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Chris Liss

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

My season so far's been a disaster, but Stopa and Pianowski are doing pretty well, and consensus picks are still nine games over .500. No consensus picks this week.

Enjoy the games

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Patriots -7 at Lions Lions Lions Lions Patriots Lions
Saints -3.5 at Cowboys Cowboys Saints Cowboys Saints Cowboys
Bengals +9 at Jets Jets Bengals Jets Jets Bengals
Vikings +2.5 at Redskins Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings Redskins
Steelers -6.5 at Bills Bills Bills Bills Steelers Steelers
Panthers +10 at Browns Browns Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers
Titans +6.5 at Texans Texans Titans Texans Titans Titans
Jaguars +7.5 at Giants Jaguars Jaguars Giants Jaguars Giants
Packers +2.5 at Falcons Packers Packers Falcons Packers Falcons
Chiefs -1 at Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Chiefs Chiefs
Dolphins +3 at Raiders Raiders Dolphins Dolphins Raiders Dolphins
Buccaneers +8 at Ravens Ravens Buccaneers Ravens Buccaneers Buccaneers
Eagles -3.5 at Bears Bears Bears Bears Eagles Eagles
Rams +4 at Broncos Broncos Rams Rams Rams Rams
Chargers +3 at Colts Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Colts
49ers -1 at Cardinals Cardinals 49ers Cardinals 49ers Cardinals
Best Bet Vikings Jaguars Jets Chargers Falcons
Last Week's Record 7-9 8-8 6-10 11-5 7-9
2010 Record 81-74-5 84-71-5 73-82-5 86-69-5 79-76-5
Best Bet Record 3-7-1 5-5-1 5-6 7-3-1 6-4-1
Consensus Pick Record 24-15-1
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 no consensus picks.

Last week we went 2-2 on consensus picks, putting us at 24-15-1 on the year. We finished 2009 at 19-23-1 on consensus picks, and were 24-19-2 on them in 2008.


EricksonI expect a good dead-cat bounce this week from the Vikes, now that the Chilly cloud has been lifted.
PianowskiAnother slate I hate with the intensity of 1,000 suns. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
LissAfter being life and death with some average teams the last few weeks, I think the Jets roll at home on Thanksgiving against a Cincinnati squad that fell apart at home against the Bills.
StopaI don't have as strong a feel about this week as usual - maybe it's because I'm picking so early in the week, or maybe it's that three of the lines are "off" right now... Interesting how the lines moved in favor of the Patriots and Jets even though the public is on them. Did the sharps put money on the big favorites? It certainly seems so... The Jaguars are not going to win a playoff game, if they somehow make it, but they shouldn't be getting that many points from an injury-riddled Giants squad. The Giants haven't run well lately, and Eli Manning isn't good enough to carry a team with no-name WRs... I expect the Vikings to play better without Childress, similar to the Cowboys with Garrett... Bucs/Ravens is a lot like Bucs/Falcons from two weeks ago, and we saw the Bucs cover a similar line there and almost win outright... On the close lines (three points or less), I'm not over-thinking it. Forget "buy low," "sell high," fading the public, bouncing back, or even home/road. I'm picking the teams that I think are better. The Packers and Falcons are similar on offense, but the Packers give up 6.5 YPA on defense; the Falcons 7.5. The Chargers are the best team in the AFC right now (leading the NFL in total offense, total defense, passing offense, and passing defense), but it will be another 4-6 weeks before anyone realizes it because of their record. Meanwhile, quietly, Peyton Manning is having his worst season since he was a rookie. The Eagles and Bears have similar defenses, but the offenses are no comparison. If the Seahawks didn't have their victory total padded by playing in that division, would that line against a decent Chiefs squad be what it is? ... I struggled on the Steelers. The Bills haven't lost by more than 3 since Week 5, but I can't see their defense slowing down the Steelers, so taking 6.5 points means I think the Bills will score in the high 20s. I see that more like 34-20.
Del DonDespite a full 16-game slate, this might qualify as my least favorite of the season when it comes to a "best bet," but I'll reluctantly take the Falcons.

The players:

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

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

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

Mark Stopa: Staff Writer, Writes Working the Wire. Roots for the Bills.

Dalton Del Don: RotoWire Senior Staff Writer. 2007 Staff Picks Champ. Writes the Game Capsules and the Barometer. Covers the Eagles and roots for the 49ers.