Week 13 NFL Pick'em and Survivor Pool Picks
This week’s slate features only a few massive spreads and plenty of value to choose from.
With the help of TeamRankings' customizable tools and data, I’ll go over the best value picks for Week 13, along with the top suggestions for survivor pools. With this info, you should be able to make smart decisions in order to get back on track or keep you going if you’ve had a strong start to the season thus far.
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Week 12 Recap
That makes my full-season total 38-22 for this column. Onto Week 13, where hopefully we continue to succeed in both pick'em and survivor formats.
L.A. Rams vs. Jaguars
This game features a massive spread of 13 points, which could be a tad high, but for picking purposes this should be a slam dunk. The Rams should get back on track and the Jags just don’t have the weaponry to keep up.
TeamRankings gives 86% win odds for L.A. at home and the public is on board 98% of the time, so you’ll win or lose with your pool.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Broncos
Indianapolis Colts @ Texans
The Colts are a 9.5-point favorite against Houston this week, with 77% win odds via both Vegas and TeamRankings. The Texans are allowing 135.6 rushing yards per game and Indy has arguably the best RB in the NFL in Jonathan Taylor.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Falcons
Tom Brady tends to play worse on the road but I don’t think it matters in this one. The Bucs are an 11.5-point favorite in Atlanta this week and are given 84% win odds by TeamRankings.
The Falcons sit 26th in QB schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed (aFPA) and are 22nd in WR aFPA. Tom Brady will exploit them in this contest. The public is picking Tampa Bay 94% of the time—high, but not as high as the Rams (98%) and Chiefs (95%), two other teams playing in games with double-digit spreads.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Jets
Jalen Hurts and the offense should bounce back against New York, while rookie Zach Wilson is primed for a key turnover that could seal the deal. Only 81% of public bettors are taking the Eagles here, so there is value in the pick.
Survivor Picks for Week 13
Win Odds: Top 5 Week 13 Picks
Stating the obvious here, but higher is better when it comes to win odds. Everything else being equal, you want to pick the team with the best likelihood of making it through.
Here are the five safest teams this week, according to the TeamRankings Data Grid model (chances to win in parentheses):
- L.A. Rams vs. Jaguars (85%, 13-point favorites)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Falcons (82%, 11.5-point favorites)
- Kansas City Chiefs vs. Broncos (80%, 10-point favorites)
- Indianapolis Colts @ Texans (77%, 9.5-point favorites)
- Arizona Cardinals @ Bears (76%, 7.5-point favorites)
Diversifying your survivor picks from the crowd is an advantageous strategy, as the pool winnings can increase significantly if your pick hits and another popular pick loses.
Here are the five most popular survivor picks for Week 13 (referencing Data Grid mentioned earlier):
- Minnesota Vikings @ Lions (20%)
- L.A. Rams vs. Jaguars (15%)
- Philadelphia Eagles @ Jets (15%)
- Kansas City Chiefs vs. Broncos (14%)
- Las Vegas Raiders vs. Football Team (8%)
The last piece of the survivor pool puzzle is future value. If you fire off a powerful team in Week 13, you won’t be able to use them later.
According to TeamRankings, here are the top five teams in future value entering this week for a 100-entry standard rules pool:
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4.2)
- Buffalo Bills (3.5)
- Kansas City Chiefs (2.5)
- Arizona Cardinals (2.3)
- San Francisco 49ers (1.8)
Note: The numbers in parentheses are a proprietary rating of future value found in the TeamRankings Data Grid, which is also impacted by factors such as pool size.
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