Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon entered the fourth quarter Sunday with 89 receiving yards and his team trailing 20-3 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. His fantasy day was middling, his real-football day abysmal, as his team was getting blown out.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver exited the fourth quarter Sunday with 237 receiving yards and a touchdown. His team still lost, 27-11, but Gordon's fantasy day went from "middling" to "dominant," ending up with a season-best 29 fantasy points.
With No. 2 quarterback Brandon Weeden taking over for the injury starter Jason Campbell, he spent most of the fourth quarter looking to Gordon and Gordon only. The Browns' scoring drive included six pass attempts, with the only four completions all going to Gordon. The receiver had 14 receptions on 17 targets, his most receptions of the season and his most targets since he was thrown to 19 times in his first game.
Fantasy impact: All Gordon has done in recent weeks is solidify his status as an obvious No. 1 wide receiver in fantasy. Even with Weeden, who looked abysmal for most of the game, throwing to him, Gordon had a huge day, and fantasy owners can only imagine what the receiver would do with a truly high-quality quarterback throwing the ball.
Gordon has 128 fantasy points on the season, good for eighth in the NFL. He was suspended for the season's first two games, though, and his average fantasy output of 14.2 points a game is the best in the NFL for any receiver not named Calvin Johnson.