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: Zach Law
Twitter handle: @zach_law
Approximate number of tweets per month: 1,000
Number that are following you: 1,053
Number that you are following: 708
Tweeting since: September of 2008
Occupation (when not talking about football): E-mail marketing manager
Family life: Wife Alison, two cats Sting and Chewie
Quick Bio (who you are, site(s) you represent, etc.): I don't write about fantasy football as much as I write about the people who write about fantasy football. I started my Ask Your Fantasy Football Expert interview series about a year ago and I'm closing in on 50 interviews. My site is zachlawonline.com and that hosts most of my writing. I also cover the Tennessee Titans and the NFL for Bleacher Report. I'm working on a fiction manuscript called Pride of the Lions that's very fantasy football-centric.
What is something unique about you that few would know about? I spent three weeks in a medically-induced coma in 2001 due to a staph infection. It was nearly three months before I was out of the hospital for good.
What you do for fun during the football offseason: While I do enjoy reading, catching up on TiVo and listening to tons of podcasts while working out and commuting, I tend to stay focused on the NFL all year. There's always something new to learn.
Favorite NFL Team(s): Tennessee Titans
Favorite NFL player(s): I haven't locked in to one Titan player as my favorite. Chris Johnson has something to prove this year and the rest of the core players are relatively young and unproven. I have a Steve McNair jersey hanging up in my man cave on my Titan wall.
Make your case for why fantasy football addicts should get on Twitter: If you want to interact with NFL guys, fantasy guys, and even NFL players, Twitter is where it's at.
Except for yourself, give us three to five MUST FOLLOWS on Twitter:
- @dlfootball (always retweets the good stuff and I play dynasty)
- @rumfordjohnny (part of the 2mugs site, funny guy, put together my avatar)
- @mattwaldman (had to give it up for a FBG, his posts are thorough and I always learn something, RSP is amazing)
- @sigmundbloom (willing to go back and forth with you and displays a true passion for the sport)
Years playing fantasy football: 13 (first league had a computer draft)
Favorite style of play (Dynasty, Redraft, Auction, Best Ball, Survivor, etc): I prefer dynasty but I like my leagues to have different rules. Main two league are a keeper league that started in 2000 and a dynasty league that started in 2005.
Your biggest score(s) in fantasy football: In a dynasty league I traded LaDainian Tomlinson after the 2006 season for Peyton Manning and change. Peyton won me two straight championships. I play in 2-3 leagues a year so 2008 was my last championship.
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 like Matt Schaub as a QB you can get around QB13. The Texans have shifted to more of a run team but Schaub's going to get 4000 yards plus if he plays all 16 games and would be great in a committee with someone like Ben Roethlisberger or one of the rookies. I also like BenJarvis Green-Ellis. The Bengals aren't going to give Bernard Scott a shot to start so we're looking at 300+ touches for the former Patriot back in an improving offense.
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: As much as I hate to predict injury, Demarco Murray's had too many such issues to be the borderline RB1 that he's ranked as at the moment. I predict that the Peyton Manning hype will drive the price for Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker too high by the time most redrafts happen in late August.
How much of fantasy football is skill? How much is luck? The luck factor is based on the weekly matchup aspect of the sport. Weekly results fluctuate so much and most of fantasy football is set up for one matchup a week in which you have to select your starters. The better players stand out more when the rosters/starting lineups are deeper and there's more of a focus on total points rather than win/loss record to determine playoff teams. The industry's come a long way from the days when you could take advantage of fellow leaguemates who would depend on a magazine or two for drafting/auctioning.
What's the biggest mistake you see fantasy players make? People overreact to one bad week. DeMarco Murray was dropped three times in my local league before one owner picked him up and waited for the breakout. Smaller roster sizes can make it difficult to be patient.
What's the thing you wished you'd learned about fantasy football five years ago? Have the ability to change my mind about a player based on a deeper look into the numbers. You get either warm fuzzies or irrational hate about a lot of players' fantasy outlook that's based more on emotion (like he killed my team last year a la Arian Foster late in 2010) or something superficial.
Give a wild prediction about the 2012 season that most would be shocked if it happened (out on the limb thought): Robert Griffin III is so good that he leads the Redskins to an NFC East title.
Super Bowl Teams and Score: Houston Texans 30, Detroit Lions 28 (going with two newbies)
NFL Rookie of the Year: Robert Griffin III
NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Kenny Britt (my one homer moment)
Parting thoughts about anything at all: Getting to know so many people from the industry in the past year has been a blast. I look forward to interviewing every fantasy expert that I can track down because I'm never going to run out of people.
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