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Staff Picks: Panthers, Colts, Eagles, Jaguars, Seahawks and Rams - With Video

Chris Liss

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

Stopa won the week easily at 11-5, while DDD and I were the only other writers with winning records at 9-7. It troubles me that we had five consensus picks last week and six for this slate. Rarely does anything useful and creative ever come out of everyone agreeing. Moreover, three of us made the Seahawks our best bets.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Bears +6 at Packers Bears Packers Bears Bears Bears
Buccaneers +9 at Giants Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers Giants
Saints -2 at Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers
Cardinals +14 at Patriots Patriots Cardinals Cardinals Patriots Patriots
Vikings -1 at Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts
Ravens +1.5 at Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles
Chiefs +3.5 at Bills Bills Chiefs Chiefs Bills Chiefs
Browns +7 at Bengals Browns Browns Bengals Bengals Browns
Texans -8.5 at Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars
Raiders -1.5 at Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins Raiders Raiders Dolphins
Cowboys -3 at Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks
Redskins -3 at Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams Rams
Jets +6 at Steelers Steelers Steelers Jets Jets Jets
Titans +6 at Chargers Chargers Titans Titans Titans Titans
Lions +7 at 49ers Niners 49ers 49ers Lions Lions
Broncos +3 at Falcons Falcons Falcons Falcons Falcons Broncos
Best Bet Eagles Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Colts
Last Week's Record 6-10 5-11 9-7 11-5 9-7
Best Bet Record 1-0 1-0 0-1 1-0 0-1
Consensus Pick Record 2-3
2011 Record 121-128-7 134-115-7 124-125-7 123-126-7 127-122-7
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 six consensus picks: the Panthers, Colts, Eagles, Jaguars, Seahawks and Rams. Last week we went 2-3, and last year we were 30-24-2 on consensus picks.


EricksonJust as last week was all about not overreacting to the preseason, this week is all about not overreacting to Week 1. There's a handful of home dogs that shouldn't be as much as they are thanks to last week's results.
PianowskiMost of these picks were quick and decisive for me, but there's nothing predictive about that fact.
LissIt disturbs me that we had five consensus picks last week and six this week. While we make the picks independently, it seems we're all thinking the same thing in too many cases, something that's not necessarily good in the long run. I especially like the Seahawks, 49ers and Bears. I also think the Jaguars line seems excessive. The Jets pick worries me.
StopaThe Bears and Packers have been pretty even over the past few years, so I'll gladly take the points there. That's closer to a 50/50 game than you think, so a TD is a lot... Seattle has a pronounced home field advantage, so I like buying them low and selling Dallas high. I'll be surprised if somebody else doesn't make that a "best bet." Nine points is a lot on the road (the equivalent of 15 at home) for the Texans to lay against a Jaguars team that may not be a total doormat... I'm not ready to take the Redskins as a road favorite after one good game... The Bucs are being treated as the patsy we saw in 2011, but after Week 1, we don't know that to be the case... I'll fade the hype coming out of Denver and Baltimore, both of whom should fall back to earth on the road.
Del DonBacking a whopping 14 dogs this week...I expect the Colts to be much improved this year, so I was happy to get points at home against a Vikings team I wouldn't consider noticeably superior.

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 and 2011 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: Fantasy Expert for Yahoo! Sports, Roots for the 49ers.