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Staff Picks: 49ers, Bills and Lions

Chris Liss

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

There wasn't much movement last week as seven consensus picks meant only nine games were in play, and the push between Tennessee and Arizona reduced it to eight.

This week we have three consensus picks: the Bills, Lions and 49ers, and the 49ers happen to be DDD's best bet. Both Stopa and I picked the Panthers as our best bets.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Dolphins -3 at Bills Bills Bills Bills Bills Bills
Saints +3 at Panthers Saints Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers
Cowboys -3 at Redskins Redskins Cowboys Redskins Cowboys Redskins
Buccaneers +5.5 at Rams Rams Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers Buccaneers
Browns +2 at Jets Jets Browns Jets Jets Jets
Colts +6.5 at Chiefs Colts Colts Colts Chiefs Chiefs
Vikings +7 at Bengals Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings Bengals
Broncos -10.5 at Texans Texans Broncos Texans Broncos Broncos
Titans -5.5 at Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Titans Jaguars Jaguars
Cardinals +10.5 at Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Cardinals Cardinals Seahawks
Giants +9 at Lions Lions Lions Lions Lions Lions
Raiders +10 at Chargers Chargers Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders
Steelers + 4.5* at Packers Packers Steelers Steelers Packers Steelers
Patriots +2.5 at Ravens Ravens Patriots Ravens Patriots Patriots
Bears +3 at Eagles Bears Bears Eagles Eagles Bears
Falcons +12 at 49ers 49ers 49ers 49ers 49ers 49ers
Best Bet Redskins Broncos Panthers Panthers 49ers
Last Week's Record 7-8-1 8-7-1 8-7-1 7-8-1 9-6-1
2013 Record 118-96-10 102-112-10 107-107-10 95-119-10 111-103-10
Best Bet Record 8-6-1 4-11 7-8 8-7 6-9
2013 Consensus Pick Record 19-26-3
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 three consensus picks: the Bills, Lions and 49ers. Last week we went 4-3 to put us at 19-26-3 on the season.


EricksonIt should be apparent that at least in the short-term, Kirk Cousins is not a downgrade from RG3. For 2014, that could be another story. I don't think that Dallas deserves to be a road favorite anywhere, let alone against a division rival who would like nothing better than to knock them out of the playoffs... Second best bet is the Seahawks - as much as I admire the job Bruce Arians is doing in Arizona, I don't see how they're any different than anyone else that's tried to go into Seattle and win, especially when Seattle has home field advantage on the line.
PianowskiUsually I'm allergic to spotting heavy points, but the Broncos can name any score they like this week, off a layoff and up against a horrible opponent. I also like the Bills and Jaguars.
LissThe Panthers seem almost too obvious - the Saints are 3-4 on the road, so why are they getting only three? I also like the Redskins, Niners, Eagles and Ravens.
StopaThe home/road splits for the Saints are well documented, yet Carolina is giving just three at home. I like the Broncos, Lions, Cowboys and Eagles to bounce back after losses, and each line (particularly Dallas and Philly) presents value we wouldn't have gotten had they won last week... The Jaguars aren't eight points worse than the Titans. The version we've seen the last month is more like a 7-9 or 8-8 type of team, not the doormat to whom we've become accustomed.
Del Don I thought this was a particularly tough slate, as I went back-and-forth on many and had a hard time coming up with a best bet.

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.