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Onto this week’s Trending Topics…
It’s become abundantly clear that Josh Gordon has some addiction issues, so it’s best for him to take care of himself rather than trying to play football through the issues. Both the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Akron Beacon-Journal believe that he’s played his last snaps with the Browns, and it’s probably best for both parties to go in separate directions. This is also a new regime with HC Hue Jackson and a new front office, so they have no real allegiance to Gordon. The Browns were clearly preparing for a future without Gordon when they selected skilled WR Corey Coleman in the first round, and he’s now clearly the future of the position for Cleveland.
Gordon’s absence going forward and Coleman’s broken hand now opens up the door for converted WR Terrelle Pryor for the foreseeable future. The Browns are in a tough spot with overmatched rookie Cody Kessler running the offense until Josh McCown gets back in a few weeks. So it looks like Jackson will be deploying Pryor as a Kordell Stewart type the next couple weeks, playing him at WR and QB until McCown gets back. Pryor certainly isn’t a refined receiver at this point after playing most of his career at quarterback, so he could get locked down by some better cornerbacks, like potentially Josh Norman this week. Still, he has the chance to be fantasy difference-maker going forward, especially now given Gordon’s circumstances, so hopefully you snagged him off your waiver wire this week.
@FantasyGuruSite duke Johnson or Dwayne washington?— anthony (@adog235) September 29, 2016
I have a feeling the public will get to know Lions RB Dwayne Washington this week. In our “2016 Rookie Report,” Joe Dolan came away with this takeaway on Washington, “A big back and former WR with downhill speed and very good hands/route-running ability.” Everything coming out of Detroit this week seems to indicate an increased workload is coming for Washington this week. Theo Riddick worked as the lead runner in Week 3 against the Packers, playing on 66% of the snaps ahead of Washington (37%). However, Riddick was stuck in negative yardage for much of the day before finishing with 10/9 rushing, and Washington looked much better as a runner, posting 10/38 rushing (3.8 YPC).
Riddick is ideally more of a change-of-pace/receiving back in this Lions offense going forward, and as long as Washington proves he’s ready, he should take over the early-down work with Ameer Abdullah out. Riddick is going to continue to see plenty of work going forward, but we could see closer to a 50/50 split with Washington going forward. The only concern I have is that he never worked as the lead back at Washington, as his career-high in carries was just 132 as a sophomore in 2014. For this week, the Bears have actually only given up a single 100-yard performance (Will Fuller) this season, as teams have elected to gash them on the ground. NT Eddie Goldman (ankle) could miss this week, which is a huge boost for this running game. Washington is my favorite sleeper of the week with his role expected to expand, and he has the chance to be an impactful RB2 going forward.