Welcome to Week 5 of the 2017 Eliminator Challenge. 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 NFL team on the ESPN Eliminator Challenge page to see which teams the majority of fans are picking.
The past two weeks saw over 62 percent of entries get knocked out, and this week will not be any easier. Four of FPI's five worst teams in the NFL play against each other, and that doesn't even include the contest between the winless Chargers and Giants. Only four teams have over a 70 percent chance to win, according to FPI, which is the second fewest in any remaining week this season, trailing only Week 9. And for the first time since Week 1, no team is at least an 80 percent favorite.
Two of the teams FPI predicts to have at least a 70 percent chance to win likely will be