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Saturday, May 12, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: DEE GORDON 2B/OF SEATTLE MARINERS

With another year from the ugly PED suspension further in the rearview mirror and coming off a 2017 campaign that re-validated him as the premier stolen base weapon in all of fantasy baseball, Seattle Mariners second baseman/outfielder Dee Gordon once again became an early round darling in drafts this past spring.  Gordon of course was traded to the Mariners during the winter as the Miami Marlins shipped out anything that wasn't already nailed down but the move was actually a boon to his fantasy baseball value due to the fact he would be gaining outfield eligibility since he would be forced to move there due to being blocked at second base by Robinson Cano.  Whether it was the outfield or second base, Gordon was set to be another big-time weapons on the bases in the form of steals and runs; while also contributing a high batting average that already has come in at .333 back in 2015.  Even last season Gordon batted .308 which helped validate his ability coming off the suspension and he has been even hotter at the dish this season as he went into Thursday's action with the following numbers:

.340
1 HR
22 R
8 RBI
15 SB

Once again Gordon is leading the game in stolen bases and his .340 average is looking like he will be challenging for the batting title.  Add in the potent runs scored leading off for the Mariners and Gordon is making good on being a top three category producer with eligibility at two spots.  Of course Gordon will not help one bit in home runs and RBI but you already knew that going into the season.  Still in his prime at the age of 30, Gordon's 14.5 K/9 rate is phenomenal which more than helps with the average.  Walks remains nothing but a rumor for Gordon (just a pathetic 1.3 BB/9 mark) but again that was always par for the course with the veteran.  When you put it all together, Gordon should challenge for the league lead in steals, score 100-plus runs, and post a batting average well north of .300 to make him a tremendously stable fantasy baseball stock for another season.


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