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: Matthew Berry
Twitter handle: @MatthewBerryTMR
Approximate number of tweets per month: 100
Number that are following you: 350,000+
Number that you are following: 713
Tweeting since: February 2009
Occupation (when not talking about football): Talking about baseball.
Family life: Married, five kids.
Quick Bio (who you are, site(s) you represent, etc.): I'm ESPN's Sr. Fantasy Analyst. I'm just as surprised as you that it's a real title. Been playing FF for over 20 years, writing professionally about it since 1999 for a number of sites, including my own and have been with ESPN full time since 2006. The Sunday morning fantasy show I co-host, Fantasy Football Now (on ESPN2, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET), won a Sports Emmy, and I co-host a podcast (Fantasy Focus) that is a top ten sports podcast in iTunes.
What is something unique about you that few would know about? There's not a lot, since I write and talk about myself quite a bit. Hmm. I don't have a middle name. Just a middle initial. My parents never wanted me to have a middle name.
What you do for fun during the football offseason: Sleep. Play with my kids.
Favorite NFL Team(s): Redskins
Favorite NFL player(s): Arian Foster. I was on the bandwagon his rookie year. Tim Tebow because of what he was like when I met him. Matthew Stafford. And, of course, RG3.
Make your case for why fantasy football addicts should get on Twitter: In fantasy, information is power. There's no greater source of timely information than Twitter, especially on Sunday mornings. It allows a level of interaction that we've never seen before.
Except for yourself, give us three to five MUST FOLLOWS on Twitter: Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen, all the other ESPN fantasy guys, of course (I am a company man) like Eric Karabell, Christopher Harris, Tristan Cockroft, Stephania Bell, A.J. Mass, Ken Daube, KC Joyner, etc. I think Sigmund Bloom of Footballguys.com does a fantastic job, as does Evan Silva of Rotoworld.
Years playing fantasy football: 21
Favorite style of play (Dynasty, Redraft, Auction, Best Ball, Survivor, etc): Auction keeper.
Your biggest score(s) in fantasy football: Miles Austin the week he took over for Roy Williams. Chris Johnson's rookie year. Arian Foster his breakout year (BEFORE Ben Tate went down). Was super high on Stafford last year.
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: Michael Vick. The reasoning I had last year still applies and now it will cost a lot less to get him. Antonio Brown. Loved what he did last year, developing real rapport with Ben, lead PIT in targets, not getting a lot of love in early mocks.
How much of fantasy football is skill? How much is luck? 70/30
What's the biggest mistake you see fantasy players make? Thinking what happened last year will happen again this year.
What do you wished you had learned about fantasy football five years ago? That the iPhone and App store would take off like it did. Should have invested different.
Give a wild prediction about the 2012 season that most would be shocked if it happened (out on the limb thought): Jared Cook is the #1 fantasy TE.
Super Bowl Teams and Score: Patriots beat Cowboys 38-28
NFL Rookie of the Year: Doug Martin
NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Chris Johnson
Parting thoughts about anything at all: There will be injuries, bad luck, busts of picks and late minute scratches. Remember, at the end of it, we play for fun. Try to enjoy the ride.
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