Twitter has rapidly risen to become an excellent source of breaking news and a collection of wide-ranging viewpoints. At the same time, however, it can a bit intimidating to the new user. It's sometimes difficult to know who to follow for quality fantasy football-related news. To help erase this difficulty, we have interviewed some of our favorite tweeters.
Name: Alessandro Miglio
Twitter handle: @AlexMiglio
Approximate number of tweets per month: 2,000
Number that are following you: 2,081
Number that you are following: 501
Tweeting since: October 2010
Occupation (when not talking about football): Control Systems Programmer
Family life: Beautiful, understanding wife and two awesome kids
Quick Bio (who you are, site(s) you represent, etc.): Life as a fantasy football writer began with an innocuous response to a tweet by Pro Football Focus' twitter account calling for writers. Mike Clay, editor in chief for PFF Fantasy, gave me a shot, and the rest is history, as they say. I have since been promoted twice, and now I am the Redraft Editor for the site. I also happen to write as a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report, where I would most certainly not be were it not for my start with PFF Fantasy.
What is something unique about you that few would know about? I am such a big Halo fanatic/nerd that I have read all of the books, some of them multiple times. I am very much looking forward to Halo 4. Also, I am a semi-retired concert pianist.
What you do for fun during the football offseason: There is an offseason? Half-kidding aside -- we recently finished work on the PFF Fantasy Draft Guide and I have plenty of writing to do at Bleacher Report -- I love playing softball, which starts up in late April. I also enjoy reading and playing video games when I can nowadays.
Favorite NFL Team(s): Miami Dolphins
Favorite NFL player(s): Past: Dan Marino, Barry Sanders, Jerry Rice - Present: Arian Foster, Calvin Johnson, Lauren Tannehill
Make your case for why fantasy football addicts should get on Twitter: There is really no reason for you not to be on Twitter in today's day and age. It is a whole new world -- as I discovered shortly after joining -- one that can provide you with information faster than anything else, and a marvelous community. It can also be a window to new opportunities. Without Twitter I would not be where I am today, and I am not exaggerating.
Except for yourself, give us three to five MUST FOLLOWS on Twitter: Aside from my crew at @PFF_Fantasy -- @FantasyDouche, @MattWaldman, @GregCosell, @SigmundBloom and @CaptainComeback
Years playing fantasy football: Tough to nail it down, but I'll say 12.
Favorite style of play (Dynasty, Redraft, Auction, Best Ball, Survivor, etc): I love auction drafting -- really, snake drafting pales in comparison -- and I recently got into dynasty leagues for the first time. They have been fun thus far.
Your biggest score(s) in fantasy football: I once traded Legedu Naanee for Mike Wallace, if that is what score means. I honestly have no idea what my best single-game score is, unfortunately.
Name two players that you expect will be undervalued in most fantasy drafts this year. Explain why you think these sleepers could drastically outperform their ADP: Reggie Bush and Jacob Tamme.
Yes, last season was Bush's first with any real fantasy value, and he no longer has Brian Daboll coordinating the offense. Look a bit deeper into new coordinator Mike Sherman's history and you will note that his running backs have had plenty of success. Most notably, Ahman Green had his best seasons when Sherman was in Green Bay. His running backs did well during his tenure at Texas A&M, too. Bush may not lead the league in rushing like he wants to, but he is in line for another 1,000-yard season and should catch more than 43 passes this time around.
Folks are sleeping on Tamme, who was targeted a whopping 90 times in nine games while filling in for injured Dallas Clark in 2010. He has Joel Dreessen to contend with, and nobody knows exactly how Peyton Manning will perform after a year off, but waiting on tight end and taking Tamme later in the draft could pay big dividends.
Name two players that will not be on your roster at any draft position. Explain why you think these busts could drastically underperform their ADP: Cam Newton and Adrian Peterson.
Those are two big names, yes, but both are being overdrafted for different reasons. Newton had a fantastic rookie season, but I do not see him coming close to scoring 14 rushing touchdowns. I have been on the record saying I would be surprised to see him hit half that total. Even if he does, he is not worth a second round draft pick. Few quarterbacks are to begin with, but he really fell off as a passer during the second half of last season, and I expect the Panthers to be more balanced.
As for Peterson, I am higher on him than many experts, but he is currently going as a RB1 in most mock drafts. That is too optimistic for a guy coming off a nasty knee injury. It is crazy to think that he could be back for Week 1, but I do not expect him to really be effective, at least not for the first half of the season. You will be scrambling if you draft him as your RB1.
How much of fantasy football is skill? How much is luck? It depends on the format, but since head-to-head is by far the most popular, I will say it's about 75:25 skill: luck. You can execute your draft strategy perfectly and field a high-scoring team, but all it takes is running into the league's high scorer three weeks in a row to ruin your season.
What's the biggest mistake you see fantasy players make? You mean besides drafting a defense with six rounds to go? I will say drafting a quarterback too high. Unless you are taking Aaron Rodgers or perhaps Drew Brees -- and some might argue those two aren't worth it -- the value is just not there in the first two rounds.
What do you wished you had learned about fantasy football five years ago? That you shouldn't take quarterbacks too early.
Give a wild prediction about the 2012 season that most would be shocked if it happened (out on the limb thought): Reggie Bush will lead the league in all-purpose yardage.
Super Bowl Teams and Score: Packers 27 - Patriots 24
NFL Rookie of the Year: Trent Richardson
NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Jamaal Charles
Parting thoughts about anything at all: If you are at all interested in writing of any sort, don't hesitate. Write where you can. Try out for any opening that interests you. Promote yourself. Don't give up, even when it seems like you are toiling in obscurity. Be happy with criticism -- use it to improve. Two years ago I had no serious designs on being a writer, but I seized an opportunity I did not even understand. I am grateful for that opportunity, but working hard when I did not feel like working got me to where I am today, and I do not intend to slow down anytime soon.
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Interview: Michael Fabiano - Twitter: @Michael_Fabiano
Interview: Bryan Fontaine - Twitter: @Bryan_Fontaine
Interview: Chet Gresham - Twitter: @Chet_G
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Interview: Bob Harris - Twitter: @Footballdiehard
Interview: Bob Henry - Twitter: @bobhenry
Interview: Tom Kessenich - Twitter: @TomKessenich
Interview: Cecil Lammey - Twitter: @cecillammey
Interview: Zach Law - Twitter: @zach_law
Interview: Alex Miglio - Twitter: @AlexMiglio
Interview: Andrew Miley - Twitter: @AndrewMiley
Interview: Sam Monson - Twitter: @Sammonson
Interview: Josh Moore - Twitter: @4for4_Josh
Interview: Chad Parsons - Twitter: @PFF_ChadParsons
Interview: John Paulsen - Twitter: @4for4_John
Interview: Brian Quinlan - Twitter: @BNQuinlan
Interview: Matt Schauf - Twitter: @mschauf63
Interview: Evan Silva - Twitter: @evansilva
Interview: Matt Waldman - Twitter: @MattWaldman
Interview: Chris Wesseling - Twitter: @ChrisWesseling
Interview: Matt Williamson - Twitter: @WilliamsonNFL
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