Welcome to my Week 13 Survivor Pool Picks. Each week I am going to break down my strategy, including my three favorite picks, and my top pick to stay away from. Let’s survive to check back in Week 14.
Week 13 Survivor Pool Picks
As usual, we start off with a look at how Vegas sees these matchups. The table below is in order from the strongest favorites to the weakest.
|Jacksonville Jaguars @ Los Angeles Rams||LAR -700|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons||TB -550|
|Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs||KC -450|
|Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans||IND -450|
|Arizona Cardinals @ Chicago Bears||ARI -350|
|Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions||MIN -320|
|Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Jets||PHI -290|
|Dallas Cowboys @ New Orleans Saints||DAL -230|
|Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers||BAL -210|
|New York Giants @ Miami Dolphins||MIA -200|
|San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks||SF -170|
|Los Angeles Chargers @ Cincinatti Bengals||CIN -170|
|New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills||BUF -150|
|Washington Football Team @ Los Vegas Raiders||LV -140|
Picks of the Week
Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans
This one is a no-brainer to me. Indianapolis might be the most underrated team in football these days. They just hung right in there with the defending Super Bowl Champs, the week after they routed the Buffalo Bills. Carson Wentz looks a bit like a more refined and smarter version of his old self, and the reunion with Frank Reich has been a success thus far. Expect Jonathan Taylor to go crazy this week, as the Colts run it early and often en route to a nice victory.
Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions
Minnesota desperately needs a win, the Lions, not so much, only other to prevent a winless season. Minnesota did just lose Dalvin Cook for the time being, but Alexander Mattison is one of the best backups in the game right now, so I do not see the Vikings losing a ton on the ground. To put it simply, Minnesota cannot afford to drop this game as they currently sit at 5-6, tied for the final wild-card spot. These are the games that they cannot afford to lose as the Lions have a league-leading 10 losses so far this season, and so Minnesota is a solid play this week.
Dallas Cowboys @ New Orleans Saints
Alvin Kamara is officially ruled out for this contest, and it looks like Taysom Hill will get the start. However, this is a game where the Dallas offense will simply be too much for New Orleans. If they fall behind early, it is up to Taysom Hill with a mediocre receiving group to get them back into this game. I just do not see it. I’m taking Dallas in this one.
Matchup to Avoid
New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills
This is one that does not require a ton of analysis. there are simply too many better matchups than to play this one, especially in Week 13 if you have made it this far.
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