Our Digital Features Editor, Amar Shah, has never played fantasy football until this year. He'll chronicle his adventures here.
For the entire week I'd been goading NFL.com Senior Fantasy Editor Michael Fabiano, hoping to elicit a response. After all, I'd lost three straight weeks, so what did I have to lose?
Even after being humiliated, I wasn't going to back down. I was going to channel "Star Wars."
I was the Young Padawan being schooled by the veteran Jedi.
Everybody Tells Me So
At the start of the week, I thought the advantage was in my favor. Fabiano had to bench a number of players due to bye weeks, offering me an open door to get ahead. Do you actually think a wide-recieving corps of Austin Pettis and Denarius Moore could cause much damage? I had Anquan Boldin and Randall Cobb.
Well, I didn't listen. I started Cam. He threw three picks and scored 6.82 points. Sam Bradford had 21.28 points.
Bradford's beginning to hover like some phantasmagorical spectre haunting my line-up. He's my fantasy curse.
Even with my new acqusition of Lamar Miller, my running backs also failed me once again. Hence, another friendly reminder from my friend and NFL co-worker, Heather Pink.
Thank you, Heather. I'm reminded of it every week when I realize all my running backs play in the state of Florida. I grew up in Orlando. Not by choice. This is my punishment. I can't help but hear the lyrics of a classic Beatles song in my head.
"What have I done to deserve such a fate/
I realize I have left it too late/
And so it's true, pride comes before a fall/
I'm telling you so that you won't lose all/
I'm a loser"/
She's done well. Can't say the same thing for me. Perhaps, I should channel former Gator coach Urban Meyer. You know, take a leave of absence and quit.
I've been destroyed three weeks in a row. I've scored the least amount of total points, and have had the most points scored against me. I'm in the cellar of our league, but I still have company. Dan Hanzus's Team Alison Brie is also 1-4. I thought we could share a mutual moment of empathy due to our similar circumstances. Not really, especially when you drop Marvel characters as references.
Cry Me a Rivers
But the biggest question remains. Start Cam or do I give Rivers the green light? I asked Jason Smith.
Seems obvious. Rivers is fantasy gold. For full confirmation, I ask my wife. She says Cam.
Amar Shah is the digital features editor at NFL.com. He writes weekly about his first-time fantasy adventures throughout the season. You can reach him at @amarshahism. If you have trade or marital advice, let him know.
Previous articles in the Series:
Fantasy first-timer: Here's why I decided to play
Fantasy first-timer:My First Draft
Fantasy first-timer: Week 1: My First Week
Fantasy first-timer: Week 2: First loss, marital strife, advice from who?!
Fantasy first-timer: Week 3: Breaking Bradford
Fantasy first-timer: Week 4: Losing Streaks and Sean Connery