Fantasy NFL

Do you feel lucky?

By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Thanks to the snail-like pace of the NFL appeals process and appeals officer Harold Henderson, fantasy owners are left with a huge dilemma.

What to do about Cleveland's star wide receiver Josh Gordon?

I have two fantasy drafts Tuesday and another one Wednesday and I'm left with one really big question - Will I use a draft choice at any time during the evening on Gordon?

Let's look at the facts and hopefully we can come to a conclusion.

The troubled 2012 Supplemental Draft second-round selection is one of the most talented receivers in the game.

Gordon showed flashes of the talent in his rookie year (50-805-5), but really opened our eyes last season after posting 87 receptions for a league-leading 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.

And Gordon did all that in just 14 games after serving a two-game suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy. He was justifiably humbled and contrite after the incident and acknowledged that he was facing a one-year suspension for another transgression.

Yet here we are on Aug. 26, less than a year later, and that's exactly what Gordon is up against. He's staring directly at a one-year suspension.

The receiver hired a top legal team, the same guys that helped Richard Sherman win his appeal, and they went through the process in early August

Meanwhile, we wait for the decision. And we've been kept waiting. Here it is just days before final cuts and not a peep.

Which leaves fantasy owners in a quandary.

Do they choose Gordon, with the hopes he'll be available for the fantasy playoffs?

Or maybe if his lawyer is REALLY good he'll miss just eight games or perhaps none at all!

If he gets off "scot-free" He's a top-five receiver which means he's worth at a minimum a second-round selection. To select him there would take a huge leap of faith.

If Gordon is allowed to return for the Browns' ninth game, Week 10, he'd be an asset for just three or four fantasy regular season games and the playoffs. His value is only as a late-round selection.

And of course if relegated to the sidelines for a full season, his only value is to keeper leagues.

If you are like me and forced to choose before the decision is announced, you have to ask yourself, Do you feel lucky?"

For me, it's far too big a gamble. I'm going to let Gordon be another owner's headache.

08/26 13:29:31 ET