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The Rules: Each week Malcolm Freberg and Gordon Holmes will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the players will earn. For example, if Denise is voted out, Malcolm will receive one point and Gordon will receive five. The person with the most points at the end of the season will be declared the “Survivor: Winners at War” champion.
Last Week: Welp, they both blew it. Malcolm and Gordon both had Sophie in spot one. So, the current score is Team Freberg 80, Team Holmes 81.
Quick Note: The Power Rankings place the players in order of how safe they are heading into the next episode, not how likely they are to win the entire game.
|Team Freberg: 80||Team Holmes: 81|
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|1. Denise: You won’t believe me, but this pick isn’t favoritism. I genuinely think Denise is the safest this week. It’s not luck that everyone on the beach has forgotten her iconic take down of Sandra; slipping through the cracks is Denise’s superpower. Also, if players hold an irrational grudge about her and Kim’s flip last week, the judgment will fall harder on Kim.||1. Michele: She won one! Michele’s buddy didn’t go home! Hooray! OK, big week this week and I’d imagine most of it is going to center around Tony and his idol. Will he get rid of Jeremy to pull Sarah closer? Will he get rid of Sarah because she flips out? I can think of a legitimate reason why Tony will target anyone! But, Michele seems the least likely. And, she still has her coin flip.|
|2. Michele: I’m stanning falsely-assumed-to-be UTR queens this week. Michele’s demonstrated that she knows when to fight versus keeping her head down. Having the goofiest advantage ever doesn’t hurt either.||2. Tony: Wow…just…wow… (Leonardo DiCaprio in “Wolf of Wall Street” slow clap gif) Last week’s Cagayan reboot was awesome. And the foreshadowing of the world’s worst ladder to lead us to the Spy Nest was (chef kiss gif). The only reason you’re not number one is because Sophie proved even the best can get caught with a surprise in their pocket.|
|3. Tony: Last week proved that idol holders shouldn’t automatically top the Power Rankings. Tony had the (disputably) greatest single episode in “Survivor” history last week, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. But now he’s wearing a target the size of his tattoos, and Tony is vulnerable to bamboozlement (ask me about what really happened during his boot in “Game Changers;” Aubry deserves an Oscar.)||3. Sarah: There is a real-world relationship between Sarah and Tony. That’s something he’s never had to really deal with before. I’m thinking that might actually make a difference when Tony is deciding between her and Jeremy.|
|4. Sarah: On one hand, she’ll be rightfully pissed at Tony after the last vote. On the other, Sophie was her BFF and everyone knew it, so ditching that ‘pair’ stigma was the best thing possible for her. It’ll be interesting where she lands for the next vote, but I doubt she’s headed to EoE.||4. Nick: Ol’ Vampire Donathan could get some residual heat once people realize that he made the jump with Tony. But, I’d imagine a lot of people are interested in going to the end with him.|
|5. Ben: Not sure how Ben will navigate the post-Sophie landscape, but we haven’t heard his name a lot lately. I don’t see him taking control this week — which’ll be for the best.||5. Denise: It seems like there would be bigger fish to fry than Denise, but I could see them making her their back-up if this is a business-as-usual vote and Kim win immunity.|
|6. Nick: Guilty by association. If people realize Nick has been following Tony’s lead, he’s going to get targeted to break up the perceived pair. That said, wildman Tony would love to play an idol for Nick, assuming he’s sure of the vote count.||6. Jeremy: Tony’s mega move last week should buy him some goodwill from Jeremy. But, Sarah might insist Jeremy goes home. Things are getting interesting.|
|7. Jeremy: Jeremy might consider Tony his best ‘meat shield’ moving forward, but I’m betting Tony doesn’t feel the same way. If Tony plans to bounce between alliances and keep everyone guessing, Jeremy will remain an easy sell to the rest of the beach.||7. Ben: Jeremy reallllly wanted Ben gone last week. If Tony decides to move forward with a normal vote that isn’t totally out of left field, he could pull the trigger here to solidify his alliance. Or, he could pull some kind of coup and vote off Probst. Who knows!|
|8. Kim: Flipping made all the sense in the world — then Tony happened. Since Jeremy’s first season, he’s shown flashes of taking things personally, and he might not be willing to reconnect with his poker buddy. Kim’s gone from bottom to top to bottom again this season, but her jumping ship last episode could be the nail in the coffin.||8. Kim: I’d imagine playing against Tony is like trying to catch a ping-pong ball in a hurricane. (I have no idea where that analogy came from.) Anywho, Kim didn’t trust him last week. She’s clearly gunning for him this week. She needs an immunity win or to locate Sophie’s idol replacement.|
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