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: Matt Schauf
Twitter handle: @mschauf63
Approximate number of tweets per month: More than @shitmydadsays. Fewer than a Stangel brother.
Number that are following you: 1,703 as of this writing ... 302 once they clear out all of the XXX spambots.
Number that you are following: 1,014, though many of those I'm merely glancing at casually -- I swear.
Tweeting since: Not sure.
Occupation (when not talking about football): Just football talker and housewife.
Family life: married with 3 kids (the boy arriving in July 2012, like a summer blockbuster)
Quick Bio (who you are, site(s) you represent, etc.): I do my thang for DraftSharks.com and was a finalist for FSWA fantasy football writer of the year in 2010. I've been writing fantasy since 2002 and analyzing IDPs since 2005 (I think), with work published by Sporting News, Rotoworld, Football Diehards and Athlon among other places. I graduated from Ithaca College with an actual journalism degree, which I don't believe qualifies me for anything more than someone without a journalism degree. I like both chili and cheese, especially when they are combined on top of things.
What is something unique about you that few would know about? I was one of the original Spice Girls, but focus groups never took to "Hairy Spice."
What you do for fun during the football offseason: There's an offseason?
Favorite NFL Team(s): Philadelphia Eagles
Favorite NFL player(s): Brian Dawkins
Make your case for why fantasy football addicts should get on Twitter: It's simply the quickest way to get news and the easiest method for finding articles by folks you like and being turned on to material by folks you may not have known.
Except for yourself, give us three to five MUST FOLLOWS on Twitter: Chet Gresham (@Chet_G), Pro Football Focus (@profootbalfocus), Draft Sharks (@DraftSharks)
Years playing fantasy football: 13
Favorite style of play (Dynasty, Redraft, Auction, Best Ball, Survivor, etc): I like them all for their different challenges. I find the experience tends to rely more on the group than the format.
Your biggest score(s) in fantasy football: Drafting LaDainian Tomlinson as a rookie in Round 9 (I think) in a 10-team keeper league. Let's just say he helped me for a little while.
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'm not sure most folks realize just how big the numbers are that Miles Austin has put up when both he and Tony Romo are healthy. I realize the athletic upside on Dez Bryant, but Austin is a big talent in his own right. Even if Bryant finally has his full breakthrough, there is room for two Cowboys to finish among the position's top 12. Other teams have done it in recent years, and Laurent Robinson's departure frees up a lot of TDs. As of this writing, Austin sits 17th in ADP among WRs. Elsewhere, the crowded New England running game will scare off a lot of drafters. I'll gladly go after Shane Vereen within the 7 rounds between his ADP and that of Stevan Ridley. Injuries derailed his rookie season, but it's well worth remembering that Vereen was the highest-drafted New England RB since Laurence Maroney. He caught 57 more passes than Ridley in college and has a chance to emerge as the touches leader this year.
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: The history on ACL guys that approximate Adrian Peterson's profile is not good. And his offense isn't good enough to deliver the abundant TD chances to make up for a yardage rate that's sure to lag. Many folks are convinced that Purple Jesus can rise again and deliver 2nd-round value. I don't want him as a starter. I think if Jacob Tamme's ADP remains ahead of Fred Davis, it'll leave plenty of drafters feeling foolish. The guy is a decent player who only emerged briefly in Indy when everyone else got hurt. I don't see a big difference between him and Joel Dreessen in receiving value, and the Broncos have a lot more talent on the outside than either of the teams those free agents came from.
How much of fantasy football is skill? How much is luck? I don't know ... 60-40? I think an underrated skill is managing luck: e.g. balancing a risky RB group with steadier WRs; filling the bench with upside guys instead of blindly chasing handcuffs for your starters; drafting to the format. Obviously, none of us can really predict injuries, though, and the short season increases the impact.
What's the biggest mistake you see fantasy players make? Overdrafting last year's hot trend. This year's example would be chasing a QB early because of the big numbers at the top in 2011.
Give a wild prediction about the 2012 season that most would be shocked if it happened (out on the limb thought): The Buffalo Bills will make the playoffs for the first time since 1999.
Super Bowl Teams and Score: HOMER ALERT! Philly 23, Pittsburgh 17
NFL Rookie of the Year: Trent Richardson (offense), Lavonte David (defense)
NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Peyton Manning (he's a lock if he makes it through the season)
Parting thoughts about anything at all: Drinking yellow beer makes sense when you're in college because you're poor and stupid. You're a grown up now. Drink grownup beer.
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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
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Editor's Note: If you have liked this series, check out Zach Law's interviews here