Underdogs had a lot of bark and a lot of bite in Week 1. Teams getting points went 12-4 ATS and ripped off nine outright upsets. I told anybody who would listen that Week 1 is the hardest of the season in NFL survivor pools because you never quite know if a good team with heightened expectations will play to its potential.
As it turned out, the most popular survivor picks were among those seven favorites that won outright. Teams like the Buccaneers, Rams and 49ers began the season 1-0. So did all the survivor entries that had those teams, and they made up a large percentage of entries. The Panthers were another very popular winning option.
In the Circa survivor, the Rams, Niners, Panthers and Bucs accounted for 3,271 of the 4,080 picks. Over 80% of the field advanced to Week 1 with those four teams. Your survivor pool probably looks the same going into Week 2.
Surviving Week 1 is the first step in the process. I just want to win in Week 1. I’m not worried about saving a team or playing the long game. Just get me to Week 2, and then the strategy can begin. We’ve seen these teams now. We have a data point. We have box scores to analyze. We have the ability to pick with a little more confidence.
The Rams were the pick in Week 1, so they will be unavailable the rest of the way, but their games could be used in the “Games to Consider” section for those who still have them available.
Let’s survey the options and see what Week 2 has to offer.