Everyone loves lists. I get it. It's an easy way to digest a lot of information.
And fantasy sports research is nothing if not list-intensive. Rankings, top-(blank) lists, most added, most dropped, lists, lists, and more lists.
This is a list of a different sort. Not a list of fantasy players, but a list of the top fantasy football Twitter follows. If you'd rather not sort through hundreds of lists on a Sunday morning to figure out who to start at your flex spot, follow these ten folks on the Twitter for all the latest fantasy news, advice, injury updates, and other up-to-the-minute information you need to dominate your fantasy league.
Also, note that this list is of actual persons. There are plenty of fantasy sites and services that have Twitter feeds which are worthy of a follow, but I would rather support the individuals doing the dirty work that benefits all of us.
Here are my Top 10 Fantasy Football Twitter Follows:
Top 2 RB scorers in Week 2: DeAngelo Williams & Matt Jones. Dexter McCluster the RB9. Devonta Freeman RB11. Zo Taliaferro the RB14.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) September 21, 2015
If this Dez injury is serious, then I choose to be frozen for a year & awakened when he is OK. I do not want to know a Dezless season.— Andy Behrens (@andybehrens) September 14, 2015
9. Andy Behrens (@andybehrens).
While Andy Behrens is not Yahoo's most entertaining analyst (that title goes to someone else on this list), he is probably Yahoo's most informative. Not surprisingly, he is highly promotional of Yahoo and doesn't stray too far from the Yahoo agenda. Andy is highly interactive with followers and answers a lot of Twitter questions.
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery is OUT. Buccs WR Mike Evans is active. Saints RB C.J. Spiller is active.— Stephania Bell (@Stephania_ESPN) September 20, 2015
8. Stephania Bell (@Stephania_ESPN).
Stephania Bell is the "Injury Analyst" for ESPN. Her blog is a must-read if you want to stay current with NFL injury news. "Stephie Bad News" is a regular on the Fantasy Focus podcast to which she brings much needed class and sophistication. She is also required reading for fantasy baseball players.
Dez Bryant's foot surgery was actually today to insert screw. No other update but as Jason Garrett said, recovery is fluid. 4, 6, 8 weeks?— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) September 14, 2015
7. Chris Mortensen (@mortreport).
Chris Mortensen is not a fantasy-specific follow, but he is as plugged into the NFL as anyone. You can rely on Mort to Report who's active and inactive on Sunday mornings. The only issue with his Twitter feed is that he doesn't tweet as often as the others on this list, but we'll cut him some slack since he's probably pretty busy on Sunday mornings.
The Cowboys had 18 penalties yesterday ... and still won.— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) September 21, 2015
6. Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano).
Michael Fabiano is the Senior Fantasy Analyst for the NFL Network and NFL.com. Michael is one of the wittiest fantasy football follows on Twitter. He does not interact with followers as frequently as others on this list, but he tweets constantly on gameday and is always informative.
5. Dave Richard (@daverichard).
Dave Richard is a Senior Fantasy Writer for CBS Sports and an analyst on Fantasy Football Today (the podcast and video show, both of which are musts for fantasy football enthusiasts). Dave appears virtually everywhere on CBS Sports, and he's one of the funnier follows on the list. He is highly promotional of CBS, but he also engages other fantasy experts on social media.
Dave is one of the granddaddies of the fantasy football industry. He also really likes pizza.
4. Brad Evans (@YahooNoise).
Brad Evans is Yahoo's most entertaining fantasy analyst, but he is extremely informative as well. And although he is married to Yahoo by virtue of his Twitter handle, he is not as promotional as you would think. He is very engaging with his followers and plays the self-described "loudmouth" character to a T.
As CEO, he has built his #TeamHUEVOS to cult status. Behind the noise, however, is a marketing genius who knows a thing or two about fantasy sports. He is the funniest follow on this list.
3. Jamey Eisenberg (@JameyEisenberg).
The brainier counter-balance to @daverichard's lovable teddy bear persona, Jamey is one of the most informative fantasy experts in the business. His Twitter bio says it best, "I do what I can do to help you win #fantasyfootball titles." What more could you want from a fantasy football analyst? Jamey also likes to pick on #BigCane2. As a Senior Fantasy Writer for CBS, his Twitter feed is, of course, promotional of CBS and the CBS fantasy team, but not overly so. If you don't read or listen to Jamey Eisenberg, you should.
2. Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR).
Whether you love him or hate him, you're following him. And FNH loves him. Did I say Brad Evans is a marketing genius? It's because everything he learned about self-promotion he learned from Matthew Berry. Did you know he wrote the New York Times Best Selling Fantasy Life? Of course, you did. It's a great book by the way. You should read it.
TMR tweets constantly, he's extremely engaging with his audience, and he will even get into the occasional Twitter spat with Jeremy Maclin (@jmac__19). He is so self-promoting that it's a bit on the 06010 podcast, and it's still funny. Despite the mediocre fantasy advice, @MatthewBerryTMR is a must-follow.
1. Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter).
Again, not a fantasy-specific follow, but Schefty is the ultimate NFL insider. He knows news before it's news. He is also a serious fantasy football player. As much as I follow and appreciate the rest of the guys and gal on this list, if I had to pick one follow to stay informed about NFL news, it's Adam Schefter.
Apparently, I'm not alone. Over 4 million others follow @AdamSchefter on Twitter. The second highest number of followers on this list: @mortreport with 1.9 million. The fantasy analyst with the largest number of followers on the list: @MatthewBerryTMR with just over 750k.
Schefty is the man for NFL info. Period.
Come join The Fantasy News Hour tonight at Primetime Sports. We will be live from 6-7 and have sports trivia leading into the Broncos/Chiefs— Fantasy News Hour (@fantasynewshour) September 17, 2015
Honorable Mention: Fantasy News Hour (@fantasynewshour).
We might not be as plugged in as @AdamSchefter or @mortreport, and we might not be as popular as @MatthewBerryTMR or @YahooNoise, and we might not be as knowledgeable as @Stephania_ESPN or @JameyEisenberg, but we will have a lot more fun; and, since we are not as famous as those guys, yet, we want you to join us every Thursday evening at 6pm for the show live from Primetime's Backstage Pass in Abilene, TX. You can also hang out with us after the show for Trivia w/TJ and NFL Thursday Night Football on the big screens. You'll be glad you did.