented, but will most likely have to settle in to learn the playbook and build a connection with a new quarterback, regardless of where he lands.