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Staff Picks: Texans, Jaguars and Patriots

Chris Liss

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

Erickson continues to have a three-game lead over Stopa as both went 8-7-1 last week. I fell further into last place with a 4-11-1 showing, but Pianowski took some heat off me with a historic 1-14-1. The one he covered? The Giants who were down 35-7 in the second half. I can't talk - even after Pianow's terrible week, I'm still seven games behind him with only two weeks to play.

This week, we have three consensus picks, the Jaguars, Texans and Patriots. I made the Texans my best bet, while DDD took the Patriots.

Erickson Pianowski Liss Stopa Del Don
Chargers +5.5 at Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders Raiders Chargers
Redskins +3 at Eagles Eagles Redskins Eagles Redskins Redskins
Bears +3 at Buccaneers Buccaneers Bears Bears Bears Bears
Panthers -7 at Falcons Falcons Panthers Falcons Panthers Falcons
Cowboys +6 at Bills Bills Bills Bills Cowboys Cowboys
49ers +9 at Lions Lions 49ers Lions 49ers Lions
Browns +12.5 at Chiefs Browns Browns Browns Chiefs Browns
Colts +1.5 at Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins Colts Dolphins Dolphins
Patriots -3 at Jets Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots
Texans +4.5 at Titans Texans Texans Texans Texans Texans
Steelers -10 at Ravens Steelers Steelers Ravens Steelers Ravens
Jaguars +3.5 at Saints Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars
Packers +4.5 at Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Packers
Rams +13.5 at Seahawks Rams Seahawks Rams Seahawks Seahawks
Giants +6 at Vikings Vikings Giants Giants Vikings Giants
Bengals +3.5 at Broncos Broncos Broncos Bengals Broncos Bengals
Best Bet Broncos 49ers Texans Steelers Patriots
Last Week's Record 8-7-1 1-14-1 4-11-1 8-7-1 7-8-1
2015 Record 116-101-7 104-113-7 97-120-7 113-104-7 105-112-7
Best Bet Record 8-6-1 7-8 6-7-2 6-8-1 8-7
Unanimous Pick Record 20-24
Majority Pick Record 104-113-7
2014 Unanimous Pick Record 20-15-1
2014 Majority Record 146-116-5
2014 Record 123-128-5 140-111-5 135-116-5 124-127-5 128-123-5
2013 Record 132-114-10 118-128-10 123-123-10 111-135-10 128-118-10
2012 Record 110-140-6 125-125-6 121-129-6 143-107-6 123-127-6
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

Unanimous/Majority Picks

This week we have three more unanimous picks, the Jaguars, Texans and Patriots. We went 0-2 on unanimous picks last week to bring our season record to 20-24. We went 4-11-1 on majority picks (three or more writers) to bring our season record to 103-114-7.


Writer Comment
Erickson The Bengals will not be able to move the ball with McCarron at the helm against the Broncos. I might be a Chicken Little Bengals fan, but I think this game will get ugly. I hope I'm wrong... I'm strangely heavy on favorites this week, which makes me uncomfortable, but so be it - the picks are the picks.
Pianowski Spineless Jim Tomsula doesn't play to win, but he always has the cover in mind. The Lions shouldn't lay that type of wood against anyone.
Liss It seems crazy taking the Falcons, but they're better at home, and I expect their "A" game against a 14-0 division rival that thumped them two weeks ago. I also think the Texans line was odd - maybe Zach Mettenberger is better than Brandon Weeden, but it can't be by that much, and the Texans defense is better than Tennessee's. Finally, I'd make the Jaguars 3.5-point dogs against the Saints even if Drew Brees were playing. That he's iffy makes this an auto-play.
Stopa A few lines surprised me this week. I've been on Detroit for a while now, but they're not good enough to lay that many points... The Titans are laying more than a FG without Mariota to a better team. Go figure... Are the Bills six points better than anyone right now? It's a travesty what Rex Ryan has done to a talented defense... The Saints aren't more than a FG better than the Jags with Brees hobbled.
Del Don No pick jumped out as a best bet for me this week, so I took the Patriots, who might actually have a better defense than the Jets.

The players:

Jeff Erickson: RotoWire Senior editor, 2001, 2008, 2013 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, 2011 and 2014 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.