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Both Twitter and fantasy football have seen meteoric growth in recent years. Twitter is no longer a social media funnel used for rattling off 140-word jokes that you stole, into a text box that never stops asking “What’s Happening?” There are over 235 million active monthly Twitter users. Once you weed out the weather reporters, world crisis experts and horoscope fortune tellers, you’re left with a few dudes who know what they’re talking about in regards to fantasy football. And some who think they know what they’re talking about. So today, we bring to you our list of top shelf Fantasy Football Twitter accounts you need to be following for this season.
“Senior Football Editor for Rotoworld & Dad to the cutest little girl.” Both of his bio descriptions might be true, but we can only corroborate the first one. Evan Silva is Rotoworld’s top dog. Rotoworld, as you may remember, landed on our list of top fantasy football sources. In terms of analysis and fake football expertise, Silva is up there with the Matthew Berry’s of the fantasy world. When he’s not dropping bombs of fantasy knowledge on his followers, he’s tweeting links to podcasts that he’s featured on and publishing his team-by-team fantasy analysis write ups, which he’s been absolutely killing all offseason. He’s an excellent writer and his fantasy evaluations are put in a way that’s easy to sort through and understand. Before reading number 2 on this list, fly over to Twitter and give Silva a follow. You won’t be disappointed.
Also featured on our list of the top fantasy football websites, Pro Football Focus uses its Twitter account to churn out valuable and extremely unique statistics on the daily. The stats are numbers you could only find if you were a paying member to their service. So, in reality, it’s a sneak preview of their “signature stats” and a behind the scenes look at the work they do over at PFF. Here’s a couple tweets from the last day or so:
Seemingly insignificant at first, those one-liners may help you decide a tiebreaker between, say, Martellus Bennett and Jordan Cameron on draft day.
Don’t judge a book by its cover. That’s precisely the opposite of what you should do when you see the Twitter handle @FantasyDouche; the name just symbolizes the style of “tweeting” you’re going to get from him. Fantasy football mixed with comedy. And vice versa. He’s a RotoViz writer, consistently pumping out helpful articles, graphs with player “comps” (a Rotoviz term to compare cross-season statistics between players) and ADP trend charts.
Brad Evans, the 7-time award winning Yahoo Sports columnist, is another one of our favorite Twitter accounts to follow. Similar to our number three selection in this column, Noise (I want to say Brad self-proclaimed himself this) is whipping out witty, yet useful fantasy tidbits on the reg. He’s one of the truly talented writers that found himself in the fantasy industry, not the other way around. When he’s not yelling his opinion about the latest fantasy football conundrum, he’s offering out awful betting advice on college basketball. Buyer beware, he’s the guy telling you how much you NEED to draft Montee Ball, Felix Jones & Doug Martin in the first round.
Matthew Berry IS fantasy football. With more than 700k followers on Twitter, Berry has gone from merely a fantasy football expert to a full-time celebrity. To the surprise of many, Berry originally moved to Hollywood to be a screenwriter, earning credit for co-writing Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (which was runner-up for a Razzie Award) and the television show Married… With Children. He knew he was destined for greater things in life, thus nomadically switching his career direction towards fantasy.
ESPN’s Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst, Matthew Berry, has been playing fantasy sports since he was 14 (1984), long before some of you knew that they existed. Probably long before some of you existed. Needless to say, he knows his stuff, and he’s extremely talented on the keyboard. He tweets out links to his newest columns and podcasts, both of which I’d consider more than necessary if you want the upper hand come draft night.