Many NFL survivor pools had their first real bloodbath of the season in Week 9 when Mike White and the New York Jets upset the Cincinnati Bengals.
If you still had the Los Angeles Rams or Buffalo Bills to lean on, you may have dodged that bullet. Now things are getting really tricky as your pool of available teams continues to be whittled down.
The Duel is here to help in Week 9 with our top three survivor pool picks.
NFL Survivor Week 9 Picks
3. Buffalo Bills (@ JAX)
If you somehow still have the Buffalo Bills available to pick, now's as good a time as any to use them. They do get another great matchup (against the New York Jets) next week, but they're this week's biggest favorite at -1100 on the FanDuel Sportsbook moneyline. With so many people likely to have chosen the Bills already, there's also a chance that this ends up being a relatively contrarian pick.
2. Miami Dolphins (vs HOU)
Not many strategies have been as good as "pick against the Houston Texans" this year, and Week 9 isn't much different. Picking the Miami Dolphins will never feel good, but they're also 6.5-point favorites this week. Davis Mills finally had a decent showing in Week 8, but the bulk of his success came in garbage time. Miami's defense hasn't nearly lived up to its preseason hype, but they shouldn't have much of an issue here.
1. Indianapolis Colts (vs NYJ)
Don't let Mike White's elimination of Bengals' backers scare you off here, the New York Jets are still terrible. ProFootballFocus has their defense graded out at 29th and their offense at 27th in the NFL. Carson Wentz has quietly put together a terrific run, throwing at least 2 touchdowns in five straight games, with just 2 interceptions in that stretch. The Colts have had no trouble taking care of easy matchups (10-point win over the Miami Dolphins, 28-point win over the Houston Texans), and this should be no different as 10.5-point favorites on Thursday night. The only thing that should give you pause is that they'll get another easy matchup at home next week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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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.