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: Chet Gresham
Twitter handle: @Chet_G
Approximate number of tweets per month: 2,000 (good lord)
Number that are following you: 5,111
Number that you are following: 3,943
Tweeting since: July 2009
Occupation (when not talking about football): College English Instructor/Site Manager for Lincoln Park Conservancy
Quick Bio (who you are, site(s) you represent, etc.): I cut my teeth on fantasy football at Sporting News playing salary cap games. After I finished first in one of the overall site leagues and won 10k, I was hooked. I then started up the football side of Razzball.com and now have started up my own sites The Fake Football, Baseball, and Basketball while also writing for Rotoworld and Bleacher Report.
What is something unique about you that few would know about? I broke the record for the Kansas "Big Year" by identifying the most birds in one year.
What you do for fun during the football offseason: Research fantasy football.
Favorite NFL Team(s): Pittsburgh Steelers
Favorite NFL player(s): Larry Fitzgerald
Make your case for why fantasy football addicts should get on Twitter: The most practical reason is to be on top of the news so you can make timely transactions. If Adam Schefter tweets about a trade or injury you probably know before the player himself. After that and more important to me is the ability to share and bounce ideas off other fantasy football players is invaluable. We can easily get stuck in our thinking about a player or an offense and getting different perspectives allows us to expand our knowledge and hopefully our evaluations.
Except for yourself, give us three to five MUST FOLLOWS on Twitter: It's cliché to say that there are too many to list here but it is the absolute truth. @AdamSchefter is still at the top of my list for breaking news. The guys at Rotoworld @ChrisWesseling and @EvanSilva are good at not giving you the normal info rehashed and often challenge my thinking which I like. @FantasyDouche is new to the twitter scene but is doing some really interesting stuff with stats and has a great ability to cut through the BS toward something tangible. Finally I'd probably go with a talent evaluator like @GregCosell. There are plenty out there, but he's one that I respect.
Years playing fantasy football: 15
Favorite style of play (Dynasty, Redraft, Auction, Best Ball, Survivor, etc): I started with salary cap leagues and I'd say they are still my favorite. I like that everyone has the same player pool and amount of "money" to spend. I feel like it really evens the playing field and for the most part takes out some of the flukiness of injuries.
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:
Right now I like Greg Little and Malcom Floyd. I think both are being undervalued for legitimate reasons but both have the ability to put up good numbers. Little is risky since we don't know how Weeden will do, but the Browns will be behind and will continue throwing to Little like they did last season (120 targets) and Weeden should make those targets more productive.
Floyd will have to contend with Robert Meachem for targets rather than Vincent Jackson, he caught 4 TDs in the last 5 games, if he hadn't missed 4 games would have reached 1,141 receiving yards, and 91% of his receptions went for first downs. I like him more than Meachem this season.
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 don't think there are any uninjured players who I couldn't envision on my team but I do worry about Maurice Jones-Drew and Rob Gronkowski at their current ADP. Last year much of the fantasy football world was worried about MJD's knee and workload, including myself. Instead he had a huge year and was incredibly amazing with the Jaguars being pretty much inept in every other facet of their offense. He did it all on his own and it looks like he'll have to do that yet again. I'm not betting on him being able to buck the odds with a top 5 pick.
Gronkowski could prove me wrong of course, but with the addition of Brandon Lloyd and the fact that only two wide receivers have caught more than 18 TDs in a season ever (I count Gronk's "rushing" TD as a reception), I just don't see last season as repeatable. Of course he should be a top TE again, but seeing him go in the first round in some mocks seems a little hopeful.
How much of fantasy football is skill? How much is luck? Both words are loaded, but I'd say it's about 50/50. Skill and time go hand in hand. If you stay on top of news and analysis and your team, you've set yourself up to win. There are plenty of strategies that go awry that might show some flaw in your analysis or just some flaw in the sacrifices you made to the fantasy Gods. Perseverance and hard work will win out in the long run.
What's the biggest mistake you see fantasy players make? Not going for the gold. If you want to beat the 11 other teams you can't play it safe. If you think Ryan Mathews is going to dominate this season then take him over MJD and don't think about it again. Don't worry that player's ADP are way off from your evaluation. Reach for guys so someone else doesn't reach first.
What's the thing you wished you'd learned about fantasy football five years ago? Probably the above. You've done the research. You've made your rankings. Now go for it.
Give a wild prediction about the 2012 season that most would be shocked if it happened (out on the limb thought): Percy Harvin will lead all receivers in fantasy points.
Super Bowl Teams and Score: Packers 34 - Patriots 28
NFL Rookie of the Year: Trent Richardson
NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Jahvid Best
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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