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Staff Picks: Titans, Redskins, Bills and Bengals

Chris Liss

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

A strong week overall for the staff as everyone won his best bet, and three of us won at least 10 games. Stopa and Pianowski are essentially in a two-man race, with Stopa two games up. After having no consensus picks last week, we have four this week: the Titans, Redskins, Bills and Bengals.

Enjoy the games

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Texans +8.5 at Eagles Texans Eagles Texans Texans Eagles
Jaguars +3 at Titans Titans Titans Titans Titans Titans
Redskins +7.5 at Giants Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins
Browns +4.5 at Dolphins Dolphins Browns Dolphins Browns Browns
Bears -3.5 at Lions Lions Lions Lions Bears Lions
Broncos +8.5 at Chiefs Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos Chiefs
49ers +9.5 at Packers Packers 49ers 49ers 49ers Packers
Bills +6 at Vikings Bills Bills Bills Bills Bills
Saints -7 at Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals
Raiders +13 at Chargers Chargers Raiders Raiders Chargers Raiders
Falcons -3 at Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers Falcons Buccaneers
Panthers +6 at Seahawks Panthers Seahawks Panthers Panthers Panthers
Cowboys +5 at Colts Cowboys Colts Cowboys Colts Colts
Rams -3.5 at Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Rams Cardinals
Steelers +3 at Ravens Ravens Steelers Ravens Steelers Steelers
Jets +3.5 at Patriots Patriots Jets Patriots Jets Patriots
Best Bet Panthers Bills Bengals Bears Packers
Last Week's Record 8-8 10-6 11-5 10-6 7-9
2010 Record 89-82-5 94-77-5 84-87-5 96-75-5 86-85-5
Best Bet Record 4-7-1 6-5-1 6-6 8-3-1 7-4-1
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 four consensus picks: the Titans, Redskins, Bills and Bengals.

Last week we had no consensus picks, keeping 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.


EricksonSeattle's woeful offensive line is almost as bad as Carolina's - and not for nothing, the Panthers have moved the ball better recently.
PianowskiThe Bills are the most entertaining 2-9 team in sports history. They lost in overtime to the Chiefs, Ravens and Steelers (three quality teams), and every one of those games had fluky elements to it. Minnesota shouldn't be spotting this many points.
LissI had a lot of trouble with most of this slate, but the Redskins, Titans, Bengals and Bills were games I decided pretty quickly.
StopaThe Bucs are the most predictable team in the NFL, perhaps in recent memory - they've beaten the bad/mediocre teams and lost to the good ones. Giving only 3 with a Falcons team that should win outright is nice value. I have similar logic for the underrated Bears, who are giving just 3.5 against a bad Lions team starting its third-string QB. That line should be more like 6... Steelers/Ravens and Jets/Patriots are 50/50 games, and given the nature of the rivalries, home-field is irrelevant. I'll take the points and smile when one of the games finishes 21-20... How badly do the Cardinals have to play to be given a line like the league doormat they are? The Bills haven't lost by more than 3 since Week 5, yet they're getting 5.5 against a 4-7 Vikings team that may be missing Adrian Peterson - it makes no sense. You may believe in the "new coach" theory, but you're paying a premium for it... I'll buy the Titans low and hope Kerry Collins plays... What would the Colts/Cowboys line have been three weeks ago? 14? I have to think Manning bounces back... The current Giants team isn't 7.5 points better than the Redskins. The Seahawks aren't 7.5 points better than anyone... I struggled with the Bengals, as I changed that pick 4 times. I think the Bengals quit, but I'm worried about a dome team playing outdoors in the northeast, laying that many points.
Del Don I'm buying low on the Packers, who might be the best team in football, and I'm selling high on the 49ers, who have to travel coming off a short week.

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.