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The Lowdown: Josh Gordon, Corey Washington, Hungry Mouths in Denver

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Wes Welker has three concussions in the last 10 months, with the third one coming in Denver’s preseason game against Houston Saturday. He was hit by D.J. Swearinger.

“I led with my shoulder; that’s the only thing I can do,” Swearinger said. “He’s a short guy. I led with my shoulder. The results are the results and that’s all I can do on that play.”

In that same game, Emmanuel Sanders erupted for five receptions, 128 yards, and two touchdowns. I have been pretty vocal about my dislike for Sanders and his sixth-round ADP. I selected him in our RotoViz Round Table of overvalued players in 2014 and he was also one of two players that I marked as fantasy kryptonite. However, I do clarify that I don’t dislike Sanders as a player, just his ADP. I mentioned that it’s going to take an injury to a current Bronco for him to live up to his high ADP. This Welker concussion might have opened the door. I also think it opens the door for rookie, Cody Latimer, who is more likely to take on the Eric Decker role in this offense. Sanders isn’t a red zone threat, he’s 5’11” and 180 pounds. Latimer is 6’2″, 215 pounds–built similarly to the departed Decker. Personally, I’m still not selecting Sanders in the sixth, but I’ll certainly be looking for Latimer in the later rounds. There’s still a lot of mouths to feed in Denver, give me the similarly priced Torrey Smith, or Mike Wallace.

Corey Washington

Undrafted Corey Washington has certainly been making a splash in the preseason this year, after scoring his fourth TD in three games. Did I mention three of his four TDs were game-winners?

Anytime anybody plays in a superb fashion, it gets your attention,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said, via Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News. “He has one area that he has done very well, and that is he will go up and get the ball. That has been very noticeable.”

Washington’s emergence may be surprising to some, but I’ll tell you who’s not surprised. That would be Matthew Freedman, who wrote about Washington on August 13, claiming him as possibly the next Victor Cruz. Freedman is the same guy who loved John Brown before the Cardinals confessed their love for him. With Odell Beckham still nursing his hamstring, Mario Manningham being far from impressive, and Jerrel Jernigan drawing criticism from Coach Tom Coughlin, Washington could not only make the roster, but maybe even secure a spot in the starting line-up.

Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon did not play in the game against the Rams recently. Reports are saying this is due to the fact that the Browns are preparing to play least part of the season without their star wide-out.

“Knowing that there is — the decision is looming that we’re fairly certain that we’re not going to have him for at minimum some part of the year so we wanted to make sure we were getting repetitions with the guys that are going to be out there early,” Pettine told reporters, via 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland.  “It wasn’t anything from a punishment standpoint or anything like that.  It was just common sense.”

Earlier in the year, RotoViz had our fantasy expert and lawyer weigh in and look into whether or not Gordon has a chance to overturn his suspension. Despite the likely imminent  suspension, Gordon is still carrying an ADP.

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There are some hopefuls out there, rolling the dice on whether he plays this season or not.  As of now, I don’t plan on drafting Gordon, unless his ADP goes back to the 14th round. If he is suspended, the next step would pin-point where the fantasy value comes in the Browns offense. It comes down to newly acquired Andrew Hawkins, Miles Austin, Jordan Cameron, or maybe the next Miles Austin?

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