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Staff Picks: Backing the Buccaneers

Chris Liss

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

While I compile this article every week, I never pay attention to how anyone besides myself is doing on Sundays. Maybe I will in Week 15 on if I'm vying for the lead, but for Week 5, the first time I know how anyone did is when I add up the totals while preparing the article for Week 6. Imagine my surprise and horror 45 minutes ago to discover that Stopa actually went 13-1 last week. But for the Broncos against the Ravens, he would have had a perfect slate. Needless to say, this propels him into first place by three games over Pianow who went 6-8. DDD's in third at 40-33, while I'm in fourth at 39-34. Erickson's bringing up the caboose, but he's actually only one game under .500 -a mark that would probably put him in first in the New York Post most years.

We hit on all three of our consensus picks, too.

Enjoy the games.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Falcons +3 at Eagles Eagles Falcons Eagles Eagles Eagles
Browns +14 at Steelers Steelers Browns Browns Steelers Steelers
Seahawks +7 at Bears Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Bears Bears
Lions +10.5 at Giants Lions Lions Giants Giants Lions
Ravens +2.5 at Patriots Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Patriots
Chargers -8 at Rams Rams Rams Chargers Chargers Rams
Dolphins +3* at Packers Packers Packers Dolphins Packers Packers
Saints -4.5 at Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers
Chiefs +4.5 at Texans Chiefs Chiefs Texans Chiefs Texans
Jets -3 at Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos Jets Broncos
Raiders +6.5 at 49ers Raiders Raiders 49ers 49ers 49ers
Cowboys +1.5 at Vikings Vikings Cowboys Vikings Cowboys Cowboys
Colts -3 at Redskins Colts Colts Redskins Colts Colts
Titans -3 at Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Titans Jaguars
Best Bet Broncos Raiders Broncos Steelers Steelers
Last Week's Record 7-7 6-8 8-6 13-1 8-6
2010 Record 36-37-3 41-32-3 39-34-3 44-29-3 40-33-3
Best Bet Record 1-4 1-2-1 3-2 3-1-1 2-2-1
Consensus Pick Record 14-9-1
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 one consensus pick: the Buccaneers.

Last week we went 3-0 on consensus picks, putting us at 14-9-1 on the year. We finished 2009 at 19-23-1 on consensus picks, and were 24-19-2 on them in 2008.


EricksonI'm only backing four favorites this week, but I'm backing the biggest favorite in the Steelers because of the QB situation. I feel like such a square doing it, though.
PianowskiRandom question: What are the odds of the Steelers scoring on defense this week? Fifty percent, maybe? I feel like the Pittsburgh-Cleveland pick comes down to stuff like that.
LissI like the Broncos, Niners and Eagles best. Hate the Browns and Seahawks picks.
Stopa After going 13-1 last week, I want to pull a Costanza, as it will never get any better than this. Instead, I'm forced to make more picks, proving that if you flip a coin 14 times in a row often enough, sometimes it will land on heads 13 times. Anyway, I really like the Steelers this week at under 14. They're coming off a loss (and a bye), Ben is back, McCoy is making his first start; hide the women and children, folks... I also like the Bears a lot - Seattle is awful on the road, and Chicago's offense should rebound with Cutler back... I think the loss of Randy Moss will be tougher on the Patriots than people realize. Even when he's not producing, he commands a double-team, freeing up Wes Welker. Plus, I'm still not sold on that defense... The Raiders feel like an obvious pick against a winless Niners team, but the line moved from above 7 to below, so I'll fade the public (unusual for the public to be on a big road underdog) and Jason Campbell... I want to sell the Bucs high, but I still don't feel like Vegas has adjusted to the 2010 version of the Saints... The Cowboys/Vikings matchup is a mirror image - one-win teams underperforming, crappy coaches, excess media hype. I think the Cowboys have more talent, the Vikings throw too much, and karma has caught up with Favre. I like Dallas... PManning in prime time, giving less than a FG - that's all the analysis I need there... I suspect I'll be alone on the Jets, but I see them as the NFL's most talented team. The sudden transformation of Orton and Lloyd from journeymen to studs overshadows how the Broncos have struggled in virtually every other facet... Why did the Jaguars get a Monday night game? I struggled with the games I didn't mention, and I feel like I have too many favorites. Too late for a Constanza, Chris?
Del DonThe teams I like the most this week are the Bucs, Texans and Steelers, who are my best bet.

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