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Staff Picks: Backing the Dolphins, Titans and Raiders - With Video

Chris Liss

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

Erickson and Pianow had big weeks at 11-4-1 to climb back into contention, while Stopa is still in first after a 7-8-1 week, one game ahead of Erickson and me. This week we have three consensus picks, the Titans, Dolphins and Raiders.

Enjoy the games.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Giants -1 at Panthers Panthers Giants Giants Giants Panthers
Buccaneers +7.5 at Cowboys Buccaneers Buccaneers Cowboys Buccaneers Buccaneers
Rams +8 at Bears Bears Rams Bears Rams Rams
49ers -7 at Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings 49ers Vikings
Lions -3 at Titans Titans Titans Titans Titans Titans
Bengals +3.5 at Redskins Redskins Bengals Bengals Bengals Redskins
Chiefs +9 at Saints Saints Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs
Jets -3 at Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins
Bills -3 at Browns Browns Browns Browns Bills Browns
Jaguars +3 at Colts Colts Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Colts
Eagles -4 at Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Eagles Cardinals
Falcons +3 at Chargers Chargers Falcons Chargers Falcons Chargers
Texans -1 at Broncos Texans Broncos Broncos Texans Broncos
Steelers -4.5 at Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders
Patriots +2.5 at Ravens Ravens Patriots Ravens Patriots Patriots
Packers -3 at Seahawks Packers Packers Seahawks Packers Seahawks
Best Bet Dolphins Broncos Raiders Jaguars Colts
Last Week's Record 11-4-1 11-4-1 8-7-1 7-8-1 5-10-1
2012 Record 17-14-1 16-15-1 17-14-1 18-13-1 14-17-1
Best Bet Record 1-1 2-0 1-1 2-0 1-1
Consensus Pick Record 6-5
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 three consensus picks: the Titans, Dolphins and Raiders. Last week we went 4-2 to put us at 6-5 on the season. Last year we were 30-24-2 on consensus picks.


EricksonAt the risk of being a total square, what exactly have the Jets done to merit being road favorites?
PianowskiI came up with last week's picks easily; this week was difficult. But there's nothing predictive about either observation.
LissI just have a weird feeling the Chiefs are going to beat New Orleans, but my best bet is the Raiders who have to be the sharp play as no one wants any part of them. The Eagles-Cardinals is the most interesting line on the board - not a whole lot of credit being given for the upset in New England apparently.
Stopa Eventually, Vegas will have to admit this is the 2012 Bucs, not the 2011 version, and until they do, I'm going to keep taking Tampa. Same goes for the Saints, except in reverse - I'll continue to fade them until Vegas adjusts to the 2012 version. Getting to buy the Chiefs low against NO is just a bonus... I'll fade the hype coming out of DC. I think the Bengals are better than the Redskins, particularly with Wash losing two defensive starters this week, so I'll take the half-point hook... Jaguars are best bet because teams like the Colts don't win two weeks in a row, and teams like the Jaguars bounce back against bad teams after getting crushed. That's how the NFL works. ... I also like the Giants quite a bit. Carolina beating the Saints didn't impress me, and I'll be surprised if the Giants don't win outright. That line should be more like Giants -3.
Del DonThere are nine games with a spread three points or fewer and three others at four, which is pretty crazy. As such, I found the week difficult to handicap. I also like the Broncos but made the Colts my best bet for the second week in a row. But I didn't particularly love any.

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.