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Staff Picks: Conference Title Games

Chris Liss

Chris Liss

Chris Liss is RotoWire's Managing Editor and Host of RotoWIre Fantasy Sports Today on Sirius XM radio.

Erickson had a strong week, going 3-0, but DDD leads the pack with a 4-2-2 record. This week, we're all over the map with every one of the four teams represented as a best bet.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Patriots +4.5 at Broncos Broncos Patriots Broncos Patriots Patriots
49ers +3.5 at Seahawks 49ers Seahawks Seahawks 49ers 49ers
Best Bet 49ers Seahawks Broncos Patriots 49ers
Last Week's Record 3-0-1 0-3-1 1-2-1 1-2-1 2-1-1
Playoff Record 3-3-2 1-5-2 1-5-2 3-3-2 4-2-2
Playoff Best Bet Record 1-1 0-2 0-1-1 1-1 1-1
Best Bet Record 9-7-1 5-12 9-8 9-8 6-11
Consensus Pick Record 23-29-3
2012 Playoff Record 4-6-1 5-5-1 6-4-1 4-6-1 8-2-1
2011 Playoff Record 8-3 5-6 9-2 6-5 7-4
2010 Playoff Record 6-5 5-6 5-6 7-4 8-3
2009 Playoff Record 5-6 4-7 1-10 6-5 5-6
2008 Playoff Record 6-5 5-6 5-6 8-3 4-7
2007 Playoff Record 8-3 3-8 6-5 N/A 2-9
2006 Playoff Record 7-4 N/A 4-7 N/A N/A
2005 Playoff Record 5-6 N/A 3-8 N/A N/A
2004 Playoff Record 6-5 N/A 4-7 N/A N/A
2003 Playoff Record 6-5 N/A 4-7 N/A N/A
2002 Playoff Record 6-5 7-4 5-6 N/A N/A
2001 Playoff Record 6-4-1 7-3-1 4-6-1 N/A N/A
2000 Playoff Record 6-5 7-4 6-5 N/A N/A
2013 Record 132-114-10 118-128-10 123-123-10 111-135-10 128-118-10
2012 Record 110-140-6 125-125-6 121-129-6 143-107-6 123-127-6
2011 Record 121-128-7 134-115-7 124-125-7 123-126-7 127-122-7
2010 Record 129-122-5 134-117-5 126-125-5 136-115-5 134-117-5
2009 Record 123-130-3 132-121-3 131-122-3 130-123-3 126-127-3
2008 Record 132-114-10 128-118-10 124-122-10 125-121-10 130-116-10
2007 Record 127-120 118-129 127-120 N/A 130-117
2006 Record 118-129 N/A 139-108 N/A N/A
2005 Record 121-126 N/A 127-120 N/A N/A
2004 Record 124-124 N/A 130-118 N/A N/A
2003 Record 121-126 118-129 124-123 N/A N/A
2002 Record 113-136 123-126 141-108 N/A N/A
2001 Record 124-113 117-120 118-119 N/A N/A
2000 Record 123-117 134-106 141-99 N/A N/A

Consensus Picks

This week we have no consensus picks. We went 23-29-3 on the season on consenus picks.

Comments:

WriterComment
EricksonThe Seahawks have had a tough time protecting Russell Wilson.
PianowskiThere's no messy Super Bowl matchup possible from this foursome; bully for us.
LissSeems like the Giants, Packers and Ravens recent runs in the playoffs make everyone think the hot team (49ers) are also going to get there. But every year is different, and Seattle has been the better team. The Broncos are loaded with talent while the Pats' No. 1 receiver is Julian Edelman.
StopaI kind of think the Broncos will win, but 4.5 points strikes me as too many. There's a significant chance of less than ideal conditions, which obviously helps NE. Plus, Bill Belichick will have gotten an extra day of prep (NE having played last Saturday, as opposed to the Broncos, who played the late game on Sunday). I trust Belichick will have a good plan in place... The O/U in Seattle is less than 40. For a game that low-scoring, 3.5 points might well matter.
Del DonThe Patriots look outmatched on paper, but they have a big advantage when it comes to coaching, and the loss of Chris Harris is a big blow to an already depleted Denver defense. I expect the Broncos to win, but in my opinion, there's a better chance New England wins outright than Denver covers this spread... The 49ers have been embarrassed the last two times they have played in Seattle, losing by a combined score of 71-16. They will also be playing their fourth straight game on the road, trying to become the first team ever to win a Super Bowl during those circumstances. It won't be easy, and they are rightfully underdogs, but Seattle's passing offense has looked shaky over the final five games, and San Francisco enters healthier than they've been all year. This game should be close that will come down to the end.

The players:

Jeff Erickson: RotoWire Senior editor, 2001, 2008, 2013 Staff Picks Champ. Writes the Weekly Rankings. Covers and roots for the Bengals.

Scott Pianowski: Fantasy expert for Yahoo! Sports, and also contributes to Rotowire.com. 2009 and 2011 Staff Picks Champ. Roots for the Patriots.

Chris Liss: RotoWire Managing Editor, 2000, 2002, 2006 Staff Picks Champ, 2003, 2004 co-champ. Writes East Coast Offense, Beating the Book and the Survivor column in addition to Staff Picks. Covers and roots for the Giants.

Mark Stopa: Staff Writer, 2010, 2012 Staff Picks Champ, Writes Run 'N' Shoot. Roots for the Bills.

Dalton Del Don: Fantasy Expert for Yahoo! Sports, 2007 Staff Picks Champ. Roots for the 49ers.