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Staff Picks: Saints, Jets, Chargers and Eagles - With Video

Chris Liss

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

Another off week for the staff as my 7-7 mark won it outright. This week, we have four consensus picks: the Saints, Jets, Chargers and Eagles. It's worth noting DDD and Stopa have directly opposed best bets, the Colts and Lions, respectively.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Saints +3.5 at Falcons Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints
Seahawks +4 at Bears Bears Seahawks Bears Seahawks Bears
Vikings +9.5 at Packers Vikings Vikings Vikings Packers Vikings
49ers - 7 at Rams Rams 49ers 49ers 49ers 49ers
Cardinals +4.5 at Jets Jets Jets Jets Jets Jets
Panthers -3 at Chiefs Panthers Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs
Colts +4.5 at Lions Lions Colts Lions Lions Colts
Jaguars +5.5 at Bills Jaguars Jaguars Bills Bills Jaguars
Patriots -8 at Dolphins Patriots Dolphins Dolphins Patriots Patriots
Texans -5.5 at Titans Titans Texans Texans Texans Texans
Buccaneers +7 at Broncos Broncos Buccaneers Broncos Broncos Buccaneers
Steelers +3 at Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Steelers Ravens
Browns +1.5 at Raiders Browns Raiders Raiders Browns Browns
Bengals -1.5 at Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers
Eagles +10 at Cowboys Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles
Giants -2.5 at Redskins Giants Redskins Redskins Redskins Giants
Best Bet Bears Eagles Broncos Lions Colts
Last Week's Record 6-8-2 6-8-2 7-7-2 5-9-2 6-8-2
2012 Record 77-94-5 85-86-5 80-91-5 99-72-3 85-86-5
Best Bet Record 2-8-2 9-3 4-8 7-5 7-5
Consensus Pick Record 17-20-1
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


EricksonFading the Seahawks on the road again just seems right. ... I made a point of not taking the side I'm *supposed* to take, which means the likes of the Dolphins, Chiefs and Raiders will cover, probably... What happens though, if a matchup is between two teams you don't want any part of? In that case, take the points, I guess, so give me the Eagles. Ugh...
PianowskiI don't trust the Cowboys at home, or as a big favorite... Somehow I'm backing the usual suspects, the ugly ducklings of the league - the Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers and Eagles. Maybe it's a good weekend to watch something else.
LissTampa has had a decent run, but the pass defense is still a problem, and in Denver it's likely to be exposed. And the Jets should be laying more points against Ryan Lindley.
StopaI have a lot of favorites, but not the Raiders or Cowboys. I wouldn't lay points with Oak, or double-digits with Dallas, against my local high school's JV team... The Colts and Jaguars are both road underdogs yet backed by the majority of the public. That rarely happens, so when it does, I like fading the public - so Lions and Bills it is. Notably, Massey Peabody says the Lions should be favored by eight, and that illustrates what I've said for a few weeks now - the Colts aren't as good as their record suggests... I like the Texans defense to bounce back, and if recent history has taught us anything, teams struggle when they change their coordinators, as the Titans just did (not just the Philly defense this year, which has been terrible under Todd Bowles, but remember a few years ago how a few teams changed their OCs right before the season and immediately began the year on losing streaks?)... The Patriots seem like a sell high, but Miami is, too - that offense is putrid, and one thing you have to like about siding with NE is that they keep the pedal to the floor until the end, basically eliminating the chance of a backdoor cover and, if anything, making a Pats late cover more likely... If Bryce Brown can run on Carolina like that, so can Jamaal Charles at home with Carolina on a short week... I like buying the Steelers low and selling the Ravens high, for reasons I explained in Working the Wire... I like this slate, which I never say - it feels like a 12-4 week, so that probably means 4-12 is coming.
Del Don I get that Indy's underlying stats suggest their record is lucky, but I feel like Vegas is more than factoring that in here.

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.