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Staff Picks: Ravens and Falcons

Chris Liss

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

It was a rough week for the staff with everyone finishing below .500, thanks in part to two losing consensus picks (Bucs and Jets). This week we have two more consenus picks, the Ravens and Falcons, though the latter is based on a made-up line of plus-six which will move a lot depending on Aaron Rodgers' status.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Texans -3 at Jaguars Jaguars Texans Texans Texans Texans
Chiefs -3 at Redskins Redskins Chiefs Redskins Chiefs Chiefs
Vikings +6.5 at Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens
Browns +12.5 at Patriots Patriots Browns Browns Browns Patriots
Raiders +3 at Jets Raiders Jets Jets Jets Jets
Colts +6 at Bengals Bengals Colts Bengals Bengals Colts
Lions +3 at Eagles Eagles Eagles Lions Eagles Eagles
Dolphins +3 at Steelers Steelers Steelers Dolphins Steelers Steelers
Bills +2.5 at Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers Bills Bills Buccaneers
Falcons +6* at Packers Falcons Falcons Falcons Falcons Falcons
Titans +12 at Broncos Titans Titans Titans Titans Broncos
Rams +6.5 at Cardinals Rams Rams Rams Cardinals Rams
Giants +3 at Chargers Chargers Giants Giants Chargers Giants
Seahawks +3 at 49ers Seahawks 49ers 49ers 49ers 49ers
Panthers +3 at Saints Saints Panthers Saints Panthers Saints
Cowboys +1 at Bears Bears Bears Bears Cowboys Bears
Best Bet Ravens Rams Saints 49ers Buccaneers
Last Week's Record 7-8-1 7-8-1 6-9-1 5-10-1 7-8-1
2013 Record 102-81-9 87-96-9 92-91-9 80-103-9 94-89-9
Best Bet Record 8-4-1 4-9 5-8 8-5 5-8
2013 Consensus Pick Record 14-22-3
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 Ravens and Falcons. Last week we went 0-2 to put us at 14-22-3 on the season.


EricksonVikings defense is still a dumpster fire, and I think even the Ravens' offense will be able to take advantage of that in Baltimore, where they're an infinitely better team... Falcons-Packers is where our picks on Wednesday format screws us - Rodgers is worth possibly 10 points in the line - there's a reason why there's no line yet. It's also illustrative of how much the bettor is hosed in the long run. Think of it this way - if this were earlier in the year, and Rodgers were healthy, and you put your bet in on a Wednesday, and then he suffers that collarbone injury on Thursday, could you get your money back on your bet? Of course not - you're locked and loaded. Second least-worst bet, as I struggled with nearly all of them this week, is Pittsburgh.
PianowskiI feel strongly about the Rams, Niners and Bears, so have fun with your power fade. The New England line also seems too high, not that you can ever back Cleveland with any level of confidence.
LissLooks like I'm on my own with the Dolphins and Bills. Both picks felt contrarian, so I'm not surprised. Besides the Saints, I like the 49ers, Texans, Redskins and Bears.
StopaFade away, faders.
Del DonThe Bucs are a different team now than they were over the first half of the season, and I don't see why they aren't favored by the full three here. My second best bet would probably be the Ravens, who have played much better defense at home than on the road this season.

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.