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Staff Picks: Panthers, Bengals and Rams

Chris Liss

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

It was a disastrous week for me (and also Erickson), and everyone else went 7-9 on what I thought was the hardest slate of the year. Stopa and Pianow are still in a two-man race for first place with four weeks to go. We have three consensus picks, the Panthers, Bengals and Rams.

Enjoy the games.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Colts -3.5 at Titans Colts Colts Titans Titans Colts
Falcons -8 at Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers
Bengals +9 at Steelers Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals
Giants -2 at Vikings Giants Vikings Giants Vikings Giants
Packers -7 at Lions Packers Lions Lions Lions Lions
Raiders +4 at Jaguars Jaguars Raiders Jaguars Raiders Raiders
Buccaneers -2 at Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Buccaneers Redskins
Browns +1 at Bills Bills Bills Bills Browns Browns
Rams +9.5 at Saints Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams
Seahawks +5 at 49ers 49ers Seahawks 49ers Seahawks 49ers
Patriots -3 at Bears Patriots Bears Bears Patriots Bears
Dolphins +5.5 at Jets Jets Jets Dolphins Jets Jets
Broncos -5.5 at Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Broncos Cardinals
Chiefs +7 at Chargers Chargers Chiefs Chargers Chiefs Chiefs
Eagles -3.5 at Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys Eagles Eagles
Ravens -3 at Texans Ravens Texans Texans Ravens Ravens
Best Bet Giants Raiders Redskins Buccaneers Jets
Last Week's Record 5-11 7-9 5-11 7-9 7-9
2010 Record 94-93-5 101-86-5 89-98-5 103-84-5 93-94-5
Best Bet Record 4-8-1 6-6-1 7-6 9-3-1 8-4-1
Consensus Pick Record 25-18-1
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 three consensus picks: the Panthers, Bengals and Rams.

Last week we went 1-3, putting us at 25-18-1 on the year. We finished 2009 at 19-23-1 on consensus picks, and were 24-19-2 on them in 2008.


EricksonThis line is off in some places while they wait to hear if Favre plays. If anything, if he tries to gut it out, I'm going to want to be on the Giants even more, though I'll probably be able to get a better price... I wanted to invest in the Dead Cat Bounce with the Broncos, but I think that's already been priced into the line... The Chiefs have laid an egg twice on AFC West road games, plus the Chargers' collective backs are against the wall.
PianowskiThe trickiest slate of the season. I'd take 8-8 right now.
LissTalked myself into the Titans and Jaguars. Liked the Redskins, Rams, Bills and 49ers right away.
StopaAre you tired of me saying it yet? I say it every week, but let's say it again - the Bucs beat teams like the Redskins... The Chargers are maddening. Sometimes they look like the best team in the NFL; other times they look lost. When in doubt, take the points... I expect the Ravens and Jets to bounce back... The Jaguars and Raiders are very comparable, so I'll take more than a FG in what strikes me as a 50/50 sort of game... The Seahawks/Niners line should be 3, not 4.5... I have to go ugly with the Lions, Bengals, Panthers and Titans... Brett Favre is like that big zit on your forehead that won't go away. Neither will the Vikings.
Del DonLots of home dogs this week, but no best bet jumped out at me. I'll take the Jets, who should bounce back after getting embarrassed on Monday night.

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.