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Staff Picks: Backing the Redskins, Chiefs and Steelers - With Video

Chris Liss

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

Another poor week for the staff as Stopa won it at just 9-7, and we lost three of four consensus picks. This week, we all like the Redskins, Chiefs and Steelers. I'm the only one on the Texans, and three writers actually like the Pats as their best bets.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Broncos -10.5 at Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders Broncos Broncos
Ravens +2 at Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins
Chiefs +5.5 at Browns Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs
Chargers +5.5* at Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers
Titans +5.5 at Colts Colts Titans Titans Titans Titans
Jets -2.5 at Jaguars Jets Jets Jets Jets Jaguars
Bears -3 at Vikings Vikings Bears Vikings Bears Bears
Falcons -3.5 at Panthers Panthers Falcons Panthers Panthers Panthers
Eagles +7.5 at Buccaneers Buccaneers Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles
Rams +3 at Bills Bills Bills Bills Rams Rams
Cowboys +3 at Bengals Cowboys Bengals Bengals Cowboys Cowboys
Dolphins +10 at 49ers Dolphins 49ers Dolphins 49ers 49ers
Saints +5 at Giants Giants Giants Giants Saints Saints
Cardinals +10.5 at Seahawks Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Seahawks Seahawks
Lions +6.5 at Packers Lions Packers Packers Packers Packers
Texans +3 at Patriots Patriots Patriots Texans Patriots Patriots
Best Bet Patriots Bengals Panthers Patriots Patriots
Last Week's Record 5-11 8-8 8-8 9-7 6-10
2012 Record 82-105-5 93-94-5 88-99-5 108-79-5 91-96-5
Best Bet Record 2-9-2 10-3 5-8 7-6 8-5
Consensus Pick Record 18-23-1
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 Redskins, Chiefs and Steelers. Last week we went 1-3 to put us at 18-23-1 on the season. Last year we were 30-24-2 on consensus picks.


EricksonDammit, here I go picking teams I hate again. Raiders, step right up - feel like this is a perfect storm to take them. They're at their lowest possible point, they are getting McFadden back, the Broncos just clinched the AFC West, and it's the Thursday night game with all that entails... Patriots pick is based in part on the notion that Houston hasn't been at its best defensively lately, and the Patriots in particular are well-suited to exploit that - though the loss of Julian Edelman complicates things.
PianowskiI hate this slate with the white-hot intensity of 1,000 suns.
LissThought this was a tough week. Like Carolina at home with the points, and maybe Oakland and Philly a little bit. The rest were like pulling teeth.
StopaI've dug in my heels when it comes to fading the Colts, and there's no going back... The Browns can't be laying that many points against anyone. Just can't... Laying more than 10 on the road on a short week is insane, but the Raiders allowed 40-plus points four straight weeks before facing the Browns. This team reminds me of the 2011 Bucs, who quit down the stretch and kept losing ATS even as Vegas adjusted because Vegas literally couldn't set the lines high enough... If this truly is the Year of the Rookie QB, then RGIII will find a way to join Luck and Wilson in the playoffs, and that means winning this week. Not scientific, but the script is written, don't blame me for following it... The Bills missing two starting offensive linemen, including the center, pushes me to the Rams in what seemed like a tough choice... I'm backing the double-digit favorites, which is probably dumb, but I think we're a week or two away from the lines getting set too high in favor of the teams that "need" to win. Plus, Massey Peabody actually says all three double-digit favorites should actually be favored by more. That's not why I made the picks, but it reinforces I'm on the right side.
Del Don It certainly has been a rather frustrating year ATS for me, and I struggled coming up with a best bet this week. I backed the Pats, but I wouldn't have even thought of doing so if that line was 0.5 points more. I also liked the Jaguars, Redskins and Titans, for what it'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.