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How To Select NFL Football Teams For Yahoo Pick 'em

Updated on December 11, 2016
Yahoo NFL Football Pick'em
Yahoo NFL Football Pick'em

Are you ready for some Yahoo Pick'em Football?

I've been participating in a Pro Football "Pick 'em" league for a few years now. I'm not a football fanatic. I attempt to pick the teams who I think have a good chance of winning.

For some strange reason my strategies don't always work in my favor. Hmmmm.

I tend to root for the underdog and it's a euphoric feeling when they actually win. It's entertaining being part of the group and also a challenge.

The players cease to amaze me each week with who will be in the lead. We all have our personal method of trying to pick the winning team of the week.

You could use stats, injuries, which player is in for the week or who's out, pick distribution or luck of the draw.

Sunshine does things her way. There is no set method. She's just a random kind of girl who wants to win. I hope.

Carrie Underwood - Sunday Night Football Theme

Sunshine's Strategies to Select the Winning Weekly Pickem Football Team:

1. Which team comes first in the alphabet...A's, B's, C's they are my top choice.
2. Pick the home or away team across the board.
3. Flip a coin ... heads one team, tails for the other.
4. Are the team mascots a bird? An animal? Which one is your favorite? Pick 'em!
5. Pick your favorite color from the teams uniforms.
6. Do you root for the underdog? Pick 'em!
7. Select your least favorite team of the two.
8. Choose which city or state you have visited or would like to visit.
9. Which team has the cutest cheerleaders...pick 'em!
10. Which team has the hottest quarterback...(have fun ladies)!

More interesting ideas...

11. Select by which team has the most vowels in its name.
12. Make a list of the team names....throw darts at the paper and allow the darts to choose!
13. Read off the names to your kids or grandkids and have them pick!
14. You could also try #13 with your dog...whichever one he/she barks at is your choice for the week.
15. Northern or southern state? Eastern or western? Whichever direction you are in the mood for...Pick 'em!
16. Which team will have the most fumbles? Whichever team has the letter F in it...DON'T pick 'em!
17. Which team has the "state of the art stadium"...Don't pick 'em, they are spoiled!
18. Pick the name with the letter T or D because chances are they will have more touchdowns!
19. Set up a weekly text message reminder for other players to remind them to make their picks, don't send the text and hope they forget...that should get you in the lead!!
20. Finally, just give it your best shot...pick have a 50/50 chance of winning either way.

Sunshine's ideas are now public knowledge. I hope they help someone else TRY to be number one for the week.

The above ideas are just suggestions and are not guaranteed to have you win a Pro Football Pick 'em Game. For the record, I did come in second one year and lost by only one game.

To my teammates...may the best picker win!

Feel free to use Sunshine's way of picking, if you are daring can thank me later. Are you ready for some football?

Do you participate in Fantasy Football leagues?

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© 2011 Linda Bilyeu


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    • mary615 profile image

      Mary Hyatt 

      4 years ago from Florida

      I missed this one before. Are your ideas still working for you?? I have to admit I am not at all fond of football, but I'll pass this one along to my family who are crazy about football.

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Best of luck to all pickers for the 2014 Football Season!

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Are y'all ready for some football??

    • Boulism profile image


      6 years ago from Short Beach, CT

      Really intersting hub. Thanks for sharing!

    • jeolmoz2 profile image

      Julio E Olmo Sr 

      7 years ago from Florida, USA

      HAHAHA I knew you will eventually share your secret winning recipe ps worked like a charm last week

    • Janine Huldie profile image

      Janine Huldie 

      7 years ago from New York, New York

      Linda, I love the way you pick your teams for fantasy football and think you must know something, because of you being in the lead last week!! But seriously very much enjoyed your take on this and have of course voted, shared and tweeted too!!

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      You are doing awesome Jools! Keep up the great picks! :)

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      Jools Hogg 

      7 years ago from North-East UK

      But now I am in your league I must rethink my strategies....I know next to nought about fantasy football teams but I do have ESPN at my disposal so I have decided to keep abreast of the football scores and gossip to see if I can at least end up not coming last. I have no stategies - it's all 'gut instinct' (Ha Ha)

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Jools, I like the way you select your choices also!:)

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      Jools Hogg 

      7 years ago from North-East UK

      Sunny, I like your way of picking - I am a bit like that with my fantasy baseball team, I always pick David Wright first from the Mets just cos he is so gorgeous, doesn't matter if he's hitting below 200 and on the DL!

      I know nothing about American Football now but I used to watch it in the 80s on UK TV so I would pick from my favourite two teams, the Redskins and the 49ers.

      Great hub, fun to read, nice to see you had a guest commenter!

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you hunter and Real Deal for your visit, always appreciated!:)

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      We always do playoff teams for the four weeks of playoffs! It is super fun so i am tweeting for those who want to hurry and form teams!

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      8 years ago from Highway 24

      I like this. This was fun!

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Great minds thinking alike :))

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Sunshine - too too funny! LOL Now the first year I played - I chose the players because they had a nice smile - or a cute tush:) Or if I loved the sound of their name! Ha!

      Now - we choose players from different teams - say you get 2 QB's, 2 Kickers, 8 RB's, like that....some guys were really mad when i came out in 1st place after week one. They were like "we study that stuff - that isn't fair! lol

      Thanks for sharing - I really love this! Now I actually know how the game is played - I won the survivor league last year! hahaha!

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Lyric! Husky! Sharon! So far kind of good for my picks since I have my granddaughter Faith (age 5) helping me out :)

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      Sharon Smith 

      8 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Sunshine,

      Gosh, you sure know how to make me laugh. Fun hub! Loved the "pickin' winners" - HA. I haven't been around for a while, trying to get back. Hope all is well with you,


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      8 years ago

      Enjoyed the laughs from this one, Sunshine 625. Good luck with your picks! Voted up and funny.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Very interesting method. Well worth the try. My whole team is Green Bay, mostly, and so far I am 3-0. Good tips!

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hey cogerson! I went with vowels this week, feel free to use one of my methods! No charge for my advice :)

    • Cogerson profile image


      8 years ago from Virginia

      I am surprised you are not doing better in your all your ideas seem guaranteed to pick some winners....maybe not many winners but some did however get the Bills over the Patriots last weekend...which proves one of your systems works...very funny hub....very entertaining...voted up and interesting.

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you susan!

      Movie Master I'm glad I could help! I'm going with the most vowels this week!! Good luck! :))

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      Movie Master 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sunshine, what a great fun hub, I like your ideas!

      My hubby and I always pick players and teams for NFL fantasy football and it gets quite competitive between us.

      I am going to keep your tips to myself, I think they are going to give me a huge advantage!!

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      Rika Susan 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      What a fun hub, Sunshine! Great idea. Love your strategies for selecting a team.

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you attemptedhumour....I'm trying my best to win this game! SO far it's not looking good! :))

    • attemptedhumour profile image


      8 years ago from Australia

      I know nothing about American football, but i have tried the fantasy soccer league competitions. They are good fun but your approach sounds very scientific and more likely to produce a positive outcome. Good work.

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      8 years ago

      Definitely some interesting strategies :-p but I think I'll stick to my *secret* ways. Hope it continues to work for you this season though :)

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm happy to oblige drbj...the cutest quarterback has worked for me a few times!!! :))

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Now I understand, Sunshine, why I have had no luck picking the winners in football games. I've been going at it all wrong - with statistics and research and careful analysis. Now I'm going to try the "cutest quarterback" method. Thanks for sharing this entertaining approach.

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I love all the creative, fun comments! You all have such an awesome sense of humor! Thank you for adding to the entertainment:)

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      8 years ago

      Great ideas but I don't think my sons would agree! You'd make a great football player. Just run for the...well, whichever direction you decide on at the moment. North, South, East, West, possibly toward the cheerleaders. lol

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      8 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Sunshine....Truthfully? For as much as I know about football, I could take all the team names, toss them around in a box and pick them lotto balls. I'd probably have as much luck as I do with Lottery tickets too. N O N E. But I love your SPIRIT!

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      Dave Ligler 

      8 years ago

      Great and useful hub ! I now know your secrets and will try some especially the cheerleaders when I am undecided. Look out league, Sunshine is on the way !

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      Mentalist acer 

      8 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Jimmy The Greek would be jealous Linda...I promise your method is as reliable as anyone else:-))

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      Deborah Neyens 

      8 years ago from Iowa

      Fun hub. I am super competitive, so I employ different strategies than you to make my picks each week, but I do like the "which team has the cutest quarterback" method for those games that otherwise are toss-ups. : )

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      8 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      I just learned everything I need to know about Fantasy Football! Hahaha! What a great hub sunshine! Brought a smile to my face:) My daughter made it look so hard to pick her team...she should read this hub. It's more fun than using stats!!


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