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: Andy Miley
Twitter handle: @AndrewMiley (a motor cross guy already took @AndyMiley)
Approximate number of tweets per month: 100+
Number that are following you: 2500+
Number that you are following: 2200+
Tweeting since: 2009
Occupation (when not talking about football): Corporate Tax Auditor
Family life: Married
Quick Bio (who you are, site(s) you represent, etc.): I am a passionate football addict, since age 5, who loves watching any organized football (jr high, high school, college, semi-pro, pro). I have written for over 15 fantasy sites in the past three years (including two guest articles for footballguys) and started/own dynastyblitz.com with my friend Bryan Fontaine. I write for fantasyalarm.com as their dynasty/rookie expert. I will be attending the East/West Shrine Game this January and will be training with the Nation Football Post this summer to improve my scouting eye.
What is something unique about you that few would know about? My father graduated from U of M and my grandfather graduated from OSU. Because of that rivalry, I got to attend eight Ohio State/Michigan football games between ages 7-14. I was accepted to both schools, but decided to go to Bowling Green University in Ohio so I could be in between both schools.
What you do for fun during the football offseason: I watch every NFL game through the magic of Directv's Quick Bits.
Favorite NFL Team(s): Pittsburgh Steelers (I have their helmet tattooed on my right deltoid)
Favorite NFL player(s): LaMarr Woodley, MJD
Make your case for why fantasy football addicts should get on Twitter: If you want to know what is happening in the NFL before anyone else and be able to react to it on your waiver wire, twitter is the place for you. I have become friends with some great NFL team beat writers and on-air personalities so I can ask them questions and get answers quickly.
Except for yourself, give us three to five MUST FOLLOWS on Twitter: outside of all the footballguys, @FantasyTaz @Bryan_Fontaine @ShanePHallam @Chet_G @RookieDraft
Years playing fantasy football: 21 years
Favorite style of play (Dynasty, Redraft, Auction, Best Ball, Survivor, etc): Dynasty (it's a game of chess, not checkers)
Your biggest score(s) in fantasy football: getting MJD and Jay Cutler in back to back picks in the 2006 rookie draft.
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: Fred Jackson is being drafted as the 21st RB. He was producing at a top 5 rate until he broke his leg and should return to top 10 status in PPR leagues. Jeremy Maclin had a lot of "health concerns" at the start of training camp last year and is being drafted as the 22nd WR. I would be happy to have him as a starting #1 WR with the opportunity w/Vick's health to get into the top 12 wideouts.
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: I love Peyton Manning, but I'm not convinced that he will hold up after missing all of last year (burnt dynasty owner). He may have success in 2012, but I don't think he will play play past this year. My other player is DeSean Jackson. D-Jax is too inconsistent with 3-4 huge games and then 12 games of little production. I don't want to ride his roller coaster anymore.
How much of fantasy football is skill? How much is luck? Re-draft leagues seem to be an equal balance of skill/luck. You are only looking at a finite time period. Your ability to manage your team and evaluate talent is more telling in a dynasty league which is more skill based (75%) over luck (25%).
What's the biggest mistake you see fantasy players make? Get caught up with the excitement with a terrific one performance and keep on trying to chase that throughout the rest of the season.
What do you wished you had learned about fantasy football five years ago? If everyone is thinking the same thing, no one is thinking.
Give a wild prediction about the 2012 season that most would be shocked if it happened (out on the limb thought): The Buffalo Bills will win their division and no other AFC East team makes the playoffs.
Super Bowl Teams and Score: Houston Texans 26 over Detroit Lions 20
NFL Rookie of the Year: RGIII
NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Jay Cutler
Parting thoughts about anything at all: Thank you David for letting me be a part of this.
Others Featured (Listed alphabetically):Interview: Jarrett Behar - Twitter: @EyeoftheGator
Interview: Matthew Berry - Twitter: @MatthewBerryTMR
Interview: Sigmund Bloom - Twitter: @SigmundBloom
Interview: Jene Bramel - Twitter: @JeneBramel
Interview: Joe Bryant - Twitter: @Football_guys
Interview: Ryan Burns - Twitter: @FtblSickness
Interview: Will Carroll - Twitter: @injuryexpert
Interview: Mike Clay - Twitter: @MikeClayNFL
Interview: Jim Day - Twitter: @Fantasytaz
Interview: Eric Dickens - Twitter: @DLFootball
Interview: Gary Davenport - Twitter: @IDPManor
Interview: David Dodds - Twitter: @fbg_dodds
Interview: Joe Everett - Twitter: @RookieDraft
Interview: Michael Fabiano - Twitter: @Michael_Fabiano
Interview: Bryan Fontaine - Twitter: @Bryan_Fontaine
Interview: Chet Gresham - Twitter: @Chet_G
Interview: Ken Griggs - Twitter: @Dexters_Library
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
Interview: Eric Yeomans - Twitter: @Eric_Yeomans
Interview: Lance Zierlein - Twitter: @SidelineFB and @LanceZierlein
Editor's Note: If you have liked this series, check out Zach Law's interviews here