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Chris Liss

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

A bad week for most of us, though Erickson managed to go 8-6. Pianowski still has a commanding and no doubt insurmountable eight-game lead with only eight weeks to play. We have a whopping five consensus picks this week, and the Bills are both Pianow's and Stopa's best bet.

Enjoy the games.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Raiders +7 at Chargers Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders
Jaguars -3 at Colts Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars
Broncos +3 at Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs
Steelers -3 at Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Steelers Steelers
Bills +5.5 at Cowboys Cowboys Bills Bills Bills Bills
Saints pick 'em at Falcons Falcons Falcons Saints Falcons Falcons
Rams +2.5 at Browns Rams Browns Browns Rams Browns
Redskins +4 at Dolphins Dolphins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins
Texans -3 at Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers Texans Texans
Titans +3 at Panthers Panthers Titans Panthers Titans Panthers
Cardinals +14 at Eagles Eagles Cardinals Cardinals Eagles Cardinals
Ravens -7 at Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks
Lions +2.5 at Bears Bears Bears Bears Bears Bears
Giants +3.5 at 49ers 49ers Giants Giants Giants Giants
Patriots +1 at Jets Jets Patriots Jets Patriots Patriots
Vikings +13.5 at Packers Vikings Packers Vikings Packers Vikings
Best Bet Jets Bills Chiefs Bills Giants
Last Week's Record 8-6 6-8 5-9 7-7 6-8
2011 Record 62-63-5 70-55-5 61-64-5 60-65-5 62-63-5
Best Bet Record 6-3 5-3-1 5-4 7-2 3-5-1
Consensus Pick Record 14-11-1
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 five consensus picks: the Raiders, Jaguars, Chiefs, Seahawks and Bears. We went 1-2 on consensus picks in Week 9 to put us at 14-11-1 on the year. We went 32-21-1 on consensus picks in 2010.


EricksonRegarding my pick of the Eagles, why yes, my favorite shape is a square, why do you ask?... I keep picking Seattle, perhaps one of these days I'll be right... I'm profoundly disturbed that I'm continually wrong in picking Bengals games, and ... uh-oh, I'm picking them *this* week? This seems like an Admiral Ackbar line ("it's a trap!"), but I'll take them getting points at home. It's their first big test opponent-wise (retroactively, at least) since Week 4 against Buffalo.
PianowskiThe Buffalo-New York result, to me, said more about New York's strengths than Buffalo's weaknesses. The Bills will score and stay competitive in Dallas, with an upset possible.
LissI found this slate easier to pick than most. Hated taking Carolina because I've been going the other way all year, but hated the prospect of taking Tennessee even more. Surprised the Jags were a consensus pick - I thought I'd be out on an island with them, but apparently the Jim Caldwell factor is overwhelming.
StopaCall me a homer, but I don't understand why the Bills are getting more than three. Yes, the Jets dismantled them, but that's the only game they've lost by more than three all year, and the Jets are one-of-a-kind, so it's not like the Cowboys can duplicate that blueprint. If the Bills don't win outright, they'll lose by a FG... (Disclaimer: I've been on fire with my Best Bet, winning handily several weeks in a row, but crapping my pants with other picks, so read on at your peril.)... The home-road splits for the Falcons and Saints are as pronounced as any two teams in the league, so when it's Saints at Falcons, the impact is doubled... The Panthers are becoming a public team for betting purposes because of Cam Newton - the Titans shouldn't be receiving the full three in Carolina... Fading the Browns AND getting points? Sign me up. Steelers/Bengals should be more like a push, but does the three points really matter much when I believe the Steelers are going to win?
Del DonA whopping 11 games have a spread of four points or fewer this week. Tough slate.

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.