Pros: Gordon is arguably the most consistent performer from year in and year out. He has never finished worse than 10th in the standings since entering the big league ranks as a full-timer in 1993. Much like Jimmie Johnson, Gordon benefits from the team around him at Hendrick Motorsports. Gordon finished in the top five 15 times (25 top-10s) and failed to finish only once (accident at Watkins Glen). While Gordon won just a single race last year, and none the year before, he finished in second place eight times.
Cons: While he has been very consistent throughout the years, Gordon hasn't won a championship since 2001. He recorded two total DNFs in 2007 and 2009 combined; he had 22 DNFs in 2005, 2006 and 2008 combined. Gordon did not win a race in 2008 and has only one win his last 77 starts. Having such a strong team around him can be a blessing and a curse at times. A nagging back injury has caused Gordon a lot of grief, and it makes sense for this to be affecting his success on the track.
Fantasy tip: It's hard to go wrong with Gordon due to his perennial reliability, but that is about where it ends. His upside is rather capped, and Gordon needs to show he can close out some of those second-place finishes. Before you draft him as your top driver based on reputation alone, understand Gordon will only be a piece of your fantasy puzzle and is unlikely to carry your team to Victory Lane.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors. Follow @Cory_Bonini
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