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How To Select NFL Football Teams For Yahoo Pick 'em

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?

© 2011 Linda Bilyeu


Mary Hyatt from Florida on September 08, 2015:

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.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on September 04, 2014:

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

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on August 29, 2013:

Are y'all ready for some football??

Boulism from Short Beach, CT on February 03, 2013:

Really intersting hub. Thanks for sharing!

Julio E Olmo Sr from Florida, USA on September 16, 2012:

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

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on September 16, 2012:

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!!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on September 16, 2012:

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

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on September 03, 2012:

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)

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on September 03, 2012:

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

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on April 12, 2012:

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!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on December 31, 2011:

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

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on December 31, 2011:

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!

hhunterr from Highway 24 on December 16, 2011:

I like this. This was fun!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on November 04, 2011:

Great minds thinking alike :))

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on November 04, 2011:

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!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on October 29, 2011:

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

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on October 21, 2011:

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,


Husky1970 on October 01, 2011:

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

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on September 30, 2011:

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

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on September 28, 2011:

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

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on September 27, 2011:

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.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on September 27, 2011:

Thank you susan!

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

Movie Master from United Kingdom on September 27, 2011:

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!!

Rika Susan from South Africa on September 27, 2011:

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

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on September 27, 2011:

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

attemptedhumour from Australia on September 27, 2011:

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.

David on September 26, 2011:

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 :)

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on September 26, 2011:

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

drbj and sherry from south Florida on September 26, 2011:

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.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on September 26, 2011:

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

SusieQ42 on September 26, 2011:

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

Suzie from Carson City on September 26, 2011:

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!

Dave Ligler on September 26, 2011:

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 !

Mentalist acer from A Voice in your Mind! on September 26, 2011:

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

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on September 26, 2011:

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. : )

Sandi from Greenfield, Wisconsin on September 26, 2011:

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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