Last week, Fantasy managers got horrific news that Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon was handed an 80-game suspension for PED use. That’s right, 171-pound DEE GORDON.
Gordon, on average, was going in the second to third round of Fantasy drafts this year for his elite speed and his breakout last year after being traded from the Dodgers.
With stolen bases at an all-time low, the loss of PEDee (you’re welcome) Gordon has taken a huge hit to your team.
What you must consider is can you replace the SB potential of Gordon from your current roster?
If not, let’s take a look at five players that you should be able to acquire to makeup for the position or the steal potential.
Five Players to Replace Dee Gordon
Logan Forsythe, 1B/2B, Tampa Bay Rays
Logan Forsythe started making waves last season with his positive gameplay for the lowly Rays.
Not much has changed this season as Forsythe is currently sitting on four homeruns, three stolen bases and hitting a robust .322 in 24 games. Unfortunately for the Rays, not much has changed for them either, they are still horrible.
With Forsythe leading off, he’ll see plenty of at-bats and with his blend of homeruns, stolen bases and solid average, he’s a solid candidate to fill the void of Dee Gordon.
Josh Harrison, 2B/3B/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Josh Harrison has become the Josh Harrison of old – aka from two years ago. Hitting for average, stealing bases and playing blue-collar defense. He’s one of my favorite scrappy players to watch.
Harrison also has position eligibility out the wazoo, which is also a luxury to have. Playing time is a bit of a worry with Jung-ho Kang coming back soon, but one has to think with Harrison playing as well as he has, he’ll stick in the lineup.
The only knock on Harrison currently is he’s batting 7th. If he can work his way up the lineup, watch out.
Jonathan Villar, 3B/SS, Milwaukee Brewers
Jonathan Villar is known for his wheels. To get cheap steals to take the place of Gordon’s production with the wheels, Villar is the closest you’ll come.
At 25 years of age, Villar started his career in Houston where he was a player with no average and all speed. Since being traded to the Brewers in the off-season, it seems as if something has clicked.
In 24 games with the Brew Crew, he’s currently hitting a decent .264 average with eight stolen bases. He’s recently seen time in the two-hole hitting in front of Ryan Braun where he should see plenty of good pitches to hit, and with the Brewers in need of run support, he’ll be pushed to run as long as he can get on base.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, Cincinnati Reds
The ageless wonder, Brandon Phillips, keeps showing up the doubters. At 34, he’s now been playing in the show full-time for a full decade.
Phillips had a resurgent year in 2015 and it seems to have carried over this year. In 23 games, Phillips has hit one homerun, three stolen bases and hitting a Phillips-like .271. The most intriguing thing about Dat Dude is he’s a second baseman that hits cleanup. Yes, the Reds aren’t that good, but he hits in the heart of the lineup which helps increase his run and RBI totals as well.
Rajai Davis, OF, Cleveland Indians
If you’re in extremely desperate need of some stolen bases, good ol’ reliable Rajai Davis is your man. The 35-year-old journeyman has made a home in Cleveland.
Davis is as follows: A decent average, could potentially leadoff and will steal bases in bunches. Even at 35, with speed being the first thing that typically goes in a baseball player, Davis is stealing at will with seven stolen bases already in 21 games this season.
The only thing that could potentially slow him down is playing time now that Michael Brantley is back from the DL. With the Tribe not being that good in the outfield, and Davis’ ability to play all the outfield positions, he should see plenty of time to help your stolen bases.
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