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: Cecil Lammey
Twitter handle: @cecillammey
Approximate number of tweets per month: 250 (more during football season)
Number that are following you: 6,345
Number that you are following: 381
Tweeting since: 2009
Occupation (when not talking about football): Talking about football. NFL Insider for ESPN Denver, senior writer for Footballguys.com.
Family life: Three great kids, and married to my loving wife Stacey for 15 years. My son Liam is an up and coming youth quarterback in the state of Colorado. My daughter Katarina loves cheerleading, singing, and writing songs. My daughter Avery loves to dance and is into martial arts.
Quick Bio (who you are, site(s) you represent, etc.): I work as the NFL Insider for ESPN Denver and host my show Ridin Shotgun on 102.3 ESPN. I am also a senior writer for Footballguys.com I run the news wire and comment on all the news stories that come out each day. I also host the award winning podcast The Audible. My co-host is Sigmund Bloom, and we've been going strong with hundreds of episodes released per year since 2006.
What is something unique about you that few would know about? I still have my USTRC (United States Team Roping) card. I can rope head or heels and used to calf rope and ride bulls when I was younger. I'm also a former comic book artist (Legend Comics) and have a couple of movie treatments I've written.
What you do for fun during the football offseason: Football season is my busiest time of year. I do pre- and post-game shows covering the Denver Broncos and attend games in the press box. My schedule is extremely cramped, but will play some Xbox 360 to blow off steam late at night.
Favorite NFL Team(s): Pittsburgh Steelers
Favorite NFL player(s): Easily Walter Payton. Current Player? Arian Foster or Calvin Johnson.
Make your case for why fantasy football addicts should get on Twitter: You get up-to-the-second updates and instant reaction to news in the NFL. Most serious writers/analysts aren't tweeting about what they ate for lunch. It's a great place to discuss football, mingle with fellow fans, and interact with media members. I try to respond to every question I get on Twitter, which at times can take hours on end and put me over the allowed amount of Tweets per day!
Except for yourself, give us three to five MUST FOLLOWS on Twitter: @adamschefter, @sigmundbloom, @aaron_nagler, @wesbunting, @williamsonNFL
Years playing fantasy football: 19 years
Favorite style of play (Dynasty, Redraft, Auction, Best Ball, Survivor, etc): Dynasty Auctions are the best. Once you experience an auction you'll never want to re-draft again!
Your biggest score(s) in fantasy football: Scored almost 200 points in one week (8 starters).
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:
Denarius Moore from the Oakland Raiders is a player to keep an eye on. He flashed big time ability when I saw him at the NFLPA Game in January of 2011 and continued to do so last year as a rookie. This year he'll actually have a full offseason working with quarterback Carson Palmer. He's the most gifted and complete wide receiver on the roster and could make an impact like Greg Jennings does for the Packers. I believe Moore could finish the year as a WR2 with upside. His current ADP is WR32 and you can add him in the late seventh-round of standard 12-team leagues.
Ryan Williams from the Arizona Cardinals is the other player I'd like to highlight. He's a fantastic runner who has Marshall Faulk-like vision and moves in the open field. Williams missed his rookie season (2011) due to a knee injury but will be full strength by the time training camp starts. Sure, Beanie Wells is starting in front of him but had a mysterious (it's not microfracture…or is it?) surgery this offseason. Wells is known to get dinged up quite a bit and Williams could literally take this job and run with it. If given the opportunity to start as a featured runner Williams would perform like a RB2 with upside. His current ADP is RB42 and you can add him in the mid ninth-round of standard 12-team leagues.
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:
Jamaal Charles is a player I'm letting other people draft in front of me at the beginning of the second-round. He's coming back from a knee injury, and will also have to play in a RBBC with Peyton Hillis. OC Brian Daboll got 1,000-yard rushing season from Hillis when they were together in Cleveland in 2010. Hillis can also be used effectively as a goal-line running back and receiver out of the backfield. His presence will cut into Charles touches greatly. He's coming off the board as RB12 but I think he could perform more like RB25 in 2012.
The second player I'm avoiding is Michael Turner. The Falcons are going to spread the ball out through the air under OC Dirk Koetter and Turner is but a shadow of the player he used to be. With their spread attack we could see more from second-year RB Jacquizz Rodgers. Turner is more of a traditional back and not known as a receiver out of the backfield. He's coming off the board as RB16 at the beginning of the third-round. I feel his production could really fall off in 2012, and he may finish the season outside the top 25 RBs in fantasy football.
How much of fantasy football is skill? How much is luck? It's a balance certainly. The skill gets you in position to win a championship, the luck gets you the win. Without the skill you won't even be in contention.
What's the biggest mistake you see fantasy players make? They still draft with their heart. Broncos fans will always put a premium on Broncos players, etc and so on.
What do you wished you had learned about fantasy football five years ago? How to beat Frank Schwab.
Give a wild prediction about the 2012 season that most would be shocked if it happened (out on the limb thought): Tim Tebow leads the Jets in rushing? How about Santana Moss as the Redskins leading receiver? Either one works for me.
Super Bowl Teams and Score: New York Giants - 21 / Denver Broncos - 35
NFL Rookie of the Year: Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland Browns. I haven't seen a better back enter the pros since Adrian Peterson did back in 2007.
NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Peyton Manning easily. He won't throw 40+ passes per game for the Broncos, but should have about 500 attempts on the season.
Parting thoughts about anything at all: Make sure to listen to Ridin Shotgun, The Audible, and watch Footballguys TV! I love what I do for a living and feel truly blessed every day. Love and energy from the fans and followers drives me, and I appreciate all the interaction I get with the fans in person or via Twitter. I'm living proof that following your dreams pays off. Hard work, passion, and love are the keys to happiness and success. Find what you love, and do what you love.
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