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With our Week 13 Survivor Picks, the pickings are becoming more slim. As we enter the stretch run of the NFL season, and your Survivor Leagues, obviously most of the “power house” teams are no longer available to us. Therefore, let’s shift focus to a couple “hidden gems” that should be able to secure an easy victory this week.

While some have undoubtedly gone through one or two “seasons” of survivor leagues this year, in which teams like Cincinnati, New England or Green Bay (all solid Week 13 picks) are available to us, for the majority, we need some “under the radar” options, and that’s where we shall begin.

In addition to looking at a few different teams for Survivor Pick-Em Leagues, I will also target one quarterback, wide receiver and running back for those in Survivor Fantasy Leagues.

For those unfamiliar, a few DFS sites offer season long Survivor Leagues where a player selects one QB, WR and RB every week, as they try to survive to Week 17. A personal favorite of mine, after selecting a player, they are no longer available to us, so by Week 13, some may also need a few sleeper players as well.

I’m here to help. Without further ado, let’s get to Week 13 Survivor Picks, player and team style.

Week 13 Survivor Picks

Team Survivor Picks

Chicago Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers

I have cleaned up this year hopping on the Chicago Bears bandwagon early on when Jay Cutler first came back healthy. After a rough, Chicago Bears like first three weeks, the Bears have since gone 5-3, while losing all three games by a combined eight points to Minnesota, Denver and Detroit. The Detroit loss is ugly, but aside from that, Minnesota and Denver should have been much bigger losses.

The Chicago Bears reasons aside, they host Blaine Gabbert and the San Francisco 49ers. Gabbert has played much better than anticipated, but nevertheless, they have only put up a total of 26 points the last two weeks, enroute to back-to-back losses. I like Chicago to win this game, perhaps with ease at Soldier Field.

Miami Dolphins vs. Baltimore Ravens

What’s the deal with Miami? Now that’s a question.

Although I can’t answer that, I just can’t see Baltimore continuing to overcome the injuries they have faced this season. They have lost their No. 1 option at all three skill positions, and although Buck Allen may not be a huge downgrade from Justin Forsett, they haven’t had a legitimate No. 1 receiver for most of the season and now they don’t even have a legitimate quarterback. My guess, Miami will stack the box to completely eliminate Allen from the equation, while the secondary has their way with a below average passing attack.

Plus, I hear Matt Schaub has thrown a “pick 6” a few times in his career.

Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys

This pick would scare me to death, as I don’t love Kirk Cousins as a quarterback and I am by no means a Jay Gruden believer. The favoritism he has shown between Cousins and Robert Griffin III is downright laughable, but that’s a story for another time.

As for Washington, they are playing some really good football lately and are actually 5-1 at home this season, while Dallas is still winless without Tony Romo as quarterback. I actually like the idea of Washington playing after the Giants host the Jets, as well. If the Giants lose, Washington could put a pretty big gap between them and second place in the NFC East. Yeah, you know you like that Kirk.



Matt Hasselbeck, Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers

I feel like some may flock to Brock Osweiler this week, if looking for a lower tier quarterback to advance them to Week 14. My concern with him, however, comes with the fact that Denver could either get ahead early, rendering the passing game unnecessary, or run all over San Diego, giving Denver little reason to ask for Osweiler to take many risks.

On the other hand, Indianapolis is expected to be trailing most of the game against Pittsburgh, which could force Chuck Pagano’s hand and the Steelers don’t have a great pass defense. Both Hasselbeck and Osweiler certainly carry a lot of risk, as neither team is really looking to “unleash” their quarterback, but I definitely think the game flow has a much better chance to go in Hasselbeck’s favor.


Running Back

Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins

With Tony Romo out once again, the Dallas Cowboys will revert back to the “DMC Show.” McFadden has certainly been hit or miss this season, but I don’t think Washington will stop him and he should get upwards of 25 carries.  Even if his per carry average is low, the volume alone should get him 6-10 points in yardage, so a score would easily secure his value.


Wide Receiver

Eric Decker, New York Jets at New York Giants

I really like Jarvis Landry this week as well, so if you don’t have Decker available, I could go that route. However, I really like the New York Jets’ matchup with the New York Giants secondary. Decker has been a touchdown machine all season and I don’t really see that changing this week. In a Survivor League, you just need a solid floor and there aren’t many safer second tier wide receivers out there, especially if you have to  take a “risk” at the quarterback position.

Good luck to all my readers with your Week 13 Survivor Picks. Same time next week for my Week 14 survivor picks; I hope to see you then.

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