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Staff Picks: Bet the House on the Eagles and Everything Else on the Packers, Lions, Redskins and Cardinals

Chris Liss

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

Week 7 wasn't a great one for the Staff as Stopa won it at 7-5, putting him four games up on DDD.

Week 8 marks a first for the Staff in the 13 years we've run the column - four out of five writers made a team - the Eagles - their best bets. It's also one of five consensus picks, as there was a lot of agreement this week.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Buccaneers +6.5 at Vikings Vikings Buccaneers Buccaneers Vikings Buccaneers
Jaguars +13 at Packers Packers Packers Packers Packers Packers
Dolphins +1.5 at Jets Jets Jets Jets Dolphins Jets
Chargers -1.5 at Browns Browns Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers
Colts +3.5 at Titans Titans Colts Colts Colts Colts
Patriots -7 vs. Rams (London) Rams Patriots Rams Patriots Patriots
Falcons +1.5 at Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles
Panthers +9 at Bears Bears Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers
Seahawks +1.5 at Lions Lions Lions Lions Lions Lions
Redskins +4.5 at Steelers Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins
Raiders +1 at Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Raiders Chiefs
Giants -1 at Cowboys Giants Giants Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys
Saints +6 at Broncos Saints Saints Broncos Broncos Saints
49ers -7 at Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals
Best Bet Eagles Redskins Eagles Eagles Eagles
Last Week's Record 5-7-1 6-6-1 4-8-1 7-5-1 6-6-1
2012 Record 48-53-3 57-44-3 50-51-3 62-39-3 58-43-3
Best Bet Record 1-5-1 5-2 3-4 6-1 4-3
Consensus Pick Record 11-10-1
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 five consensus picks: the Packers, Eagles, Lions, Redskins and Cardinals. Last week we went 1-2 to put us at 11-10-1 on the season. Last year we were 30-24-2 on consensus picks.


Erickson Perfect confluence of events - the Eagles' record after the bye week under Andy Reid, and my general feeling that Atlanta is still a little overrated. I also really like the Lions this week.
PianowskiI don't see what makes the Steelers that much better than Washington. Pittsburgh is still a team with balance issues and a bunch of holes in defense. The spot looks generous against a Redskins team that hasn't played a poor game yet. Bonus Pick: Tigers in 7.
LissAtlanta's luck runs out on the road against a talented Philly team with a coach whose track record off the bye is 13-0. Also like the Broncos and Cardinals a good deal.
Stopa I really like the Eagles, Cardinals, Broncos, Colts and Packers. We all know about Andy Reid's record coming off a bye, but I like fading the Falcons just as much... SF isn't explosive enough on offense to be laying 7 on the road to a winning team, and AZ has played them well in their stadium in recent years... NO/Den opened at -2, and now it's all the way up to -6 even though the public is on NO. When the public is pounding a road dog (which rarely happens, BTW), yet the line moves the other direction so significantly, that means a ton of sharp money is on Denver... I want to fade the Colts, but not nearly as much as I want to fade the Titans off two wins giving the half-point hook... I'm surprised GB is laying less than 14 instead of more. I'm typically good at predicting these lines, and I saw that one at -14.5... I really like the setup for Minny. The home teams have dominated the Thursday night games, and Tampa is coming off a crushing home loss. My only trepidation there is that TB's weakness is against the pass, and that's not how Minny prefers to win.
Del Don I had a hard time deciding among the Lions, Eagles and Jets as my best bet this week, but ultimately went with Philadelphia. Both teams are coming off a bye, so we'll see if Andy Reid can continue his unblemished record. The toughest game for me this week was Giants/Cowboys.

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, 2007 Staff Picks Champ. Roots for the 49ers.