I usually decide what clothes I’m going to wear on any given day by selecting the items with the fewest buttons (#bloglife). So like many of you, struggling with close calls and Sunday strategy is commonplace, and the importance of last-minute decisions is heightened now over the next three weeks during the fantasy playoffs. So each week let’s work through a difficult call together that may or may not be from one of my rosters in a blatant attempt to crowd source.

Often these tough calls involve lower tier wide receivers under consideration for a WR3 or flex spot. We’ll list the arguments — either supporting or otherwise — for player each rapid fire stylez, and then make a call that’s sure to fail. This week: Josh Gordon vs. Pierre Garcon.

Josh Gordon (vs. KC)

  • Gordon is and always will be a burner, with touchdown catches for 71 and 62 yards this year.
  • Overall his speed is also reflected in his +20 yard catches, of which he has 12 on just 34 receptions.
  • The Chiefs’ pass defense may rank ninth overall in yards allowed per game, but they’ve given up 25 touchdown passes, and last week they allowed Steve Smith to finish with 120 receiving yards.
  • Gordon is the primary target for Brandon Weeden, with the gap between him and Greg Little significant enough to take away any concern. Over the Brown’s last three games he’s been targeted 21 times, while Little received 13, and Mohamed Massaquoi had eight.

Pierre Garcon (vs. BAL)

  • During his three games this year when he’s been healthy and at full strength, Garcon’s been highly effective, with 301 yards on 18.8 yards per catch.
  • A healthy Garcon has also been targeted frequently by Robert Griffin III, with 11 targets last week during the Redskins’ win over the Giants, a game in which Garcon finished with 106 yards.
  • He’s also scored three touchdowns despite appearing in only six games and often being limited. His catches aren’t of the dinking and dunking variety either, with touchdowns of 88, 59, and 35 yards.
  • Then there’s the Ravens’ defense, which remains decimated. Lardarius Webb is long gone, and both Terrell Suggs and Ray Lewis won’t be avaliable to either slow Alfred Morris, or harass RGII. Griffin should have plenty of time to throw, and Garcon et al will have just as much time to get deep downfield with the support they’ll receive from Morris and the play-action run game.

Verdict: Fine matchups in both cases here, and Gordon would have been even more appealing if Brandon Flowers was inactive. But there’s just too much in Garcon’s favor. Play him with confidence, and if you have room flex Gordon too.

Comments (3)

  1. I need to start two of three: Miles Austin, Josh Gordon and Chris Givens (Jordy Nelson injured). I’m over-thinking it like crazy due to playoff implications. Quick thoughts?

    • Austin is definitely in, but man, that Givens vs. Gordon call is rough. I’ll give Givens the edge because he’ll likely be targeted a bit more. You can start both confidently.

  2. Thanks. I was and am very tempted to go with Gordon and Givens but I had Austin in over Gordon anyways. Too scared to bench my “studs.” Thanks.

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