Week 17 is suddenly here, so those fortunate enough to still be alive in their survivor pool after 16 weeks have used half the league. A toss-up in Dolphins-Bills could provide two teams you haven’t used yet, but these are the best Week 17 survivor picks. Hopefully you were able to look ahead and save some good locks for the final week of the regular season.
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1. Seattle Seahawks (vs. Arizona)
The Seahawks are not locked into the No. 5 seed in the NFC, but they might not have rested their starters anyway as a squad that thrives on energy and momentum. Seattle boasts a 5-2 record at home this season, and it’s hard to see a 3-12 Arizona team pulling out a win to end their disappointing year. You should feel really good about the Seahawks as a Week 17 lock.
2. Los Angeles Rams (vs. San Francisco)
The Niners are down both Matt Breida and Dante Pettis for the season finale, and they must go on the road to face a Rams team looking for a win to lock up the No. 2 seed in the NFC. With or without Todd Gurley, it’s hard to see LA falling to San Francisco. It being a divisional matchup (as all Week 17 games are) doesn’t cause much hesitation, as the Rams are simply a better team right now.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Cincinnati)
This heated rivalry does cause some slight hesitation, as the Bengals would love nothing more than to ensure the Steelers do not make the postseason. Despite dealing with injuries to key players, the Bengals should not be counted out from making this a game, which is why the Steelers aren’t the No. 1 or No. 2 lock for Week 17. Still, Pittsburgh should get the win at home.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (@ Washington)
While the Eagles must win to make the postseason, the Redskins could be treating this like a playoff game as they look to kick the defending champs out of the playoffs and get to 8-8 on the season. Philadelphia is the only road lock of the Week 17 recommended survivor picks, but Nick Foles and the offense is rolling.
5. New Orleans Saints (vs. Carolina)
The situation with New Orleans’ starters is uncertain, but expect Drew Brees to get some time so that the offense doesn’t get too rusty before the Divisional Round. Also, Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill are two of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL (probably behind only Nick Foles). On the other side, the Panthers are starting undrafted rookie Kyle Allen, so the Saints defense and the rowdy Superdome fans should make things tough on him.
6. Houston Texans (vs. Jacksonville)
If this was in Jacksonville instead of Houston, the Texans might not be a strongly-recommended lock for Week 17. However, the Texans are 5-2 at home this season, while the Jaguars defense plays better at home than on the road. Also, Bill O’Brien’s team is coming off a loss that kicked them out of a bye week, so they should bounce back to potentially get back to the No. 2 seed or at least build some momentum heading into Wild Card Weekend.
7. New England Patriots (vs. Jets)
At first the Patriots were going to be among the top four survivor picks for Week 17, but the Jets offense is clicking right now, and Sam Darnold’s confidence might allow him to play well in his first start in Foxboro. If you were holding onto New England all season, you should just unleash them now, as they don’t really lose at home in December, especially to a rookie quarterback.
8. Kansas City Chiefs (vs. Oakland)
Despite a tie for the biggest favorite of the week with the Seahawks, there should be some hesitation with the Chiefs as a Week 17 survivor pick. The Raiders have been playing well to end the season, and they were able to put up points on Kansas City’s defense a few weeks ago. And most people probably used the Chiefs already if they’ve lasted this far, so going in another direction might be necessary.