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: Tom Kessenich
Twitter handle: @TomKessenich
Approximate number of tweets per month: Maybe 150 or so on average during the year. Far more per month during the NFL season.
Number that are following you: 767
Number that you are following: 617
Tweeting since: 2008
Occupation (when not talking about football): Manager of High-Stakes Fantasy Games for STATS LLC
Family life: Single, two older brothers, two older sisters and a bunch of terrific nieces and nephews.
Quick Bio (who you are, site(s) you represent, etc.): I help run the NFFC (nffc.stats.com) and the NFBC (nfbc.stats.com) for STATS. Before entering the fantasy sports industry, I was an award-winning NFL beat writer for nine years in the '90s. I've also written two books, one about the Green Bay Packers and the other about the TV show, "The X-Files."
What is something unique about you that few would know about? I was banned from future interviews by the producers of The X-Files for "negative" statements I made about the show in its final season on a popular X-Files message board I helped moderate. As it turned out, I was spot on with my critiques. Fox canceled the series after that season when ratings reached an all-time low. Take that, Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz.
What you do for fun during the football offseason: Spending as much time with friends and family as possible and spending far too much time watching the Milwaukee Bucks.
Favorite NFL Team(s): The Packers
Favorite NFL player(s): Donald Driver
Make your case for why fantasy football addicts should get on Twitter: It's the most prominent source for sports news, information, opinions and analysis. It's the best way to not only gather vital news and information but also stay ahead of the competition by compiling information from the best NFL beat writers in the country. You cannot beat Twitter when it comes to timely and impactful news and information from a wide variety of sources.
Except for yourself, give us three to five MUST FOLLOWS on Twitter: @AdamSchefter (best source for breaking NFL news); @Jones_Drew32 (great NFL player who also loves fantasy); @SI_PeterKing (at the top of the mountain when it comes to NFL news); @GregCosell (top-flight NFL analysis); @Fantasy_Guru (outstanding fantasy football news and information)
Years playing fantasy football: 26
Favorite style of play (Dynasty, Redraft, Auction, Best Ball, Survivor, etc): Redraft
Your biggest score(s) in fantasy football: The titles I take the most pride in are the championships I've won in my big-money "home" league. But the year I went 16-0 in an Experts League was probably the best fantasy football season I've ever enjoyed. Curtis Martin will always have a special place in my heart for his key role in that perfect season.
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: Lance Moore is chronically under-valued despite his proven PPR production and the fact he's on a great team with an elite QB. With Robert Meachem gone to San Diego, Moore's potential rises but he lacks the sexiness some fantasy owners seem to crave. He's a fine WR3 in PPR leagues who you typically can land as a WR4 or WR5. Benjarvus Green-Ellis lacks huge upside but he's money near the goal-line and is a good bet to get plenty of volume in Cincinnati this season. No one will rave about this pick when you make it but he's a virtual lock to produce rock-solid RB2 production barring injury.
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: Shonn Greene. I've seen enough of Greene at this point to no longer believe he can be a top-flight NFL running back. He was held under 60 yards rushing in six games last season, isn't a huge touchdown producer and offers little in the passing game. I want more from my RB2. Reggie Wayne. He's clearly fading, may be surpassed by Austin Collie as the No. 1 WR in Indy and has a rookie QB (albeit a very talented one) under center. I can't think of a compelling reason to draft Wayne this season.
How much of fantasy football is skill? How much is luck? With more and more information now readily available I think the game has become about 70% luck and 30% skill. There is simply no getting around the luck aspect in fantasy football. It will always be there. But the best owners put themselves in the best possible position to succeed through their work in the draft and on the Waiver Wire. That, in my opinion, is where the skill aspect most strongly resides.
What's the biggest mistake you see fantasy players make? Following ADP too closely. It's a guide; not an exact prediction of how a draft will unfold. If you want a player at a certain spot, take him. Don't be paralyzed by the ADP list. Always remember that it's your team and these are the players you want on your team. Draft accordingly.
What do you wished you had learned about fantasy football five years ago? I've become far less irritated when the luck factor goes against me during the season. A few years ago an unlucky Sunday would eat away at me for a few days. Now I'm able to let it go much more quickly. I guess that means I'm all grown up now. My parents would be so proud.
Give a wild prediction about the 2012 season that most would be shocked if it happened (out on the limb thought): The Saints don't end up missing Sean Payton nearly as much as many of us think they will.
Super Bowl Teams and Score: Packers 27, Broncos 20
NFL Rookie of the Year: Trent Richardson
NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Peyton Manning's the obvious choice but I'll go with DeSean Jackson. I think being freed of contract worries will enable him to focus more on the game and his production will improve as a result. There's no denying his talent. He just needs to stay motivated and not allow external distractions to creep into his play on the field. I think he'll do a much better job of that this season.
Parting thoughts about anything at all: If this write-up results in Brea Grant following me on Twitter than everything I've done in life will not have been in vain.
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Interview: Bob Harris - Twitter: @Footballdiehard
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Interview: Matt Waldman - Twitter: @MattWaldman
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Editor's Note: If you have liked this series, check out Zach Law's interviews here