Week 1 NFL survivor pool picks are typically the “easiest” to make each season, as you have the full field to choose from. Haven’t played in a survivor pool before? Check out the rules here. Each week I’ll publish my favorite picks, while also tracking which teams I’ve used. I’ll be following the standard rules where you can only choose one team per season, so once they’ve been selected they won’t appear in future week picks.
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NFL Survivor Pick | Week 1 2017
Survivor Pool top choice – Buffalo Bills (-11 at home vs NYJ)
A general rule of thumb most NFL survivor pool veterans use is to choose home favorites. Best case scenario is if you can get an average to below average team as a double digit home favorite, as is the case here with the Buffalo Bills. While there certainly is some risk, this is likely one of the few times we can use the Bills as a survivor pick, and they will be taking on a Jets team in disarray that just traded for Jermaine Kearse and signed Jeremy Kerley, both of whom aren’t likely to contribute much week 1 as they learn the offense. The Jets will struggle to win more than 2 games this season, and I expect the Bills to be able to take care of business at home.
Honorary choice – Pittsburgh Steelers (-10 on the road at CLE)
Surprisingly the Pittsburgh Steelers are the favorite overall pick in survivor leagues for week 1. They are an obvious favorite against CLE, however they are on the road, and as a solid team I expect to use them later in the contest and wouldn’t want to burn their pick in week 1 when I consider the Bills as a home favorite to be the better pick. Should the Steelers win? Absolutely. Will I use them as my survivor pool pick for week 1? Absolutely not as you have to think long term in this game, and later on down the line I expect the Steelers to pay off to help keep my streak going.
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