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Staff Picks: Rams, Colts, Ravens, Jaguars, Seahawks and Pats

Chris Liss

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

DDD won Week 7 at 8-5, but who cares about that? The bigger news is that Stopa went 2-11, putting him deeply in debt to his bookie who once lifted a deadbeat up by his tongue (based on a true story). Pianow's still in first place after going 7-6.

This week, we have a whopping six consensus picks: the Rams, Ravens, Colts, Jaguars, Seahawks and Pats.

Enjoy the games.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Saints -14 at Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams
Dolphins +10 at Giants Giants Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins
Cardinals +13 at Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens
Vikings +3 at Panthers Panthers Vikings Vikings Vikings Panthers
Colts +9 at Titans Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts
Jaguars +10 at Texans Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars
Lions -3 at Broncos Broncos Lions Broncos Lions Lions
Redskins +6 at Bills Redskins Bills Redskins Redskins Redskins
Bengals -3 at Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks
Browns +9 at 49ers Browns 49ers Browns 49ers 49ers
Patriots -2.5 at Steelers Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots
Cowboys +3 at Eagles Cowboys Eagles Eagles Eagles Cowboys
Chargers -3.5 at Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chargers Chargers
Best Bet Chiefs Seahawks Rams Eagles Panthers
Last Week's Record 6-7 7-6 6-7 2-11 8-5
2011 Record 52-47-4 56-43-4 51-48-4 47-52-4 52-47-4
Best Bet Record 5-2 4-2-1 4-3 5-2 3-3-1
Consensus Pick Record 12-5
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 a whopping six consensus picks: the Rams, Ravens, Colts, Jaguars, Seahawks and Patriots. Last week we had no consensus picks. We're 12-5 on the year. We went 32-21-1 on consensus picks in 2010.


EricksonI really want to believe in this Bengals team, but I can't buy into having them give points at Seattle, where home field still matters.
PianowskiAll those big spreads, such a weird week. Give me something stable I can believe in: Seattle's home-field edge.
LissLike the Rams, Seahawks, Pats and Chiefs.
StopaAfter going 2-11, is it possible to fade myself? In all seriousness, I know it sounds nuts, but I'm really not that down. My best bet covered by 30-plus points for the second straight week, and I didn't have a strong lean on many of the games. Generally, I hope to go 75% or so on the games I feel strongly about (the games I'd actually bet) and go 50% on the rest (the games I'd avoid). Last week, it just so happened that I lost all the games I saw as coin flips. So fade me if you wish, but I'm undaunted... Anyway, the theme of this week is huge lines. Vegas knows the Dolphins and Rams are 0-6 ATS, so the public has to pay a premium to bet against them. I'll avoid the excise tax, especially on the Rams; +14 at home is the inverse of the 2007 Pats, who finished well under .500 ATS down the stretch after Vegas adjusted. In much the same way, these doormats are going to start covering... The Titans shouldn't be laying double-digits against anyone, even the Colts, and the Jaguars should only be getting 10 against an elite team - the Texans don't qualify. I'll lay the points with the Ravens, who should rebound against a bad Cardinals defense (just as they did in Week 3, winning 37-7 in STL one week after losing to the Titans), and the 49ers, as the Browns have no business being 3-3... I really like the Eagles, at home, off a bye, as Andy Reid's record off a bye is ridiculously good. The Eagles have too much talent not to make a run, and it starts this week. The other games I see as "coin flips."
Del DonCarolina's defense is suspect, but I like them at home against an inferior Minnesota team this week.

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.