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Week 3 survivor picks

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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.

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’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.

Week 2 Recap

Fowler and Beall - Patriots (did NOT see that coming)

Harmon and Halpin - Bengals (still managed to make Brandon Weeden look like Joe Montana a week after posting a 5.1 QB rating)

Week 3 Picks

Fowler - 49ers over Vikings

The term "game manager" is tossed around a bunch in the NFL.  At last, I believe I've found the definition of a "game manager": his name is Alex Smith.  His coach puts his quarterback in situations to succeed - Smith doesn't have to win the game for the 49ers each week.  San Francisco is 25th in the league in pass through two weeks, which is to be expected with Smith at the trigger, but the team's defense continues to hold opposing rush offenses in check - 63.5 rush yards per game.  With Adrian Peterson still rehabbing on the fly, I don't expect Vikings to match the Niners intensity.  Christian Ponder is still growing into his role at quarterback and after facing Jacksonville and Indy the first two weeks, he hasn't really been tested this season.  That will change on Sunday.

Beall - Saints over Chiefs

Kansas City is in an early-season freefall.  New Orleans is desperate for a win after underachieving losses to the Redskins and Panthers to start the season.  Look for Drew Brees to chuck the rock around ealry and often.  Darren Sproles could have one of those 2011 fantasy stud performances as he continues to emerge as a huge part of the offense.  Saints by 10.

Halpin - Bears over Rams

All Jay Cutler needs to beat the Rams is an offensive line to protect him for four quarters.  After being sacked seven times his last time out against the Packers, a familar narrative is unfolding in Chicago with Cutler the scapegoat for most of the criticism.  When you factor in the abscence of Matt Forte (ankle) for the immediate future, the Bears desperately need to win the games they are suppose to win and that means St. Louis.  Despite their effort - paced by Danny "Sticky Fingers" Amendola - against the Lions and Redskins, the Rams should come up short in this contest.

Harmon - Steelers over Raiders

The Raiders aren't passing the eye test through the first two weeks.  Darren McFadden is "healthy" and can't rush behind a weak offensive line leading Oakland to one of the worst rush offenses.  Their defense can't even stop the Miami Dol ... err ... Miami Reggie Bushes.  Carson Palmer is well-aware of the defense Pittsburgh possesses and will encounter a Steelers unit ranked in the top ten in total and scoring defense.  Ben Roethlisberger will once again need to rally the offense because at this juncture, the Steelers just don't have a rushing attack on "O".

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