Week 9 of the NFL season is here with the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers kicking off on Thursday night for the first game of the week.

That means it’s time for you to lock in your survivor pool (or knockout pool or whatever you call it) pick for this week and continue on and avoid elimination. So we decided it’s time to give you some help with that by ranking the five best teams to target, while trying to factor in those leagues that require you to only use a squad once per season.

Here’s who you should be considering ahead of Week 9 in descending order:

5
Houston Texans (at Jacksonville Jaguars)

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The Jags will be starting rookie Jake Luton at quarterback this week and Jacksonville’s defense will be taken apart by Deshaun Watson. But are you really going to trust the 1-6 Texans in your survivor pool?

4
Green Bay Packers (at San Francisco 49ers)

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I’m intrigued given all the injuries and players on the COVID-19 list the Niners have. The biggest concern? Thursday night games can sometimes be hard to figure out. Even with all the 49ers question marks, there are other, better games.

3
New England Patriots (at New York Jets)

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You know the strategy: picking against the Jets is a great idea. But the Pats haven’t been all that good, either.

2
Kansas City Chiefs (vs. Carolina Panthers)

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A safe bet for a win — the Chiefs are at home and the Panthers are mediocre. But if you used them last week against the Jets, there’s another obvious choice.

1
Pittsburgh Steelers (at Dallas Cowboys)

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Who are the Cowboys starting at quarterback? Exactly. And then there’s the fact that the Steelers’ offense will run and pass all over a disappointing Dallas unit.

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