Week 6 was certainly an intriguing week. We still have two undefeated teams, but more importantly we saw a pair on winless teams get rid of their zero. Washington edged out the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets stunned the Dallas Cowboys thanks to the return of Sam Darnold.
As we head into Week 7, we’re back to offer you advice for your NFL Survivor pools. Last week’s Washington was not shocking, but it made for an interesting development in Survivor pools. When’s the last time an 0-5 team was the choice of a decent number of entrants? The joy of facing the Dolphins!
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This week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers, and Pittsburgh Steelers are all on bye. The Panthers are emerging as a potential Survivor option, but for the most part, none of the others are regular picks — particularly after people were stunned using Cleveland in Week 1.
If you’ve never taken part in such a pool, it involves picking one team each week that you think will win. If your team wins in Week 1, you can make a pick in Week 2. If your team wins in Week 2, you can make a pick in Week 3, and so on. The catch is that you cannot pick the same team twice. You could use a heavy favorite in Week 1, but you would not have access to them later in the year if you’re alive in the closing weeks.
Whether you are in a single-elimination or double-elimination contest, there is plenty of strategy in determining which team you will take each week. DK Nation is here to help with a look at safe choices, value choices, and potential traps.
Last week, the safe picks were easy hits, but we missed big on the Cowboys. We almost nailed the Packers as a trap pick, but the refs ensured that was not the case. I took New England in one pool and Baltimore in another to stay alive.
On to Week 7 picks!
Thursday Night Football pick
There is absolutely no reason to pick this game in your Survivor pool. The Chiefs will probably win this game, but the Broncos are on a little bit of roll lately. The defense is looking better and could give the Chiefs trouble in a short week. I do think the Chiefs are undervalued as a field goal favorite, but things are dicey enough for Survivor purposes that I’d stay away.
San Francisco 49ers over Washington
The 49ers are rolling and if you haven’t used them yet, you might choose to wait a little longer. Some think this could be a trap game coming off a big win over the Rams, but given Kyle Shanahan’s history with Dan Snyder, I think he has them particularly fired up for this one.
Best value picks
Buffalo Bills over Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins are always good to pick against, and this is a useful time to use the Bills. They get a road game against Miami as well, but that could be when you use the 49ers — at home against Arizona. The Bills will be a popular pick, but it’s useful to jump on them.
Green Bay Packers over Oakland Raiders
New England Patriots over New York Jets
The Packers are coming off a dicey win over the Detroit Lions to improve to 5-1. They host a rested Raiders squad that has won two straight and is still hard to figure out. The Packers are a near touchdown favorite, but their run defense has been really bad. I could see Josh Jacobs running wild on them and turning this into a potential upset.
The Patriots could roll over the Jets, but with Sam Darnold’s impressive return last week, this is a week to take a break from New England.
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