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Chris Liss

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

Pianowski and I set the pace last week at 10-4-2, while DDD and Erickson are two games back at 8-6. Stopa? He's like an aging receiver stranded on Revis island.

But the bigger news this week is we have a record eight consensus (or more precisely unanimous) picks. I get concerned there's a groupthink going on here even though we all make our picks independently. Unless, of course, we crush those eight games in which case, you can't really fault the group for getting them right.

Enjoy the games.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Ravens -1.5 at Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals
Dolphins +5.5 at Vikings Vikings Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins Vikings
Bears +7.5 at Cowboys Bears Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys
Eagles -4.5 at Lions Lions Lions Lions Lions Eagles
Cardinals +6.5 at Falcons Cardinals Falcons Falcons Cardinals Falcons
Chiefs +1.5 at Browns Browns Browns Browns Browns Browns
Bills +13 at Packers Packers Packers Bills Packers Packers
Steelers +5 at Titans Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers
Buccaneers +3 at Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers
Rams +3.5 at Raiders Raiders Rams Raiders Raiders Raiders
Seahawks +3.5 at Broncos Broncos Seahawks Broncos Broncos Broncos
Texans -3 at Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins
Jaguars +7.5 at Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers
Patriots -2.5 at Jets Patriots Jets Patriots Jets Patriots
Giants +5.5 at Colts Giants Giants Giants Giants Giants
Saints -5.5 at 49ers 49ers 49ers 49ers 49ers 49ers
Best Bet Chargers Redskins 49ers Packers Panthers
Last Week's Record 8-6-2 10-4-2 10-4-2 4-10-2 8-6-2
Best Bet Record 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-0-1 0-0-1
Consensus Pick Record 1-1
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 a whopping eight consensus picks (an all-time record): the Bengals, Browns, Steelers, Panthers, Redskins, Chargers, Giants and 49ers.

Last week we won with the Steelers and lost with the Bills.

We finished 2009 at 19-23-1 on consensus picks, and were 24-19-2 on them in 2008.


EricksonI'm not sure I understand why the line moved so much, from 9.5 to 7.5 or 7, pending your source, and I hate laying big favorites early in the season, but I really think that Rivers and company will go nuts against that secondary.
PianowskiOne notable Houston win is not enough for me to start giving them major line credit on the road.
LissLike the 49ers, Bengals, Falcons and Panthers the best.
StopaA miserable Week 1 rocked my world, so I tried to keep it simple this week. Basically, I faded the public. When in doubt, I'll trust that Vegas knows how to set a line, and if the public is all over one team, I'll go with the other. I particularly like the 49ers and Jets for that reason (especially since the lines have moved in their favor). My best bet is the one time I sided with the herd instead of Vegas. I watched the Bills and the Packers last week, and I see 35-10 here. Rodgers will rebound after a mediocre Week 1, and the Bills can't keep up on offense.
Del DonI had a harder time this week compared to last, with the Vikings, Eagles and Packers essentially coin flips. I'm not happy backing so many favorites (11). I liked Carolina more when the line opened at -2, but they're still my best bet. I also strongly considered the 49ers.

The players: