Time is running out for you to make up ground in NFL pick ’em pools, and if you’re still alive in your NFL survivor pool, then time can’t run out fast enough. Regardless of your situation, you have to be smart this week, which isn’t easy considering players are going on and off rosters at alarming rates. The experts from TeamRankings are here to help inform your Week 17 NFL picks with strategy tips and advice on five key games.
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Week 17 NFL Pick ’em Pool Picks: Tips, strategy
How We Identify NFL Week 17 Value Picks
This article is written on Wednesday, but if the win odds and pick popularity numbers hold, the teams below all provide compelling risk-vs.-reward trade-offs to differentiate your Week 17 picks from your pool opponents.
It’s important to note that we’re not necessarily saying you should make all of these picks. In particular, some upset picks may be unnecessarily risky for your pool, even if they are technically undervalued. You need to take an overall level of risk with your picks that’s appropriate for your pool size and rules. Season-long pools typically call for more conservative picks than single-week pools, but if you find yourself trailing a leader with two weeks to go to get in the money, you may also need to increase the number of risks you take. If you want our game-by-game pick recommendations for all of your specific pools, use our Football Pick ’em Picks product.
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Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
Point Spread: -3.0
Pick Popularity: 55%
Category: Value Favorite
The Browns and Steelers meet in an elimination game in the AFC North. The victor will keep its hopes of winning the division alive if the Bengals also lose to the Chiefs. The loser will be in trouble.
Cleveland has had its share of player absences and close calls recently, but it has played better than the Steelers this season. Pittsburgh is 7-2-1 in one-score games while Cleveland is just 4-6. Those differences make their overall records very similar.
But Cleveland is the road favorite here, and with the public nearly evenly split, stick with the Browns to gash the Steelers’ porous run D.
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Miami Dolphins at Tennessee Titans
Point Spread: +3.0
Pick Popularity: 15%
Category: Value Upset Gamble
Ryan Tannehill will face off against his old team in a surprisingly key AFC matchup. The Titans are still alive to get the top seed in the conference, and the Dolphins moved into the final playoff spot with their Monday Night Football blowout of the Saints.
The Titans continue to get a lot of respect from the public, so the upset-minded Dolphins are coming at some big value here in weekly pools.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Point Spread: -5.5
Pick Popularity: 76%
Category: Favorite at a Reasonable Price
The Chiefs aren’t a value favorite, but relative to some other picks, they are still worth slotting in here as a favorite play. The Rams, Titans, and Chargers all have similar win odds as Kansas City but higher popularity.
Stick with the Chiefs in this AFC showdown as they go for a ninth straight win against a Cincinnati team that is also playing well and drawing some public confidence in the upset.
Baltimore Ravens vs. LA Rams
Point Spread: +3.5
Pick Popularity: 18%
Category: Value Upset Gamble
If you’re looking for another upset in addition to the Dolphins, consider the Ravens as an option. Baltimore should be a lot better off on offense if it gets QB Lamar Jackson back after two weeks off due to his ankle injury or backup QB Tyler Huntley returns from the reserve/COVID list.
The Ravens secondary is still an injury-riddled mess, which is why they’re a home underdog here against the Ram, but Baltimore is a well-coached team playing for its playoff life at home against a West Coast team, and it’s coming at low popularity right now.
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Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Football Team
Point Spread: -4.0
Pick Popularity: 73%
Category: Favorite at a Reasonable Price
Similar to the Chiefs, the Eagles are a reasonably priced favorite when you consider how much of the public is picking other teams favored by just over a field goal. Philadelphia is catching a Washington team that appears to be in disarray. Meanwhile, the Eagles have won five of their past six games to pull into the final wild card spot in the NFC.
Stay with the Eagles in season-long pools and bump them up a bit in confidence value.
Week 17 NFL Survivor Pool Picks: Most popular picks
There are only two weeks to go if you are still alive in survivor pools, and after the Chargers lost last week as the most popular pick, only a few entries are remaining for the money.
Here are the most popular picks so far for Week 17.
- Seattle Seahawks (22% popularity) vs. Detroit Lions
- New England Patriots (19% popularity) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
- San Francisco 49ers (18% popularity) vs. Houston Texans
- New Orleans Saints (5% popularity) vs. Carolina Panthers
- Chicago Bears (5% popularity) vs. New York Giants
You can check out our Week 17 pick analysis and get our customized pick recommendations if you are still competing in a survivor pool.
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