Twitter has killed the media star, to borrow and morph a repetitive line from a landmark music video. There is no longer a need to meet with anyone or do any hard research, because all you need will come to you via Twitter. The messages vary – somebody on the Jets doesn’t like Tim Tebow or Emmanuel Sanders denies faking an injury – but they are all delivered via Twitter, the one-sided medium that makes anyone and everyone a journalist/historian/doctor/social commentator in 140 characters or less.
So fantasy football owners entering week 11 probably know through whomever they “follow” who is injured, whose stock is rising and who is on a bye week. If you play this game and are not on “the Twitter,” as an older person would say, consider doing so. One should follow teams that impact their fantasy team, as well as @NFLGridironGab, of course, and other legitimate pro football news sources. Twitter accounts that will probably not have reliable fantasy football news are any that include handles such as @Bieber, @Gaga, @myCat, @bigfoot or @Glee.
Sifting through week 11’s news, in summaries of 140 characters or less and in semi-sentence form, here are some useful potential Tweets:
* Sproles returns to Saints, but only one ball among 4 good backs vs. Raiders. Sit him.
* Palmer and any Raiders receiver will light up the Saints defense.
* Big Ben is out and Big Byron is in, so start Mendenhall.
* Cutler is out and Smith may be out, so the Bears and Niners kickers and defenses will romp.
* The Vick-less Eagles need McCoy, and a matchup with the Redskins.
* The Bucs-Panthers game promises to be wild. Josh and Cam will go big through necessity.
* Speaking of wild, Rodgers and Stafford should light up the scoreboard.
* Nelson may return to the Packers. That is important for owners of him, Jones and Cobb.
* The Bengals’ A.J. Green sees red vs. Chiefs (that is the color the end zone is painted).
* Grahams (the Saints’ Jimmie and the Texans’ Shayne) are must-starts.
* The Falcons ‘Julio Jones is limited in practice, so look elsewhere this time.
* The Texans’ Foster and the Rams’ Jackson ought to post big numbers.
A strange-but-true conversation took place the other day in which I discussed strategy with a much younger fantasy football player, who I am mentoring in their first season. Our subject was Victor Cruz.
I said: “The Giants have a bye, so don’t start him.”
The younger compatriot, who did not hear me because they were Tweeting, answered: “Who?”
I said: “Cruz! Victor Cruz”
They said: “Krum? Viktor Krum?”
Because I have watched Harry Potter movies and knew this person’s mindset, I understood their confusion and immediately quipped: “Yes, I have Viktor Krum on my fantasy Quittich team.”
They thought it funny and I received the ultimate compliment of having it Tweeted. Before I could explain this to another person who joined us in mid-conversation, my Tweeted quote had 12 comments.
The point of that conversation was missed because of, but then popularized by, Twitter.
Twitter has given rise to a generation blessed with knowledge at its fingertips, as well as the strongest and fastest thumbs in history. Don’t blow it. Hopefully, it will not be a generation that collectively walks into traffic while staring at messages on its cell phones.