Fantasy baseball shouldn't have this much control over my life, but the reality is, it does. Kenley Jansen has always been my rock, the guy you didn't have to worry about. The guy that just piled stats, and steered your SVs, ERA, Ks and WHIP in the right direction.
On April 19th, 2018 however, I am ready to panic. Should I panic this early in the season? Absolutely not, but can I help it? Absolutely not. I raised an eyebrow in Spring Training when they were babying him so hard. Just saying, "It's Kenley", he doesn't need the early work load. I thought to myself, yah they know best.
I listened to all the Fantasy gurus preach at the same time, don't reach on a closer early, EVER. Some said Kenley was probably the exception. On draft day in my premier league, I reached for him in the 4th rd. Closers always go fast in my main league, and the 4th rd isn't abnormal to see a premier closer go.
I set him in my lineup and was ready to forget him. Kenley will just do Kenley things, and I'll be fine out of the bullpen, matching him up with Josh Hader. Reality is, that right now I am not fine. I have a massive hole in my bullpen, and I am not where I want to be. Granted my offense mashes, but I was banking on Kenley.
So what do I do? Stay calm is the easy answer, because it's only April, and it's Kenley. What I am currently doing? Panicking. Awake at 3am tossing and turning, just scrolling the waiver wire. Half sending trade proposals for guys like Boxberger. I am a mess, it's effecting my work life, my home life. Please Kenley, send me a sign. Someone tell me its going to be ok, because it's April 19th and I'm ready to smash the glass and hit the panic button.