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Staff Picks: Chargers and Bills

Chris Liss

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

Last week was a momentous one in the Staff Picks, as it condensed the standings dramatically. I went 11-5 to get out of last place, while frontrunners Pianowski (5-11) and Stopa (4-12) fell back to the pack. As it stands, with three weeks to go, only eight games separate Stopa (first) and DDD (last). Erickson had a 10-6 week to pull within three games of the lead.

This week, Stopa and Pianowski picked the Jets as their best bets, while I went the opposite route on the Steelers.

Enjoy the games.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
49ers +9 at Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers
Bills +5.5 at Dolphins Bills Bills Bills Bills Bills
Browns +1.5 at Bengals Browns Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals
Lions +6 at Buccaneers Buccaneers Lions Lions Buccaneers Lions
Jaguars +5 at Colts Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Colts
Cardinals +2.5 at Panthers Panthers Cardinals Panthers Panthers Panthers
Saints +1 at Ravens Ravens Ravens Saints Saints Ravens
Eagles +3 at Giants Giants Eagles Giants Eagles Eagles
Chiefs +1 at Rams Rams Rams Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs
Redskins +6 at Cowboys Redskins Cowboys Redskins Cowboys Redskins
Texans +1.5 at Titans Texans Titans Titans Texans Titans
Falcons -7 at Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Falcons Seahawks
Jets +6 at Steelers Jets Jets Steelers Jets Jets
Broncos +6.5 at Raiders Broncos Broncos Broncos Raiders Broncos
Packers +11 at Patriots Patriots Packers Patriots Packers Packers
Bears -3 at Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings Bears Bears
Best Bet Texans Jets Steelers Jets Ravens
Last Week's Record 10-6 5-11 11-5 4-12 6-10
2010 Record 104-99-5 106-97-5 100-103-5 107-96-5 99-104-5
Best Bet Record 5-8-1 6-7-1 8-6 9-4-1 8-5-1
Consensus Pick Record 25-21-1
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 two consensus picks: the Chargers and Bills.

Last week we went 0-3, putting us at 25-21-1 on the year. We finished 2009 at 19-23-1 on consensus picks, and were 24-19-2 on them in 2008.


EricksonTime for the Texans to make their "fall just short of the playoffs" run.
PianowskiJets are more desperate, Steelers are vulnerable, line has overreacted.
LissThe Titans are the sharp play, but I went with the Steelers as my best bet because the Jets look broken to me, and Pittsburgh's not the place for repairs.
StopaWhat would the Jets/Steelers line have been two weeks ago? Three? The Broncos and Titans seem to have mailed it in... The Colts defense can't stop the Jags running game - the Colts will cover only if they get a big lead early. I'll refrain from any more commentary until I start winning again. You go 4-12, you start thinking everything is a trap.
Del DonI was close to making the Panthers my best bet but just couldn't stomach it. The Eagles/Giants game was the one I had the toughest time with, and I also switched to the Redskins at the last second. No clue why the Ravens are giving fewer than the standard three points.

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.