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Staff Picks: Redskins and Vikings

Chris Liss

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

Stopa won the week with a 10-6 showing to pull into a three-way tie for fourth place, while Pianow continues to lap the field, a full eight games up. I'm in last place after a 6-10 week. We have two consensus picks this week: the Redskins and Vikings.

Enjoy the games.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Jets -6 at Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos Jets Jets
Panthers +7 at Lions Panthers Panthers Lions Lions Lions
Buccaneers +15 at Packers Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers Packers
Cowboys -8.5 at Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins
Bills +1 at Dolphins Dolphins Bills Dolphins Bills Dolphins
Jaguars - 0.5 at Browns Browns Jaguars Browns Browns Browns
Raiders -0.5 at Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings
Bengals +7.5 at Ravens Ravens Bengals Bengals Ravens Bengals
Seahawks +1 at Rams Rams Rams Rams Seahawks Rams
Cardinals +9.5 at 49ers Cardinals 49ers Cardinals 49ers Cardinals
Chargers +3.5 at Bears Bears Bears Chargers Bears Chargers
Titans +6 at Falcons Titans Falcons Falcons Titans Titans
Eagles +3 at Giants Giants Giants Eagles Giants Giants
Chiefs +15 at Patriots Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Patriots Patriots
Best Bet Rams Vikings Redskins Bears Rams
Last Week's Record 8-8 8-8 6-10 10-6 8-8
2011 Record 70-71-5 78-63-5 67-74-5 70-71-5 70-71-5
Best Bet Record 6-4 5-4-1 5-5 7-3 3-6-1
Consensus Pick Record 18-12-1
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 two consensus picks: the Redskins and Vikings. We went 4-1 on consensus picks in Week 10 to put us at 18-12-1 on the season. We went 32-21-1 on consensus picks in 2010.


Erickson The Rams are playing much better than they were over the first six games of the season - Steven Jackson is healthy and running well, for starters. I also like a few other 'buy-lows' in Minnesota and Cleveland. Tampa too, to a certain extent, looks like a sandwich game for the Packers.
PianowskiThe Raiders are the type of team that you love as a dog and you distrust as a favorite (or in this spot, a team that's line-respected on the road). Dallas is a similar club: now that the bandwagon is filling up, great time to take the bloated number with Washington. Everyone knows how bad the Redskins are on offense, but the defense is solid and should keep the game competitive. The New York-Philly line is silly; at what point does Bill Parcells logic ("you are what you are") apply to the Eagles?
LissVery tough slate. Found myself grabbing ugly teams as values for the most part and not feeling great about it.
StopaPeople don't think about offensive tackles when placing bets, but the single biggest reason the Raiders beat the Chargers last week was because Marcus McNeil was hurt during the game, and his replacement at left tackle was a turnstyle, allowing Philip Rivers to get harassed all night. McNeil has a history of neck issues and is seeing a specialist this week, so I doubt he plays, and remember - the Bears line up Julius Peppers at RDE. The Chargers two best defenders (Luis Castillo and Shaun Phillips) are also out, so this isn't a team that should be treated as nearly an equal to the Bears... Vegas continues to treat the Eagles as if they're a playoff-caliber team, failing to adjust to their 3-6 record or, perhaps more surprisingly for this week, Michael Vick's injury. There's no way the Giants should be giving only the standard three with Vick's injury issues... The Bills are killing me lately, in real life and these picks, but it's time to buy them low and sell the Dolphins high.
Del DonThis was without question the toughest slate for me so far this season.

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.