FOX survivor football picks for Week 7

BY foxsports • October 19, 2011

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’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 6 Recap

The fantasy department defied the odds with four unique picks and still escaped Week 6 unblemished. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the Raiders and Browns.

Fowler picked Oakland to handle the Brownies based on cornerback Joe Haden’s ailing knee, which eventually forced him to miss the game. His thought process was Jason Campbell, Darrius Heyward-Bey and company could abuse a weak Cleveland secondary. That was until JC’s collarbone snapped, crackled, and popped and left it up to Kyle Boller to pick up the slack. Long story short, the Raiders only passed for 178 total yards and punter Shane Lechler’s touchdown pass to Kevin Boss was the difference. Oh, and Cleveland lost Peyton Hillis to a hamstring injury. Nobody ever said Survivor picks had to be pretty.

Halpin turned his back on Blaine Gabbert, who cost him a win in Week 5, and picked the Steelers to beat the Jaguars. He has Rashard Mendenhall to thank as the running back returned to top-tier form with 146 rushing yards and a touchdown in a closer-than-it-should-have-been 17-13 Pittsburgh victory. According to Halpin, Gabbert’s hair will always remain flawless.

Like most of America, Beall was not buying the Dolphins on the road against the Jets. Something about Matt Moore leading the offense against one of the top secondaries in the league didn’t sit well and based on Moore’s 41.8 QB rating at game’s end, Beall was right to pick the J-E-T-S.

Harmon liked the Ravens coming off the bye, at home and hosting a banged up Texans team still reeling from losing Andre Johnson and Mario Williams from the starting lineup. Baltimore’s stout defense held Arian Foster in check to the tune of 49 yards on 15 carries. And although Derrick Mason joined the mix, it’s obvious Matt Schaub really misses AJ in the lineup.

A perfect 4-0 weekend for the crew. Now, on to Week 7 …

Week 7 Picks

Harmon, Halpin, Fowler and Beall - Cowboys

Well, it’s official! If you want to retire early, bet the farm on the St. Louis Rams this Sunday.

The entire fantasy staff, along with Vegas (STL +15), believes even if a banged up Sam Bradford (ankle sprain) makes the start, there’s no chance the winless Rams get their first in Dallas. It begs repeating that Bradford is suffering from Cutleritis as in his offensive line turns into matadors allowing defensive linemen to sack him on a regular basis. He’s been taken down with the ball 21 times in six games. With how much money the Rams have invested in their quarterback, they’re going to want to close up those gaps.

On defense it doesn’t get much better as STL is ranked dead last in rush defense (163.0 rush yards/game). The silver lining is that they’re playing a pass-happy offense, but still need to improve on the 240 pass yards allowed per game if they plan on stopping Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten.

This game could get ugly, especially if A.J. Feely starts against Dallas’ third-ranked defense.

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