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 NFC team links are below; Click here for last week's AFC links.
Twitter: @toddarcher, @clarencehilljr, @calvinwatkins, @BryanBroaddus, @DCStarJEllis, @RickGosselinDMN, @tom_orsborn, @dmn_george, @DavidMooreDMN, @NFLCharean, @espncowboysblog, @nickeatman, @espn_macmahon, @mattmosley, @DMNRainerSabin, @TheCowboysTimes, @derekeagleton, @calexmendez, @CBSSportsNFLDAL, @espn_nfceast, @dallascowboys
Primary Coverage: ESPN Dallas, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Express-News, Dallascowboys.com, Fox Sports Southwest
Blogs: Dallascowboys.com Bryan Broaddus, Star-Telegram Cowboys Corner, Morning News Cowboys Blog, Express-News Cowboys Blog, ESPN Dallas Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas Calvin Watkins, ESPN NFC East Blog, CBS Sports Rapid Reports, SB Nation Blogging the Boys, CBS Dallas/Fort Worth
New York Giants
Twitter: @RVacchianoNYDN, @MikeGarafolo, @NotoriousOHM, @NYPost_Schwartz, @TomRock_Newsday, @art_stapleton, @Patricia_Traina, @jorgeccastillo, @ErniePalladino, @CBSSportsNFLNYG, @giantspathanlon, @ebenezersamuel, @giantseisen, @espn_nfceast, @Giants
Primary Coverage: New York Daily News, Newark Star-Ledger, ESPN New York, New York Post, Bergen Record, Newsday, New York Times, Giants.com
Blogs: Daily News The Blue Screen, Post Giants Blog, Record True Blue, Newsday T-Rock’s Take on the Giants, ESPN New York Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN NFC East Blog, SB Nation Big Blue View, SNY.TV Giants, Giants.com Blog, CBS Sports Rapid Reports
Twitter: @RoobCSN, @Jeff_McLane, @geoffmosher, @Tim_McManus, @SheilKapadia, @caplannfl, @LesBowen, @ZBerm, @howardeskin, @pdomo, @BobGrotz, @JordanRaanan, @NickFierro, @lawlornfl, @CBSSportsNFLPHI, @espn_nfceast, @TheRealDGunnCSN, @DZangaro, @davespadaro, @EaglesInsider, @Eagles
Primary Coverage: CSN Philly, Philly Mag Birds 24/7, Philly.com: Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News, Wilmington News Journal, Phillyburbs.com, Philadelphiaeagles.com, Allentown Morning Call, Delaware County Daily Times, LeHigh Valley Express-Times
Blogs: Inquirer Birds’ Eye View, Daily News Eagletarian, Philadelphiaeagles.com Insider, CSN Philly Eagles Insider, News Journal Wing Tips, The 700 Level, Burbs 4th and 26 Blog, Morning Call Eagles Insiders, DelCo Times Eagles Blogger Room, ESPN NFC East Blog, CBS Sports Rapid Reports, SB Nation Bleeding Green Nation, Iggles Blitz, CBS Philly
Twitter: @Rich_Campbell, @john_keim, @TarikElBashir, @MikeJonesWaPo, @RussellMania980, @grantpaulsen, @Insider, @Rich_Tandler, @ZacBoyer, @CBSSportsNFLWAS, @davidelfin, @barrysvrluga, @JReidPost, espn_nfceast, @ChickatCSN, @Redskins
Primary Coverage: Washington Post, Washington Times, CSN Washington, Washington Examiner, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, Redskins.com
Blogs: Times Redskins Watch, Post Football Insider, CSN Washington Redskins Talk, ESPN 980 Chris Russell, Free Lance-Star Redskins Journal, Real Redskins, ESPN NFC East Blog, CBS Sports Rapid Reports, Redskins.com Blog, SB Nation Hogs Haven, Burgundy Blog, CBS DC
Twitter: @seankjensen, @BradBiggs, @danpompei, @vxmcclure23, @CSNMoonMullin, @BobLeGere, @ZachZaidman, @mikecwright, @ESPNChiBears, @bynhayes, @AdamHogeCBS, @CBSSportsNFLCHI, @espn_nfcnblog, @ChicagoBears
Primary Coverage: Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, CSN Chicago, ESPN Chicago, Arlington Heights Daily Herald, Chicagobears.com
Blogs: Sun-Times Inside the Bears, CSN Chicago Bears Insider, Chicagobears.com Write Now Blog, Daily Herald Bear Essentials, Tribune Dan Pompei, ESPN NFC North Blog, CBS Sports Rapid Reports, SB Nation Windy City Gridiron, CBS Chicago
Twitter: @davebirkett, @AnwarRichardson, @ttwentyman, @cmccosky, @paulapasche, @Justin_Rogers, @MikeOHaraNFL, @CBSSportsNFLDET, @freeplions, @LionsMLive, @lionsinwinter, @detroitlions101, @espn_nfcnblog, @DetroitLionsNFL
Primary Coverage: Detroit Free Press, MLive.com, Detroit News, Detroitlions.com, Fox Sports Detroit
Blogs: News Lions Blog, Detroitlions.com Blog, Oakland Press Lions Lowdown, ESPN NFC North Blog, CBS Sports Rapid Reports, SB Nation Pride of Detroit, The Lions in Winter, The Detroit Sports Site, CBS Detroit
Green Bay Packers
Twitter: @BobMcGinn, @TomSilverstein, @TyDunne, @RobDemovsky, @PeteDougherty, @jasonjwilde, @Paulimig, @MikeVandermause, @Aaron_Nagler, @PackerReport, @LoriNickel, @kareemcopeland, @ZachHeilprin, @BrianCarriveau, @CBSSportsNFLGB, @espn_nfcnblog, @packers
Primary Coverage: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Green Bay Press-Gazette, ESPN Wisconsin, Fox Sports Wisconsin, Packers.com
Blogs: Journal-Sentinel Packers Blog, ESPN Wisconsin Jason Wilde, Press-Gazette Insiders Blog, Packer Report, Cheesehead TV, ESPN NFC North Blog, CBS Sports Rapid Reports, Packers.com Blog, Packers.com Ask Vic, SB Nation Acme Packing Company
Twitter: @TomPelissero, @VikingsNow, @StribDW, @1500ESPNJudd, @markcraignfl, @wobby, @bmurphPiPress, @VikingUpdate, @CBSSportsNFLMIN, @1500ESPN, @espn_nfcnblog, @VikingsFootball
Primary Coverage: ESPN 1500 Twin Cities, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Vikings.com, Fox Sports North
Blogs: Pioneer Press Vikings Now, Star-Tribune Access Vikings, Vikings.com Blog, VikesCentric, ESPN NFC North Blog, Viking Update, SB Nation Daily Norseman, CBS Sports Rapid Reports, Kick Ass Blog, CBS Minnesota