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Best NFL Survivor Picks for Week 9

Max Staley
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We're officially at the halfway point of the 2019 NFL season. If you've made it this far in your survivor pool, congratulations, but the road is only going to get tougher from here on out, as you're likely dealing with more limited options.

If you need help with your Week 9 survivor pick(s), don't worry, The Duel has you covered. After going 3-0 with our picks last week, here are three of the best picks for this weekend's slate of games.

1. Washington Redskins vs. Buffalo Bills, Sunday, 1 p.m. EST

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At 1-7, the Washington Redskins don't exactly present the toughest challenge the NFL has to offer. Washington's run defense has been particularly troublesome, surrendering 137.8 rushing yards per game, the fifth-worst mark in the league. That's a recipe for disaster against a Buffalo Bills' offense that's been extremely reliant on the run, averaging the eighth-most rushing yards per game (130.4). With a stout defense, holding opponents to 17.4 points per game (tied for No. 5 in the NFL), Buffalo looks poised to dominate the time of possession and the game.

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, 4:05 p.m. EST

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Through seven games, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fielded one of the worst secondaries in the league. Tampa Bay is surrendering 285.9 passing yards per game, which is the second-highest number in the NFL. They'll likely have a tough time containing Russell Wilson, who is playing at an MVP level in what has arguably been the best year of his career. Wilson has thrown 17 TDs to one interception while averaging 266.0 passing yards per contest. The Buccaneers' explosive passing attack could make this one interesting, but Wilson has a chance to dice up Tampa Bay's secondary and should help Seattle notch another victory in Week 9.

3. Green Bay Packers vs. Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. EST

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The Los Angeles Chargers' offense has been far less effective than many were projecting coming into the season. They're averaging just 19.6 PPG on the year, making Los Angeles the 10th-worst scoring offense thus far. The Green Bay Packers' defense, on the other hand, has racked up the 11th-most QB hits on the year (44) and has already recorded eight interceptions (tied for No. 4 in the NFL). Aaron Rodgers should feast against a Chargers' defense that's allowing opposing passers to complete a league-high 73.2 percent of their passes, and Green Bay's defense could keep Los Angeles' passing attack in check. With the Packers favored by three points on the road, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, an outright win is surely in the cards as well.

Honorable Mentions:
- Indianapolis Colts vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, 1 p.m EST
- Philadelphia Eagles vs. Chicago Bears, Sunday, 1 p.m. EST
- Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants, Monday, 8:15 p.m. EST

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. 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.