“Survivor: Winners at War” Power Rankings Round 9 – Cue the Waterworks 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 seven 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 Adam in spot ten, while Gordon blew it and had him in spot two. So, the current score is Team Freberg 72, Team Holmes 72.

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: 72 Team Holmes: 72

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1. Sophie: Here’s what’s not happening this week: a smart lady going home with an idol in her bag. With the strategy so chaotic and so out in the open, Sophie will be able to see an attack a mile away. 1. Sophie: I don’t have a problem with Sophie dominating the top spot, because then I don’t have to swap her image out. Who’s said her name so far? Wendell? Where’s he now?
2. Kim: See above. It’s tricky to guess who she’s tight with on the island — immunity kept her name off lips — but you’ve got to believe Kim could suss out anyone targeting her and play the idol correctly. 2. Kim: Still packing an idol, still probably close with Denise, Jeremy, Sophie, Tyson… The only thing working against her is last week’s reminder that she can win some challenges.
3. Denise: I told y’all last week: While everyone else hustles through the early merge, Denise will keep her mouth shut and make herself a number for the majority. Adam’s boot took some weight off her tiny shoulders as well. 3. Jeremy: One of the cool things about this season is that they’re bringing out tons of people for the family visit. Less cool? The fact that Jeremy’s family is all decked out in Patriots gear. That’d be an insta-vote from me. But, he’s got a Get Out of Tribal free card, so it wouldn’t matter.
4. Jeremy: Anyone else notice how Jeremy never left his bench during the pre-vote scramble? Nice pivot from his merge boot hustling. The GTFO advantage keeps him high on this list, but I could see him being targeted soon. 4. Tony: The Tony we saw last week was one of the best Tonys we’ve seen in a while. The way he reasoned with Nick, the way he worked with Jeremy, being the voice of reason at Tribal. Kinder, gentler Tony. He could go far.
5. Tony: You know it’s a wild season when The Llama King is the most sensible person on the island. He’s safe as long as he can maintain this incredible coolness — though I think he’ll eventually need to channel some of his classic madness to have a chance at winning. 5. Sarah: I dunno about that reward move. Yeah, it puts a target on your back, but you’ve still got some really powerful allies in this game. My gut says you’re fine. But, my gut thought Adam was fine last week.
6. Ben: Adam’s departure benefits Ben the most. It’s a loss for us at home, watching them squabble every Wednesday night, but it means the cowboy doesn’t have to run his mouth in self defense. But is he capable of zipping his lips and slipping into the background for a few votes? 6. Denise: I figured it out; Denise killed Sandra and now she’s absorbed all of her powers. Sitting out of challenges (which I hate that she didn’t get to even bet on the winner), hanging back and letting strategies come to her. But, this group is too smart to let her coast for too long.
7. Tyson: His name was briefly kicked around before the vote. I think he’s decently safe, that several people on the island want him to stay a while longer. But if the majority finally goes after Sophie and she plays her idol, Tyson’s one of her top targets. 7. Michele: What a weird little season Michele is having. Her buddies get voted out, then they leave her their tokens. So, is she being rewarded for her awesome social game, or is she being rewarded for a less impressive strategic game that keeps finding her on the outs? Anywho, there’s no reason to go for her now, but I don’t think she’s in a solid enough place to put her higher.
8. Michele: You can’t judge someone for spending four fire tokens on that advantage; Michele can’t assume she’ll get another gift from EoE. That said, hard to bet on someone who’s regularly on the outs and only has a coin flip at immunity. 8. Tyson: There is never a bad time to get rid of Tyson. He’s in good with the jurors, he’s solid in challenges, etc. Aaaand…didn’t Rick Devens get two halves of an idol when he came back from Extinction? Shouldn’t they suspect Tyson of receiving a similar prize?
9. Sarah: Stealing a vote doesn’t help if you’re the target of an overwhelming majority, and Sophie’s not going to hand over an idol this late in the game. Adam was the driving force behind targeting her last week, but considering her reputation, Sarah’s still on the minds of the remaining players. 9. Nick: Bloodthirsty Nick? C’mon, that’s not you. Sweet-tea-thirsty Nick is more like it. He should be taking a page from Denise’s playbook. If they were looking for an easier vote, it’d make sense to go for him this week. But, I’m not sure that’s the way they’re heading.
10. Nick: Is Nick going to slip into the Adam slot, a player everyone thinks they can beat at the end? I think it’s possible. But Adam’s perception as a no-shot-to-win player didn’t protect him last week, and Nick’s frayed nerves aren’t doing him any favors. 10. Ben:  Sarah and Ben need to be split up? Huh…that’s the first I’ve heard of them as a power pair. And if Sophie’s the one pulling the strings, I feel like she’s more likely to keep her buddy cop.

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