This article is part of our Exploiting the Matchups series.
Who else is as excited as I am that it's Josh Gordon week? This feels like a band putting out one amazing album and then coming back after a few years of hibernation to start recording again. Aside from Brett Hundley, NFL quarterback, I can't think of anything else I'm even remotely anticipating with as much excitement this week (I realize you are likely well aware Hundley is an NFL quarterback, but it feels good to remind myself after he finally looked like a competent one last week). In fact, if I wasn't a desperate Packers fan, Gordon would be the main event this Sunday.
When we last saw Gordon in 2014 he fizzled out after a hot 120-yard debut. Of course, that was seven different starting quarterbacks ago for Cleveland, and his five-game stretch that year was played with a combination of bad Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel. In those five games that scintillating duo combined to throw one touchdown pass. Not to Gordon. If the 2013 receiving yards leader can come anywhere near the athletic Marvel character form he flashed in last year's preseason when he caught two passes for 87 yards and a long score, it makes DeShone Kizer a legitimately useful quarterback just in time for the fantasy playoffs. As an Aaron Rodgers owner in several leagues in which I may still sneak into the playoffs, that's certainly something I'm keeping an eye on. I expect that Gordon's presence as even just a decoy