FOX survivor football picks for Week 4
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.
Over 25,000 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 2011.
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 a couple months, you could be $2,000 richer.
Week 3 Recap
The Swollen Dome, Mike Harmon, summed up Week 3 perfectly when he reminded us there are reasons Las Vegas is full of breathtaking hotels, adrenaline, opulence and a constant stream of oxygen so pure you can continue gazing at those skyscrapers forever (or until you max out your line of credit). To be more specific, and to reiterate the point, those reasons are the Chargers’ game against the Chiefs and the Steelers’ at the Colts.
Two of our Week 3 FOX Survivor picks were stone cold locks on paper. To our surprise, the NFL elected to play the game on a field. So, Beall and Fowler had to sweat out inefficient performances by Philip Rivers and the Steelers offensive line, respectively. It was ugly, but a win is a win is a win and we live to see another week.
Harmon notched another “W” thanks to Cam Newton’s ability to play football in a torrential downpour. You have to believe the Carolina front office picked up this intangible at the scouting combine this past winter. Ignore the fact it takes place inside a dome.
Tennessee lost Kenny Britt for the season and Chris Johnson failed to run the ball once again and, still, John Halpin managed to come away unscathed. A late fourth-quarter touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck to former Broncos’ tight end Daniel Graham allowed Halpin to advance to Week 4 undefeated.
Week 4 Picks
Beall – Saints
Editor’s Commentary – New Orleans is staring at three consecutive weeks on the road. They are tied for second in scoring offense at 34.7 point per game, but, like the Patriots, must score early and often because their defense has allowed 29.3 ppg. through the first three games.
The good news is Jacksonville’s Blaine Gabbert is still adjusting to life as a starter. So, Maurice Jones-Drew (102.3 rush ypg.) remains the top offensive threat for the Jags. The Saints possess the ninth-best rush defense in the league allowing 90.7 rush yards per game. This makes sense considering they’ve played pass-happy Green Bay, Chicago and Houston thus far.
Fowler/Halpin – Buccaneers
Editor’s Commentary – It doesn’t matter if its Kerry Collins (concussion like symptoms), Curtis Painter (well, Curtis Painter), Dan Orlovsky (“Hey, you know our system! You’re re-hired!”), or Pat McAfee (punter) behind center, the Colts’ offense (29th in total yards per game) is a mess and doesn’t pose a threat to Tampa Bay. That is, of course, if the Buccaneers play defense like they did against Atlanta in Week 3.
Tampa Bay harassed Matt Ryan, sacked him four times, hit him four times, forced three turnovers and shut down Michael Turner.
Indy, it’s your turn down by the Bay.
Harmon – Bears
Editor’s Commentary – FOX Pro Football Survivor is not a game about loyalty. It’s the one-night stand of fantasy games. Harmon thanks Cam Newton for his services, but now must look towards his future. That includes turning his back on the Panthers and picking the Bears in Week 4.
Chicago set what was believed to be a defensive tone to their season in Week 1 by shutting down Atlanta. Upon further review, that might be more of a Falcons’ offensive problem than a Bears’ achievement. Since then, Chicago’s defense has fallen to the back of the pack. Their pass defense ranks 26th (six touchdowns and two interceptions), while their rush “D” ranks 18th (109.3 yards per game).
But stats like that appear suddenly when you face Green Bay and New Orleans in back-to-back weeks.