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Week 17 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.

Ja’Whaun Bentley #8 of the New England Patriots tugs at the jersey of Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills as he throws the ball in the fourth quarter of the game at Gillette Stadium on October 22, 2023 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The NFL season is coming down the home stretch with only two weeks remaining. If you’re still competing in a 2023 Survivor contest, well, my hat is off to you. I’m also sorry that you have not been able to close things out. Folks are running out of quality picks, but you likely still have one or two interesting options on your radar.

I’m back with a look at safe choices, value choices, and potential traps for the Week 17 slate. Last week, I had some solid suggestions with only one miss. I was correct on the Eagles and Bills as my safe picks, albeit just barely on the Eagles. I split my value picks, getting the Rams correct but missing on the Broncos upset. I did nail my trap pick as the Raiders stunned the Chiefs at Arrowhead.

On to Week 17 picks!

Safest picks

49ers over Commanders
Bills over Patriots
Eagles over Cardinals

These three are all double digit favorites. They might not cover the spread, but all three are decidedly better than their opponent. The Bills lost to the Patriots on the road earlier this year, but should be able to handle their business this weekend.

Best value picks

Browns over Jets
Jaguars over Panthers

The Browns face an up-and-down Jets team, but Cleveland’s defense has been dominant at home.

The Jaguars have lost four straight, but if you haven’t used them yet, this is the week to pull the trigger. The Panthers have shown some fight, but look for the Jaguars to get back on track.

Trap pick

Chiefs over Bengals

Kansas City is struggling of late, and while they might bounce back against a shaky Bengals squad, I wouldn’t touch this game with a ten-foot pole. There’s too many variables with it.