Week 8 NFL Survivor Pool: Is It Time to Use New England?

Oct 28, 2018 8:23 AM EDT

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports Pictured: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and wide receiver Josh Gordon (10)

  • The Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs are all viable Week 8 NFL survivor-pool picks.
  • Using Bet Labs' NFL simulations, we analyzed Week 8 to determine the best survivor-pool pick.

It’s Week 8 of your NFL survivor pool. Last week we pondered whether or not we could trust the Colts, and it turns out we could. The hapless Bills couldn’t get anything going, and Indianapolis didn’t even give us a sweat.

We didn’t get any big upsets to help us out (good try Tennessee) and give us more equity, but hopefully you have positioned yourself for a run toward the end of the season.

Note that I will give advice on teams that I have already used in my pools. We have all taken different paths to get to this point, so I’ll treat every team as an option.

Let’s take a look at the win percentages for every game in Week 8 and beyond:

There are five teams with projected win percentages of 70% or higher. I’ve also included the Bears on the next table as they are a popular option this week.

The most popular pick is the Steelers. They are coming off a bye and play the Browns, who have struggled to close out games. The two teams met in Week 1 and tied.

Pittsburgh is the worst play of the week considering the pick percentages. Other teams have higher win percentages and give you more contrarian value.