Week 8 NFL Survivor Pool Picks

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NFL Survivor Pool Pick Strategy

There are simple steps to cut down your potential picks for your NFL survivor pool.  Follow the strategy below to make your week 8 NFL Survivor Pool pick. 

Finished 2018 with 5 straight wins and off to a 6-1 start in 2019 as the Buffalo Bills survived week 7 with a 31-21 win over the Dolphins!

We have 15 games in NFL week 8 so that’s our list to start.

Eliminate Toss-Up Winners

First, I eliminate toss-up games.  That means I’m scratching the 1 point winners out of the list. 

The Philadelphia Eagles are 1 point winners this week at Buffalo so we’re eliminating them. We’re down to 14 teams for our week 8 NFL Survivor Pool Pick.

Eliminate Road Winners

Then I eliminate road teams.   When you need a guaranteed win like you do to win your survivor pool, go with a home team.

Only one predicted road winners remain in week 8 so we’re slicing our list to 12 of remaining candidates for our NFL Survivor Pool Pick this week. Gone are the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams who play in London.

Eliminate Low Ranking Winners

Next, I look for teams that aren’t in our top 20 of the power rankings.

This knocks out no teams from consideration for our week 8 NFL survivor pool pick. It’s beginning to look like the schedule sets up nicely to give us several options for our survivor pick this week.

Eliminate Winners Playing Good Teams

Finally, I look for our predicted winners that are playing teams ranked in the top 16 of our data driven NFL power rankings and take them out of consideration. 

This eliminates the undefeated San Francisco 49ers who host the Carolina Panthers the the Mahomes-less Kansas City Chiefs against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football.

We have 10 teams to consider for our week 8 NFL survivor pool pick.

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Final Week NFL Survivor Pool Pick Candidates

Surviving the week 8 NFL cut are:

  • Minnesota Vikings
  • New Orleans Saints
  • Chicago Bears
  • Detroit Lions
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Houston Texans
  • Tennessee Titans
  • New England Patriots
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Pittsburgh Steelers

I then compare this list against who I’ve already used this season. That list includes Seahawks, Ravens, Cowboys, Colts, Eagles, Patriots and Bills.

The Vikings, Saints, Bears, Lions, Jaguars, Texans, Titans and Steelers are all eligible for my week 8 NFL survivor pick.

Once, I’ve cut the teams down and have my final candidates for my NFL survivor pool pick, I rank them.

8 – Chicago Bears (against Chargers) – I just can’t trust the QB play. Phillip Rivers and the Chargers are desperate to turn things around. This is too close to call when you need a lock.

7 – Tennessee Titans (against Bucs) – Can Tannehill play well two weeks in a row? Not ready to trust that when I need a win.

6 – Jacksonville Jaguars (against Jets) – Minshew keeps playing well. The Jets will want to

5 – Detroit Lions (against Giants) – What are the Lions? Some weeks they look great and others not so much. After this a tough loss at home last week, this could be a letdown spot.

4 – Houston Texans (against Raiders) – The Raiders could keep this close. This is another potential letdown game with the Texans having lost at the Colts last week.

3 – Pittsburgh Steelers (against Dolphins) – The Dolphins look much better with Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB so they could hang in this one.

2 – New Orleans Saints (against Cardinals) – The Saints are rolling. This could be a blowout with the Saints D corralling Kyler Murray.

1 – Minnesota Vikings (against Redskins) – The Vikings are good at home and can’t imagine the Redskins will travel well on this short week.

Week 8 NFL Survivor Pool Pick: Minnesota Vikings

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