Sunday - May 19, 2019

Home / Baseball / Diary of an Expert League: Hospital Visit

Diary of an Expert League: Hospital Visit

Someone needs to start offering fantasy health insurance. The Fantasy Sharks team endured another week of too many “DNP’s” (did not play) due to various health and personal issues. These obstacles combined with several slow starts have dropped our position to eighth. On the bright side, there are no single areas of weakness where the team is suffering. With a few hot streaks, we will return to the Top 5.

Take a dive with me as we highlight several key performances as well as a few players that missed a portion of the week. 

Josh Willingham

– If our team could name an MVP this season, Willingham would be awarded the trophy. Minnesota may be struggling, but Willingham’s bat is scorching as he is batting .347 with five home runs and 15 runs batted in. The Twins outfielder missed a few games on paternity leave this week, but is back in the lineup. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Willingham on the birth of their new son.

Jim Johnson

– Baltimore’s closer was drafted as low-end reliever, then rose to saves leader in roughly three weeks. Johnson has earned seven saves and yet to allow a run. Unfortunately, he missed a full week of games after being admitted to the hospital with flu-like symptoms. This was tough to witness as Baltimore won several close games during the week, resulting in saves for Johnson’s teammates.  

Ian Desmond

– After a solid start to the season, Desmond and the Washington Nationals offense has begun to tank. Desmond managed only three hits in 24 at bats this week with eight strikeouts. Desmond is a solid source of runs with a hint of power and speed, so keep him active for now.

Lance Lynn

– Lynn was not on the fantasy radar until April. With Chris Carpenter sidelined, Lynn has been starting for the Cardinals and is making the most of his opportunity. In four starts, he was four wins and 24 strikeouts while sporting a 1.33 earned run average. In fact, he has allowed one earned run in each start. With his next start at home welcoming Pittsburgh, don’t be surprised if he tallies his fifth straight win.

Good luck this week. As I post this, I feel sorry for Evan Longoria owners.

If you have questions regarding my team in the Fantasy Sharks Trade Association league or simply looking for fantasy baseball advice, feel free to contact me at

About Fantasy Sharks began in 2003, disseminating fantasy football content on the web for free. It is, or has been, home to some of the most talented and best known fantasy writers on the planet. Owned and operated by Tony Holm (5 time Fantasy Sports Writer Association Hall-of-Fame nominee,) Tony started writing fantasy content in 1993 for the only three fantasy football web sites in existence at the time.