NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 2 – 2016

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Our week 1 pick was the Texans against the Bears.  Houston won 23-14!  Stayin’ alive to week 2!  Can we make it all season?

We want you to survive your eliminator pool this NFL season so we’re giving our free survivor pool strategy all season. Our picks are based upon our data driven NFL predictions and power rankings.

NFL Survivor Pool Pick Strategy for Week 2:

We start with our list of 16 predicted winners:

Bills (vs. Jets)
Lions (vs. Titans)
Chiefs (at Texans)
Patriots (vs. Dolphins)
Ravens (at Browns)
Steelers (vs. Bengals)
Redskins (vs. Cowboys)
Giants (vs. Saints)
Panthers (vs. 49ers)
Cardinals (vs. Bucs)
Seahawks (at Rams)
Broncos (vs. Colts)
Raiders (vs. Falcons)
Chargers (vs. Jaguars)
Vikings (vs. Packers)
Bears (vs. Eagles)

Now there are four steps to easily cut down your potential pick for your NFL survivor pool.

Eliminate Toss-Up Winners

First we eliminate toss-up games.  That means we’re cutting the 1 point winners out of the list.  In week 2, this eliminates several teams.  Gone are the Bills, Chiefs, Ravens, Steelers and Raiders.  We’re down to 11.

Eliminate Road Winners

Next we eliminate road teams.  I don’t like taking road teams to win in the NFL at all.  Just too risky when you need a win, go with a home team.

Eliminating predicted road winners at this stage just eliminates one team in week 2, the Seahawks.  Ten potential eliminator picks remain.

Eliminate Low Ranking Winners

Next, I look for team that aren’t in our 20 of the power rankings.  This elimates the Redskins (21), Bears (24) and Chargers (28) and leaves us with seven teams remaining.

Eliminate Winners Playing Good Teams

Then, I look for our predicted winners that are playing teams ranked in the top 16 and take them out of consideration.  This eliminates the Giants, Cardinals and Vikings.  We’re down to our final four.

Final  Survivor Pool Pick Candidates

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Survivor Pool Pick for NFL Week 2:

4 –  Lions (vs. Titans) – The Titans struggled last week while the Lions surprised.  We’ve still got the Lions ranked 17 in this week’s power rankings so they’re out of the running compared with the other three strong candidates.

3 – Patriots (vs. Dolphins)The Patriots won on the road against the second best team in the NFC from last season…without Brady or Gronk.  You simply can’t doubt what the hoodie is capable of doing as head coach.  This is a divisional game though so it could be closer than expected.

2 – Broncos (vs. Colts) –  The Colts might want to just let Andrew Luck stay in Indy.  I don’t see the Colts having any shot against the Denver pass rush.  Luck is gonna get knocked around.

1 – Panthers (vs. 49ers) –  The Panthers should be very motivated and this could be a blowout.  They’ve waited 10 days to get back on the field after losing to the Broncos by a point in the opener.  The Niners travel across the country on a short week.  Take the Panthers and survive to week 3.

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NFL Survivor Pool Picks – Week 1 2016

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Requests have been flooding in for help with NFL survivor pools.  I’m going to give out my strategy based upon our data driven predictions and power rankings.

Survivor Pool Pick Strategy:

We start with our list of 16 predicted winners:

Bengals (at Jets)
Bills (at Ravens)
Cardinals (vs. Patriots)
Chiefs (vs. Chargers)
Colts (vs. Lions)
Cowboys (vs. Giants)
Eagles (vs. Browns)
Falcons (vs. Bucs)
Packers (at Jaguars)
Panthers (at Broncos)
Rams (at 49ers)
Saints (vs. Raiders)
Seahawks (vs. Dolphins)
Steelers (at Redskins)
Texans (vs. Bears)
Vikings (at Titans)

Now there are two steps to easily cut down your potential pick for your NFL survivor pool.

Eliminate Toss-Up Winners

First we eliminate toss-up games.  That means we’re cutting the 1 point winners out of the list.

So the Cowboys, Rams, Saints, Steelers and Vikings are out.  We’re down to 11 potential picks.

Eliminate Road Winners

Next we eliminate road teams.  I don’t like taking road teams to win in the NFL at all.  Just too risky when you need a win, go with a home team.

Eliminating predicted road winners, we cross out the Bengals, Bills, Packers and Panthers.  Leaving us with seven teams left to make our picks.

Eliminate Low Ranking Winners

Next, I look for team that aren’t in our 20 of the power rankings.  The Eagles come at 21 so they’re out.  We’re down to six potential picks.

Eliminate Winners Playing Good Teams

Then, I look for our predicted winners that are playing teams ranked in the top 16 and take them out of consideration.  This eliminates the Cardinals who play the 14th ranked Patriots.

Now we’re down to five potential picks for our NFL survivor pool.

Final 5 Survivor Pool Pick Candidates

We’re down to five teams to consider as our NFL survivor pool pick, the Colts, Falcons, Texans, Chiefs and Seahawks.

5.  Falcons (vs. Bucs) – The Falcons are a shaky pick as they come in at 16 in our power rankings and play a familiar division foe.  They’re the lowest ranked of our final five and are tied for smallest predicted win margin.

4.  Colts (vs. Lions) – The Colts are playing the highest ranked opponent in the Lions, #20 in our power rankings and tied for the smallest margin of victory at 5 points.

3.  Chiefs (vs. Chargers) – The Chiefs are projected to win by 10 but play a division opponent so familiarity could make this game close.

2.  Seahawks (vs. Dolphins) – The Seahawks are a great home team and play the 29th ranked Dolphins.  We have them winning by 11 so this is a very safe pick

1. Texans (vs. Bears) – I like the Texans in this one because of their ability to rush the passer and create havoc for Jay Cutler who hasn’t looked good lately.  I think the smart pick is take the Texans as your survivor pool pick for week 1 and save some of the stronger teams for later in the season.

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