I wouldn't trade the Rotoworld readership for any in the fantasy sports industry. In close to five years with this Time's Top-50 Website, I've received roughly a handful of negative emails per year. Those few emailers registering at the complaint department can be broken into three primary categories: 1. Tebow Haters 2. Tebow Lovers 3. Why no love for (fill in the blank)?
The Tebow emails can easily be chalked up to the lunatic fringe. The "Why no love for X" emails are generally accompanied by accusations that Rotoworld has an agenda and a bias. To which I reply, "Of course we do. It's our entire justification for existence." If Rotoworld had a mission statement, it would essentially be, "We exist to tell you which fantasy players you should and should not own." Our team of football writers watches the games, tracks depth chart changes and injuries, hunts down local and national news and puts a bloodhound onto the trail of breakout players so you can concentrate on your day job with no concern that the other owners in your league are gaining inside information.
If we advocate for or against a player, it's to give you an edge on your competition. There's no incentive for Rotoworld to withhold "love" from your favorite player unless we believe that player will lead your fantasy squad to its demise.
In other words, there is a Rotoworld bias. I've been a devoted daily reader since the early days of AllStarStatsInc. over a decade ago, long before I started with the company. Along the way, I formed many strong opinions and developed potent instincts, thanks in large part to Rotoworld's analysis and new scroll. Once I started writing in these pages, the most emphatic guidance Gregg Rosenthal ever directed my way was to ensure that the news blurbs remain opinionated, knowledgeable and entertaining whenever possible. Maintain a strong stance on a player's outlook for those readers too busy with family obligations and TPS reports to dissect the offerings of beat writers and NFL insiders.
That said, I confess there's always been a small part of me more inclined to lead the reader to the information, letting each fantasy owner jump to conclusions or nurture hunches of his or her own volition. Let's face it, even the most astute among those of us paid to distill advice won't nail sleepers, busts, breakout stars and impact rookies with 100 percent accuracy. Who's to say the opinions you've formed in doing your own homework won't lead to more success than the so-called experts' recommendations?
It's with that breed of fantasy owner in mind that I've compiled a list of the most reliable sources so you can track each NFL team during training camp and preseason action. If you remain hesitant to jump into the Twitter fray, check out the newspapers and blogs in the meantime. The AFC team links are below; I will have the NFC teams this weekend.
Twitter: @JoeB_WGR, @ChrisBrownBills, @ByTimGraham, @MarkLud12, @CBSSportsNFLBUF, @SalSports, @john_wawrow, @salmaiorana, @espn_afceast, @buffalobills
Primary Coverage: WGR 550 Buffalo, Buffalo News, buffalobills.com, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Blogs: WGR 550 Joe’s Bills Beat Blog, Buffalo News Press Coverage, Buffalobills.com Inside the Bills Blog, ESPN AFC East Blog, CBS Sports Rapid Reports, SB Nation Buffalo Rumblings, Buffalo Sports Daily, MPN Now Going for Goldman Blog
Twitter: @BenVolinPBP, @ArmandoSalguero, @AdamHBeasley, @bbiggane, @IzzyGould, @CBSSportsNFLMIA, @MikeBerardino, @KLV760, @OmarKelly, @espn_afceast, @MiamiDolphins
Primary Coverage: Miami Herald, Palm Beach Post, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miamidolphins.com
Blogs: Miami Herald Dolphins in Depth, Palm Beach Post The Daily Dolphin, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Dolphins Blog, ESPN AFC East Blog, CBS Sports Rapid Reports, SB Nation The Phinsider, Miami Herald Sports Buzz, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Sports Season Ticket, CBS Miami
New England Patriots
Twitter: @GregABedard, @MikeReiss, @tomecurran, @jeffphowe, @FieldYates, @shalisemyoung, @cpriceNFL, @kguregian, @Nick_Underhill, @CBSSportsNFLNE, @Mary_Paoletti, @espn_afceast, @Patriots
Primary Coverage: Boston Globe, ESPN Boston, CSN New England, Boston Herald, WEEI.com, MassLive.com, Providence Journal, NESN.com, Patriots.com
Blogs: Boston Globe Extra Points, Boston Herald The Blitz, CSN Tom Curran, ESPN Boston Mike Reiss, ESPN AFC East Blog, CBS Sports Rapid Reports, SB Nation Pats Pulpit, Patriots.com Football Weekly, CBS Boston
New York Jets
Twitter: @MMehtaNYDN, @RichCimini, @JennyVrentas, @BrianCoz, @JPPelzman, @KMart_LI, @janesports, @HubbuchNYP, @CBSSportsNFLNYJ, @benshpigel, @DWAZ73, @espn_afceast, @nyjets
Primary Coverage: New York Daily News, ESPN New York, Newark Star-Ledger, New York Post, Bergen Record, New York Times, Newsday, Newyorkjets.com
Blogs: Daily News The Jets Stream, Post Jets Blog, Bergen Record Green Machine, Newsday Nothing but Jets, ESPN New York Rich Cimini, SNY.TV Jets Blog, ESPN AFC East Blog, CBS Sports Rapid Reports, Newyorkjets.com Randy’s Radar, SB Nation Gang Green Nation, CBS New York
Twitter: @RavensInsider, @jeffzrebiecsun, @MattVensel, @mzenitz, @espnafc_north, @CSNEisenberg, @JasonButtCBS, @CBSSportsNFLBAL, @MASNJoshLand, @BaltimoreLuke, @Ravens_247, @Ravens
Primary Coverage: Baltimore Sun, Carroll County Times, CSN Baltimore, MASN.com, Baltimoreravens.com
Blogs: Sun Ravens Insider, Times Ravens Blog, Baltimoreravens.com Blogs, CSN Ravens Talk, ESPN AFC North Blog, CBS Sports Rapid Reports, Sun Mike Preston, SB Nation Baltimore Beatdown, Press Box Online Ravens Report, CBS Baltimore
Twitter: @joereedy, @GeoffHobsonCIN, @CBSSportsNFLCIN, @TheJayMorrison, @pauldehnerjr, @Kevin_Goheen, @FSOhioZJackson, @apjoekay, @JoeGoodberry, @espnafc_north, @Bengals
Primary Coverage: Cincinnati Enquirer, Bengals.com, Dayton Daily News, Fox Sports Ohio, Kentucky Post
Blogs: Enquirer Bengals Blog Network, Bengals.com Hobson’s Choice, ESPN AFC North Blog, CBS Sports Rapid Reports, Daily News Big C’s NFL Blitz, SB Nation Cincy Jungle
Twitter: @MaryKayCabot, @TonyGrossi, @NateUlrichABJ, @ScottPetrak, @jsbrownsinsider, @treedPD, @CBSSportsNFLCLE, @viccarucci, @FredGreethamOBR, @WillBurge, @TheDanielWolf, @RuiterWrongFAN, @jamir2010browns, @espnafc_north, @OfficialBrowns
Primary Coverage: Cleveland Plain Dealer, Akron Beacon Journal, Canton Repository, ESPN Cleveland, Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, Lake County News Herald, Fox Sports Ohio, Clevelandbrowns.com
Blogs: Repository Fresh Brownies, Beacon Journal Browns Blog, Clevelandbrowns.com Carucci’s Corner, ESPN AFC North Blog, CBS Sports Rapid Reports, SB Nation Dawgs by Nature, CBS Cleveland
Twitter: @EdBouchette, @gerrydulac, @mikebires, @arobinson_Trib, @MarkKaboly_Trib, @dlolleyor, @jimwexell, @CBSSportsNFLPIT, @ken_laird, @espnafc_north, @steelers
Primary Coverage: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Beaver County Times, Washington Observer Reporter, Steelers.com
Blogs: Tribune-Review Steel Mill, PG+ Steelers, Observer Reporter NFL from the Sidelines, ESPN AFC North Blog, CBS Sports Rapid Reports, Times Steel Crazy, Steelers.com Blog, SB Nation Behind the Steel Curtain, CBS Pittsburgh