Welcome to the 2019 Eliminator Challenge. The rules are simple: Pick a winner each week, and don't use the same team twice. If you win all 17 weeks (or outlast your group members), you win. You can find all the rules here.
This article will look at the top Eliminator options each week, using betting lines, ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI), trends, future schedules and anything else that will help determine the best picks. (For more on how FPI is calculated, click here and here.)
Last week we saw some more favorites lose with the Chiefs, Bears, Titans and Chargers, among others, going down.
This week, the Patriots are once again the biggest FPI favorites and by far the most likely team to get a win. They are once again a strong choice and your most likely bet to survive the week.
However, given how good the Patriots are, there will be plenty of opportunities to use them (and many entrants have already used the Patriots). As a result, the Ravens are the top pick this week, when they face a bad Bengals team at home.