2019 NFL Survivor Pool Picks: Week 2 Picks & Avoids
It’s that time of year again where bettors try to outlast each other in possibly the greatest NFL event. Welcome to the 2019 NFL Survivor Pool Picks. Some might be ready for some fantasy football action, but the true fun is right here in these NFL Survivor picks. Lucky for you, Pickswise is the home for Free NFL Picks, Expert Predictions, Pick Em and of course Survivor Pool Picks. Even though the thought of picking one winner per week seems like a piece of cake, there is a lot of strategies that go into these picks. When is the right time to pick an underdog? When is the right time to pick the defending champions? All of those questions will be answered as we dive right into the action on what teams you should be thinking about as well as avoiding 100%.
Week 1 Recap
It was a nail bitter for sure, but the Seattle Seahawks made sure everybody moved onto the next round of survivor pool picks with a comeback win against the Cincinnati Bengals. Let’s hope for a much relaxing Week 2.
(Seahawks Crossed OFF)
New England Patriots vs Miami Dolphins
The New England Patriots are the best team in the NFL right now as they head onto the road to take on the worst team in the NFL. The Miami Dolphins were embarrassed in front of their home crowd as the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1 casual thew up 50 points in a blowout win. After the game was over, multiple reports came out saying players wanted out of Miami and were asking for a trade. Long story short, we have the defending Super Bowl Champions taking on a bunch of players who do not want to be even wearing a Dolphins uniform. This is a clear runner up for this survivor pool pick. The Patriot are 19-point road favorites against the Dolphins. but could the Patriots be needed down the road in this contest? Let’s dive into more possible games to choose from.
Baltimore Ravens vs Arizona Cardinals
Last week I told contest players to use the Seahawks to hold onto the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens for future picks. However with the Baltimore Ravens on fire right now, it might be the perfect time to use them. Coming into this week Baltimore is the second-most popular pick for NFL survivor entries with getting over 30% of the votes.
Even though the Patriots have a much higher win odds on Sunday, the Ravens are getting nearly 94% of votes in the pick-em games. The Ravens were extremely impressive in Week 1, but can the new rookie quarterback of Kyler Murray have a huge upset win against them? Looking at Lamar Jackson’s stats from last season, his last four home games he threw for 4 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 55% completion rate and 170 passing yards per game. Choosing the Ravens right now would practically be an automatic bid heading into Week 3, but is the value of the Ravens too high for them to even think about choosing them?
Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Thursday night showdown as the Carolina Panthers will play host to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Looking at their week 1 results, the Carolina Panthers stayed within the Super Bowl contending Los Angeles Rams all game long before turnovers cost them the game. Speaking of turnovers, quarterback Jameis Winston of the Buccaneers would throw three interceptions with two of them going to the house in a loss against the San Francisco 49ers. Both offenses did not play there best, but can either of them rebound in this primetime game? Here is a fun stat, Since Cam Newton took over as QB in 2011 the Panthers are 13-0 SU and 10-2-1 ATS at home when favored by 7 points or more. Panthers are currently 7-point favorites at home vs Tampa after opening at -5.5. Could this pick be a lock for the survivor play?
Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins
The Dallas Cowboys were also one of the hottest teams in Week 1 as they smoked the New York Giants with ease. It seems as if the Kellen Moore addition has been perfect for the Cowboys as Dak Prescott had one of his best games so far in his career. In his first game of the 100th NFL season, he threw for 405 yards and four TDs, finishing with a perfect 158.3 passer rating.
It was a walk in the park for Dak as he helped the Cowboys pour on the points as they handed the Giants 35 of them before heading back to the locker room to celebrate the win. On the flip side, even though Washington played great against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1, they let a HUGE lead slip away in a matter of quarters. The Redskins would get outscored 25-7 in the second half which shows this team is still having a lot of holes. Washington also had some injuries during their game against the Eagles as they will most likely be without Derrius Guice and Jonathan Allen.
NFL Survivor Pool Picks: Week 2 Selection
Often I get asked this very common question. Don’t you want to select an underdog or less public favorite Week 2 so you have the upper hand into Week 3? My Answer: There is no need to take risks to open up the season especially with the whole unit of teams to choose from. Week 2, I’m rolling with the Baltimore Ravens. This is the perfect time for them to be selected and the public knows it.
This is an easy pick as the Ravens are red-hot right now and storm back home to play their home opener against the Arizona Cardinals. Even though I predict the game will be a whole lot closer then some may think, the Ravens will squeeze out the victory. This is the perfect time to pick on the red-hot Ravens as their schedule gets a bit more difficult with divisional opponents heading there way soon. If someone told me I could not select the Ravens, I would be choosing the Patriots or Panthers, but I HIGHLY suggest against it as the Patriots have A TON of future value for the rest of the season. Keep them in the back pocket for when you really need them. Ravens is the pick and let’s head into Week 3 ready to take down yet another NFL survivor week.