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Pro Football Survivor Week 1 Picks

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Ryan Fowler

Ryan Fowler has spent the past 10 years covering and talking sports on TV and radio, in newspapers and on the web. He joined FOXSports.com as lead Fantasy Sports Editor and also acts as Digital Content Manager at WhatIfSports.com. Follow him on Twitter. Listen to his FOX Sports Team Report Podcasts on SoundCloud and iTunes

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Survive and advance is a popular sports mantra normally saved for the month of March and the madness that comes with it.

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But thanks to the rapid growth of the NFL and fantasy football, games like FOX Fantasy Survivor can feed your craving for “win or go home” competition seven months early.

Thousands of football fans signed up and participated in the FOX Fantasy Survivor game last season. The hope is, with cash prizes on the line, we can eclipse that mark in 2012.

The premise is simple: pick one (1) team who you believe is going to win that week. The survivor catch remains that once you pick a team to win, you can’t pick that team again for the rest of the season.  The good news is, even if you lose, you are still eligible to win cash prizes.

To assist you with your survivor selections, the FOXSports.com’s fantasy football staff will provide you their picks for the week.

Just remember the mantra: survive and advance. In four months, you could be $2,000 richer.

2011 Final Expert Standings


Harmon - 13-4
Halpin - 13-4
Beall - 12-5
Fowler - 11-6

Week 1 Picks


Harmon and Fowler - Eagles

Would the Cleveland Browns have a chance to win with Joe Haden in the lineup?  Probably not.  The defensive back is talented, no question, but he isn't the difference between a Week 1 win or loss.  Gamblers may have a vested interest in Haden's status *cough(-9)cough*, but you just need to win to advance.  Mike Vick and LeSean McCoy are poised to attack one of the worst rush defenses from a season ago.  Cleveland's offense is running out a rookie quarterback, running back and wide receiver on offense.  This could the closest thing to a lock on the Week 1 schedule. 

Beall - Ravens

Since 2001, the Baltimore vs. Cincinnati series is tied 11-all.  The Ravens have won three out of the last four contests at home, but only by a margin of 6.6 points per win.  It's a huge test for the Bengals' Andy Dalton and A.J. Green as the sophomore sensations look to pick up where they left off in 2011.  As for the Ravens, their defenses faces its first four quarters without 2011 Defensive Player of the Year, Terrell Suggs.

Halpin - Texans

Houston comes out locked and loaded with Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson and Arian Foster healthy against a team in the midst of some growing pains.  Miami will start rookie quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, against a stout defense that has been reorganized following the departure of Mario Williams (to BUF).  The Dolphins game on Sunday also marks the regular season debut of head coach Joe Philbin.  Based on Vegas spreads, the Texans (-12) are the sure bet in Week 1.

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