Mailbag: Don’t Be Afraid To Invest In Josh Gordon

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In a slow draft in round eight of a 12-team PPR league and deciding between Anquan Boldin or Josh Gordon as my third wide receiver. Does the two-game suspension for Gordon give Boldin the edge?

I know the football season is short and every week is integral, and due to this many people are averse to taking risk whether it be drafting a suspended player or selecting an injured player that might miss a game or two to begin the season. If you don’t take risk and play it safe, then you will take Boldin and that is a mistake to me. I am willing to take on some risk if the reward is high. Gordon has immense upside. I am targeting him in all drafts and have selected him as my WR3 in a few drafts already. Gordon is a big-play threat and gets open easily. In the final preseason game this week, he caught passes for 45-yards and 42-yards. Gordon had 50 receptions for 805 yards with five TDs last season after being selected in the supplemental draft. Gordon has good size at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds and developed into the favorite target for quarterback Brandon Weeden. Not only does Gordon have a year of experience, the offense gets a huge boost with Norv Turner taking over as the offensive coordinator. Turner has a strong record of down field passing and Gordon fits in that mold. I am targeted Gordon in every draft. I took him in the Sirius XM Fantasy hosts draft this past week as my WR3 in a 16-team league. In a 12-team league, it is easier to find a replacement for two weeks. Gordon is the type of pick in round eight that pushes you to the playoffs. Don’t be scared by the suspension.

I am in a 12-team PPR league and another team was on auto draft and has four quarterbacks. I only have Andrew Luck. He’s offering me Andy Dalton for T.Y. Hilton. I’m thinking no, but should I try and trade for one of his quarterbacks?

Ideally, it is wise to have a backup quarterback. If the benches are small, then it’s not necessary. I am sure there is someone on the waiver wire to add like an E.J. Manuel. There is no need to do this deal. Luck will be your starter every week. Keep in mind the other owner is desperate to trade since he has a surplus of quarterbacks. He is going to be forced to make a deal at some point, so stay firm. Hilton is in line for a breakout season. There’s some talk that Hilton is devalued a bit since he’s not going to start and will play in three wide receiver sets, as the Colts mainly go with two tight end sets. This was the case last season when Hilton compiled good numbers, especially in the second half. Hilton had five 100-yard games and scored seven TDs on 50 catches. When he is on the field, Hilton will be utilized; he’s got great speed and is excellent after the catch. Don’t make this trade.

In a .5 PPR league, would you trade the Seahawks defense and DeMarco Murray for either Frank Gore or Stevan Ridley and Darren McFadden and the 49ers defense? I love the deal, swapping out the number one defense in the Seahawks for presumably the second best defense in the 49ers to get an additional starting RB. My only problem is who I would rather have between Ridley and Gore?

This is an easy deal to accept. I am not even looking at the defenses involved. I would take Ridley over Gore. Ridley was given the opportunity to be the lead back with the Patriots last season and he excelled. He rushed for 1,263 yards and 12 TDs and will continue to be the feature back and get goal-line carries in an offense that is still very good despite the loss of several targets in the passing game. Ridley doesn’t contribute in the passing game with just six receptions last season, but the other numbers make up for it. While I don’t love McFadden this season due to his injury history, poor offensive line and the terrible surrounding players on the Raiders offense, you’re getting him for free, basically. Once the deal is complete, shop McFadden to a team that has running back problems.

I need two keepers in a 12-team PPR league from Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, Matt Forte, Alfred Morris, Julio Jones and Tom Brady.

Assuming this is not a league with two quarterbacks starting, pass on the quarterbacks. There is enough depth at the position and can always land a Top 12 QB in the draft. Richardson is an easy choice. He has a chance to be a top three RB in 2013. The Browns offense will be much better with Norv Turner as offensive coordinator. Richardson dealt with a knee injury at the beginning of last season and played through a rib injury. In 15 games, Richardson had 950 yards rushing, 51 receptions and 11 TDs as a rookie. He’s a three-down back primed to put up big numbers. Since it is a PPR league, Forte is the second choice. The Bears upgraded the offensive line and new coach Marc Trestman has a history of throwing to his running backs. Forte might lose some goal-line touches to Michael Bush, but he will make up for it by likely topping his career-high 63 catches he had as a rookie.

All statistics entering Aug. 30.

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