Survivor 46 features 3 of the worst pre-merge players EVER

There has been some of the most clueless gameplay during Survivor 46 in history, and the perpetrators were all stuck on the same tribe!

 SURVIVOR 46 on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live on Paramount+ the following day
SURVIVOR 46 on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live on Paramount+ the following day /

Poor Yanu. During Survivor 46, episode four, titled "Don't Touch the Oven," the Yanu tribe lost their fourth straight immunity challenge. They received some luck in episode 3 when Randen was pulled from the Nami tribe due to medical reasons, but it turned out only to be a stay of execution.

Yanu did, however, somehow rally to win a reward challenge, the prize being a huge platter of fish. Since they didn't have their flint yet, they settled for a big tarp and tool kit instead.

It is hard to determine just how good any of the players are from Nami and Siga, since none of them have really had to play the game much in the first nine days, due to the ineptitude of Yanu.

There have been bad tribes throughout Survivor history. Who could forget Survivor Palau when Stephanie's WHOLE tribe was voted out because they lost immunity after immunity?

The strange thing about the current Yanu tribe is Kenzie, Q, and Tiffany all seem as if they know how to play the game but were stuck with three absolute duds.

1. Jelinsky

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One can see the appeal of why Jelinsky, Jess, and Bhanu were cast. Jelinsky had a great personality and seemed like he knew a lot of about the game. It just turned out he had no intestinal fortitude and was willing to give up on any task he took on. Whether he knew this or not, he was completely oblivious to the game going on around him and was blindsided at tribal.

Jelinsky was voted out first on Survivor season 46.

2. Jess

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Jess seemed smart and was willing to do whatever, like eat ants right off a tree for protein, but she had no real gameplay skills, neither in challenges or around camp. She didn't seem able to form any kind of strategy for how to survive in the game, and her social game was non-existent.

Jess was eliminated in the second episode of the season.

3. Bhanu

Bhanu Gopal from the CBS Original Series SURVIVOR, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network. -- Photo: Robert Voets/CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved. /

That leaves Bhanu. While he was very likable and immensely entertaining, his roller-coaster of emotions, and his total inability to play with any sort of strategic acumen just derailed his whole game.

He wore every emotion openly, he had to be coached constantly on even the not-so-fine points of the game, and his lack of game awareness was staggering. He even seemed to grasp, faintly, that he was being manipulated at all times.

His game essentially ended for good when he admitted to his tribemates he had blabbed all their secrets to the other tribes on his journey, then he sealed his fate when he inexplicitly skipped an obstacle during the immunity challenge by crawling up a floating platform and diving off the other side without climbing the cubes and diving from there.

Even Q, who desperately wanted use him to oust Kenzie from the game could no longer defend him in any way with Tiffany. Bhanu went to tribal council with no vote and no allies. His fellow Yanu members didn't try to implement any wacky plans to hide his fate from him. They just told him he was going home.

Bhanu shared a moving story about his impoverished childhood at his final tribal, again with full emotion. He was so likable, and it was obvious he considered himself a super fan. In the end, that fandom did not prepare him emotionally for the game, and he will go down as one of the worst players to ever don a buff. Jelinsky and Jess won't be all that far down the list.

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