Best NFL Survivor Pool Picks for Week 3

Jason Schandl
Best NFL survivor pool picks for Week 3, including the Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens and Carolina Panthers.
Best NFL survivor pool picks for Week 3, including the Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens and Carolina Panthers. / Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

If you're still alive in your NFL survivor pool, that means you avoided some serious landmines in Week 1. Week 2 was a little less stressful, though, with heavy favorites like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns all winning by double-digit margins.

If you're still alive, here are The Duel's top NFL Survivor Pool picks for Week 3.

NFL Survivor Week 3 Picks

3. Baltimore Ravens (at DET)

It's looking like we can count on whoever is playing the Detroit Lions being a chalky survivor pick just about every week, and the Baltimore Ravens get that honor in Week 2. It may be scary to pick them after they eliminated some of your competition in Week 1, but bouncing back with a win over the Kansas City Chiefs showcases just how good this team is. And of course, on the other side the Detroit Lions have conceded a staggering 76 points in just two games.

2. Carolina Panthers (at HOU)

Davis Mills is starting in Week 3 after turning in a truly horrific NFL debut performance against the Cleveland Browns in Week 2, going 8-for-18 with 1 touchdown, 1 interception and 1 sack. The Carolina Panthers' defense has been outstanding to begin the year, allowing the NFL's fewest yards, points and first downs while also leading the league in sacks. Don't expect a sudden bounce-back performance from Mills this week.

1. Denver Broncos (vs NYJ)

The Denver Broncos are the only team favored by a double-digit point spread according to FanDuel Sportsbook's Week 3 NFL odds. Teddy Bridgewater has been dominant, with 592 yards, 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions to start the year. You can dismiss that as a product of poor competition, but nothing about his Week 3 matchup with the New York Jets suggests his competition is getting any tougher here. The Jets have allowed a top-10 completion percentage while recording 0 interceptions and being tied for a league-low with 3 pass defenses. And on the other side of the ball, Zach Wilson and his 5 interceptions plus 10 sacks should be in for a long day against a Broncos D that ranks 10th in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metric.

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. 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 his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.