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Staff Picks: Backing the Redskins and Chiefs

Chris Liss

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

I won the week at 10-6 and find myself tied for second place with Stopa. But both of us are a lot closer to last than we are to first as Pianow's 9-7 keeps him comfortably nine games up with three weeks to go.

We have two consensus picks: the Redskins and Chiefs.

Enjoy the games.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Jaguars +12 at Falcons Falcons Jaguars Falcons Jaguars Jaguars
Cowboys -7 at Buccaneers Buccaneers Cowboys Buccaneers Cowboys Cowboys
Bengals -6.5 at Rams Rams Rams Rams Bengals Bengals
Dolphins pick 'em at Bills Bills Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins
Redskins +7 at Giants Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins
Titans -7 at Colts Colts Colts Colts Titans Titans
Seahawks +3.5 at Bears Seahawks Bears Seahawks Bears Seahawks
Packers -14.5 at Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs
Panthers +6.5 at Texans Texans Panthers Texans Panthers Texans
Saints -7 at Vikings Vikings Saints Vikings Vikings Vikings
Lions -0.5 at Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders Lions Lions
Browns +7 at Cardinals Cardinals Browns Browns Cardinals Browns
Jets +2 at Eagles Eagles Eagles Jets Eagles Jets
Patriots -7 at Broncos Patriots Broncos Broncos Broncos Patriots
Ravens -2 at Chargers Chargers Ravens Chargers Ravens Chargers
Steelers +3 at 49ers 49ers Steelers Steelers Steelers 49ers
Best Bet Eagles Broncos Chiefs Ravens 49ers
Last Week's Record 7-9 9-7 10-6 9-7 7-9
2011 Record 99-104-5 111-92-5 102-101-5 102-101-5 101-102-5
Best Bet Record 6-8 7-6-1 9-5 10-4 5-8-1
Consensus Pick Record 24-22-1
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 Chiefs. We went 1-2 on consensus picks in Week 14 to put us at 22-20-1 on the year. We went 32-21-1 on consensus picks in 2010.


EricksonMy theory is that Dan Orlovsky makes the Colts at least semi-competent, and that because the Titans seem insistent on starting Hasselbeck at QB, the Colts can hang with them... Matt Moore really moves the needle in the MIA-BUF game, but whether or not Colt McCoy plays for CLE doesn't do the same for me... Really funny line in the PHI-NYJ - yes, I know it's a re-shuffle league and that the Jets are trending upward, but could anyone see this being the line for that game at the beginning of the year?... Yay, I finally got the Bengals game right last week - unfortunately, I picked the Texans to cover, and they did so in gut-punching fashion... I'm not an orinthologist, but are there any cardinals in Arizona? At any rate, this is a much better team than at the start of the season - their young defense has really started to jell.
Pianowski really don't like the slate, but as many of us have discussed during the year, the presence of that feeling is not predictive.
LissLike the Chiefs, Colts, Seahawks and Chargers.
StopaI'm surprised the Bills aren't getting points from Miami, even at home. The Bills have lost six straight, and four of them weren't competitive, including to these Dolphins. If I knew Matt Moore were playing, I'd make the Dolphins my "best bet" for sure. My hesitation is that the possible downgrade to J.P. Losman is huge, as I know from his Bills days (Losman has a great downfield arm, but he makes John Beck look like he has good pocket presence)... I see no chance Ben doesn't play on Monday, and in what should be a low-scoring game, the three points might matter... The Bucs defense is worse than people realize, and Dallas should bounce back... My Broncos bet is less about Tebow than it is the defenses. I like what Denver is doing with Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil whereas the Pats are so bad that even long-time Patriot Rodney Harrison is ripping on them. I'd be surprised if Denver isn't unanimous among the staff... It's the right time to sell the Giants high. Grossman can score 20-24 on that defense, and that should be enough to cover. ... I like buying the Bears low, especially since the public is on Seattle, which is rare for a dog. It feels wrong, but Chicago is the sharp play... I like the Ravens as my best bet because the Chargers wins are all against doormats (except the Broncos pre-Tebow). That's the 2011 Chargers - they beat up the doormats but lack the heart, soul, or coaching to beat the good teams. The Ravens should be up for this game with Ray Lewis back, knowing they need to win to keep pace in the AFC.
Del DonPicking this slate easily took me the most time of any this year. That reflects its difficulty more than any anticipated success on my part. I fully expect Big Ben to play, so we'll find out if SF is a fraud.

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.