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Season-long and daily fantasy baseball are two of the most common ways to get some action on Major League Baseball. However, if you're looking for an alternative, or just something to do in addition to ​fantasy baseball, putting together an MLB survivor pool is a fun and simple option. Here's how survivor baseball works.


How to Play Survivor Baseball

Each participant selects one team per week that they expect to win at least half their games for that particular week of the season. Each week typically runs from Monday to Sunday, except for a few shortened or elongated weeks, including Opening Week and the week of the All-Star Game. If the player's selected team finishes the week with a .500 record or better, they advance to the next week. If not, the player is eliminated from contention. 

Much like an ​NFL survivor pool, players that advance to subsequent weeks are not allowed to choose any team they've selected for the remainder of the contest. For example, if I were to pick the New York Yankees, who have the ​highest projected 2019 win total according to FanDuel Sportsbook, in Week 1, I would no longer be able to pick them in any of the remaining weeks that I'm alive.


The biggest difference between baseball survivor and football survivor is that a .500 week advances you to the next round. So, if a team has six games in given week, and they go 3-3, you move on.


There will also be a point in the contest, which should be determined prior to the start of the 2019 MLB season, that participants will need to choose two of even three teams to advance. More often than not, this happens after the MLB All-Star Break.


In the unlikely event that all remaining survivors get eliminated in the same week, all remaining entrants will remain alive until only one player remains. In the off-chance that multiple players survive until the very end of the season, most pools will consider it a tie and split the winnings between the surviving entrants.

It's in the name of the game, folks. Survive. The ultimate goal is to make enough consecutive picks to be the last person left standing in the pool. Do that, and the bragging rights are all yours.


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Mike Esposito is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Mike Esposito also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username espo6891. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.