With six teams on a bye, it could be slim pickings for those still alive in survivor pools in Week 9. All of last week’s survivor recommendations moved on, so hopefully we have similar luck this week.
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1.Kansas City Chiefs (@ Cleveland)
The Browns coming out with a ton of energy under interim head coach Gregg Williams is a slight concern, but Kansas City’s offense is tough to stop no matter how hard a team plays. The Chiefs are the second biggest favorites of the week, and they’re the top survivor pick of the week among the 26 teams in action.
2.Chicago Bears (@ Buffalo)
However, if you haven’t used the Chiefs yet, you might want to save them and go with the Bears this week. There’s a chance Buffalo makes this a one-possession game where they grind out a win at the end, which is why they are not above the Chiefs for the best lock of the week. Chicago is a ten-point favorite on the road, and they should be able to take care of business if they take care of the football.
3.Oakland Raiders (@ San Francisco)
It’s hard to trust a 1-6 team, especially on the road (though it’s a short trip to San Francisco) on a short week, but the Raiders are facing a fellow one-win team and have the advantage at quarterback with Derek Carr. C.J. Beathard is banged up for the Niners and might not be able to play, in which case second-year undrafted quarterback Nick Mullens would get his first NFL action. Especially if Beathard is unable to go, it’s a game the Raiders should win.
4.Carolina Panthers (vs. Tampa Bay)
Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bucs probably burned a lot of people in Week 1 when they put up 48 points at New Orleans, and there’s a chance Fitzpatrick gets hot and leads his team to victory any given week. But the Panthers are playing extremely well and took both games against Tampa Bay last season. Carolina just put up 36 points on Baltimore last Sunday, and they shouldn’t have much trouble against a Bucs team that hasn’t been stopping anyone this season.
5.Houston Texans (@ Denver)
This could be a tricky one, but there aren’t as many good options this week. The Texans are on a five-game winning streak, so they’re due for a slip-up at some point, and at Mile High is not an easy place to play. However, the Texans have the advantage at nearly every position, and they took away one of Denver’s better players by acquiring Demaryius Thomas in a trade. Houston is a fine survivor pick for Week 9.
6.New England Patriots (vs. Green Bay)
If this game was in Lambeau Field, it’d be another story. It’s not easy to stop the Patriots in Foxboro, especially in primetime; and Green Bay is 0-3 on the road this season. The talented offense of the Packers might give the Patriots trouble defensively, but the Patriots have Tom Brady and a talented group of players, too.
7.Minnesota Vikings (vs. Detroit)
At home against a team that just traded one of its top playmakers on offense, Week 9 is a good time to use the Vikings as your lock if you haven’t already used them. The next best time to use them probably isn’t until the middle of December against the Dolphins, as the upcoming schedule looks difficult.
8.Baltimore Ravens (vs. Pittsburgh)
The Ravens are not playing well right now, but you’d think they’ll snap out of it with an NFC North matchup against the Steelers. I’m not sure who will win, but in a 13-game slate for Week 9, going with a home team with its back against the wall isn’t a bad idea.