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: David Dodds
Twitter handle: @fbg_dodds
Approximate number of tweets per month: 250
Number that are following you: 2,500+
Number that you are following: 800+
Tweeting since: I have had an account for a few years, but just started tweeting seriously in April 2012.
Occupation (when not talking about football): Owning/operating Footballguys.com is my full-time gig. I dabble in stocks and NL poker for additional revenue.
Family life: Divorced dad raising my 17 year old daughter Caitlin.
Quick Bio (who you are, site(s) you represent, etc.): Born David Dodds (50% Ds for those keeping track at home). I was a math prodigy early and grew up in a family that played a lot of games. I became a world-class backgammon player and solved the Rubik's Cube in less than 30 seconds while still in high school. I majored in Industrial and Systems Engineering at USC (computers, statistics, game theory) and used that degree for awhile at the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach where I eventually was running the Standard and Tomahawk Missile Maintenance programs for them. But my true love was always games. I played fantasy football with some friends and was hooked immediately. I sought out everything to improve my skill level and founded mrfootball.com to put my thoughts on the web. I sold that site to Fanball, but continued to hone my skill set before eventually joining forces with Joe Bryant to form Footballguys.com.
What is something unique about you that few would know about? I dress up in a full Elmo costume and ride my converted Big Wheel every Easter in San Francisco for their Bring Your Own Big Wheel Races. I also own about 70,000 wheat pennies.
What you do for fun during the football offseason: I try and stay engaged in football all year around, but I play some poker and catch up on all the things I have been neglecting during the season (house and yard work mostly)
Favorite NFL Team(s): San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers
Favorite NFL player(s): Jahvid Best, Antonio Gates, and Patrick Willis
Make your case for why fantasy football addicts should get on Twitter: The amount of GREAT information sharing is SICK. All the news breaks on Twitter first. All of the early analysis breaks on Twitter first. Links to awesome articles appear on Twitter immediately. The most important people that follow the NFL/fantasy football are all on there bouncing their ideas around. If you are serious about football/fantasy football, you need to be on Twitter.
Except for yourself, give us three to five MUST FOLLOWS on Twitter: I am extremely partial to the staff of Footballguys that post regularly on Twitter. @SigmundBloom is the #1 go to guy on Twitter for me. If you are not following him, you are making a huge mistake. For injuries, @JeneBramel is second to none. He is a doctor in real life yet plays in the hardest IDP leagues in the country. No one is more capable of assessing that tweaked hamstring or ACL tear than Dr. Jene. For NFL Rookies, I like @MattWaldman who spends tireless hours breaking down a lot of film for his Rookie Scouting Report. For interesting insights and a lot of laughs, I am extremely found of @FantasyDouche. Way too many great people to narrow this to just a few people though. Anyone that we asked for an interview on here is well worth following in my opinion.
Years playing fantasy football: This will be year 25 for me. Pretty crazy stuff. I think we can officially say that this game is here to stay.
Favorite style of play (Dynasty, Redraft, Auction, Best Ball, Survivor, etc): I love auctions the best as you can build your team exactly like you want provided you pay the going rate for the player.
Your biggest score(s) in fantasy football: I defeated 23 highly ranked players to take down $5,000 in the WCOFF Invitational. I won a WCOFF Draft Master for $6,000 and a FFPC Draft Experts for $4,500 too. But despite healthy monetary wins, I take the most pride in the fact I have won the Fantasy Index Auction three of the last five years. And I have another great team this 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:
RB Isaac Redman is going to be given every opportunity to be the Steelers back now and into the future. Rashard Mendenhall does not have a contract after this season and may start the year on the PUP list.
TE Jermaine Gresham is going to see a lot of targets because the Bengals don't have a valid WR2 to play opposite of A.J. Green.
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:
RB Adrian Peterson is making his case to be the opening day starter after an injury that many thought could be career ending. I am not doubting his talent, work ethic, or heart, but I won't be drafting him this year. There is a myriad of players that have failed to make it back to 100% with a lot more rehabbing.
RB Maurice Jones-Drew was said to be running bone-on-bone before the start of last season. I remember the fall of Curtis Martin. He was elite one second and then out of the league the next with a similar medical condition. You can't improve bone-on-bone. It just gets worse and worse. Perhaps Jones-Drew has a few more career seasons in him, but I won't be rostering him. In fact I think Rashad Jennings (his backup) could be ready for a breakout year should Jones-Drew go down.
How much of fantasy football is skill? How much is luck? In the leagues I win I like to think it's 80% skill and about 20% luck. In the leagues I lose I would flip those numbers.
What's the biggest mistake you see fantasy players make? I think players get caught up in what that player did last year. This usually understates injured players and rookies and overstates players coming off career highs. Additionally, offseason moves (free agency, NFL draft, Coaching changes) can significantly change a player's opportunities and depth chart position.
Give a wild prediction about the 2012 season that most would be shocked if it happened (out on the limb thought): New York Jets fail to win six games.
Super Bowl Teams and Score: Green Bay 38, New England 31
NFL Rookie of the Year: Robert Griffin III barely beats out Trent Richardson
NFL Comeback Player of the Year: I think the NFL already engraved this one for Peyton Manning.
Parting thoughts about anything at all: Loving that we are no longer talking about the NFL lockout. Looking forward to a full offseason of OTAs and camps.
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