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: Bob Henry
Twitter handle: @bobhenry
Approximate number of tweets per month: 100
Number that are following you: 1,030
Number that you are following: 415
Tweeting since: 2009
Occupation (when not talking about football): I work for Autodesk where I manage our PLM and Data Management premium support service teams in the Americas.
Family life: I am married with two daughters and two dogs (both girls). I'm a regular one-man family band surrounded by fluctuating estrogen levels.
Quick Bio (who you are, site(s) you represent, etc.): I've been in the on-line fantasy football business for about 15 years. Along with John Norton, I launched redeyesports.com in 1999 and joined Footballguys.com in 2004. My areas of focus range from preseason projections and year-forward projections during the season (both of which are used extensively in our dominator series of applications) to maintaining our NFL depth charts to our annual, industry leading series of weekly NFL training camp reports to a weekly sleepers article during the season. I'm also a diehard Michigan Wolverine fan. My Saturdays revolve around the Michigan football schedule, much to my wife's chagrin.
What is something unique about you that few would know about? I grew up living back and forth between Michigan and Texas leading me to become a fan of both Detroit and Houston teams. Unfortunately, I'm still waiting for them to meet in the Super Bowl, World Series, or NBA Finals.
What you do for fun during the football offseason: My formula is simple – as much quality family time as possible. During the summer, we spend a lot of time at our cottage on Devils Lake (in Michigan) boating, riding jet skis and soaking up every bit of the short summers we have in Michigan.
Favorite NFL Team(s): Tennessee Titans
Favorite NFL player(s): The Tyler Rose – Earl Campbell, Barry Sanders, Charles Woodson
Make your case for why fantasy football addicts should get on Twitter: Twitter allows you to create your own custom feed of personalities, news and insights into the NFL, or any other topic that interests you. News breaks first on Twitter. You'll read stuff on Twitter that often never makes it into the newspaper or blogs.
Except for yourself, give us three to five MUST FOLLOWS on Twitter: @gregcosell, @SigmundBloom, @JeneBramel, @MattWaldman, and @CecilLammey
Years playing fantasy football: 20
Favorite style of play (Dynasty, Redraft, Auction, Best Ball, Survivor, etc): Dynasty/Auction with rookie drafts, salary cap, contracts and all of the bells and whistles. Truth be told, though, any league is my favorite as long as the competition is worthwhile.
Your biggest score(s) in fantasy football: Hard to name just one when spanning 20 years, but the one that comes quickest to my mind was in 2000 when I won just about every league riding on the heels of Aaron Brooks and Mike Anderson. More recently, I grabbed Miles Austin as a preemptive one-week spot start off the free agent wire. Of course, Austin blew up in that week, stuck in my lineup and led my team on a surprising title run. Among my favorite picks from past rookie drafts - Anquan Boldin (late second-round pick who blew up in his first NFL game) and Lofa Tatupu (last-round pick in a longstanding IDP league run by our own John Norton).
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: Jake Locker and Kenny Britt
Kenny Britt isn't a sleeper, but he's undervalued in the rankings and ADP currently. Britt has elite potential. I believe he has the upside to be one of the top fantasy receivers if he could stay healthy and focused off the field. Currently, I know that I'm highest on him among our FBG staff.
Mohamed Sanu is a rookie that could step right into the Bengals starting job opposite A.J. Green. With a young quarterback like Andy Dalton, who has some arm strength limitations, Sanu could be the giant-handed, T.J. Houshmandzadeh-clone that could thrive immediately in that offense. The early reports out of OTAs are encouraging as Sanu has caught everything in sight, demonstrated excellent route running and understanding of the Bengals offense. While speed has been a shortcoming of his game, Sanu appears to have better functional football speed than he does timed, straight line speed in shorts. I'm cool with that.
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: There are several players that I will avoid, but if they fall far enough I could see myself selecting them against my better judgment. Anquan Boldin and Santonio Holmes come to mind after being burned by them last year in one particular league. Boldin's skills have eroded, and he isn't explosive enough to continue producing as he has in the past. Holmes should be fine, although the notion of Tim Tebow emerging as the Jets quarterback is enough of a menace for me to downgrade him on my draft board, so that he's unlikely to end up on my teams.
How much of fantasy football is skill? How much is luck? It takes a fair amount of skill to build a team that is balanced and capable of handling the rigors of a 16-game NFL schedule such as bye weeks and injuries. However, even the most skilled fantasy owners need a little bit of luck to take home the trophy.
What's the biggest mistake you see fantasy players make? Some owners fall in love with "their players" and wait too long to cut bait or make trades. Don't be afraid to wheel and deal and never stop improving your roster.
Give a wild prediction about the 2012 season that most would be shocked if it happened (out on the limb thought): Detroit Lions win the Super Bowl, and Jahvid Best plays the full season without a single concussion.
Super Bowl Teams and Score: Houston 23 - Philadelphia 17
NFL Rookie of the Year: Doug Martin
NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Peyton Manning, although I'd love for it to be Randy Moss.
Parting thoughts about anything at all: Go Blue
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