First, before getting to the picks, at this point in the season, many teams are becoming unavailable. That’s obvious. So, for the sake of our varying readers, we will begin to limit “The Iffy” and “The Trap” games, while focusing on giving our readers multiple “Safe” picks.
In addition to reading all of the unbelievably helpful information on our website, for survivor picks, I urge our readers to check out the Survivor Grid, which should prove incredibly helpful as the season hits its stretch run.
I wish I was able to get these out to my readers prior to the Thursday Night game, as New Orleans was one of my big trap games for the week. Although, it’s a lot easier to say those kind of things after the fact.
Nevertheless, let’s get to a few games that have not been played, and see if we can’t help you survive on to Week 7. To refresh our readers, while I realize most people will have varying teams still available to them, for myself, I have used Dallas, New Orleans, Seattle and Green Bay, with my “bye” week during Week 4.
As we enter Week 6, we have a few fairly large spreads, most notably Green Bay as a 10.5 point favorite at home against San Diego, and New England giving nine points on the road in Indianapolis. While, I personally still have New England available, I’m not crazy about picking against Andrew Luck at home.
Week 6 Survivor Picks
Minnesota Vikings vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs defense has only limited opposing offenses to fewer than 20 points once all season, and have allowed 30 points three times. Minnesota is 2-0 at home this year, and they have been fairly comfortable victories (26-16 over San Diego, and 31-14 over Detroit). While I don’t generally like picking a team only giving 3.5 points in a Survivor League, I can’t help but think Minnesota will win this game much easier than expected.
Teddy Bridgewater was a major name in terms of Fantasy sleepers entering the 2015 season, and while he has by no means put up eye-popping numbers, he has done exactly what Minnesota asks of him (hand the ball off to Adrian Peterson). Oh, and I almost forgot, Kansas City just lost their best player for the year.
Green Bay Packers vs. San Diego Chargers
Green Bay is a 10.5 point favorite, as mentioned above, and they do not lose at home. If you still have Green Bay available, they should be your pick. The next three weeks for the Packers are a bye week, at Denver and at Carolina. As the saying goes, there’s no time like the present.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers are 4-0 and now they get Luke Kuechly back. While the Seattle Seahawks are extremely tough at home, and they will likely pull out the victory late, I definitely don’t see it being as easy a matchup as the 7.5 point spread would indicate.
Carolina’s perhaps biggest weakness on defense is the pass rush, which will be aided by Kuechly’s return, but also Seattle’s inability to block the rush. While I think Seattle has the better overall team, this may be one of those games where Carolina just matches up better against them head-to-head.
New York Jets vs. Washington Redskins
Given that the Jets are a seven-point favorite, it appears several people are gravitating toward them as a sneaky pick to get by to Week 7. However, I can’t help but look further than the record and point spread. The New York Jets are still starting Ryan Fitzpatrick as their quarterback. Strike 1. I realize the New York Jets’ defense is very stout, however Washington’s has not been nearly as dreadful as anticipated.
Despite playing three high volume offenses, Philadelphia, Atlanta and New York (Giants), Washington has only allowed 216 pass yards/game, 97 rush yards (just three more than the Jets) and only 20 points/game (in large thanks to the 32 that the Giants dropped on them). While I do feel New York will win this matchup, I’m not nearly as comfortable with picking them as most. New York ranks behind only Green Bay among the Consensus Week 6 Survivor Pool Picks this week.
For my Week 6 Survivor Pick, I’m taking Minnesota. Minnesota’s not the safest choice, but if sticking by Survivor Pick rules, for the course of the 2015 season, I do not have the option to select Green Bay. I have heard some predict the Vikings-Chiefs game to be a battle of field goals, but I just don’t have the same faith in KC. I think Minnesota continues the trend and drops 30, 31-17 Vikings run away with it. The New York Jets also seem like a popular pick this week, but they are still the J-E-T-S, Jets Jets Jets, with Ryan Fitzpatrick as their quarterback.
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