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Fantasy Football Playoffs; Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em for Week 14

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Dec 1, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) misses a long pass during the fourth quarter as Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Alan Ball (23) defends at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jaguars beat the Browns 32-28. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon 

How does one bench a receiver who’s Gordon had 14 catches for 237 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers, and followed that up against the Jaguars with 10 catches for 261 yards and two touchdowns, including a 95-yarder? Gordon’s 498 yards the last two games set an NFL record, so one would think benching him as the playoffs are starting would be completely asinine.

But unfortunately for Gordon, he’s going into a very unfavorable matchup this weekend against the Patriots. Not only does Bill Belichick know how to take away an opponent’s best player, but cornerback Aquib Talib is shutting-down opposing WRs before he injured his hip three weeks ago. But he’s expected to be close to full-health on Sunday, and that’s bad news for Gordon’s fantasy value.

The Patriots aren’t sure who will play quarterback for the Browns this Sunday, as both Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell are dealing with concussions. Caleb Hanie was signed Tuesday as insurance — but, no matter what, the Pats will be paying extra attention to Gordon. Even with Talib on him, Belichick may keep a safety over him as well and force the Browns to go to their other weapons.

I’m not saying you should bench Gordon for the Buccaneers’ Tiquan Underwood or the Raiders’ Andre Holmes, but you need to treat Gordon this week as a low-end WR-3.