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Staff Picks: Backing the Buccaneers and Jets

Chris Liss

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

I don't know what planet I was on the last two weeks, but somehow I botched the calculation of both Stopa's and Del Don's records. I awarded Dalton an extra win for some reason (though his loss totals were correct), and I just forgot to add an entire week of Stopa's to the spread sheet (and omitted a tie) making him look even worse than he is - I know, it's hard to believe that was even possible. I also omitted to add Erickson's best-bet tie from two weeks ago to his total there. I've gone back and fixed all of that, and now the standings should be accurate.

After a 10-4 week, I'm only one game behind DDD, but nine behind Erickson. Stopa is actually only 18 games under .500 which is bad, but it's nowhere near the historic levels for which I had him on pace. I sincerely apologize to Stopa and his family for the trauma I caused them heading into this holiday season. (But then again he shouldn't have talked yang about his record from last year heading into the season.)

We have two consensus picks this weeks - the Jets and Bucs.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Packers +6.5 at Lions Lions Packers Lions Lions Packers
Raiders +8.5 at Cowboys Raiders Raiders Raiders Cowboys Raiders
Steelers +3 at Ravens Ravens Steelers Ravens Ravens Steelers
Titans +4.5 at Colts Colts Titans Titans Titans Titans
Broncos -5.5 at Chiefs Broncos Chiefs Chiefs Broncos Broncos
Jaguars +7 at Browns Jaguars Jaguars Browns Jaguars Jaguars
Buccaneers +8.5 at Panthers Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers
Bears +1 at Vikings Vikings Bears Vikings Bears Bears
Cardinals +3 at Eagles Cardinals Cardinals Eagles Cardinals Eagles
Dolphins +1.5 at Jets Jets Jets Jets Jets Jets
Falcons +3.5 at Bills Bills Falcons Bills Bills Falcons
Rams +8.5 at 49ers Rams 49ers Rams Rams Rams
Patriots -7.5 at Texans Patriots Texans Texans Texans Texans
Bengals +1.5 at Chargers Chargers Bengals Chargers Bengals Chargers
Giants -1.5 at Redskins Giants Redskins Giants Redskins Giants
Saints +5.5 at Seahawks Saints Saints Seahawks Saints Saints
Best Bet Bills Jets Browns Buccaneers Broncos
Last Week's Record 7-7 6-8 10-4 8-6 8-6
2013 Record 95-73-8 80-88-8 86-82-8 75-93-8 87-81-8
Best Bet Record 8-3-1 4-8 5-7 8-4 4-8
2013 Consensus Pick Record 14-20-3
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 Buccaneers and the Jets. Last week we went 1-0 to put us at 14-20-3 on the season.


EricksonBet on the Jets at home, bet against them on the road. They're my second best bet... Patriots line is almost begging you to take the Texans, especially with the hook. But I can't go with them anymore... Same with the Redskins - I have a hard time being rational with them, even with the Giants as a road favorite... The Bills are on an upward arc, and the Falcons clearly are not. They may have fought valiantly against the Saints - but that was a prime time game against a divisional rival, where they were home in a short week. I love the Bills' defense for the last four weeks of the fantasy season, assuming you don't use Week 17. Toughest games for me were TEN-IND, PIT-BAL and GB-DET.
PianowskiJets are a different team at home, with a 4-1 record and wins over the Patriots and Saints. Asking them to beat an ordinary Miami team doesn't sound like much.
LissTough slate, went back and forth on a bunch of these. I think the Browns will bounce back against a weak Jacksonville squad who they should shut down. I also like the Lions even though it's a square play, the Texans and the Bills (sharps are on the Falcons for some reason I can't fathom). I agree with Pianow and Erickson on the Jets, too.
StopaTampa is 3-1 in its last four games, the only loss a close one in Seattle. They're not a doormat by any means, and I like them getting more than a touchdown against a Panthers team that may be looking ahead to the Saints. You're all fading me at this point anyway (especially where all four staff disagree with me, where my record on those games is something like 2-50), so not much point in explaining any more.
Del DonI'll rarely make a road favorite my best bet, but I feel Denver is much better than Kansas City. Moreover, the Chiefs already fading defense could be without both Justin Houston and Tamba Hali this week.

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.