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Staff Picks: Falcons, Panthers, Chargers and Bucs

Chris Liss

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

Last week I gained some ground with the only big week, but Erickson still leads by five games over DDD and 10 over me. We split on consenus picks, too.

This week we have four consensus picks, and two writers like the Bears as their best bets.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Redskins -2.5 at Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings Redskins
Jaguars +12 at Titans Titans Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars
Eagles +1.5 at Packers Packers Packers Packers Eagles Eagles
Bills +3 at Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers Bills Steelers
Raiders +7 at Giants Giants Giants Giants Raiders Giants
Rams +9.5 at Colts Rams Rams Rams Colts Rams
Seahawks -6.5 at Falcons Falcons Falcons Falcons Falcons Falcons
Bengals -1.5 at Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Bengals Ravens
Lions -2.5 at Bears Bears Bears Lions Lions Bears
Panthers +6 at 49ers Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers
Texans +3 at Cardinals Cardinals Texans Cardinals Cardinals Texans
Broncos -7 at Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers
Cowboys +7 at Saints Cowboys Saints Saints Cowboys Cowboys
Dolphins -2.5 at Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers
Best Bet Bears Buccaneers Ravens Bills Bears
Last Week's Record 7-6 6-7 9-4 5-8 6-7
2013 Record 72-57-4 59-70-4 62-67-4 56-73-4 67-63-4
Best Bet Record 6-3 3-6 3-6 6-3 2-7
2013 Consensus Pick Record 11-17-2
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 four consensus picks: the Falcons, Panthers, Chargers and Buccaneers. Last week we went 1-1 to put us at 11-17-2 on the season.


EricksonEven if Cutler doesn't play, McCown isn't that bad. I don't see why the Lions should be road favorites... The Cardinals' defense, especially at home, is particularly underrated - they're my second choice... Really struggled with Packers/Eagles, Raiders/Giants (like how the Giants are playing, but don't particularly like them as favorites) and Seahawks/Falcons.
PianowskiLots of home dogs this week, if that's your thing. It pains me to keep taking the Jaguars, but it's hard to make a big number in the NFL.
LissI liked a lot of these games a little bit. I still believe in the Ravens as a well-coached team that will bounce back at home against a Bengals squad missing two key defenders. I also like Arizona at home against the Texans.
StopaThe Bills are being written off because of their record, but EJ Manuel has been hurt. That's not the same impact as, say, Aaron Rodgers injury, but with Manuel, they beat the Panthers (how does that look now?) and Ravens and lost to the Patriots by 2 and the Jets by 7. That's a .500 team, basically. The Steelers, meanwhile, are being treated as the Bills equal, yet they're not a .500-caliber squad... I also really like the Panthers getting 6. Carolina might be the NFC's best team right now. They lead the NFC in point differential, and only the Broncos are rated higher on Massey-Peabody.
Del DonThis is actually the best I've felt about a slate since early in the year (which of course means nothing). For what it's worth, I like the Giants, Falcons, Bears, Texans and Buccaneers the most.

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.