“Survivor: Winners at War” Power Rankings Round 8 – Buddy Cop 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 Tyson is voted out, Malcolm will receive three points and Gordon will receive eight. 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 Wendell in spot six, while Gordon had him in spot ten. So, the current score is Team Freberg 62, Team Holmes 70.

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: 62 Team Holmes: 70

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1. Sophie: Nobody’s playing better, and she has an idol, but Sophie won’t fly under the radar much longer. She’s too damned good at everything, and the other castaways are too savvy to roll over and hand her the crown. That said, she stays on top as long as she can keep the idol. 1. Sophie: I’m scared to death of Sophie. She has an idol, she has a bestie with an extra vote, she knows about Kim’s idol, she’s cool, calm, and…what’s the third one? She’s that too.
2. Kim: Had a really interesting conversation about Kim with Rob Cesternino the other day. He pointed out that, traditionally, if you’re not the most colorful commentator and you’re not a major part of the season’s storylines, you get written out of the plot. That seems to be Kim’s fate. The idol keeps her safe in the short term, but I’m losing faith in a win. 2. Adam: I kinda can’t believe I’m doing this, but I’ve got a decent lead, so YOLO or whatever. It really feels like everyone’s favorite Millennial has dug himself a I-don’t-trust-you-but-I-don’t-want-you-to-go-home hole. He’s probably your third-place finisher at this point.
3. Tyson: If they didn’t boot him last week, they aren’t going to do it this week. Alliances shift in the early merge. Everyone’s suffering from uncertainty. When that happens, you take numbers wherever you can get them. Tyson’s smart enough to make himself a free agent for the bigger players. 3. Sarah: My Sarah question; is Cops R Us still working together? If they can keep it quiet, Tony could be a real asset to the alliance she formed with Sophie.
4. Sarah: I think Sarah’s out soon, or in the finale. Now that we have some proverbial lines in the sand, she could use her steal-a-vote to save herself, but she probably won’t need to. Not yet. 4. Kim: Does Sophie need you? Is Sophie afraid of you? Could Sophie think flushing your idol is more important that having you by her side? Sophie isn’t a super aggressive player, so you should be OK, but with Sarah helping her call the shots, I just don’t know.
5. Denise: Two-point-five. That’s the over-under on how many confessionals Denise will have in the next two episodes. My girl is about to go dark, keep her mouth shut, and ask all of the driving forces in this game, “How am I voting tonight?” It’s how she coasted through the merge in Philippines, and it’s how she’s going to coast through the next few episodes of WaW. 5. Denise: One mega, impressive, hardcore, badass, five-star move made before the merge does not a complete resume make. So, everyone can calm down about targeting Denise for one moment. Hopefully there are bigger fish to fry.
6. Jeremy: I know he still has that GTFO advantage, but even though he was on the right side of the vote(?) last week, he took a loss. Worse still, after cleverly saying he didn’t want to dictate the vote, he did everything he could to dictate the vote… and lost. I think he’s too shrewd to get blindsided, but I’m not ruling it out this week. 6. Michele: She lost Natalie, she lost Parvati, she lost Wendell, and she’s still swinging away. I don’t think she’ll go home this week. But I’m interested to see where she ends up. She’s worked with Jeremy in the past, but his friends keep getting the axe too.
7. Ben: I have no idea what to do with Ben anymore. Seriously. I thought he would be rocked two weeks in a row, and he’s barely been mentioned. But now there’s a momentum against the men? But he’s playing well without getting his name tossed around? *throws hands in air with frustration* *throws back shot with frustration* 7. Jeremy: Hey, I was right! Wendell was targeted because he was part of a power couple. I just had the wrong partner. Kudos to Jeremy for realizing that it wasn’t going to work out. But negative kudos for having tickle fights with your buddy in front of everyone. Anywho, Jeremy is still a huge target. He’d be lower on this list if he wasn’t able to peace out of Tribal.
8. Tony: Besides Denise, I’m rooting for Tony this season. It’s one part friendship, one part belief, and one part shock that he’s miraculously toned down the craziness. But unless he finds an idol, Tony will never rise in these rankings; as Gordon said last week, there’s never a bad time to vote him off. 8. Tyson: I’m sorry, but you spend the entire pre-merge sending old school players to the jury and then one of them comes back? Everyone should be scared to death of going to the end with this guy.
9. Michele: Wendell’s boot helps her. Time and time again, we see the surviving half of a pair make a great endgame run. Thing is, she might be a sacrificial lamb this week — left out of the last decision, dedicated to ‘proving herself’, and without a tight ally beside the other guy on the wrong side of the vote? 9. Tony: The only reason I have you this low is in case Sarah or Sophie want to get rid of you to super solidify their alliance.
10. Adam: I’ve placed him higher in the rankings over the past few weeks, but Adam’s superpower is being a target. I maintain that a lot of players must want Adam sitting next to them for final tribal, but too many people have his name on their lips. 10. Nick:  Yeah…you should be next on the chopping block, but things just aren’t that easy these days. Part of me wonders if Tyson might be able to parlay that bequeathed fire token into some kind of working relationship.
 
11. Nick: Usually I’d give someone a bump up when their tight ally gets their torch snuffed, but I’ve got a bad feeling about this one. Nick got bamboozled last week, and might kick the strategy into overdrive trying to get back on top, making himself a target. I don’t think either the lions or the hyenas are fitting the Kentucky lawyer into their endgame plans. 11. Ben: So, let’s say there were three alliances last week; the Big Targets, Sophie’s Choice, and Wendell’s Winners. The Targets and the Choice came together to send Wendell to Extinction. But, if the Choice (Sophie, Sarah, potentially Michele and Kim) want to take control, they’d knock out a Big Target. Sarah is close with Tony, Kim is (arguably) close with Jeremy and Tyson. That leaves you.

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