NFL Survivor Pool Picks
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NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 4: Advice and Predictions
by Spencer Toth - 9/26/2023
I hope you survived. Week 3 is now behind us, and some of the heaviest favorites lost, killing the survivor pool dream for millions across the country. The Cowboys (-12.5), Ravens (-8), and Jaguars (-8) all lost outright, but we had a seat free Week 3, as we took the Chiefs, who stomped on the Bears, 41-10. The 49ers were the only other 7+ point favorite to win outright, as they easily took down the Giants on Thursday Night Football. The favorites went 9-7 outright, and all 9 favorites who won, also covered the spread in Week 3. Three weeks down, 16 to go. Let’s dive into the Week 4 survivor picks, ranked from most to least confident.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 3: Advice and Predictions
by Spencer Toth - 9/19/2023
Week 2 is in the books, and we stay alive. The NFL avoided any massive upsets as the 5.5-point underdog Seahawks were the biggest outright winner of the week. Favorites went 11-5 straight up and 5-8-3 ATS, as the bookies absolutely nailed the Week 2 lines. Our top 4 picks from last week were the Bills, Cowboys, Giants, and Eagles, all of which won, but the Giants certainly made it a nailbiter. Two weeks down, 16 weeks to go. Here are the NFL Week 3 survivor pool picks ranked from most to least confident.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 2: Advice and Predictions
by Spencer Toth - 9/12/2023
A wild Week 1 is in the books. The NFL never disappoints, as there was plenty of action on the opening slate. Favorites went just 8-8 straight up and 6-10 ATS, causing a few survivor pools to end early. Three of the five largest favorites lost outright, as the Chiefs (-6.5), Vikings (-6), and Seahawks (-5) didn’t get the job done in Week 1. Fortunately for us, our top 3 plays were the Ravens, Commanders, and Jaguars, who all won with ease.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 1: Advice and Predictions
by Spencer Toth - 9/4/2023
The NFL season is finally kicking off, and with it comes a wide variety of wagering options. There are few better feelings than surviving a grueling season in a survivor pool. Unlike many other forms of sports betting, in a survivor pool you simply select one team to win each week, but there’s a catch. Once you select a team, let’s say the Chiefs in Week 1, you can no longer select the Chiefs for the rest of the season. The first few weeks can be straightforward, while you still have everyone as an option. However, as the season winds down, selecting a fresh winner each week becomes increasingly more difficult. The nature of a survivor pool is quite simple, but the complex strategies at play ensure few survive all 18 weeks. I will be breaking down the best bets each week so make sure you return next week for what will eventually be season-saving advice. Here are the matchups ranked from strongest to weakest for Week 1.
2023 NFL Survivor Pool Primer: What to Expect with Weekly Picks
by Joey House - 6/27/2023
Welcome to Doc's Sports, your destination for expert NFL Survivor Pool picks! If you're a football fan looking to create more excitement for your weekend football viewing pleasure without risking little Johnny's college fund, a Survivor Pool could be the perfect balance of excitement and risk.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 18: Advice and Predictions
by Sean Barnard - 1/4/2023
The light at the end of the NFL tunnel is here, and everyone who is still in their survivor pool deserves some massive credit. With everything on the line in Week 18, and more than half of the teams already chosen, it is a difficult situation. There is plenty on the line for several teams, and it also is worth keeping an eye on which teams might consider resting their starters. With this in mind, here are the Week 18 games ranked from strongest to weakest for the season finale.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 17: Advice and Predictions
by Sean Barnard - 12/29/2022
The race to complete a survivor pool is heating up, and the finish line is in sight. Congratulations if you have made it this far, as your choices are undoubtedly becoming more difficult. In Week 16, favorites went 10-6 straight up and 8-7-1 against the spread. There are several tight playoff races still occurring as teams have plenty to play for with the season winding down. With that in mind, let’s look at the Week 17 slate with each game ranked from strongest to weakest.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 16: Advice and Predictions
by Sean Barnard - 12/21/2022
The NFL season is winding down, as teams make their final push for the playoffs. This week’s slate has an odd schedule as the Christmas holiday shifted things around. Most of the games are set to kick off on Saturday, although there will be a few Christmas Day games as well. In Week 15, favorites went 11-5 straight up but just 5-10-1 against the spread. If you are still alive in your survivor pool, you deserve a ton of credit and are undoubtedly running low on options. Here is a look at the Week 16 slate and the top survivor pool selections ranked from strongest to weakest.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 15: Advice and Predictions
by Sean Barnard - 12/14/2022
With the NFL season winding down, each team is looking to put their final statements on the season. For some teams, their goals are still well within reach, while others have shifted gears to looking ahead to next year. All 32 teams have completed their bye weeks, so there will be a full slate of games for the remainder of the season. Favorites went 9-4 straight up and 7-6 against the spread in Week 14. Your choices for the survivor pool are surely winding down, but here are the best game picks ranked from strongest to weakest for Week 15.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 14: Advice and Predictions
by Sean Barnard - 12/7/2022
It was a hectic Week 13 of football that included favorites going 11-3-1 straight up but just 8-7 against the spread. There is still plenty up in the air during the final weeks of the season, as four of the eight divisions are separated by a game or less. This is the final week of byes as the Falcons, Bears, Packers, Colts, Saints, and Commanders will each be taking the week off.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 13: Advice and Predictions
by Sean Barnard - 11/30/2022
Favorites went 11-5 on the moneyline but just 7-8-1 against the spread in Week 12. It was an eventful stretch of football that included three Thanksgiving games and several matchups on Sunday that went down to the wire. Many teams are in the process of clinching a playoff berth as the home stretch of the season has arrived. The Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers will each be on their bye week, taking them away from your options to pick. Choosing a winner continues to get more difficult, and here are the best choices for your survivor pool picks are ranked below from strongest to weakest.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 12: Advice and Predictions
by Sean Barnard - 11/22/2022
The biggest football holiday of the year is here to coincide with Week 12 of the NFL season. The Thanksgiving slate is packed with three games to kick off this week in which no teams will be on their bye week. This gives survivor pool participants as many choices as possible as they look to keep the streak going. Many teams have a lot to play for as the playoff picture is beginning to shape up. In Week 11, favorites went 10-4 straight up but just 5-8-1 against the spread. With the end of the season in sight, here are the top NFL Week 12 survivor pool picks ranked from strongest to weakest.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 11: Advice and Predictions
by Sean Barnard - 11/16/2022
There were some notable changes in Week 10, as there are no longer any undefeated teams in the NFL following the Philadelphia Eagles’ loss at the hands of the Washington Commanders. A flurry of injuries also has hit the NFL with the season now past its halfway point. Favorites went 6-8 outright but 5-9 against the spread last week. Looking ahead at the Week 11 slate, the Jaguars, Dolphins, Seahawks, and Buccaneers will each be taking their turn on the bye week. Here is a look at the teams that will play with the best survivor pool picks ranked from strongest to weakest.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 10: Advice and Predictions
by Sean Barnard - 11/9/2022
Underdogs put forth a strong effort in Week 9. While they may have gone 4-9 outright, they were 8-3-2 against the spread across the slate of games. The New York Jets had the most notable upset by taking down the Buffalo Bills by a score of 20-17. The selection pool continues to narrow as the season progresses, so it will be time to begin getting creative with some picks.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 9: Advice and Predictions
by Sean Barnard - 11/2/2022
It was another hectic week of football and an even crazier trade deadline this week. It has become clear which teams intend on contending and which are not, as the NFL saw the most trades ever recorded on deadline day. Players like Bradley Chubb, T.J. Hockenson, Calvin Ridley, and Nyheim Hines each are heading to new destinations, which will impact the league greatly.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 8: Advice and Predictions
by Sean Barnard - 10/26/2022
The NFL season continues to cruise by with a clearer picture being painted of which teams are legitimate and which simply don’t have it this year. In Week 7, favorites went 8-6 straight up and 6-8 against the spread. The most notable upset was the Panthers taking down the Buccaneers by a score of 21-3 despite going in as 13-point underdogs. There are four teams returning from their bye week with just the Chiefs and Chargers set to be taking the week off. Here is a look at the Week 8 slate with my Week 8 survivor pool picks ranked from most confident to least confident:
NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 7: Advice and Predictions
by Sean Barnard - 10/18/2022
The NFL season is flying by, and Week 7 is now upon us. The Philadelphia Eagles remain the only undefeated team in the NFL following their Sunday Night victory over the Cowboys. Underdogs had a strong week, going 7-6 straight up in Week 6. The most notable upset was the Pittsburgh Steelers, who took down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-18 despite being eight-point underdogs. The Falcons (+5 vs 49ers), Jets (+7 vs Packers), and Giants (+5 vs Ravens) all also secured upset wins. The focus will now shift to Week 7, where six of the 14 matchups hold a spread of seven points or more.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 6: Advice and Predictions
by Sean Barnard - 10/12/2022
In Week 5, Favorites went 11-5 straight up but just 5-10-1 against the spread. The biggest upsets of the week were the Texans (+8 and +260 ML) taking down the Jaguars, 13-6, as well as the Giants (+8, +300) taking down the Packers, 27-22. There also were some convincing wins from the top dogs as the Bills (-14) took down the Steelers 38-3, and the Patriots (-3) put forth a convincing 29-0 victory over the Lions.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 5: Advice and Predictions
by Sean Barnard - 10/6/2022
The madness of the NFL season is in full swing, and expectations have rapidly shifted for teams throughout the league. The Philadelphia Eagles are the lone remaining undefeated team, while the Texans (0-3-1) are the only team without a victory. After an impressive showing from the underdogs in Week 3, the favorites bounced back with a 10-6 overall performance and a 10-5-1 ATS spread record in Week 4.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 4: Advice and Predictions
by Sean Barnard - 9/28/2022
Week 3 of the NFL season was loaded with upsets. Underdogs were 10-6 outright and 10-5-1 ATS in the hectic slate of games. The most notable upsets were the Colts over the Chiefs, the Dolphins over the Bills, and the Jaguars over the Steelers. The Eagles and Dolphins are the only remaining 3-0 teams, while the Raiders are the only 0-3 team in the NFL. If you have been smart enough to navigate through the madness of the week and are still alive in your survivor pools, here are my Week 4 survivor plays ranked from strongest to weakest.
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What are NFL Survivor Pool Picks
NFL Survivor Pool Picks are selections released by reputable sources, such as Doc's Sports, for the survivor pool that you are in. For over half a century, Doc's has been a leader in the gambling information industry, and utilizing their NFL Survivor Pool Picks can greatly increase your chances of winning your pool. Doc's NFL survivor pool picks will normally be released between Tuesday and Thursday each week of the NFL season and will give a ranked list of the strongest picks for the week.
What are the Basic Rules for NFL Football Survivor Contests?
NFL Football Survivor Pools usually follow this basic format:
1. Team Selection: Each week participants select one NFL team that they believe is most likely to win their game. The catch is, once that team has been used, it cannot be used for the rest of the season.
2. Winning Requirements: To survive and advance each week, your selected team must win. Ties and losses eliminate you from the contest. This is where the strategy comes into play, because if you use the best selections early on, later in the season you're left with less talented squads to choose from.
3. Last Person Standing: Each week the field is reduced until just one participant is remaining. This means successfully picking a winner until you are the last player left.
4. Contest Duration: Leagues usually last the duration of the football season, although some use a playoff format where the top portion of the league continues to play until the last person is standing.
5. Tiebreakers: In the event of a tie among players, tiebreakers such as total points scored or the record of the last team picked can be used to determine a winner.
It's important to note that each league is different and it is vital to understand all of the rules and nuances of your league. For example, some survivor pools use the point spread for the game to determine the winner, while there are other pools where you simply must pick the winner of the game.
What is a Survivor Pool Grid?
A survivor pool grid is a visual representation, usually in the form of a chart, that tracks the competitors and the teams they used each week. It provides transparency for the integrity of the group.
What is the Circa Survivor Pool?
The Circa Survivor Pool is renowned for being one of the largest and most prestigious survivor pools, with a buy-in of $10,000. It attracts significant attention due to its immense prize pool, often reaching millions of dollars. In 2022, a staggering 6,133 participants joined the pool, competing for a prize pool of $6.13 million.
What is the DraftKings Survivor Pool?
DraftKings offers many different Survivor Pools, but two in particular gain wide attention. The first, with a prize pool of $30,000, is incredibly popular because of the free entry fee. The other is a $1 million guarantee, for an entry fee of $100. The free contest only allows you one entry, while the $100 tourney has a cap of 10 entries.
What is an NFL Survivor Loser Pool?
These types of pools, also known as Loser Pools or Reverse Survivor Pools, offer a unique twist on the Survivor Pool concept by forcing the contestant to pick one team that loses every week. Once you pick a team that wins, you are eliminated from the contest. The last person remaining that has picked a loser in each game is declared the winner. Also, some second-chance pools are called "loser pools". If many contestants are eliminated early in the season because of a plethora of upsets, the pool runner might create a second pool called a loser pool.
What is an NFL Confidence Pool?
An NFL Confidence Pool is a popular type of football pool where participants assign confidence points to the predicted straight-up winners of the NFL games for that particular week. The points range from 1 (least confident) to the highest number of games for the week. Participants pick based on their varying levels of certainty to the winners of the week's game. Doc's also offers free NFL confidence pool picks each week throughout the pro football season.
What are NFL Office Pool Picks?
NFL office pool picks are ATS picks for every game for each week of the pro football season. Many office pools ask competitors to pick every game against the spread each week. Doc's Sports offers free NFL office pool picks every week of the pro football season. Some office pools require contestants to pick a certain number of games each week. One popular variation is for players to pick five games each week ATS, which follows the model of many of the top pickem contests in Las Vegas.