Twitter Interview Series
By David Dodds
July 5th, 2012

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: Mike Clay

Twitter handle: @MikeClayNFL

Approximate number of tweets per month: The math says near 1,250.

Number that are following you: 13,250

Number that you are following: 490

Tweeting since: April 2009

Occupation (when not talking about football): Accountant

Family life: Married since 2011 to Mandie...no children yet, but we have a pair of yorkies to keep us entertained.

Quick Bio (who you are, site(s) you represent, etc.): I'm a massive stat nerd and I've been this way since childhood. While getting my Accounting degree, I worked as the university newspaper's Sports Editor and as a sports broadcaster for three of my four years. I founded the Fantasy site at Pro Football Focus in 2010 after moving on from FantasyDC.com, which I had started up a few years earlier. I now work for Rotoworld and also contribute to a few other sites/publications, including Athlon Sports.

What is something unique about you that few would know about? I'm a pretty big NASCAR fan. I've been to the Coca-Cola 600 every year since I can remember and also go to Dover, Pocono, and Bristol on occasion.

What you do for fun during the football offseason: Everyone is going to say this, but I don't have a football offseason! Very much like you'd expect an accountant to do, I look back and analyze the previous season in preparation for the next one. To me, that's fun.

Favorite NFL Team(s): Philadelphia Eagles

Favorite NFL player(s): Joe Montana, Chad Pennington

Make your case for why fantasy football addicts should get on Twitter: There are so many excellent NFL/Fantasy Football analysts on this planet. Why scan through website after website for hours on end? Just hop on Twitter, follow the right people, and interact with us on a daily basis. It's fun and what better way to get the best advice than to watch Sigmund Bloom and me arguing the same topic for an hour straight?

Except for yourself, give us three to five MUST FOLLOWS on Twitter: I have to cheat and give you six - @evansilva, @mschauf63, @SigmundBloom, @ChrisWesseling, @FantasyDouche, @Chet_g

Years playing fantasy football: Close to 17 now.

Favorite style of play (Dynasty, Redraft, Auction, Best Ball, Survivor, etc): I enjoy dynasty and I like doing a few auctions, but, at the end of the day, there's nothing like sitting down for a live, Redraft, snake draft.

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: Donald Brown and Josh Freeman. Brown will see some pressure from Delone Carter, but he's set to lead the team in carries and should approach 50 receptions. He's a RB2 being drafted way too late. Freeman ignored the deep ball in 2010, but it was a result of a poor supporting cast. With Vincent Jackson in the picture and Doug Martin around to help him out of jams, expect a return to 2010 Freeman.

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: Wes Welker and Jordy Nelson. Welker is due for a slight drop in targets and certainly will see fewer scores with Brandon Lloyd and Jabar Gaffney now in the picture. He's a WR2 that will be drafted in the top-ten. The Packers' offense is going to regress and it's going to take away a ton of Nelson's long touchdowns. He's a back-end WR2 this year.

How much of fantasy football is skill? How much is luck? Because of the high injury rate and popular head-to-head format (with playoffs), there certainly is a luck factor involved. Still, if you draft well and make strong moves throughout the season, you can put yourself in position to win consistently. You need to be extremely lucky to win without skill, but you only need a little bit of timely luck if you have skill.

What's the biggest mistake you see fantasy players make? Overvaluing players based on a small sample size. Regression is almost a guarantee when it comes to massive yardage and touchdown numbers. Remember Scott Chandler? He didn't score after week 8 last season.

Give a wild prediction about the 2012 season that most would be shocked if it happened (out on the limb thought): Jake Locker finishes as a top-ten fantasy quarterback. If he can beat out Matt Hasselbeck, I can see it happening. The guy has to work on completing more passes, but he shoots for the big plays and has a ton of playmakers in Kenny Britt, Jared Cook, Kendall Wright, and Chris Johnson.

Super Bowl Teams and Score: Packers 30, Patriots 24. I know, boring.

NFL Rookie of the Year: Trent Richardson in a landslide.

NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Peyton Manning in a landslide.

Parting thoughts about anything at all: If Trent Richardson makes it past the turn, he's a steal.


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

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