Staff Picks: Focused on the 49ers

Staff Picks: Focused on the 49ers

This article is part of our Staff Picks series.

Last week was solid for the staff, with the exception of Erickson, but he's a Bengals fan, so I'm assuming he's okay. This year's regular season winner, Payne, leads in the playoffs too, but he's not sitting on the ball – he's the only writer on the Rams, while the other four of us made the 49ers our best bets. 

 

Erickson

Pianowski

Liss

Payne

Del Don

Bengals +7 at ChiefsBengalsBengalsBengalsChiefsChiefs
49ers +3.5 at Rams49ers49ers49ersRams49ers
Best Bet49ers49ers49ersRams49ers
Last week's Record0-43-13-13-12-2
Playoff Record4-66-45-57-36-4
Playoff Best Bet Record1-11-11-12-02-0
Unanimous Pick Record29-26    
Majority Pick Record135-134-3    
2021 Best Bet Record12-610-812-612-67-11
2020 Playoff Record5-88-58-56-77-6
2019 Playoff Record6-55-66-54-77-4
2018 Playoff Record3-6-11-8-13-6-1N/A2-7-1
2017 Playoff Record5-65-65-6N/A2-9
2016 Playoff Record6-55-66-5N/A6-5
2015 Playoff Record5-62-93-8N/A1-10
2014 Playoff Record10-15-69-2N/A9-2
2013 Playoff Record5-4-23-6-24-5-2N/A4-5-2
2012 Playoff Record4-6-15-5-16-4-1N/A8-2-1
2011 Playoff Record8-35-69-2N/A7-4
2010 Playoff Record6-55-65-6N/A8-3
2009 Playoff Record5-64-71-10N/A5-6
2008 Playoff Record6-55-65-6N/A4-7
2007 Playoff Record8-33-8

Last week was solid for the staff, with the exception of Erickson, but he's a Bengals fan, so I'm assuming he's okay. This year's regular season winner, Payne, leads in the playoffs too, but he's not sitting on the ball – he's the only writer on the Rams, while the other four of us made the 49ers our best bets. 

 

Erickson

Pianowski

Liss

Payne

Del Don

Bengals +7 at ChiefsBengalsBengalsBengalsChiefsChiefs
49ers +3.5 at Rams49ers49ers49ersRams49ers
Best Bet49ers49ers49ersRams49ers
Last week's Record0-43-13-13-12-2
Playoff Record4-66-45-57-36-4
Playoff Best Bet Record1-11-11-12-02-0
Unanimous Pick Record29-26    
Majority Pick Record135-134-3    
2021 Best Bet Record12-610-812-612-67-11
2020 Playoff Record5-88-58-56-77-6
2019 Playoff Record6-55-66-54-77-4
2018 Playoff Record3-6-11-8-13-6-1N/A2-7-1
2017 Playoff Record5-65-65-6N/A2-9
2016 Playoff Record6-55-66-5N/A6-5
2015 Playoff Record5-62-93-8N/A1-10
2014 Playoff Record10-15-69-2N/A9-2
2013 Playoff Record5-4-23-6-24-5-2N/A4-5-2
2012 Playoff Record4-6-15-5-16-4-1N/A8-2-1
2011 Playoff Record8-35-69-2N/A7-4
2010 Playoff Record6-55-65-6N/A8-3
2009 Playoff Record5-64-71-10N/A5-6
2008 Playoff Record6-55-65-6N/A4-7
2007 Playoff Record8-33-86-5N/A2-9
2006 Playoff Record7-4N/A4-7N/AN/A
2005 Playoff Record5-6N/A3-8N/AN/A
2004 Playoff Record6-5N/A4-7N/AN/A
2003 Playoff Record6-5N/A4-7N/AN/A
2002 Playoff Record6-57-45-6N/AN/A
2001 Playoff Record6-4-17-3-14-6-1N/AN/A
2021 Record129-140-3134-135-3139-130-3145-124-3136-133-3
2020 Record121-127-8128-120-8118-130-8115-133-8118-130-8
2019 Record126-124-6140-110-6127-123-6127-123-6134-116-6
2018 Record125-122-9134-113-9141-106-9N/A120-127-9
2017 Record117-125-14128-114-14117-125-14N/A98-144-14
2016 Record140-111-5130-121-5123-128-5N/A132-119-5
2015 Record134-114-8120-128-8114-134-8N/A121-127-8
2014 Record123-128-5140-111-5135-116-5N/A128-123-5
2013 Record132-114-10118-128-10123-123-10N/A128-118-10
2012 Record110-140-6125-125-6121-129-6N/A123-127-6
2011 Record121-128-7134-115-7124-125-7N/A127-122-7
2010 Record129-122-5134-117-5126-125-5N/A134-117-5
2009 Record123-130-3132-121-3131-122-3N/A126-127-3
2008 Record132-114-10128-118-10124-122-10N/A130-116-10
2007 Record127-120118-129127-120N/A130-117
2006 Record118-129N/A139-108N/AN/A
2005 Record121-126N/A127-120N/AN/A
2004 Record124-124N/A130-118N/AN/A
2003 Record121-126118-129124-123N/AN/A
2002 Record113-136123-126141-108N/AN/A
2001 Record124-113117-120118-119N/AN/A
2000 Record123-117134-106141-99N/AN/A

This week, we have no unanimous picks. We had no unanimous picks last week either. We went 29-26 on unanimous picks and 135-134-3 on majority picks (three or more writers on the year. We went 17-23 on unanimous picks and 118-130-8 on majority picks in 2020. 

WriterComment
EricksonThis is the matchup that the Niners wanted – a team they've proven that they can beat, with a shorter trip instead of going cross-country. Trent Williams' health is obviously a big factor, but I like them to win outright, let alone getting the 3.5 points.
PianowskiSan Francisco wants to manage Jimmy Garoppolo in this game; I'll look for props that play into that. As for the Bengals, I suspect KC might come in slightly flat emotionally after emptying the reservoir last week. Of course it's a long game and the Chiefs will eventually be heard from, and deservedly are favored. But I won't be surprised if KC starts a little sluggishly, similar to the Pittsburgh game earlier in these playoffs. 
LissThe Trent Williams injury is big, but I see these as roughly equal teams, the home field advantage is small (same time zone, no weather issues) and I don't like the way the Rams closed out last week. 
PayneI'm probably a sucker for continuing to take the Rams. My Brain says the Chiefs can't be beat but for some reason I don't see them winning this whole thing.
Del DonThe final four everyone expected. 

The players:

• Jeff Erickson: RotoWire Senior editor, 2001, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2016 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, 2011, 2014, 2017, 2019 and 2020 Staff Picks Champ. Roots for the Patriots.

• Chris Liss: RotoWire Managing Editor, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2018 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.

• Kevin Payne: Staff Writer, Writes our Waiver Wire column. Roots for the Bills. 2021 Staff Picks Champ.

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

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