Eliminator Pool: Final Standings

Footballguys' staff select one team to win each week in an Eliminator / Survivor Pool format

Over the past few years, we have given the subscribers of Footballguys.com the Staff Confidence Pool Challenge, where numerous staffers try and pick the winners each week with a confidence ranking, and Dave Larkin’s “For The Win” column where Jeff attempts to pick each and every NFL game against the Las Vegas spread. Both of these have been very popular features, so once again this year Footballguys is proud to bring you the combination of the two - the Footballguys' staff "Against the Spread Pool Challenge". Multiple staff members (19) will pick the winner of each NFL game against the Las Vegas line. As a tie-breaker, the person who is closest to the total points scored on the last Monday Night game will be the winner. Winners will be announced from week to week and the best overall record will be crowned Against the Spread Champion. Picks and ranks are due on Wednesday, so any late-breaking news may not be reflected in the choices.

Please note, that this contest should NOT be viewed as direct sports wagering advice, especially later in the season. Since the staff is trying to beat one another, picks may be made to go against the grain in an attempt to try and catch up in the standings. This example of game theory is more in tune towards playing a contest such as this - so again, do not use these picks as direct advice towards which games to pick each and every week. Rather, use these picks to see the top choices each week, especially by the staff members towards the top of the standings.

Jeff Pasquino has provided some insight into this kind of contest with two preseason articles. The first one that describes this kind of contest along with some advice on how to pick a team each week:

Survivor Pool Strategy

The second article is rather interesting, which describes Jeff’s preseason plan to get all the way through 17 weeks. Will it work? We are about to find out.

I Will Survive

This pool will run all season long, but to keep participation up, the pool will crown the staffer with the best W-L record for the season (which means that everyone in the pool will continue to make picks every week).

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS and Final Standings

Several key upsets hurt the staff during the final week of the season. Most notable was Buffalo's loss to the Jets which hurt overall leader Sean Settle and resulted in an interesting finish to the overall season. With Larkin taking the Rams and Haseley taking the Titans, we had a three-way tie for first place at 15-2.

Staff Member
Record
Wk01
Wk02
Wk03
Wk04
Wk05
Wk06
Wk07
Wk08
Wk09
Wk10
Wk11
Wk12
Wk13
Wk14
Wk15
Wk16
Wk17
Sean Settle
15-2
SEA
NE
DAL
LAC
PHI
BAL
SF
PIT
CAR
IND
OAK
CLE
GB
MIN
NO
DEN
BUF
Dave Larkin
15-2
SEA
BAL
DAL
LAC
PHI
NE
BUF
MIN
SF
NO
OAK
CLE
CAR
GB
KC
DEN
LAR
Jeff Haseley
15-2
SEA
BAL
DAL
LAC
PHI
NE
BUF
LAR
SF
NO
OAK
CLE
CAR
GB
MIN
IND
TEN
Justin Howe
14-3
LAC
NE
DAL
SEA
HOU
BAL
BUF
MIN
PHI
IND
OAK
DET
GB
PIT
SF
KC
NO
James Brimacombe
14-3
PHI
NE
DAL
LAC
KC
BAL
BUF
MIN
SF
NO
OAK
CLE
GB
HOU
SEA
MIA
TEN
Steve Buzzard
14-3
PHI
NE
DAL
LAC
KC
BAL
SF
PIT
BUF
NO
MIN
CLE
CAR
GB
SEA
DEN
TEN
Jason Wood
13-4
BAL
NE
DAL
LAC
PHI
LAR
SF
JAC
BUF
KC
OAK
CLE
GB
MIN
NO
SEA
IND
Aaron Rudnicki
13-4
PHI
BAL
DAL
LAR
HOU
LAC
BUF
MIN
SEA
NO
OAK
CLE
KC
GB
NYG
DEN
NE
Jeff Pasquino
13-4
SEA
BAL
DAL
LAR
PHI
NE
BUF
PIT
SF
IND
MIN
CLE
CAR
GB
OAK
KC
TEN
Alessandro Miglio
13-4
SEA
BAL
NE
LAR
LAC
NO
SF
PIT
BUF
IND
OAK
CLE
CAR
MIN
NYG
ATL
GB
Andy Hicks
12-5
PHI
NE
DAL
LAC
KC
BAL
BUF
NO
SF
GB
MIN
CLE
CAR
HOU
SEA
PIT
TB
Clayton Gray
12-5
PHI
BAL
DAL
INDY
NE
LAC
BUF
LAR
SEA
NO
MIN
CLE
KC
GB
SF
ATL
PIT
Matt Bitonti
12-5
SEA
BAL
SF
LAR
PHI
NE
BUF
PIT
GB
NYG
MIN
NO
KC
HOU
CLE
ATL
IND
Devin Knotts
11-6
BAL
HOU
DAL
LAC
KC
GB
BUF
MIN
CLE
TB
OAK
NO
CAR
PHI
SF
SEA
NE
Andrew Garda
11-6
BAL
CAR
DAL
LAC
KC
GB
BUF
LAR
SF
NO
OAK
CLE
NYJ
MIN
NE
SEA
HOU
William Grant
11-6
PHI
BAL
SEA
LAR
NE
DAL
SF
PIT
IND
GB
OAK
DET
CAR
MIN
KC
ATL
NO
Mark Wimer
10-7
CLE
NE
DAL
LAC
PHI
BAL
BUF
MIN
GB
NO
OAK
SEA
NYJ
HOU
SF
KC
PIT

While typical Eliminator/Survivor pools drop people from the contest after one or two losses, we keep things rolling to the end. Doing so gives us some interesting views of how people faired for the entire season. With 3 teams finishing 15-2, those scores would be good enough to win most double-elimination pools. Well done.

Another three staffers finished 15-3, with Steve Buzzard closing out the season with four consecutive wins at the toughest point in the season.

Only four staffers won four consecutive weeks to finish the season and none finished with five correct picks in a row.

Congrats again to our staff winners, and I hope that you both enjoyed this season's Eliminator Pool and that it helped you towards success this year. Happy New Year and see you next season!

Questions, suggestions, and comments are always welcome to pasquino@footballguys.com.

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