Welcome to Week 11! The NFL is approaching the home stretch fo the regular season, and we no longer have any undefeated teams. The San Francisco 49ers lost an overtime thriller to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10 to drop to 8-1. The Cincinnati Bengals were thumped by the Baltimore Ravens and remain winless, meaning they’re the last remaining NFL team with a zero in either the win or loss column.
As we head into Week 11, we’re back to offer you advice for your NFL Survivor pools. If you’re actually still alive in your pool this week, you either have won it or are pretty close to winning it. Week 10 was a bloodbath with the Atlanta Falcons stunning the New Orleans Saints and the Miami Dolphins upsetting the Indianapolis Colts. That removed a sizable chunk of people from my two Survivor pools — including myself.
If you’ve never taken part in a Survivor 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. DKNation is here to help with a look at safe choices, value choices, and potential traps.
On to Week 11 picks!
Thursday Night Football pick
This is a game to stay away from in Survivor, and probably even for betting purposes. The Steelers are getting James Conner back, and more importantly could get back guard Ramon Castro. The Browns are a cray inconsistent team, and I’m not sure I’d want to lay points with them against any team with a winning record. Take the points with Pittsburgh.
A few weeks back I viewed this as a trap pick because I figured the Broncos defense would be another defense to expose Kirk Cousins as a fraud. And yet he and the Vikings keep producing. The Broncos are not a good team right now, particularly with the decision to trade away Emmanuel Sanders. The Vikings hold a little bit of value against the Lions later this year, but it might be time to use them.
Best value picks
Oakland Raiders over Cincinnati Bengals
Who knew the Raiders would turn into a value play. They’re on a roll of late while the Bengals are an atrocious team. Ryan Finley is not the answer, and even if Cincinnati makes this interesting, I just don’t see them pulling this out.
San Francisco 49ers over Arizona Cardinals
I think the 49ers win this one and get back on track, but after a physical loss to Seattle, I’m just concerned enough that I say stay away from this double digit spread. If you haven’t used the 49ers yet, you can always save them for Week 15 at home against the Atlanta Falcons.