Well last week we told you to go with Carolina as the off the radar survivor pool winner and that checked in as an easy winner!!
Unfortunately for those of you who selected Carolina you did not get any advantage as both top survivor picks Green Bay and Denver were winners (although the games were close and neither of them covered the spread). The only advantage to taking Carolina was you can still use Green Bay or Denver later in the year if you did not take them in week 1.
This week the top survivor pick is clearly the New England Patriots and I would highly suggest they be your top pick if you have not already used them in your pool this year. They are over a two touchdown favorite against the lowly Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have now lost 14 straight games on the east coast and it will most likely be 15 straight after Sunday. I don't see how a rookie QB in Derek Carr comes in and pulls off a victory given the poor Raiders defense and lack of offensive weapons.
If you insist on avoiding the Patriots and rooting for the Raiders to pull an upset take a look at the 0-2 Saints. They are favored by over a touchdown at home against the Vikings, who will be without Adrian Peterson. Despite the 0-2 record, the Saints are a great home team and I fully expect them to get back on track this week.
If you are looking for a not so obvious suggestion take a look at the New York Jets on Monday Night football. They played very tough at Green Bay last week and this is a bad spot for the Bears. They are coming off a huge conference victory against the 49ers and now go from the west coast to the east coast for their second prime time game in a row. They may have a hard time with an AFC team they are not very familiar with. In addition the Jets have a great rushing offense and the run D of the Bears is a major question mark. With the Bears having a huge home game against the Packers next week could be a big look ahead spot for them.
I am not advocating take the Jets as your top pick, but if you insist on not using the Patriots or Saints, the Jets are a good out of the box.
Hope you survivor the weekend! Check back next week for more survivor pool tips!