RotoWire Partners

Staff Picks: Chargers and Redskins

Chris Liss

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

Week 16 was not a good one for the Staff as Stopa won it at 8-7-1, and we lost three of four consenus picks. This week, we all like the Chargers and Redskins, and both Pianow and DDD like the Packers while Stopa and Erickson like the Texans as best bets.

One development lost this season amdist Stopa's run at the Staff Picks record is Pianow's 12-4 mark on best bets. I'm pretty sure that beats the vig.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Jets + 3.5 at Bills Jets Jets Jets Jets Bills
Ravens +1.5 at Bengals Ravens Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals
Browns +7* at Steelers Steelers Browns Steelers Steelers Steelers
Texans -7 at Colts Texans Colts Colts Texans Texans
Jaguars +4 at Titans Jaguars Jaguars Titans Jaguars Jaguars
Eagles +7 at Giants Giants Eagles Giants Eagles Eagles
Bears -3 at Lions Lions Lions Lions Bears Bears
Buccaneers +3* at Falcons Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers Falcons Falcons
Panthers +5 at Saints Saints Panthers Panthers Panthers Saints
Dolphins +10 at Patriots Patriots Patriots Dolphins Patriots Patriots
Packers -3 at Vikings Packers Packers Packers Vikings Packers
Chiefs +16 at Broncos Broncos Chiefs Chiefs Broncos Chiefs
Raiders +4.5* at Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers
Cardinals +16.5 at 49ers Niners Cardinals 49ers 49ers Cardinals
Rams +10.5 at Seahawks Seahawks Rams Rams Seahawks Seahawks
Cowboys +3 at Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins
Best Bet Texans Packers Rams Texans Packers
Last Week's Record 7-8-1 7-8-1 5-10-1 8-7-1 5-10-1
2012 Record 103-131-6 115-119-6 111-123-6 136-98-6 117-117-6
Best Bet Record 3-11-2 12-4 6-10 8-8 10-6
Consensus Pick Record 21-29-1
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 two consensus picks: the Chargers and Redskins. Last week we went 1-3 to put us at 21-29-1 on the season. Last year we were 30-24-2 on consensus picks.


EricksonColts have little to play for and are a touch overrated.
PianowskiThe Vikings need to get ahead this week, lest Christian Ponder be asked to spark a comeback. Adrian Peterson might be the best running back we've ever seen, but quarterbacks drive outcomes in 2012 - and Aaron Rodgers is still the best player in the league.
LissI think the Rams will put up a fight in Seattle this week in their bid to finish above .500. St. Louis has no problem playing its physical NFC West rivals.
Stopa I really loved this slate - and my chances of taking down Liss' 141-99 record - when I saw Hou -4.5 and Philly +9.5 on Tuesday. Alas, both lines moved to 7, so my optimism is more guarded. I still like the Texans, as that feels like a game where they get a double-digit lead, and the Colts realize they're better-served by pulling Luck... The two extremes you get with the Giants are ridiculous - they might come out like gangbusters, or the same unit that quit the last two weeks. That's why I like the Eagles money line +275 more than the +7... The Jets have been an awful matchup for the Bills in recent years, so I'll take the hook and the money line (+165)... The Ravens will go through the motions, a veteran team that's resting Ray Lewis and preparing for next week. Cincy is more likely to try... The Titans just lost 55-7, but their line is set as if they're better than the Jaguars and still trying. Neither is accurate... The Steelers will show pride and roll against the Browns second-string offense... The Panthers are 5-5 since their bye, with four of the losses by 6 or less and the fifth to Denver. They're a 2013 playoff sleeper. ... When the line opened at 3.5, I liked Dallas, thinking it had a better defense. But I looked at the stats and the Cowboys defense isn't any better than the Redskins. I'm a little worried Wash might back into the playoffs before the game starts, but if the Staff Picks record comes down to the Sunday night game, I want my wagon tied to RGIII, not Jason Garrett.
Del DonAs usual, Week 17 features some crazy lines. In fact, three are still off the board in most places as of Thursday afternoon. The Vikings have incentive to win and have been playing better of late, but Green Bay has quietly started to look more and more like last year's version and will be giving 100 percent in order to secure the NFC's No. 2 seed.

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, 2012, 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.