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Staff Picks: Backing the Jaguars - With Video

Chris Liss

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

With so many favorites covering it was a bloodbath for most of the staff (most of all me), but Stopa somehow managed to go 8-6 and keep his total just under 60 percent. We have but one consensus pick, the Thursday night home dog Jaguars, though both Pianowski and DDD like the Vikings as their best bets.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Colts -3 at Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars
Broncos -4 at Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers Broncos Panthers
Chargers +3 at Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers Chargers Buccaneers Chargers
Titans +6 at Dolphins Titans Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins Titans
Bills +11 at Patriots Patriots Bills Bills Patriots Bills
Raiders +9 at Ravens Ravens Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders
Giants -4 at Bengals Giants Giants Bengals Bengals Giants
Falcons -1.5 at Saints Saints Falcons Saints Saints Falcons
Lions -1 at Vikings Lions Vikings Vikings Lions Vikings
Jets +6.5 at Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Jets Jets
Cowboys -1 at Eagles Cowboys Eagles Eagles Cowboys Cowboys
Rams +11 at 49ers Rams 49ers 49ers 49ers 49ers
Texans +1 at Bears Bears Bears Texans Texans Bears
Chiefs +12 at Steelers Steelers Steelers Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs
Best Bet Bears Vikings Bengals Patriots Vikings
Last Week's Record 5-9 5-9 4-10 8-6 6-8
2012 Record 56-73-3 68-61-3 59-70-3 77-52-3 69-60-3
Best Bet Record 1-7-1 6-3 3-6 6-3 5-4
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 one consensus pick: the Jaguars. Last week we went 1-2 to put us at 13-16-1 on the season. Last year we were 30-24-2 on consensus picks.


EricksonThe line treats the Texans as a better team on a neutral site. I'm not certain that's a fair assessment. I get doubting Jay Cutler an all, but the Texans still have their flaws too.
PianowskiThe only thing worse than watching the Eagles is picking the Eagles. Someone, anyone, please pull the plug on this team . . . I hate taking road favorites especially over the three-spot, but when's the last time the Bengals beat a quality opponent?
LissI like this slate overall, but I couldn't easily decide on a best bet. Picked the Bengals because I chose them Tuesday for ECO, but nothing really jumped out at me as much better than the others. I also picked 11 dogs after last week's favorites cleaned up.
StopaThe Colts have a minus-10 turnover differential, allow a 101.5 QB rating and have struggled on the road (two blowout losses and an OT win vs Tenn). Plus, home teams have dominated the Thursday night games. Fade, fade, fade. If only I trusted Jax more, I'd make that my best bet... I like buying low and selling high, but I'm done with the Vikings. You can't hide your quarterback unless you have a dominant defense, and the Vikings don't... I get the Seahawks home field, but the Jets can run a bit and keep it close... Choosing my best bet is a function of what I'm most confident in. For me, that's the Patriots blowing out the Bills. It's easy to visualize, as we see it every time they play. For a young, reeling Bills team, that has to be in their heads.
Del Don The Vikings have looked bad the past couple of weeks while the Lions appear to have righted the ship, but I'm going the other way here, as I'm not quite ready to lay points on the road with Detroit against a team with a winning record.

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.