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: Brian Quinlan
Twitter handle: @BNQuinlan
Approximate number of tweets per month: About 790
Number that are following you: 1,157
Number that you are following: 725
Tweeting since: I joined twitter May 24, 2010 and have 18,929 tweets at the time of this write up.
Occupation (when not talking about football): I work in radiology as a CT Supervisor
Family life: Live with my girlfriend, Daniela, and our 2 dogs - Stella, and Cookie (named for Cookie Gilchrist)
Quick Bio (who you are, site(s) you represent, etc.): I've been writing fantasy football content on and off for 2 years. Ran a website with a buddy of mine FFSentinel.com (now defunct) and also have done some writing for a few other sites as well as worked with Jim Day (Fantasytaz) as a regular on his Twitter Fantasy Football Roundtable show on blogtalkradio. Right now I'm focusing on school and work, but continue to share my opinions via twitter.
What is something unique about you that few would know about? I believe in gut feelings. I'll examine every stat on can get my hands on, but my final decision comes from instinct. So when you ask my opinion on sit/start and things like that you are getting the answer I would go with 100% of the time, right or wrong I'm in it with you.
What you do for fun during the football offseason: There is no offseason in football.
Favorite NFL Team(s): Buffalo Bills
Favorite NFL player(s): Jim Kelly
Make your case for why fantasy football addicts should get on Twitter: There really is no better source for real time info than twitter, and on top of that some of the brightest fantasy football minds are people the masses don't know about. You know who does know about those guys? The people who are constantly making the playoffs and winning championships.
Except for yourself, give us three to five MUST FOLLOWS on Twitter: My first must follow is the guy who really brought me into the twitter fantasy football community, Jim Day @Fantasytaz. Absolutely one of the guys I respect most on twitter
John Sarmento @rumfordjohnny is a great follow. He knows his fantasy football, but is also a solid dude. Good sense of humor and interacts with people often.
Andrew Miley @andrewmiley is another guy I've been following a long time now. I met him through Jim and he is certainly one of the opinions I seek on all things football.
Chris Wesseling and Evan Silva @Chris Wesseling @evansilva The Rotoworld guys. Seriously smart guys that work for one of the best fantasy football sites out there.
Also Chet Gresham, Shane Hallam, Mike Clay and all the Profootballfocus.com crew.
Years playing fantasy football: I've been playing fantasy football for about 15 years now.
Favorite style of play (Dynasty, Redraft, Auction, Best Ball, Survivor, etc): Dynasty league with PPR and IDP
Your biggest score(s) in fantasy football: My memory isn't great but I did win a championship with Shaun Alexander in 2002 and 2005 (different leagues). His 5 TD show in 2002 was pretty nice, especially since I wasn't as into PPR leagues back then. Biggest score in the clutch was Mike Anderson in week 14 of 2000. I backed into the playoffs that year and 250 yards and 4 TDs propelled me to a win and eventual championship in a league that year.
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:Brandon Lloyd reunites with McDaniels except this time he has one of the best QBs ever throwing him the ball, and yet guys like Antonio Brown, Kenny Britt, and Demaryius Thomas... etc are being picked over him in drafts. That seems crazy to me, but I love that I can get him at a great value. ADP 74.
Greg Olsen. I liked him going into last season with OC Chudzinski being TE friendly. I like him even more this year. He should get 100+ targets this year, something only 8 TEs saw in 2011. Kellen Winslow was the only TE who saw more than 100 targets and didn't finish in the top 10. I fully expect Olsen to be a top 10 guy this year and he's currently being drafted as the 19th TE.
Toby Gerhart. Sure all reports say Peterson will be back early in the year if not by week 1, but I'm not buying it. No one heals 100% after a torn ACL. I expect Gerhart will get in the neighborhood of 150 carries and considering he's the 51st RB coming off the board the value is there. For perspective for weeks 12-17 last year Gerhart was the 10th ranked RB in PPR formats.
How much of fantasy football is skill? How much is luck? Fantasy football is 50% skill 50% luck and 50% superstition.
What's the biggest mistake you see fantasy players make? The biggest mistake I see players make is drafting on name recognition. You need to watch as much football as you can, find a core group of guys to follow on twitter. Last year Darren Sproles was drafted as the 51st RB. He ended up as the #3 ranked RB in PPR formats. So you have to look at everything, not just a players name and reputation.
What do you wished you had learned about fantasy football five years ago? I'm not sure what I wished I knew 5 years ago about fantasy football. I guess I wish I knew how much fun IDP leagues were, I wouldn't have help out so long before getting into a few.
Give a wild prediction about the 2012 season that most would be shocked if it happened (out on the limb thought): Buffalo Bills AFC East Champs
Super Bowl Teams and Score: Texans 27 / Packers 35
NFL Rookie of the Year: Trent Richardson
NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Peyton Manning
Parting thoughts about anything at all: Thanks for including me in this group I'm honored to be a part of it. For everyone else get on twitter, start following and start dominating your leagues.
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