The shortstop position has been anchored by what has seemed to be the same ten guys for over a decade, but this season there finally appears to be some youth at the position, with youngsters Elvis Andrus , Starlin Castro , and now Dee Gordon . The Dodgers made it clear that the job was Gordon’s and his alone, especially after they got rid of his competition from last year, Jamey Carroll, in the off-season.
Gordon has always been known as an amazing base stealer with 176 throughout his MILB career. However, he was able to transition his skills to the majors fairly easily, as he batted a very respectable .304 and also stole 24 bases in 56 games during his rookie year. Gordon has learned a lot from his father, two-time MLB All-Star Tom Gordon. He has become very patient at the plate and knows not to chase balls out of the strike zone. Gordon’s versatility makes him one of the best roto-players out there, and he is still a top-ten option in regular head-to-head leagues.
He has earned the Dodgers’ leadoff spot, as Gordon is one of the best long-term shortstop options in the game. He can hit the ball, play the field, and is an absolute terror on the base-path. Gordon can certainly fill out the stat sheet and came much cheaper than any other starting shortstop in fantasy. DG9 is on the verge of having a breakout year and is certainly worth consideration in any format.