NFL Survivor Pool Picks
NFL Survivor Pools Strategy Advice and Predictions: Week 4
by Trevor Whenham - 9/29/2015
The football gods were particularly cruel to survivor pool players in Week 2. For those who survived, though, the reward was a much more straightforward week in Week 3. New England was the obvious choice, and they only won by almost five touchdowns. Green Bay cruised as another fairly obvious pick - though a lot of people picked Green Bay already in the opening week. The Seahawks won big, too. Even the Texans, a long shot that drew some attention from players, easily took care of things
NFL Survivor Pool Picks and Advice: Week 3
by Matt Severance - 9/23/2015
I can honestly say that I've never seen such chaos in Survivor Pools than from what happened last week in the NFL. I know of several that already have concluded, including one major ESPN media pool. It was a crazy week of upsets. I warned you in this space to stay clear of New Orleans in its home opener and as the biggest favorite on the board against Tampa Bay, and indeed the Bucs won 26-19. Now I just wish Drew Brees wasn't my fantasy quarterback!
NFL Survivor Pools Strategy Advice and Predictions: Week 3
by Trevor Whenham - 9/22/2015
Well, that was carnage. A whole lot of survivor pools are a lot smaller than they were a few days ago - mine included - thanks to the New Orleans Saints. When the biggest favorite of the week loses their home opener to what was supposed to be a lousy team - and their potential Hall of Fame QB gets outplayed by a rookie who was terrible in his debut - a lot of survivor pool dreams are going to die.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks and Advice: Week 2
by Matt Severance - 9/16/2015
I was talking to a fairly new player to Survivor Pools this week, and said person really wanted to use Tennessee in Week 2 at Cleveland just to get using the Titans out of the way because they wouldn't likely be usable again. I totally don't recommend thinking like that. Simply go week-by-week. Don't use a questionable team early just to save a better team for later. Injuries are obviously a big part of the NFL, and a projected good team might not be one by late in the year.
NFL Survivor Pools Strategy Advice and Predictions: Week 2
by Trevor Whenham - 9/16/2015
It was a pretty good week for survivor pool players to start the season - at least ones who didn't do anything to crazy. Favorites and public teams did well, which is usually good news for survivor pool players early in the season. The bad news is that most pools didn't see too many people disappear, so you aren't much closer to winning now than you were before. It could be worse, though - you could be out already. Our goal this week is to make sure that you survive for another week of action.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks and Advice: Week 1
by Matt Severance - 9/9/2015
After seven long months without pro football that mattered, the NFL returns on Thursday night with the annual Kickoff Game. And I'm willing to bet that the Steelers-Patriots matchup in Foxboro sets NBC ratings records for the Kickoff Game with all the B.S. this offseason surrounding "Deflategate" and the fact that Tom Brady will play vs. Pittsburgh.
NFL Survivor Pools Strategy Advice and Predictions: Week 1
by Trevor Whenham - 9/7/2015
Anything to do with handicapping is tough when it comes to the first week of the NFL season. We know so little about where teams are really at, and our adrenaline is raging as the endless offseason finally draws to a close. It can be very tough to make strong decisions in these conditions. Even with that in mind, though, we are faced with a tough challenge picking the first week of Survivor pool action this year.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks and Expert Advice: Playoffs Edition
by Matt Severance - 12/31/2014
Welcome to my final Survivor Pool column for the 2014 NFL season. I hope these won you some money -- I was able to win one of my two competitions and almost always stuck with the same choices I used in this space. Again, though, getting this in early means injuries could change things by kickoff.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks and Expert Advice: Week 17
by Matt Severance - 12/24/2014
Hope you have found my Survivor Pool advice helpful this season and are about to cash in following Sunday's slate of Week 17 games if you haven't already. Thankfully I am still going in both of mine after losing my fantasy football championship because Bengals receiver A.J. Green decided to have the worst game of his career on Monday night. I already had spent the money! Lesson learned.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks and Expert Advice: Week 16
by Matt Severance - 12/17/2014
Here's hoping that Week 16 is doubly profitable for you just as I'm hoping it is for me: Winning your fantasy football league championship (nearly all leagues have their championship game this week) and your Survivor Pool. Thank you Drew Brees for your big game on Monday night against my Bears as that got me into my fantasy final. Sad I root against the Bears these days, but it's the most unlikable Chicago sports team in years. But let's not get off topic.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks and Expert Advice: Week 15
by Matt Severance - 12/10/2014
Thank you Packers defense for nearly giving me a heart attack Monday night. Green Bay was my Week 14 Lock of the Week against Atlanta, and I turned the channel at halftime with the Pack up 31-7. Done deal. Except the Packers allowed 30 second-half points and for some reason didn't double-team Julio Jones, who was killing Green Bay all night. Still, the Packers did hold on 43-37. We move on in Survivor Pool play!
NFL Survivor Pools Strategy Advice and Predictions: Week 15
by Trevor Whenham - 12/9/2014
We are really, really deep into the NFL survivor pool season, so we are going to do something a little different this week in our look at what picks to make to keep on surviving. Lately we have been looking at teams that may not have been picked yet that would be comfortable picks — and the Giants at home against the Redskins would certainly qualify on that front this week. Instead, this week we are going to look at spots in which you might want to gamble.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks and Expert Advice: Week 14
by Matt Severance - 12/3/2014
I guess I had nothing to worry about with perhaps my shakiest Lock of the Week ever in a Survivor Pool competition this late in an NFL season. I was not super comfortable taking the 4-7 Rams last week at home against Oakland, but it was a 52-0 whitewash. Look out next season for St. Louis if it can get a quarterback! The defense is in place and so, apparently, is a game-breaking running back in rookie Tre Mason.
NFL Survivor Pools Strategy Advice and Predictions: Week 14
by Trevor Whenham - 12/2/2014
Thank goodness for the Rams and the Vikings last week. They are exactly what survivor pools players who are still alive — or who are in a second- (or third- or fourth-) chance pool — need at this time of year. They were teams that aren’t good enough to likely have been picked earlier in the year but who were in a spot that made them pretty easy to trust now.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks and Expert Advice: Week 13
by Matt Severance - 11/26/2014
Chances are the team you back is still alive in the playoff hunt as an amazing 21 teams are either currently in the playoffs or within one game of a spot entering Week 13. Naturally my Bears aren't one of those, and the Lions can mercifully end Chicago's season for all intents and purposes on Thanksgiving. That 21-team mark is a bit misleading because it includes Atlanta, New Orleans and Carolina, all of which have seven losses. But someone has to win the puke bucket that is the NFC South.
NFL Survivor Pools Strategy Advice and Predictions: Week 13
by Trevor Whenham - 11/25/2014
After a crazy week in Survivor Pool action two weeks ago, we had a much more straight forward week in our attempt to stay alive last week. Unless you were unfortunate enough to still have Kansas City available to pick — and that was unlikely — you probably were able to gamble and still survive. Cleveland held on — though just barely. So did San Francisco, which kept me alive. And Buffalo overcame snow and relocation to make the Jets look hopelessly ridiculous. So where do we look to gamble and survive for another week? Luckily, there are at least four attractive spots that are likely to be available to most players. Let’s take a look:
NFL Survivor Pool Picks and Expert Advice: Week 12
by Matt Severance - 11/19/2014
Week 11 no doubt shook up your Survivor Pool a bit. Perhaps you were fortunate enough to have used the Denver Broncos before last week, but they were shocked 22-7 in St. Louis. I did warn you about that, saying the Rams had already upset the Seahawks and 49ers this year and that it was Denver's first dome game of the season. Looked like trap potential, and it surely was.
NFL Survivor Pools Strategy Advice and Predictions: Week 12
by Trevor Whenham - 11/18/2014
No one truly cares about how anyone else is doing in their survivor pool. It’s a shame because I feel like I could use some sympathy. Heading into last week’s action I was alive in three pools — and in the final three of each. Now I am down to just one — and that only barely happened because the Steelers tried their very hardest to lose to the Titans. The other two pools were won — and not by me. Cleveland was disastrous.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks and Expert Advice: Week 11
by Matt Severance - 11/12/2014
Probably only two games made a major dent in your Survivor Pool field of competitors last week, and I pretty much warned you to stay away from both favorites. The first was Cincinnati at home last Thursday night against Cleveland, which hadn't won a road division game in its past 17 dating to September 2008. Here's what I wrote about this matchup: "I pondered this as a Lock option, but you should always stay away from the quick turnaround matchups as well as rivalry games.
NFL Survivor Pools Strategy Advice and Predictions: Week 11
by Trevor Whenham - 11/11/2014
Last week is a perfect example of why survivor pools, which seem so simple, are so brutally difficult in reality. There was absolutely no real reason to expect that the Steelers would lose to the Jets — never mind get rolled over by them. Over the two previous weeks the Steelers’ offense had been historically effective. The Jets had completely forgotten how to win, were mired in layers of drama, and their defense was, to be kind, porous. To top it off, there was a good chance that Pittsburgh was an available pick for a lot of players -- and a very tempting one at that.
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