3. Ben Driebergen
As much as Ben’s name had been muddied a bit in Survivor: Winners at War with his back-and-forth bickering with Adam Klein, if they were acting like bickering brothers, he was certainly portrayed as the older brother. Ben’s game has been picking up ever since he was totally, completely ethered by Boston Rob in the premiere, and his social standing has only become emboldened since the merge.
He doesn’t have the flashy moves and hasn’t been a strategic leader in the game, but he’s in a good position for longevity. He found himself in a big threats alliance that, ironically, might shield him as opposed to serving as a shield for others. He hasn’t needed to be hunting for idols, instead establishing bonds with both the under-the-radar strategic threats and the powerhouses at the top.
Most importantly, I don’t think his name has come up once, let alone receiving votes or voting interests. He’s off everyone’s radars without being completely left on the outsides, giving him an outside edge to come onto the scene late and play up his endearing story as well as finding and playing an assortment of trinkets I presume he’ll inevitably find.