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: Josh Moore
Twitter handle: @4for4_Josh
Approximate number of tweets per month: 1,000 (More in #fantasyfootball season, less at other times)
Number that are following you: 3,000
Number that you are following: 350
Tweeting since: July 14th, 2009
Occupation (when not talking about football): I use my programming skills to build websites and make the Internet work.
Family life: I am finally getting married in February 2013 to my beautiful partner of 10 years and legally recognized "de facto spouse" (in Australia).
Quick Bio (who you are, site(s) you represent, etc.): I am Owner and Editor of 4for4.com. We strive to have, and have been recognized for having, the most accurate rankings in fantasy football. Over the last two years 4for4.com staff has placed in the top 5 in FantasyPros in-season accuracy four times, including a first place and runner-up finish. In 2011, 4for4.com staff earned both first and second place finishes in the FSTA's pre-season rankings accuracy contest. We work hard for our subscribers.
What is something unique about you that few would know about? I am an ordained minister. Please feel free to call me Father Moore.
What you do for fun during the football offseason: I am a traveler at heart. Whenever I get a large block of free time I like to explore the world.
Favorite NFL Team(s): Lions
Favorite NFL player(s): Calvin Freaking Johnson and Matthew Freaking Stafford -- the latter only when healthy. When injured he becomes one of my least favorites lol!
Make your case for why fantasy football addicts should get on Twitter: Twitter is amazing. I understand that tons of folks "just don't get it." But where else in the world can you interact with hundreds if not thousands of experts on whatever subject happens to interest you? Another plus is that your grandmother isn't on it (see facebook).
Except for yourself, give us three to five MUST FOLLOWS on Twitter: @4for4_John (my partner in crime), @FantasyTaz (Godfather of twitter #fantasyfootball), @FantasyDouche (quality douche-droppings on a regular basis), @RyFo18 (a great commish who also runs a great podcast), @ThePigSkinGuy (the funniest #fantasyfootball follow out there), @FtblSickness (the name says it all)
(Note to editor: sorry, couldn't stop at just 5. It was all I could do to stop at 6!)
Years playing fantasy football: 15+
Favorite style of play (Dynasty, Redraft, Auction, Best Ball, Survivor, etc): Daily fantasy football is my new love -- IMO the easiest way to consistently profit and reduce variance year-to-year.
Your biggest score(s) in fantasy football: Taking ownership of 4for4.com.
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:
Falcons RB Michael Turner: Everybody's favorite 100 pound posterior to hate on. While he may be 30 years old and on the down-swing of his career, his 2011 numbers don't reflect this. Turner turned in a 4.6 YPC average, posted a career high 17 receptions, and was near the top of the NFL in rushes of both 20+ and 40+ yards last season. Most importantly to me, Turner is going to get a lot of touches in what should be a borderline-great offense. Turner isn't a guy I reach for, but I've been consistently drafting him in the 5th round in early drafts and love that value.
Panthers WR Steve Smith: Another old guy coming off of a solid 2011 campaign. Smith finished as a top WR8 last year in PPR formats and WR6 in standard scoring. Smith is a baller and one of my favorite players to watch as he goes hard every play and even loves to block. Nothing has changed negatively about his situation and Cam Newton now has a year under his belt and a full off-season with smith. Smith can be had in the 5th round so you're essentially getting proven WR1 upside at a discounted WR2 price.
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:
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson: There's no way I'm using one of my first 3 picks on a running back coming off of a major knee injury late in the season. Part of us wants to believe AP is somehow super-human, but history tells us even if AP can return for week 1 (far from a lock), he wont post the type of season we've come to expect from one of the all time fantasy football greats. The price is too steep -- currently RB10 off the board.
Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon: Blackmon currently boasts a 7th round ADP, meaning he's being drafted as a WR3. In my opinion Blackmon is a non-elite talent. In reality he's a rookie WR going to a team that averaged 136 team passing yards and 0.67 passing touchdowns per game in 2011. To put things in perspective, Blackmon is currently being drafted higher than Julio Jones and AJ Green were being drafted last year, both superior talents. I'll pass.
How much of fantasy football is skill? How much is luck? Much like poker and other games combining skill and chance, in the short term there is a large element of luck, especially in H2H formats. In the long-term however, skill prevails. In fantasy football it's easy to look at this week's results and overreact. Don't do this! Just because your player/team underperformed this week does not necessarily mean you made any wrong decisions.
What's the biggest mistake you see fantasy players make? This year I see a big focus on dynasty leagues. While I love dynasty and play in a great one, I think the explosion of dynasty focused content and tweets is affecting players draft tendencies subconsciously in re-draft leagues.
What do you wished you had learned about fantasy football five years ago? The existence of Daily Fantasy Football contests.
Give a wild prediction about the 2012 season that most would be shocked if it happened (out on the limb thought): Jamaal Charles can't stay on the field and Peyton Hillis returns to RB1 form. He's a great fit for the Chiefs, and if Charles goes down, the situation will actually be better than it was with the Browns, where he's done it before (2010 STD RB4, PPR RB3). I do not think he will return to the Madden cover, however.
Super Bowl Teams and Score: Lions 64 - Patriots 59. (One can hope right? For the gambling types, betting on Lions' success is never a winning proposition)
NFL Rookie of the Year: RGIII
NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Peyton Manning (too easy if @PeytonsNeck cooperates)
Parting thoughts about anything at all: Make the most of today and tomorrow will fall in line.
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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