Sep 29, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) gets tackled by a gang of Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Browns beat the Bengals 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy football: Josh Gordon is must-play vs Cincinnati Bengals

Nov 3, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) signals first down after a catch against the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns will need a big game from wide receiver Josh Gordon this week against the Cincinnati Bengals if they want to inch closer to an AFC North crown, and that means he could be a big-time scorer this week for fantasy football teams. Bt history suggests that Gordon tends to struggle vs Cincinnati.

 According to Pro Football Reference, Gordon hasn’t exactly been an effective receiver against the Bengals:

G W L T Rec Yds Y/R TD R/G Y/G Att Yds Y/A TD A/G Y/G TD Pts
  3 2 1 0 8 175 21.88 1 2.7 58.3 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 6

The key thing in those three game however was that the Bengals had Pro Bowl cornerback Leon Hall, who was lost for the year after suffering a torn Achilles Tendon in Week 7 vs the Detroit Lions. Now that they don’t have Hall, Gordon is poised for a big day after a disappointing gave vs the Baltimore Ravens last week.

Speaking of which, here is a look at Gordon’s last five games this year:

G# Date Age Tm Opp Result Rec Yds Y/R TD Att Yds Y/A TD TD Pts
3 2013-09-22 22-162 CLE @ MIN W 31-27 10 146 14.60 1 1 22 22.00 0 1 6
4 2013-09-29 22-169 CLE CIN W 17-6 4 71 17.75 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 2013-10-03 22-173 CLE BUF W 37-24 4 86 21.50 1 0 0 0 1 6
6 2013-10-13 22-183 CLE DET L 17-31 7 126 18.00 0 1 0 0.00 0 0 0
7 2013-10-20 22-190 CLE @ GNB L 13-31 2 21 10.50 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 2013-10-27 22-197 CLE @ KAN L 17-23 5 132 26.40 1 0 0 0 1 6
9 2013-11-03 22-204 CLE BAL W 24-18 3 44 14.67 0 1 10 10.00 0 0 0

It’s a small sample size, but as you can see, Gordon likes to have big games after disappointing performances. He should have a big day Sunday in the Browns’ biggest game of the season. Treat Gordon as a high-end WR 2 this week.

 

Tags: Cincinnati Bengals Cleveland Browns Fantasy Football Josh Gordon NFL

comments powered by Disqus