Welcome to the 2017 Eliminator Challenge. For those not familiar, it is a free game on ESPN.com in which you pick one NFL team each week to win its matchup. If your team wins, you move on to next week. If your team loses, you're out. There's only one catch: You can pick each team only once.
To determine the best picks each week, I lean heavily upon ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI). For more on how FPI is calculated, click here and here. I also look at the pick percentages for each team on the ESPN Eliminator Challenge page to see which teams the majority of fans are picking. Although the chalkiest picks are usually among the best ones, sometimes there is value in fading them and hoping that a high percentage of your pool is eliminated.
Last week was one of the easier weeks in Eliminator Challenge in a long time. The Raiders throttled the Jets after being the chalk last week at 44 percent selected. All of the other highly-selected teams also won.
This week is a little more difficult, but don't overthink it.