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: Lance Zierlein
Approximate number of tweets per month: 100 (@SidelineFB) / 400 (@LanceZierlein)
Number that are following you: 4,555 (@SidelineFB) and / 13,601 (@LanceZierlein)
Number that you are following: 156 (@SidelineFB) / 301 (@LanceZierlein)
Tweeting since: 2011 (@SidelineFB) / 2008 (@LanceZierlein)
Occupation (when not talking about football): Sports radio host and football blogger
Family life: Married with 4 boys and a girl
Quick Bio (who you are, site(s) you represent, etc.): I come from a football family and have been involved in sports broadcasting and writing since I was 24. I've been a participant in the Stardust Handicapping Championship twice, write about fantasy football for the Houston Chronicle, own TheSidelineView.com and I'm the VP of media relations for PlayTheDraft.com. I host a sports talk show from 7-10 AM every morning and I'm afraid of lightning.
What is something unique about you that few would know about? I got my start in the business as a football handicapper. I started my own business called PigskinSports.com and had an actual documented record of 61.4% from 1997-2001 before selling the business and concentrating full-time on sports radio.
What you do for fun during the football offseason: I watch movies (love documentaries) and run around with the kids.
Favorite NFL Team(s): Houston Texans
Favorite NFL player(s): Arian Foster
Make your case for why fantasy football addicts should get on Twitter: There is simply too much information at your disposal not to be on Twitter. If you are following the right people, you can be way ahead of the game come by the time you have to set your lineup.
Except for yourself, give us three to five MUST FOLLOWS on Twitter: @EvanSilva, @SigmundBloom, @CaplanNfl, @JHarrisFootball, @NFL_ATL
Years playing fantasy football: 19
Favorite style of play (Dynasty, Redraft, Auction, Best Ball, Survivor, etc): Auction
Your biggest score(s) in fantasy football: Can't remember
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:
Ahmad Bradshaw - With Jacobs gone, the Giants will be forced to give more snaps to Bradshaw unless they trust rookie David Wilson. Last year was the first year that Bradshaw has had a disappointing YPC average, but with the offensive line in better shape and with safeties terrified of the Giants vertical passing attack, I think you'll see Bradshaw get back on track.
Eric Decker - My guess is that he'll be available late or as an undrafted free agent, but he is just the type of WR that Peyton Manning can turn into a fantasy stud. Decker's 8 touchdowns didn't come on accident and with his size and physicality Manning will look to take advantage of him with a variety of 3 WR sets.
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:
Frank Gore - I have no interest in Frank Gore. The Niners RB corps is fairly deep now and they have added to their WR unit as well. Last year, Gore was outstanding on his first 10 carries of the game, but did very little on carries 11-20. With Brandon Jacobs on the team, he'll likely get the redzone totes.
Shonn Greene - I've had enough of this guy. He runs like he's trying to get through a mud puddle and that won't cut it on the NFL level. The Jets want to "ground and pound", but Greene is stuck between the tackles with a limited ability to make big plays around the corner. With Tebow in New York, the chances of Green getting into the endzone at a high clip are none and none.
How much of fantasy football is skill? How much is luck? I would say 65% skill and 35% luck. I won my league last year thanks to having the first pick on the waiver wire after week 1 and taking Cam Newton. That is luck. However, most of the time you'll find that putting together a good roster takes place in the middle to late rounds and that takes skill and insight. Being able to decipher who to start also takes skill. Luck plays a big part with injuries and the waiver wire, but I still feel like the best owners always have the best chance at cashing checks at the end of the year.
What's the biggest mistake you see fantasy players make? Too many owners think they'll be able to make due with the 9th-12th QB in the draft, but more and more often we are seeing that those areas are becoming problem areas. I've learned my lesson. I was one of the biggest offenders, but now I try to get my hands on one of the top 6 QBs if possible.
What do you wished you had learned about fantasy football five years ago? I wish I had done a better job of matchup analysis five years ago. I was the type of owner who liked to roll with my very best because I didn't want to be the owner who regretted sitting one of his better players, but I've pared the "must start" list of players way back and now I am much more aware of each and every matchup.
Give a wild prediction about the 2012 season that most would be shocked if it happened (out on the limb thought): The Lions and Panthers could be battling for supremacy in the NFC this year.
Super Bowl Teams and Score: Need to run through all my scenarios and schedules. Too early for me to predict.
NFL Rookie of the Year: Robert Griffin III
NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Randy Moss
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