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Staff Picks: Titans, Vikings and Jets

Chris Liss

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

It was an ugly week all around for the staff with Erickson winning it at 8-8 and moving into a three-way tie for last with DDD and me at 31-31-2. Pianowski went 7-9 and remains all alone in first place, 10 games over .500

Correction: Erickson went 7-9 and is all alone in last place at 30-32-2

This week, the Jets are a consensus pick and the best bet of two writers, while the Titans are also a consenus and my best bet.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Saints -6.5 at Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers Saints Panthers
Eagles -2 at Bills Bills Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles
Seahawks +10 at Giants Giants Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Giants
Bengals +1 at Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Bengals Jaguars
Chiefs +1 at Colts Colts Colts Chiefs Colts Colts
Titans +4.5 at Steelers Titans Titans Titans Titans Titans
Cardinals +2 at Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings
Raiders +5.5 at Texans Raiders Raiders Raiders Texans Raiders
Buccaneers +3 at 49ers 49ers Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers 49ers
Jets +9.5 at Patriots Jets Jets Jets Jets Jets
Chargers -4 at Broncos Broncos Chargers Broncos Broncos Broncos
Packers -6 at Falcons Packers Falcons Falcons Packers Falcons
Bears +5.5 at Lions Lions Lions Bears Lions Lions
Best Bet Jets Jets Titans Eagles Colts
Last Week's Record 7-9 7-9 6-10 6-10 7-9
2011 Record 30-32-2 36-26-2 31-31-2 26-20-2 31-31-2
Best Bet Record 3-1 2-1-1 3-1 3-1 1-2-1
Consensus Pick Record 8-4
2010 Record 129-122-5 134-117-5 126-125-5 136-115-5 134-117-5
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 Titans, Vikings and Jets. We went 1-1 on consensus picks in Week 4, putting us at 8-4 on the year. We went 32-21-1 on consensus picks in 2010.


Erickson: Every year there's one Patriots outrageous-looking line that they end up covering, and maybe this is it, but I have to think that the playoff win by the Jets is far more relevant in the comparison of the two teams than the Monday night blowout last year. Factor in Jerod Mayo's injury, and I think the Jets will be competitive in this game. ... I should be confident in the Bengals, given how they've played defense and are against a rookie QB. However, Andy Dalton has been shaky here-and-there in his own right and is facing a better-than-expected Jacksonville defense... Colts are this week's "yeah they suck, but every dog has its day" pick.
PianowskiThe New England-New York line looks like a gross overreaction to what happened in Baltimore last week. The Patriots secondary is a joke, and the Pats are also without their best defensive player (linebacker Jerod Mayo). The Jets defense played well against the Ravens (look at the Flacco and Rice stats), but Mark Sanchez gave the game away; I dare the Pats to force Sanchez into the same mistakes. I'll gladly take the inflated number here. Only concern: Bill Belichick has no qualms throwing with a late lead.
LissNone of these lines jumped out at me intially except Tennessee. I love the Jets as a moneyline play (+350), but if they lose it could easily be by this number.
StopaI like buying the Eagles low, as I don't think the Bills can exploit the Eagles weakness in the trenches... The Raiders are allowing 5.9 YPC, by far the worst in the league; the Texans will run all over them... Sharps are on the Broncos, causing the line to go from -6 to -4 even as the public is all over the Chargers. I agree with the sharps, as the Chargers injuries are mounting... No matter how bad the Jets have looked this year, I can't escape the feeling that 10 points is a lot between division rivals in a game the Jets could win outright, as they did earlier this calendar year... I struggled with Packers/Falcons. The Falcons are the savvy play, as they're much better at home and will be highly motivated after the blowout loss to the Packers last year. But I think we're watching an all-time offense in the Packers, and the Falcons haven't exactly been good on defense.
Del DonThe Colts are bad but clearly better with Curtis Painter and playing another league doormat. Look for desperate Indy finally to get into the win column, with home field being the difference... I wouldn't be surprised by numerous upsets this week, and I'm not just talking about the games with spreads fewer than a field goal.

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 East Coast Offense, Beating the Book and Surviving the Week in addition to Staff Picks. Covers and roots for the Giants.

Mark Stopa: Staff Writer, 2010 Staff Picks Champ, 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.