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The Rules: Each week our two combatants 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 Mike is voted out this episode, Aubry will receive eight points and Gordon will receive one point. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.
Last Week: Aubry Bracco had Desi in spot nine, Gordon Holmes had her in spot five. The current score is Team Bracco 74, Team Holmes 80.
Quick Note: Rankings are not based on who the player thinks is most likely to win. The smart strategy is to rank the contestants based on who is the most likely to be voted out in the next episode.
Aubry’s Score = 74
Any questions for Aubry? Drop her a line on Twitter: @aubrybracco
Gordon’s Score = 80
Any questions for Gordon? Drop him a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes
|1. Devon: Nobody’s even talking about this guy as a threat! He’s in a good spot to leverage his wide net of relationships and stay safe behind other meat shields until he can make the right move at the right time.||1. Mike: Cole’s going at it with Ben, Ryan’s about to upset Devon, and Chrissy is annoying everyone. Meanwhile, Mike’s just hanging out with an idol in his pocket.|
|2. Lauren: Lauren’s numbers seem locked in. The good thing for her? All her other alliance members are bigger lightening rods for the threat designation than she is. That’s a great place to be at this point in the merge.||2. Ashley: I was way off last week. (What else is new?) Nobody is worried about a potential Ashley/JP power couple.|
|3. Ryan: Ryan’s packing an idol in his pink pouch and he’s got friends (and frenemies) everywhere. That’s a place from which you can effectively run the game like The Great and Powerful Oz behind the curtain in the Emerald City.||3. JP: See Ashley.|
|4. Ashley: Ashley’s start was rough, but right now she’s cruising – a loyal soldier. She’s safe for the moment, but it’s unclear if her connections are deep enough to do much strategic damage on her own.||4. Devon: Are you going to let Ryan telling Ben about his idol ruin his game? I wouldn’t if I were you. Nobody should be planning on hitting the final three with Ben. That’s a ticket to a second-place finish.|
|5. JP: See Ashley’s description, but add some extra love from Chrissy.||5. Ryan: Did you swap brains with Cole? What’s with sharing the info about your idol with everybody?|
|6. Chrissy: It’s pretty clear who Chrissy does and doesn’t like. It’s also clear when she’s scheming. She’s got a great head for the game, but her execution could use a little finesse.||6. Lauren: Lauren was the target last week according to Desi. But why? Were they sure she didn’t have an idol and one wouldn’t be played for her?|
|7. Ben: Ben has now had votes cast against him; he’s been clearly called out as the leader and now he’s been open about his journey in life, which can tug on the heart strings AND make people extra wary about bringing you to the final three. Proceed with caution.||7. Chrissy: In other Desi news, it seems like Chrissy is rubbing a lot of people the wrong way. Is she destined to make it to the end as Ben or Ryan’s goat? Also, why can’t she wait to talk? Last week was the second time where she was whispering when she probably shouldn’t have been.|
|8. Mike: Dr. Mike seems well-liked and nobody suspects he has an idol. If only he could lift the Scarlet Letter that is the Healer curse, he’d be golden.||8. Joe: Who’s protecting you, Joe? I don’t buy the “Desi is better at challenges and we can get rid of Joe at any time” bit. People are always more afraid of gamers than they are of challenge threats.|
|9. Joe: At this point we all know I dig most of Joe’s antics for the sake of good TV. The only issues? Nobody else does. It’s only a matter of time. Joe’s the kind of chaos that people won’t want to invest in taming, because he’s too dangerous — his days may be numbered. That said, I’ve had him low on the rankings all along, and this firecracker has managed to stay.||9. Ben: Oh, Ben…you did a wonderful job creating an argument for why people should be trying to get rid of you last week.|
|10. Cole: Not only is Cole not loved — now he’s a challenge beast. He could be an easy vote as soon as the tribe starts chipping away at strong men.||10. Cole: So, everyone knows you don’t have an idol. Maybe you can work the angle that someone from that reward must have it and is keeping it secret. Or, maybe you can just win the next seven immunity challenges.|