How to Play Survivor Football for the 2019 NFL Season

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 22: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on during the preseason game between the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Season long and daily fantasy football are two of the most common ways to get some extra action during the 2019 NFL season. However, if you're looking for an alternative, or just looking for something to do in addition to fantasy football, putting together an NFL survivor pool is a fun and simple option.

If you've never played in a survivor pool, don't worry, your friends at The Duel have got you covered.

The rules of an NFL survivor pool are pretty straight forward. Each participant in a league will select one NFL team per week that they believe will win their game. The size of the pool can vary, but generally the more people, the better.

The catch is, once you've selected a team, you can't pick that squad again for the rest of the season. For example, if I picked the Chicago Bears to defeat the Green Bay Packers in Week 1, I would not be allowed to use the Bears again for the duration of the season.

Additionally, if the team you choose loses that week, you are eliminated from contention. That's right, just one mistake can end your season, as the many survivor players who picked the Minnesota Vikings to defeat the Buffalo Bills in Week 3 last season can attest.

As a result, it's really important to be strategic with each pick. You don't want to have made it to Week 11 only to realize you've already used the 10-best teams in the NFL. Be sure to check back during the regular season, as The Duel will be releasing weekly survivor pool picks once the games actually count.

At the end of the day, the goal here is simple. Survive. Your ultimate goal is to be the last team left standing, but that's likely a lot easier said than done.

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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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