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: Eric Dickens
Twitter handle: @DLFootball
Approximate number of tweets per month: 1900
Number that are following you: 1880
Number that you are following: 486
Tweeting since: 4/1/11
Occupation (when not talking about football): Insurance sales, aspiring teacher
Family life: Married to my high school sweetheart, 10 year old girl, 5 year old boy
Quick Bio (who you are, site(s) you represent, etc.): I'm part of dynastyleaguefootball.com. We're the leaders in the dynasty fantasy football industry and have an incredible forum full of intelligent, dedicated owners. We pride ourselves in going the extra mile for our readers and giving them the best tools and content on the planet in order to dominate their dynasty leagues.
What is something unique about you that few would know about? I read more than most...when I was a kid I used to get grounded from reading instead of the television. I read a little bit of everything and often finish a book in one setting if left alone for a while.
What you do for fun during the football offseason: What offseason?
Favorite NFL Team(s): Denver Broncos
Favorite NFL player(s): Ray Rice, AJ Green, Larry Fitzgerald, Terrell Davis, Jerry Rice
Make your case for why fantasy football addicts should get on Twitter: Honestly, it's one of the greatest things to happen to fantasy football since the emergence of the internet. It's never been this easy to have access to info and interact with experts in the field. If you're not already on twitter, you are a step behind.
Except for yourself, give us three to five MUST FOLLOWS on Twitter: Outside the rest of the DLF crew, I highly recommend following @FantasyDouche, @4for4_Josh, @MattWaldman, @ChrisWesseling and @SigmundBloom.
Years playing fantasy football: 14 years
Favorite style of play (Dynasty, Redraft, Auction, Best Ball, Survivor, etc): Dynasty, of course. The larger the roster, the better.
Your biggest score(s) in fantasy football: Removal of the kicker in many of my leagues has been my greatest achievement thus far. In all seriousness, a dynasty startup draft in 2009 that has netted me two championships and an undefeated regular season are at the top of the list.
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: My world is all about dynasty fantasy football, so I think there's value to be had with a couple of "older" RBs this year. Namely, Willis McGahee of the Broncos and Steven Jackson of the Rams. With both teams drafting the running back position highly in this year's draft, they both appear to be forgotten about a little bit in dynasty drafts so far.
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: Darren McFadden won't likely be on any of my teams this year. As the RB8 so far in dynasty startups, he presents too much risk for my liking. He potentially has the ability to be a huge difference maker, but if he's only in the lineup for you half the time, then it's going to be a tough season at that price. Another player I'm wary of is Andre Johnson as the 26th overall player off the board at this point. I love his talent, but I worry the combination of the Texans moving to more of a run-based offense, and his inability to stay healthy will make his price tag too much for me.
How much of fantasy football is skill? How much is luck? I always say that you need skill to be consistently in the playoffs year after year, but you need luck to win championships. If pressed for a number, I'd say 70% skill and 30% luck.
What's the biggest mistake you see fantasy players make? In dynasty leagues, I see many owners stick too closely to the consensus rankings in an effort to be "safe"'. Typically all that gets you is a mediocre season. In order to improve as a dynasty owner, I've found it takes the guts to make a stand on a player when you see special talent.
What do you wished you had learned about fantasy football five years ago? I wished I would have learned how to ignore situation to a large extent and focus more on the talent/ability of a player. Situation changes quickly in today's NFL and your once promising lineup could be left behind when it does.
Give a wild prediction about the 2012 season that most would be shocked if it happened (out on the limb thought): Kendall Hunter finishes the season as a top 12 RB.
Super Bowl Teams and Score: Packers 37, Texans 27
NFL Rookie of the Year: Andrew Luck
NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Gotta be Peyton Manning, right?
Parting thoughts about anything at all: As an advocate of dynasty fantasy football, I'd be remiss if I didn't encourage those new to the format to jump in with both feet and try it out. For me, it's a completely different level of fantasy football and extremely enjoyable to build a team that you keep from year to year.
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