There are millions of people out there who play in NFL survivor pools. These are very popular at work and at sports bars from around the country.
The object is to pick one winner a week and to be the last person standing. Different pools have different rules.
Some will only allow you to pick a team once, while others let you pick a team multiple times. Also, some are single-loss elimination, while others allow you to have multiple losses before you can be eliminated.
I am going to go through every week and list six teams that are worth a look in your survivor pool. I will separate them by Tier 1 (two best options), Tier 2 (3rd & 4th best options), and Tier 3 (5th & 6th best options).
For those of you who can only pick a team once throughout the season, this will give you several different teams to choose from. That’s how most survivor pools work. Good luck this year!
I went 5-1 on my survivor pool picks last week. My Tier 1 choices both won on the Packers and Saints to improve to 18-2 on Tier 1 picks this season. I did lose my third choice on the Ravens, but won my final three on the Bucs, Steelers and Raiders.
As you’ll notice throughout the season, I’ll refer to the point spreads when making my selections because I think this is the best way to do it. The oddsmakers in Vegas and across the globe are very good at what they do. It’s a good starting point when making your picks as well.
1) Los Angeles Chargers – This is the week to use the Los Angeles Chargers as you probably haven’t used them yet unless you took them against the Jaguars a few weeks ago. The Chargers are a hard team to trust at 2-7, but they should beat the last winless team in the NFL in the New York Jets. The Jets are going with Joe Flacco again this week and he’s a huge downgrade from Sam Darnold. Joey Bosa should be back from a concussion this week to wreak havoc on Flacco. The Chargers are 10-point favorites in this game.
2) Pittsburgh Steelers – There’s a good chance you have already used the Steelers, but they are my second-favorite option this week. They play the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have dropped eight straight games coming in. The Jaguars have been more competitive in recent weeks, but the Steelers are still 10.5-point road favorites in this matchup.
3) Minnesota Vikings – This would also be the week to use the Minnesota Vikings. It’s the first time all season they have been favored by more than four points against anyone as they are 7-point favorites against the Dallas Cowboys. The Vikings have won three straight while the Cowboys have lost four straight coming in. But the Cowboys are off a bye week, so I think the Chargers are the better option this week if available.
4) Baltimore Ravens – The Ravens are looking to bounce back from a loss to the Patriots last week in a monsoon. Now they host the Tennessee Titans and want revenge after getting upset by the Titans in the playoffs last year. The Ravens are 6-point home favorites over the Titans in this matchup. Tennessee has come back down to earth by losing three of its last four following a 5-0 start this season.
5) Tampa Bay Bucs – The options are limited this week, so the Bucs make the list as a 4-point home favorites over the Rams on Monday Night Football. The Bucs scored 46 points on the Panthers last week and didn’t have to punt once. The Rams don’t have a very good offense and will have a hard time keeping up, but their defense has been one of the best in the NFL. So it’s strength vs. strength here.
6) Miami Dolphins – The Miami Dolphins have won five straight games coming in. Now they head to Denver to take on a Broncos team that has trailed by 21 or more points in each of their last four games overall. Drew Lock is banged up and a turnover machine, and the Dolphins have been forcing a ton of turnovers here of late. The Dolphins are 3.5-point road favorites over the Broncos Sunday.