“Survivor: Winners at War” Power Rankings Round 6 – Queen for a Day? Edition

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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 eight points and Gordon will receive twelve. The person with the most points at the end of the season will be declared the “Survivor: Winners at War” champion.

Last Week: Malcolm had Sandra in spot four, while Gordon had him in spot five. They both had Parvati in spot ten. So, the current score is Team Freberg 53, Team Holmes 55.

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: 53 Team Holmes: 55

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1. Sophie: No reason to mix up the top two. Not only is Sophie the safest, but she’s starting to look like a front runner for the title, especially because… 1. Sophie: Between their advantages and the social make-up of their tribe, Sophie and Sarah feel like safest people in this game. Neither guy is going to go against them, and they have the artillery to take them out if they do.
2. Sarah: …this duo would be savage down the home stretch. In control of multiple advantages, neither extremely ostentatious but both clever and ruthless enough to run the end game. Watch out. 2. Sarah: And, seeing Sandra go home will encourage them to work together even more.
3. Yul: #YulandtheGang show no signs of fracture, though I’ll admit, I was surprised by the choice to target Parv. But power rankings are about who’s safest, and Yul most definitely is. 3. Kim: It feels like Jeremy and Kim are going to have a lot of pull going forward. And with that idol by her side, she should be able to coast into the merge.
4. Nick: I want to say more about him… but what is there to say? The dude’s sponsored by that ‘Invisible Man’ movie they just released to digital. 4. Nick: I fully believe that Wendell had buy-in from Yul and Nick to try to get Parvati’s fire tokens. Otherwise, his offer at Tribal would have been a horrible mistake…
5. Kim: Oh, how the turntables have…

The most underrated part of that Tribal Council was Kim saving her idol. My guess is, everyone knew Denise wanted Sandra out with absolute certainty. That means Kim has at least a passable relationship with Denise, which pleases me.

5. Yul: …Because then we’re looking at a situation where he just offered to stab them in the back for a jar of peanut butter…
6. Wendell: He’s lower than his partners in crime because of tension with Michele. If that tribe decides to mix things up — maybe his flashes of attitude are grating on the alliance? — Wendell’s in trouble. But that seems like a stretch. 6. Wendell: …now I’m not saying someone wouldn’t do that. I’m just saying he wouldn’t do that right in front of their faces as they’re about to vote.
7. Jeremy: Again, his confidence to not use an advantage probably signals that everyone knew where the votes were landing before they walked into Tribal. I genuinely don’t know where his allegiance now lies, but he’s getting kicked off the Christmas card list if he votes for my girl again… 7. Ben: If it comes down to Sophie and Sarah having to choose between Ben and Adam, what’s the argument for keeping Adam? That he’s more likely to be loyal after a merge? Is he?
8. Denise: If you can’t guess my feelings about her move, just check Twitter. But for power rankings, let’s talk about the fallout: no protection moving forward; no obvious numbers advantage; Jeremy’s too pragmatic to back her if Kim or Tony isn’t on board. Alliance lines could fall anywhere with this group. The chaos of the merge can’t come fast enough for Denise. 8. Jeremy: I’m thinking Denise played her idol for Jeremy to solidify their alliance. But, let’s not forget that Jeremy’s game is meat shields. So, I’m not so convinced that he’s going to go right for Tony. Tony and Kim are probably the biggest names left in this game. Denise could be in real trouble.
9. Tony: The spy shack is back. Damnit.

He kept his cool longer than I thought possible, but now that he’s returning to form, his instability makes him easy to target (source: I booted him 3 years ago for this exact reason). Fingers and toes crossed this tribe doesn’t have a date with Jeff after the next immunity challenge.

9. Michele: Yul and the Gang® is a great place for Wendell to be right now. I don’t see him rocking that boat to try his luck with his ex-girlfriend. Fortunately for Michele, I think Sele is the best physical tribe right now.
10. Adam: If they’d gone to Tribal last week, I’d have wagered on Adam going home, but the dynamics change once players start anticipating a merge. Adam’s mediocre challenge skills and perceived shadiness become reasons to keep him around. He’s still one loss and a coin flip away from getting axed, but his odds are slowly climbing. 10. Tony: Oh man…the spy shack? All day? On the day of an important vote? Luckily for you, I think it’s going to work in your favor that two of the biggest names just went on an all-expenses-paid trip to the Edge of Extinction. 
11. Ben: He’s clearly more popular with the girls on his tribe, and is unquestionably more valuable for challenges. Problem is, Sophie and Sarah might not trust him to stay loyal come merge time, if they assume he’s tighter with the remaining members of his original tribe than the notoriously shifty Adam. If they lose immunity, I have the odds 55/45 against Ben. 11. Adam: How is Adam valuable to Sophie and Sarah? He isn’t as good at challenges as Ben. They don’t seem to like him as much as Ben. Maybe the move is for them to eliminate challenge threats before the merge? Seems like a long shot.
12. Michele: There must be a reason they kept her over Parv, something we didn’t see on TV. But unless something major changes, nothing will save her from #YulandtheGang if they head back to Tribal. Only immunity spares her from EoE. 12. Denise: Wow… Just wow. Getting out Sandra with her own idol was a stroke of genius. However, using the other idol to win Jeremy’s favor was risky. I’m hoping that doesn’t come back to bite her, but I’m just not sure. Sorry, Malcolm…

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter: @GordonHolmes