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 Yeomans
Twitter handle: @Eric_Yeomans
Approximate number of tweets per month: 300
Number that are following you: 1,900
Number that you are following: 940
Tweeting since: 2010
Occupation (when not talking about football): Banker
Family life: I am the oldest of two, with a younger brother. I'm currently single, but am always looking for that special lady to spend a romantic Sunday on the couch watching football with.
What is something unique about you that few would know about? I have a Siamese fighting fish called A Fish Named Slickback
What you do for fun during the football offseason: Trick question: there is no offseason. When not working on offseason football content, I enjoy golfing, triathlon training, and checking out all the summer blockbusters in theaters.
Favorite NFL Team(s): Atlanta Falcons
Favorite NFL player(s): Michael Vick, Julio Jones, Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, Jermichael Finley
Make your case for why fantasy football addicts should get on Twitter: I was extremely hesitant to join Twitter, but once I did I was exposed to a whole new level of information and communication. All the news breaks on Twitter, and almost every fantasy football writer is on Twitter and very easy to communicate with. It's the best way to gain that competitive edge, and allows you to join in on a much bigger community than you ever thought possible.
Except for yourself, give us three to five MUST FOLLOWS on Twitter: Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL), Chet Gresham (@Chet_G), Jim Day (@FantasyTaz), Ross Miles (@PFF_RossMiles), Jeff Ratcliffe (@JeffRatcliffe)
Years playing fantasy football: Seven
Favorite style of play (Dynasty, Redraft, Auction, Best Ball, Survivor, etc): I love auction drafts, and avoid snake drafts as much as possible. As an IDP guy, I also like to be in IDP leagues and can't wait for the day to be done with Team D/ST completely. I played in a format last year in the Pro Football Focus staff league that I fell in love with. Instead of weekly matchups, you play against every team and have a weekly win-loss record based on how many teams you would have beat. It really helps take the luck out of a head-to-head format, but still requires you to have the skill to set the best lineups and manage your team.
Your biggest score(s) in fantasy football: I've played in so many leagues, I can't remember. But I'm sure my team in the Razzball league in 2010 that had Michael Vick, Adrian Peterson, Darren McFadden, Fred Jackson, Roddy White, Dwayne Bowe, and Jeremy Maclin put up some monster scores.
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: Two players that could drastically outperform their current ADP are Felix Jones and Tim Hightower. Jones has never, and will likely never be more than a committee back. That's okay, because he's still extremely explosive and only needs 12-15 touches to be productive, especially in PPR leagues. And all that's standing in his way of more touches than that is an injury prone running back coming off a serious injury in DeMarco Murray. There's a ton of value there. As for Hightower, as of right now he's the starting running back for the Redskins, yet is still being drafted outside the top 50 running backs. While I don't think he's the best running back on his team, whenever you can get a starter that late, you jump on it.
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: Well as you'll find out, I never say never on any players. But realistically two players that won't make it to a value of my liking are Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles. Blown knees scare the bejeezus out of me, especially with two players who have such a high reliance on being strong and explosive. By all accounts, Peterson is an absolute freak and is recovering amazingly, but most reports are generally rosy this time of the year. And Charles will be sharing touches with Peyton Hillis, who I expect to lead that backfield in touches this season. These are just two situations I'm avoiding, and will let others deal with.
How much of fantasy football is skill? How much is luck? To win you need a good combination of both. Injuries happen. Busts happen. Sleepers keep sleeping. And sometimes those terrible seasons where you consistently have the second highest score each week, and the highest score overall, but get to play the weekly high scorer every week happen. But if you have enough skill, most of this bad luck can be overcome, as everyone is subject to it. Everyone can be lucky, but not everyone can be good.
What's the biggest mistake you see fantasy players make? Completely writing off busts, and just not drafting them period. More often than not, every player has their value, yet gets labeled as untouchable and thus just gets passed over. I think my favorite most recent example of this is Darren McFadden in 2010. He'd burned owners for the previous two seasons and was being drafted well outside the top 100. The risk of investing a pick outside the 100 is minimal, yet nobody wanted to be the guy that owned him despite his skill set. He ended up finally putting it all together and had himself an amazing season, and led many owners to a championship that year. Lesson being, just because somebody has burned you in the past or has been labeled a bust doesn't mean you should completely avoid them. Just make sure the reward outweighs the risk.
What's the thing you wished you'd learned about fantasy football five years ago? I think the biggest thing was how easy it is to get your voice out there. I would always read different writer's opinions and think to myself "what is this person thinking?!" It's so easy to start your own blog, share your ideas, and maybe even have a person or two read and follow them. If you have an opinion and want to get it out there, do it!
Give a wild prediction about the 2012 season that most would be shocked if it happened (out on the limb thought): Following Cam Newton's amazing rookie season, Robert Griffin III outdoes him and leads all quarterbacks in fantasy scoring.
Super Bowl Teams and Score: Philadelphia Eagles 34 – New England Patriots 29
NFL Rookie of the Year: Robert Griffin III
NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Antoine Winfield
Parting thoughts about anything at all: Don't get emotionally attached to a player, whether it be positive or negative. Always draft with risk-reward and expected return in mind. If you weren't afraid to be the fool who invested in McFadden and Arian Foster in 2010, or Chris Wells and Reggie Bush last season, you would have had yourself some pretty good years.
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