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Staff Picks: Backing the Jaguars, Eagles and Browns

Chris Liss

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

A poor week for the staff as no one finished above .500, and we lost our only consensus pick - the Jaguars. This week we have three more consensus picks, including Jacksonville, of course. For some reason no one can resist buying them low, and it doesn't matter how bad they are. Other consensus picks are similarly ugly - the Eagles and Browns.

It's worth noting both Pianowski and Erickson took the Bills are their best bets.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Dolphins +1 at Bills Bills Bills Dolphins Dolphins Bills
Eagles +3.5 at Redskins Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles
Packers -3.5 at Lions Lions Lions Lions Packers Packers
Cardinals +10 at Falcons Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Falcons
Buccaneers -1 at Panthers Buccaneers Buccaneers Panthers Buccaneers Panthers
Browns +8.5 at Cowboys Browns Browns Browns Browns Browns
Jets +3 at Rams Jets Rams Jets Rams Rams
Jaguars +15.5 at Texans Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars
Bengals -3.5 at Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Bengals Chiefs
Saints -4.5 at Raiders Saints Raiders Raiders Saints Raiders
Chargers +8 at Broncos Broncos Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers
Colts +9.5 at Patriots Colts Patriots Patriots Patriots Colts
Ravens -2.5 at Steelers Steelers Steelers Ravens Ravens Steelers
Bears +5 at 49ers 49ers Bears Bears Bears Bears
Best Bet Bills Bills Panthers Patriots Chiefs
Last Week's Record 7-7 4-10 7-7 7-7 5-9
2012 Record 63-80-3 72-71-3 66-77-3 84-59-3 74-69-3
Best Bet Record 1-8-1 7-3 4-6 6-4 6-4
Consensus Pick Record 13-17-1
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 Eagles, Browns and Jaguars. Last week we went 0-1 to put us at 13-17-1 on the season. Last year we were 30-24-2 on consensus picks.


EricksonForced to do the right thing with C.J. Spiller, the Bills will ride him into a touchdown-or-better win... Happy to take the hook with the Eagles... Same with the Lions... Jaguars have had the two biggest lines of the season. Covered last time. Seem to be better on the road, for whatever that's worth.
PianowskiI'll cling to the idea that Buffalo still has some semblance of home-field edge, and a Thursday home game also offers a slight bonus advantage (in theory - no soup for you, Jacksonville).
LissLike the home dogs this week - especially Carolina who I see as a rough equal to Tampa Bay. Also like the Chiefs and Raiders.
StopaThat bubble will burst for the Colts on Sunday. I listed out the stats in Working the Wire - they're a fraud, a bottom-dweller masquerading as a playoff contender. Even the public is duped, as the majority is on Indy, which you never see with a dog this big, especially against NE. The Pats were lucky to escape last week, so let's buy low and enjoy the blowout... I'm picking like a square with Bengals and Saints (and might be solo on both games), but a three point loss in Pitt might be selling the Chiefs high. The Saints know they have no margin for error, and if the Raiders were that good of a pick, the sharps would have held the line at 3... Vegas doesn't treat many injuries as line-movers, but the downgrade from Ben to Leftwich certainly qualifies as one, and I don't think home field means much in a rivalry like Balt/Pitt.
Del Don Making a 1-8 team my best bet is about as ugly as it gets, so it's safe to say one game didn't jump out at me this week. However, despite that, I feel better about the overall slate than I have the past couple of weeks, for whatever that's worth.

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.