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: Chris Wesseling
Twitter handle: @ChrisWesseling
Approximate number of tweets per month: Inseason, 600. Offseason, 200.
Number that are following you: 9,935
Number that you are following: 493
Tweeting since: Spring of 2009
Occupation (when not talking about football): Full-time sportswriter
Family life: Beautiful girlfriend, but never been married.
Quick Bio (who you are, site(s) you represent, etc.): I started writing about fantasy football on the Footballguys.com message boards' Dynasty Rankings thread about 7-8 years ago. That led to the Sons of the Tundra Dynasty Rankings blog and a trial run on Rotoworld's Dynasty coverage. Shortly thereafter, I was working shifts on Rotoworld news scroll and pumping out content for Gregg Rosenthal. Following Rosenthal's exit to ProFootballTalk and NFL.com, Evan Silva and I now run the fantasy football content for Rotoworld.com while occasionally contributing to NBCSports.com's NFL coverage. Our online Draft Guide is scheduled to launch at the beginning of July.
What is something unique about you that few would know about? I was a letter carrier in Covington, Kentucky in the mid-90s after blowing my scholarship at Xavier University.
What you do for fun during the football offseason: Beach, softball, grilling/smoking, reading, carousing, spending quality time with my girlfriend and her daughter.
Favorite NFL Team(s): Bengals' opponent.
Favorite NFL player(s): Steve Smith (CAR)
Make your case for why fantasy football addicts should get on Twitter: It's about access. There's a constant exchange of ideas among the best football minds in the country. If you have a question for a fantasy football analyst, team beat writer, former scout, or NFL insider, there's a better than even chance to receive a quick answer. If you want to be the first in your league to know about a trade, injury, player promotion -- essentially any relevant football news -- Twitter is now your only option.
Except for yourself, give us three to five MUST FOLLOWS on Twitter: @Greg Cosell, @Evan Silva, @Gregg Rosenthal, @MoveTheSticks, @FantasyDouche
Years playing fantasy football: 19
Favorite style of play (Dynasty, Redraft, Auction, Best Ball, Survivor, etc): Dynasty, with playoffs during the NFL playoffs. So much more strategy, so much less luck.
Your biggest score(s) in fantasy football: Single game: just over 200 points. Several undefeated seasons.
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:
- Michael Vick - We were talking about him at this time last year as the potential No. 1 overall pick. Nothing has changed this year except the offensive line is solidified and Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson are poised for bounce-back seasons. Vick still has the highest ceiling in fantasy, yet his ADP is closer to Tony Romo than Cam Newton.
- Percy Harvin - Fantasy Football Calculator's ADP has 18 receivers being drafted ahead of Harvin as of mid-June. As slump-proof as any receiver in the game from Week 10 on last season, Harvin averaged 11 touches per week. That game-to-game consistency makes him a top-six fantasy receiver this year.
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:
- Michael Turner - Falcons going to a more pass-heavy offense, plan to limit his carries, running on fumes by the end of the season, doesn't catch passes.
- BenJarvus Green-Ellis - Will be exposed outside of Pats offense. Replacement-level talent who flirted with 3.0 YPC if you take out the game where the Jets played seven DBs. Will enter the season in a timeshare with Bernard Scott, a more talented player.
How much of fantasy football is skill? How much is luck? Prior to the internet boom those with skill, knowledge, finely-tuned instincts, and access to information had a nearly unbeatable advantage. Over the past decade or so, luck has played a much greater part to the point where finely-tuned instincts are now the most important factor. Research has shown that lucky people have better instincts than unlucky people. Fantasy football is a verdant proving ground for that theory.
What's the biggest mistake you see fantasy players make? Drafting established mediocrities over high-risk players with major upside.
What do you wished you had learned about fantasy football five years ago? Which players would go down with major injuries over the past five years.
Give a wild prediction about the 2012 season that most would be shocked if it happened (out on the limb thought): Brandon Lloyd finishes with more fantasy points than Rob Gronkowski.
Super Bowl Teams and Score: Patriots 33, Eagles 30
NFL Rookie of the Year: Andrew Luck, Colts
NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Randy Moss, 49ers
Parting thoughts about anything at all:
"The wisest men follow their own direction
And listen to no prophet guiding them.
None but the fools believe in oracles,
Forsaking their own judgment. Those who know,
Know that such men can only come to grief." - Euripides, 414 BC
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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