QUICK NOTE: XFINITY.com is the place to be for all of your bug-eatin’, back-stabbin’, “Survivor” coverage. During the season we’ll have insightful weekly Power Rankings with Aubry Bracco, exit interviews, and full episode recaps. Follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute news.
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 four points. 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 Jessica in spot 11 while Gordon Holmes had her in spot 12. The current score is Team Bracco 65, Team Holmes 75.
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 = 65
Any questions for Aubry? Drop her a line on Twitter: @aubrybracco
Gordon’s Score = 75
Any questions for Gordon? Drop him a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes
|1. Ryan: Ryan’s blending at the beginning of the merge, and that’s a prime spot to be. If he uses this lull to make a plan and assess his potential jury, the turtleneck-clad analogy machine might be worth $1 million.||1. Lauren: She voted with the Hustleroes alliance and Mike will probably do what he can to keep her safe on the other side. She’s in a great position right now.|
|2. Devon: He might be starving to death, but Devon’s in a good spot. He’s got friends everywhere and he wasn’t in the hot seat to make a big decision last vote.||2. Devon: Devon’s makin’ some moves! And at the same time, nobody seems really threatened by him. I never would’ve said this at the start of the season, but Devon could take this whole thing.|
|3. JP: JP seems like ideal goat material and part of several people’s plans. Even better, he doesn’t outwardly appear to be a strategic threat at this time in a season full of them. The only way he could be in trouble next week? If the Hustlers and Heroes go to war for his number and decide to target him instead.||3. Ryan: A lot of shots are being thrown back and forth and none of them are being lobbed at one of this game’s savviest players. I say hang back and pick up the pieces when it’s over.|
|4. Ashley: I’m not sure what this merge holds for Ashley. She’s got a lot of feelers out there, and she was on the right side of the Jessica vote. This girl knows how to hang with the guys, and that’s a good thing given how many are left in the game. One possible issue? She showed her individual challenge prowess early.||4. Mike: Lauren really wants to work with Mike. And with Jessica gone, Lauren could become Mike’s new number two. Would she tip him off if his name was put up? I think so.|
|5. Ben: Ben’s spot could be good or bad depending on how you interpret the swing vote position. Sure, it’s great to have a bunch of allies and the opportunity to choose a side. What’s not so great about being friends with everyone? They’re more hurt anytime you make a move against them or their friends.||5. Desi: Challenge Goddess! I caught last week’s episode with 500 of my closest friends at the “Rob Has a Podcast: Know-It-Alls” live show in NYC. And when Desi won immunity, the place exploded.|
|6. Lauren: Lauren’s fully in an alliance and the voice of reason (who would have thought?) That said, she has to make sure she continues to go with the flow as the tribe works through the early merge. If she manages that, she’s going deep.||6. Ashley: The only reason you’re this low on the list is in case someone wants to break up your potential partnership with JP.|
|7. Chrissy: Chrissy has a target on her back at the beginning of the merge and is perceived as a threat. That’s not a great spot to be coming from when you’re hoping to stranglehold the game.||7. Ben: Does Cole hold you responsible for targeting Jessica? Possibly. You went from under-the-radar to smack-dab-in-the-middle-of-the-radar pretty quickly.|
|8. Mike: Mike is in the best position of all the Healers with everyone remaining, but that doesn’t mean much. Even worse, he lost his closest ally. I’m just glad you still have that idol in your pocket, Dr. Mike, and didn’t make a Jason/Scot Flub Of The Century by letting Jessica hold it before tribal.||8. Chrissy: The math thing…the making Ben nervous by playing too fast thing…last week was not a good week for Team Chrissy. Fortunately, you have a chance to regroup.|
|9. Desi: With the Healers and women dwindling on this tribe with a name so strange I can’t remember it — I’m worried Desi could find herself on the chopping block sooner than later. Even worse, Desi’s challenge prowess could make her an Andrea 3.0 (aka running from the vote all post merge long).||9. JP: Sing it with me folks; “Challenge threats…are never safe after the merge. If you’ve got skills…there’s always a motive to purge.” Yeah, it isn’t that catchy, but it’s hard to find words that rhyme with “Immunity.”|
|10. Joe: I keep putting Joe toward the bottom because he’s so chaotic, and here he’ll stay. Joe, I love you, but your overplaying smacks of a 9th play Debbie Wanner (no double-birds for you).||10. Cole: Your bestie got the boot last week and you’re caught in a weird wrestling match with Chrissy in the preview. The Cole train might be hitting its last stop.|
|11. Cole: Oh, Cole. You’re getting so far into the game now, I’m beginning to think they’re preening you to be the most handsome Billy Goat Gruff of all time. That said, you’re annoying the hell out of people and could just as easily be a liability.||11. Joe: You had to have thought your number was up to play that idol, right? You’ve watched the show enough to know that the idol-hiding methods change after the merge, right? I want you to stay, Joe…but I’m worried you’ll be using the farewell slang version of “Deuces.” #iamanoldperson|