Survivor Winners at War premiere power rankings: Champs in contention

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6. Michele Fitzgerald

If there’s anyone you wouldn’t think to target first, second, third, fourth, or even maybe fifth on a tribe heading into Winners at War, no matter the situation, it would be Michele Fitzgerald. The player whose win had Jeff Probst so in a tizzy he entirely reshaped the foundation of the Final Tribal Council to let players better explain their games to the jury (allegedly), Michele might have the most people overlooking her.

Those “most people” would be making a mistake, as she has a series of connections with winners from modern and mid-aged seasons that will prime her for the long run. She can keep to simple tribe numbers early, shift to other groups later, and runback a more prolific Survivor win against champions due to an impeccable social game. That is if she can survive her first non-merge Tribal Council.

5. Jeremy Collins

Despite the level of gamesmanship he displayed in Second Chances, the fact that he’s only on Adam Klein’s radar going into this game is stupidly remarkable. He’s a very athletic guy you’ll want to keep on your tribe at least through the merge, yet he has the strategic prowess to know who to lean on and who not to trust as to avoid becoming the Joe Anglim of an all-winners season.

He also has a ton of connections through poker, charity events, local players (and winners) to the Massachusetts area, and is a parent in a sea of dads and moms. He should be one of the first you would want to see go if you’re playing, but somehow, he’s mitigated his threat level. That’s scary good!

4. Parvati Shallow

Referring to that player poll, Parvati Shallow has received zero votes from other players as someone they want to see go out first despite the very real possibility she could have been the only two-time winner in the show’s history had a break gone her way here and there. She’s played idols in a way that paved the path for the modern game, charmed her way to the top, and now has an out to downplay her savageness by being a very recent parent.

Parvati has options to go from here, but I do think that she does become a threat at the merge if not at a tribe swap. For now, though, it seems like the women have bigger fish to fry, and the bigger threats might try to stick together.