Best NFL Survivor Pool Picks for Week 5

Max Staley
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Week 4 of the NFL season brought us our first major round of eliminations in survivor pools. The Los Angeles Rams and Indianapolis Colts were both trendy survivor picks, yet both teams lost in Week 4, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders, respectively.

If you've managed to make it to Week 5, here are three of the best survivor pool picks to make this weekend.

3. New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, 1 p.m. EST

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Even if Sam Darnold suits up, the New York Jets could have hard time competing with the Philadelphia Eagles. Philly is coming off an impressive victory against the Green Bay Packers' dominant defense, while the Jets have done little to inspire any confidence, sitting at 0-3. New York has also been sacked 13 times this season, which is the fifth-worst mark in the NFL on a per-game basis. Even though Philadelphia's pass rush has gotten out to a slow start, this looks like a perfect bounce-back spot for a defensive line that features elite pass-rushers in Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham.

2. Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, 4:05 p.m. EST

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The Vic Fangio era in Denver has not looked good for the Broncos. The Broncos have only generated five sacks this year (all in Week 4), and they just lost star defender Bradley Chubb for the remainder of the season. That pass-rush just isn't what it used to be, as Denver is tied for the second-fewest sacks in football, and giving Philip Rivers time to throw is almost always a recipe for disaster. Dating back to last season, the Los Angeles Chargers are 6-3 straight up when Rivers is sacked once or less.

1. Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 8:20 p.m. EST

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The Kansas City Chiefs demolished the Indianapolis Colts, 31-13, in the postseason last year, and that was with Andrew Luck at the helm. Kansas City improved to 4-0 last week, and there's little reason to believe the Chiefs will falter at home, especially with Jacoby Brissett taking Luck's place. The Colts, meanwhile, just got severely outplayed by the Oakland Raiders in Week 4. With Indianapolis' offense averaging just 23.5 points per game (PPG), the Colts could struggle to keep pace with a Chiefs' offense currently averaging 33.8 PPG.

Honorable Mentions:
- Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans, Sunday, 1 p.m. EST * If Josh Allen is out
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New England Patriots vs. Washington Redskins, Sunday 1 p.m. EST
- Minnesota Vikings vs. New York Giants, Sunday, 1 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.

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