There are only five weeks left in the NFL season, so if you’re still alive, then congratulations! However, there are still five weeks, so unless you’re the only team left standing in your Survivor pool, there’s work to be done. Last week’s two slip-ups (Jacksonville and Pittsburgh) from the Week 13 article were done in by quarterback injuries.
We will help you get to the promised land one week at a time with our picks, but in case you’re not familiar with Survivor pools, here’s a quick rundown:
Pick a team that wins in each NFL week. Typically, you choose a team just once, so each selection is essential. Some survivor pools have double-elimination so that you can slip up and still be in the running. Make sure you’re checking out our weekly matchup previews and our Survivor League Strategy in the Fantasy Alarm Draft Guide as guides toward picking the best winners for each week and developing a strategy.
Let’s dive right in with Week 14’s picks!
2023 Survival Pool Picks Record
Week 13: 3-2 (.800)
Overall: 47-18 (.723)
NFL Week 14 DraftKings Odds, Implied Totals, Spreads, and Over/Under
*All lines current as of 3:00 PM ET, 12/5/23, courtesy of Vegas Insider*
NFL Week 14 Survivor Picks
Hey, my Packers have renewed vigor, and even though they head on the road to MetLife Stadium to face the Giants, they are just too hot right now. Green Bay is favored by 6.5 points against a Giants team that isn’t very good, as they’ve given up 24.3 points per game — seventh-worst in the league.
The Giants did anoint Tommy DeVito as the starting quarterback this week despite the likelihood of getting Tyrod Taylor back, but it may not matter. Green Bay may not have Christian Watson for this game either, but Jordan Love is playing out of his mind now, as is the defense, so the Giants seem like they’re hosting the Packers in their barn at the wrong time.
Miami’s prowess against lesser teams continues into the Monday Night Football doubleheader, as the Dolphins are a whopping 13.5-point favorite at home against the Tennessee Titans. One of the pre-eminent pass funnels in the NFL, the Titans have been gashed repeatedly by the pass and now have to figure out a way to defend Tua Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill, and Jaylen Waddle.
We’re taking the Dolphins here. However, if you want to save them for next week, the Dolphins do play the New York Jets.
We can’t just pick the stone-chalk favorites here, although if you’ve saved them for the end of the season and are still alive, congratulations! The Saints and the “Jameis Winston Experience” host the mathematically eliminated Carolina Panthers, who have been the free square for Survivor pool players in most instances this season.
The Saints are not exactly inspiring confidence, even as 5.5-point favorites, but do you lose a lot going from Derek Carr to Jameis Winston? The Saints are at home in the Superdome and should be able to use a stout home-field advantage to keep the Panthers at bay here as their dreadful season continues.
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The Texans received a massive break as they heard the news from the national airwaves: Zach Wilson is starting at quarterback for the Jets in Week 14. A sight for sore eyes and a soothing voice for ravaged ears, Wilson should be ripe for a few turnovers and 20-yard sacks as the Texans trounce this iteration of the Jets. While the Jets’ defense should at least keep them in games, they likely won’t be able to score for score with the Texans, even if they did lose Tank Dell for the season.
Since the bye week for the Jets in Week 7, they have only averaged 9.6 points. This is a nice lay-up for the Texans as they continue their strong run in the latter half of this season.
Yes, we’re talking about a Steelers team quarterbacked by Mitch Trubisky here. I get it. Unfortunately, we’re into Week 14, and beggars can’t exactly be choosers here. The Steelers are still six-point favorites at home versus a New England Patriots team with an implied point total of 12.75. That’s abysmal.
The Patriots likely roll into Acrisure Stadium with Bailey Zappe at quarterback and whatever’s left of Ezekiel Elliott at running back after losing Rhamondre Stevenson to the dreaded “high-ankle sprain”. The Steelers allow the sixth-lowest points per game. We’re taking Pittsburgh here.