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Staff Picks: Backing Jacksonville and Pittsburgh

Chris Liss

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

Stopa won last week at 9-6-1 to pull within two games of DDD. Otherwise, not much changed. This week, Stopa is on an island with the Ravens, Bengals, Seahawks, Giants and Cowboys, four of which are road favorites. We have two consensus picks, the Steelers and Jaguars.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
49ers -3 at Rams 49ers 49ers Rams 49ers 49ers
Steelers -1 vs. Vikings (in London) Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers
Ravens -3.5 at Bills Bills Bills Bills Ravens Bills
Bengals -5 at Browns Browns Browns Browns Bengals Browns
Colts -8.5 at Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars
Seahawks -3 at Texans Texans Texans Texans Seahawks Texans
Cardinals +3 at Buccaneers Cardinals Cardinals Buccaneers Cardinals Buccaneers
Bears +3 at Lions Lions Bears Bears Bears Lions
Giants +4 at Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Giants Chiefs
Jets +4 at Titans Titans Jets Jets Jets Jets
Cowboys -2 at Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Cowboys Chargers
Redskins -3 at Raiders Raiders Raiders Redskins Redskins Redskins
Eagles +10.5 at Broncos Broncos Eagles Broncos Broncos Eagles
Patriots +1.5 at Falcons Falcons Patriots Falcons Falcons Falcons
Dolphins +6.5 at Saints Dolphins Saints Saints Dolphins Dolphins
Best Bet Steelers Browns Steelers Jets Jets
Last Week's Record 6-9-1 7-8-1 5-10-1 9-6-1 7-8-1
2013 Record 22-23-3 17-28-3 18-27-3 24-21-3 26-19-3
Best Bet Record 2-1 1-2 1-2 2-1 0-3
2013 Consensus Pick Record 4-7-2
2012 Record 110-140-6 124-126-6 121-129-6 143-107-6 123-127-6
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 Steelers and Jaguars. Last week we went 1-1 to put us at 4-7-2 on the season.


Erickson I hate the Thursday night game this week. Part of me thinks I should just take the home dog, especially with so many injuries or absences dogging the Niners. But the other part of me thinks the Rams sort of stink, and I'm sick of taking teams that stink. I wouldn't bet this game if I were in Vegas... Otherwise, this is the week of the home dog - taking a lot of points all over the place. I really hope someone else in our panel is bold enough to take the Colts (I'm sadly not) just so that the sucky Jags aren't a consensus pick. Last week notwithstanding, I'm not convinced the Colts are a really good team. ... I think the Steelers are less crappy than the Vikes, and this isn't a road game for them at all - it's a neutral game, and given that they're a public team, the London crowd is behind them if anything.
PianowskiAll sorts of uncertainty about Cleveland's offense (Josh Gordon can't really be *that* good, can he?) but one thing we know for sure - the Browns have an outstanding defense.
LissOdd that DDD and I both took the Giants, then switched. Hope we're both wrong.
Stopa The Jets should be getting less than a field goal, not more. That defense is nasty. Geno Smith might screw it up, but Jake Locker isn't exactly a peach, either... I really like the Bears, too - they're significantly better than the Lions, whose shortcomings on defense and running the ball can't be masked forever... The Jaguars have historically matched up well with the Colts given their conservative style and the Colts struggles stopping the run. The Jags have to cover a spread eventually, right? I thought the public would have been all over the Steelers, in which event I might have faded. But it's a 50/50 split, so I'll take the vastly superior quarterback who won't go winless forever.
Del Don I'm off to an OK start overall but haven't yet won a "best bet," so feel free to ignore mine this week. The one game I actually changed, thinking it's contrarian to do so, is backing the Chiefs. An overachieving and undefeated KC team versus quite possibly the league's most underachieving and winless NY team, this seems like the perfect time to buy low/sell high. So I'll do the opposite.

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, 2012 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.