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Staff Picks: Browns, Giants and Chargers

Chris Liss

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

This week was Erickson's turn to destroy his otherwise decent season - he went 2-10-1 and nearly rose to Mark Stopa's (2-11) challenge. Consensus picks suffered a major setback as well, going 1-4-1, but somehow Pianowski managed to keep rolling, winning all of his non-consensus games and remaining in first place with what is surely an insurmountable eight-game margin over DDD and me.

This week the Chargers are not only a consenus pick, but DDD's and my best bet. The Giants are a consensus pick and Pianow's best bet, while the Browns are a consensus pick probably because everyone's coin landed tails.

Enjoy the games.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Dolphins +4 at Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins
Buccaneers +9 at Saints Saints Saints Buccaneers Buccaneers Saints
Falcons -7 at Colts Falcons Colts Colts Colts Colts
Browns +11 at Texans Browns Browns Browns Browns Browns
Jets +1 at Bills Jets Bills Bills Bills Jets
49ers -3.5 at Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins 49ers Redskins
Seahawks +11.5 at Cowboys Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Cowboys
Bengals +2 at Titans Titans Titans Titans Bengals Titans
Broncos +8.5 at Raiders Broncos Broncos Broncos Raiders Broncos
Giants +9 at Patriots Giants Giants Giants Giants Giants
Rams +3.5* at Cardinals Rams Rams Rams Cardinals Rams
Packers -5.5 at Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers
Ravens +3 at Steelers Ravens Ravens Steelers Ravens Steelers
Bears +8.5 at Eagles Bears Bears Bears Eagles Bears
Best Bet Chiefs Giants Chargers 49ers Chargers
Last Week's Record 2-10-1 8-4-1 5-7-1 6-6-1 4-8-1
2011 Record 54-57-5 64-47-5 56-55-5 53-58-5 56-55-1
Best Bet Record 6-2 4-3-1 5-3 6-2 3-4-1
Consensus Pick Record 13-9-1
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 Browns, Giants and Chargers. Last week we went 1-4-1 on consensus picks to put us at 13-9-1 on the year. We went 32-21-1 on consensus picks in 2010.


EricksonYeah, Miami played the Giants hard and yeah, the Chiefs win streak has ridden on the backs of a couple of bad opponent performances. Still, I think Miami, especially if Daniel Thomas doesn't play, matches up pretty poorly here... As a Bengals fan, I'm wary of this Tennessee game - the Bengals are riding high, have a number of high-profile division games coming up, and have to play on the road in this one. The Titans are everyone's dog right now, and the public is on the Bengals. Fade the Public... On the other hand, after last week, maybe you should just Fade Me. I'm pretty sure that's a Black Crowes song... I don't think McFadden plays for the Raiders, which means that they'll need to rely on whoever plays quarterback, presumably Palmer. I'll take the points given to me in that case... Most difficult games for me were Jets-Bills and Niners-Redskins.
PianowskiNew England continues to get ridiculous respect in the line, and it makes no sense. Their secondary is begging to be exploited, and the Giants have the pieces to do just that.
LissOnly games I really like are the Chargers, Seahawks and Rams. Every other one is pretty much a coin flip.
StopaI struggled with this slate, and when I don't have a strong feel, I find myself siding with Vegas. For instance, Vegas must have known that I, and many others, would want to take the Pats and Saints to rebound, as those lines are a point or two higher than I'd have thought. The value is with the Giants and Bucs... The Redskins may have the worst offense in football right now. I don't see how that stays close... This week marks the end of Tebow-mania. I think everyone knows it, even John Fox, they're just giving him one more chance so they can tell the fans "see? we told you so."... Home field means little with the Ravens and Steelers, so I'll take the points and a team that dominated the Steelers not long ago.
Del DonThe Chargers are coming off a short week, whereas the Packers are coming off a bye, but that's a pretty massive line. I wouldn't be surprised if San Diego wins outright.

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.