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Staff Picks: Backing the Chiefs, Bears and Eagles - With Video

Chris Liss

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

It wasn't a good week for the Staff, as Stopa led at 7-7, and it only got worse from there. Moreover, everyone lost his best bet, and consensus picks went 1-4.

This week, we have three consensus picks: the Chiefs, Bears and Eagles.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Chiefs +9 at Chargers Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs
Panthers +3 at Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Panthers Redskins
Cardinals +11.5 at Packers Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Packers Packers
Lions -3.5 at Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Lions Lions Jaguars
Bears -3.5 at Titans Bears Bears Bears Bears Bears
Broncos -3.5 at Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals Broncos
Ravens -3.5 at Browns Browns Ravens Browns Ravens Browns
Bills +10.5 at Texans Texans Texans Bills Texans Texans
Dolphins -1.5 at Colts Colts Colts Dolphins Dolphins Colts
Vikings +5 at Seahawks Seahawks Vikings Seahawks Vikings Vikings
Buccaneers +1 at Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders Buccaneers Raiders
Steelers +3.5 at Giants Giants Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers
Cowboys +4 at Falcons Falcons Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys
Eagles +3.5 at Saints Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles
Best Bet Redskins Steelers Bengals Dolphins Bears
Last Week's Record 3-11 6-8 5-9 7-7 5-9
2012 Record 51-64-3 63-52-3 55-60-3 69-46-3 63-52-3
Best Bet Record 1-6-1 5-3 3-5 6-2 4-4
Consensus Pick Record 12-14-1
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 three consensus picks: the Chiefs, Bears and Eagles. Last week we went 1-4 to put us at 12-14-1 on the season. Last year we were 30-24-2 on consensus picks.


Erickson Lots of home dogs this week - I'm taking all but one of them. I feel as if the Bears were in a letdown week last week and escaped, and the Titans are getting credit in the line for having their backs against the wall. I don't believe lines should be that way, though, so I'll take a smaller than expected line for them... The Cardinals pick is one of those "invest in a commodity at it's lowest value" type of picks. Same thing with the Chiefs... The Falcons/Cowboys pick was my toughest one. I have no idea what's going to happen in that game.
PianowskiNot fond of this slate. I don't even feel that great about the Steelers, my so-called best bet, but I like how Pittsburgh generally shows up on the road (during the Tomlin era, anyway), and no one is afraid to play the Giants at home.
LissStarted off liking the Bengals, Steelers and Redskins most, but the Cowboys, Raiders and Dolphins are growing on me.
StopaMiami vs. Indy will tell us who's contending and who's pretending. I see Miami as the contender. Indy matched up poorly with the Jets, and this matchup is similar... Is it so wrong to ask that the Chargers win a game before we make them a two-score favorite? It's time to sell the Titans high, and I doubt Chicago plays poorly a second straight week.
Del DonI don't think I've ever made a road favorite my best bet, but no games jumped out at me this week, so I'll back a side that's likely to be considered a square.

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.