Our Digital Features Editor, Amar Shah, never played fantasy football until this year. He'll chronicle his adventures here.
I shared the same thoughts as Coach Mora after Week 6. The prospect of making the fantasy postseason was as tangible to me as cloning the dodo bird. But behold, seven weeks later, by a series of unbelievable circumstances, I found myself one win away from a playoff berth. Was this serendipity, or had I plotted this underdog master-scheme all along? I envisioned myself as a modern day Kevin McCallister from "Home Alone." However, instead of using paint cans, irons and micro machines to take down The Wet Bandits, I used the waiver wire, trades and matchup analysis to attack my fantasy enemies. Did I have enough in my bag of tricks for one more win?
The ace in the hole and my secret weapon was the prospect of using a healthy Percy Harvin against the very team that thought they pulled a fast one on me. Yeah, that didn't quite work out.
I confronted my opponents with a certain glee.
Genius or Idiot Savant?
I decided to take my newfound theory to Michael Fabiano, our senior fantasy editor, to see what he thought.
Ladies and gentlemen, I demand that you start a hashtag campaign using #putamaronfantasylive. If it fails, then I will pull an Oprah or Glenn Beck and start my own network.
Or maybe, like my wife tells me, I'm just delusional.
President Franklin Roosevelt had his fireside chats. Fantasy editor Marcas Grant and I have our watercooler talks.
I think I shouldn't ambush people anymore.
Ground Hog Day
Well, I'm the fifth seed and I square off with Team Alison Brie, again. Still no Percy. And I'm not sure Decker and Murray will pull off another miracle like they did last week. Yet, I'm confident in my lineup. As Kevin McCallister said, "You guys give up yet? Or are you thirsty for more?"
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
Fantasy first-timer: Week 5: Channeling Darth Vader, Thor and The Beatles
Fantasy first-timer: Week 6: The Cam Newton Conspiracy
Fantasy first-timer: Week 7: Fantasy first-timer: Dwight Shrute, "The League" and Aloo Gobi
Fantasy first-timer: Week 8: Fantasy first-timer: Week 8: Epic Upsets and Molly-whopping
Fantasy first-timer: Week 9: Jerry Rice, Warren Sapp and back in the playoff chase
Fantasy first-timer: Week 10: LL Cool J, Percy Harvin and American Pie
Fantasy first-timer: Week 11: Champ Kind advice, trade deadlines and Gandalf
Fantasy first-timer: Week 12: Anquan Boldin, Alison Brie and Playoffs