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Week 12 NFL Survivor pool strategy with safe, value, trap picks

The NFL season is back and that means Survivor pools once again. We are here to provide tips to stay alive all season.

Will Levis #8 of the Tennessee Titans celebrates after a touchdown during an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tennessee Titans at Acrisure Stadium on November 02, 2023 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images

Thanksgiving week is upon us and it brings a full slate of football. The annual triple-header kicks things off with three NFC matchups on Thursday. We get the first Black Friday game with the Dolphins and Jets facing off at 3 p.m. ET. That leaves a lighter than normal Sunday, with 11 games, and then Monday wraps with an NFC North affair between the Bears and Vikings.

It’s a full schedule in Week 12, but you’re likely running out of quality options in Survivor pools. Some projections have the Titans and Vikings as two of the most popular picks this weekend, and while both are favorites, they’ll likely leave participants sitting on the edge of their seats awaiting the result.

I’m back with another round of picks to help you make your decisions this weekend. I had a meh performance in Week 11. All three of my safe picks hit, while I split my value picks. My trap pick ended being anything but a trap as the Jaguars rolled the Titans.

On to my Week 12 picks!

Safest picks

49ers over Seahawks

Divisional games are tough, especially on the road, but the 49ers are facing a depleted Seahawks team. This might not be a blowout, but the 49ers should handle their business.

Best value picks

Titans over Panthers
Patriots over Giants

We’ve reached the stage where people will be taking chances. A lot of people will probably take the Titans over the Panthers. Will Levis has impressed against some shaky defenses, so look for him to build on that here. The Patriots are bad, but the Giants are much worse.

Trap pick

Cowboys over Commanders
Dolphins over Jets
Chiefs over Raiders

I don’t trust any of these divisional matchups. The Cowboys, Dolphins, and Chiefs are all sizable favorites and probably win, but these all scream trap games.