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: Joe Bryant
Approximate number of tweets per month: 50
Number that are following you: 3,160 for @Joe_Bryant and 5,408 for @Football_guys
Number that you are following:493 for @Joe_Bryant and 79 for @Football_guys
Tweeting since: 2009 for both
Occupation (when not talking about football):
Owner - Footballguys.com President - Bryant Boats Firemaker - Black Eyed Joe's BBQ
Family life: Married well over my head. Four kids ages 18 to 11. Two dogs.
Quick Bio (who you are, site(s) you represent, etc.): My favorite Twitter description is "A person of interest in a developing situation" That's a pretty good description of life. I'm blessed beyond words to be able to do what I love, with people I love being with.
What is something unique about you that few would know about? I rarely wear underwear and when I do it's usually something unusual.
What you do for fun during the football offseason: Run Footballguys.com.
Favorite NFL Team(s): Officially a free agent fan as I truly like most all teams equally. If you made me choose one, I'd pull for Oakland.
Favorite NFL player(s): Wes Welker, Arian Foster, Darrelle Revis, and Alex Tanney.
Make your case for why fantasy football addicts should get on Twitter: Fifteen years ago, the gap between the news event happening and the reader getting the story was pretty wide. A few years later, the internet dramatically narrowed the gap. Today, Twitter has virtually closed the gap.
Except for yourself, give us three to five MUST FOLLOWS on Twitter:
David Dodds @fbg_dodds Matthew Berry @MatthewBerryTMR Doug Farrar @SC_DougFarrar Sigmund Bloom @SigmundBloom Matt Waldman @MattWaldman
Years playing fantasy football: 23
Favorite style of play (Dynasty, Redraft, Auction, Best Ball, Survivor, etc): Auction is the most challenging, but I find myself still drawn to the good old redraft.
Your biggest score(s) in fantasy football: Isaac Bruce in 1995, Jeff Garcia in 2000, Willie Parker in 2005, Arian Foster in 2010. On a side note, I hate this question as every owner gets a few right. I also was high on Kevan Barlow.
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: I feel like I'm giving a recording, but I'm answering this question the same way this year - I'd say a value trend I see strongly for this year is this - wait, wait, wait on your quarterback. I mean like wait forever. Once you're past the Rodgers / Brady / Brees bunch, this is an incredibly deep group of quarterbacks. And it fits right into the Value Based Drafting concept I developed years ago. Quarterbacks get all the attention (and they score a lot of points), but the reality this year is that there will be a ton of quarterbacks that will be completely serviceable. For specific players, I love Tony Romo if you just can't hold out and wait too long. Other players like Robert Griffin III, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Joe Flacco all can be had much later and will give good value with nice upside.
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: Again, another recording but I'll go again with another trend I see that I believe you should avoid: Beware the old Running Backs. The possibility for vastly underperforming their ADP just feels bigger than ever with these guys. Teams like the Bears aren't trying to be scrooges when they hesitate to pay a guy like Matt Forte. They realize the harsh truth of the situation - running back is a young man's position. And these guys have incredibly short shelf lives. Now to be fair, obviously guys like Maurice Jones-Drew, Matt Forte, and Michael Turner will be productive players. Some maybe very productive. But I'll let another owner roll the dice there. I think a 2011 Maurice Jones-Drew season is more the exception for these aging guys than the rule.
How much of fantasy football is skill? How much is luck? Baseball legend Branch Rickey said it well with "Luck is the residue of opportunity and design." I think there's a lot of truth in that. Let's not kid ourselves, as long as the game is a played with a ball the shape of a football, there's going to be luck involved. But I find the better prepared one is, the luckier they are.
What's the biggest mistake you see fantasy players make? The biggest mistake I see players making is not understanding the true value of players. Points scored and hype don't necessarily equal value. I introduced the Value Based Drafting system to Fantasy Football back in the late 90s, and I believe it's still by far the best way to value players.
What do you wished you had learned about fantasy football five years ago? Not directly about Fantasy Football, but I wish I'd invented Twitter.
Give a wild prediction about the 2012 season that most would be shocked if it happened (out on the limb thought): I don't expect it to happen, but I wouldn't be shocked if Peyton Manning is a bust in Denver.
Super Bowl Teams and Score: Detroit 27 - Houston 21
NFL Rookie of the Year: Robert Griffin III. Kid is scary.
NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Miles Austin
Parting thoughts about anything at all: Relax and let the game come to you. I see way too much negative energy and angst from owners. Do your research, make your calls, and be able to state what you think and why you think it. If someone disagrees with that, it's all good. Bottom line is enjoy the game. It's way more fun when you win. But it's still a game.
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