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Survivor Baseball Opening Week MLB Picks

By Paul Shapiro
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Putting together an MLB survivor pool is a fun and simple option for those baseball fans that might need something to do in addition to playing ​fantasy baseball. If you aren't sure how survivor baseball works, click here for a simple rundown of how you can do it.

As your friends at The Duel want to make sure you advance as far as you possibly can, we will come out with weekly picks to give you some info on potential picks for each week on the 2019 MLB season.

3. New York Yankees

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Typically, you wouldn't want to use the New York Yankees in Week 1, but playing your first nine games against the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers is too hard to ignore. Whether your survivor league starts on Opening Day or April 1, the Yanks should be .500 or better through the first week of games.

2. Toronto Blue Jays

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Similar to the Yankees, the Toronto Blue Jays get a series with the Tigers and Orioles – two of the worst teams in baseball last season – at home to start the season. They do have a three-game set on the road against the Cleveland Indians from April 4-7, so tread lightly if your Week 1 runs from Opening Day to the end of next week.

1. San Diego Padres

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The San Diego Padres have a new toy in Manny Machado and also have seven home games in their first 10 games this season. Playing the San Fransisco Giants in a four-game set, followed by three against the Arizona Diamondbacks should put the Padres in line for at least a .500 week. Three on the road with the St. Louis Cardinals to round it out could be scary, but having 10 games could provide enough leeway for at least five wins.

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