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Staff Picks: Backing the Jets and Steelers

Chris Liss

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

Another decent week for the Staff, including 2-0 on consensus picks and 4-1 on best bets. We're not out of the hole yet, but we're climbing. This week, eight of the 13 games were split 3-2, meaning there was more disagreement than usual, which is not surprising as it's a tough slate. The Jets and Steelers are consensus picks.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Bengals -3 at Dolphins Bengals Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins Bengals
Falcons +7.5 at Panthers Panthers Falcons Panthers Panthers Falcons
Vikings +10.5 at Cowboys Vikings Vikings Vikings Cowboys Vikings
Saints -6 at Jets Jets Jets Jets Jets Jets
Titans -3 at Rams Rams Titans Rams Titans Rams
Chiefs -3.5 at Bills Bills Bills Bills Chiefs Chiefs
Chargers -1 at Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Chargers Chargers
Eagles +1.5 at Raiders Eagles Raiders Eagles Raiders Eagles
Buccaneers +16.5 at Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Buccaneers Seahawks Seahawks
Ravens -2.5 at Browns Browns Ravens Browns Ravens Browns
Steelers +7 at Patriots Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers
Colts -2.5 at Texans Texans Texans Colts Texans Texans
Bears +11 at Packers Bears Bears Packers Packers Bears
Best Bet Browns Steelers Panthers Panthers Rams
Last Week's Record 7-6 6-7 8-5 7-6 5-8
2013 Record 65-51-4 53-63-4 53-63-4 51-65-4 61-56-4
Best Bet Record 5-3 3-5 2-6 5-3 2-6
2013 Consensus Pick Record 10-16-2
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 Jets and the Steelers. Last week we went 2-0 to put us at 10-16-2 on the season.


EricksonPanthers seem like a sucker bet, especially with the hook, but I don't think we've all realized the full extent to which the Falcons suck... Chiefs lose for the first time all season this week... Bengals are another "square" pick, but I just think that Miami OL is going to sink the Dolphins' season, and the Bengals are well-suited to exploit that... The Texans' defense is missing Cushing, and that could be huge, but I still think they're a force, and I could see this unfolding a lot like the IND-SD game from a few weeks ago... Hated picking the Steelers/Pats game, and the Cowboys/Vikings game.
PianowskiUsually I take the big dog almost reflexively, but I'm sick of watching a crummy team for three hours and hoping for the best. Give me the Seahawks. And hell, Seattle's a super-human team at home, anyway.
LissTough slate with so many ugly home dogs, many of which (Houston, St. Louis, Buffalo and Cleveland) are playing with backup quarterbacks. The sharps have been getting crushed so far, but unless something's fundamentally changed about the league, a correction should be coming soon.
Stopa8-7 and 7-6 the past two weeks. Woo hoo! This far into the season, we have a better idea of who's good and who's awful. I'd rather see if Vegas can get hammered two straight weeks than back crummy teams like the Vikings, Bears and Falcons. So betting like a square it is. I think if the names on the jerseys weren't "Falcons" and "Panthers" that line would be over 10.
Del DonI found this slate especially tough. I'm pretty sure I've picked against the Bengals every week this year, so I fully expect them to lose after backing them now. The Chiefs spread seems a little low, but that actually makes me worry about taking them more so. No best bet jumped out to me at all, so I just took the points in a game I suspect will be close.

The players:

Jeff Erickson: RotoWire Senior editor, 2001, 2008 Staff Picks Champ. Writes the Weekly Rankings. 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 the Survivor column in addition to Staff Picks. Covers and roots for the Giants.

Mark Stopa: Staff Writer, 2010, 2012 Staff Picks Champ, Writes Run 'N' Shoot. Roots for the Bills.

Dalton Del Don: Fantasy Expert for Yahoo! Sports, 2007 Staff Picks Champ. Roots for the 49ers.