Fantasy Football Tidbits: Josh Gordon update, Arizona's tight ends

      July 5, 2014 @ 12:33:50 PDT


We've been speculating on the Josh Gordon situation ever since it was announced during the NFL Draft that he would be facing a year-long ban for another failed drug test for marijuana.

TE Troy Niklas, Arizona Cardinals
Arizona TE battle far from over

It looked like Thursday the NFL might hand down his suspension, but then we learned that it probably won't be until the end of the month until we get some more clarification on how many games he'll have to sit out. Expect that final ruling to be reached before training camps start the last week of July.

The latest: Gordon was arrested for DWI this weekend in North Carolina. Apparently he had too much fun on the Fourth. With a potential lengthy suspension hanging over his head, this isn't the way to endear yourself to the league. Sigh.

Gordon proved he was a special player in 2013, finishing as the top fantasy wideout even after missing the first two games due to suspension. I still see some benefit in taking a shot on Gordon as maybe a WR4 or 5, but after his latest off-the-field slip-up, I'll probably look to avoid him entirely. It'll be a shame if he misses the entire year, because many close to him believe the longer he sits out, the less likely he is to ever play football again.

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When's the last time the Arizona Cardinals had a tight end that you wanted on your fantasy squad? Yeah, I'll wait…

That's unlikely to end for another year, at least. Rob Housler is in his fourth season with the team and has a basketball player's body, as well as great route-running and pass-catching skills. But there's one problem: Bruce Arians wants his tight ends to be bruising, physical blockers first.

Housler is Arizona's best fantasy option because of his offensive skills, but until he improves drastically with blocking, he's likely to lose valuable snaps to Troy Niklas, John Carlson or Jake Ballard. That makes Housler a very weak TE2, at best, as of now.

Niklas, who is 6-foot-7, 270 pounds, is the future at the position in the desert, and he could wind up being the go-to guy before long in 2014. We'll learn more in training camp on how they plan to utilize all these options.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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