Hey all, Matt here (NOVA), super excited about this new endeavor I have been chosen to partake in with my boys Joe Metz, Jacob Wright and many many others. Pumped to not only be able to be a part of a new up-and-coming community, but also glad to be able to have a way to communicate effectively with all of YOU!
This article serves as a help guide for those participating in “Survivor” leagues. Below you will find my top 3 picks of the week, with a brief description of why they are worth choosing. There will be a rating between 1-5 on “safety” of each pick, as well as a rating for value of each team being chosen. For those that don’t know, a survivor pool is a pool of competitors, where each week you are given the task to chose a team who you think will win.
You may only chose the team once throughout the season. So there is a strategy to this… First you are going to want to take a look at the value of each team later on in the season. For example the Browns would have a value rating of 0, because they have a very small chance of getting a win throughout the season. A team like the Patriots will have the value of 5 because any given week you can chose them and they have a high probability of winning, so you will want to save the high value teams as long as possible. Secondly, you look at the safety of each pick, so you know they will win their matchup.
Picks up to date (Week 5):
1. This is looking like a pretty tough week with no easy choices. My number one pick and one I think you all should go with if you haven’t chosen them yet is the New England Patriots. They are currently 5.5 point favorites and I cannot see them losing 2 in a row and dropping to 2-3. Just no FREAKIN’ way! Safety Rating: 4 | Value Rating: 5
2. The next team I will be writing about is the team I am going to use in my survivor pool since I have used the Pats already. This team is the Pittsburgh Steelers. They are playing against the Jags as 8.5 point favorites. At times the Jags are flashing signs of brilliance on the defensive end, at others they are showing their stinky garbage side. I’ll take that side in this game and the Steelers win by 10+. Safety Rating: 4 | Value Rating: 3.5
3. Lastly I will be going with a team that has been playing great on the offensive side of the ball, the Philadelphia Eagles! This team should easily dismantle the Arizona Cardinals and their sorry offense. 6.5 point favorites plus a pretty safe pick that you don’t need to use throughout the majority of the season screams great pick to me! Safety Rating: 3 | Value Rating: 2