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Survivor: Cagayan - Power Rankings

Week 5

By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst

March 25, 2014

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Hello, good people, and welcome back to the Survivor: Cagayan Power Rankings. Last week's tribal switch up totally jacked up my rankings and the result was as unpredictable as I thought it might be. The Brains are all of a sudden in power and the cracks that were starting to form in Brawn were blown wide open as my #4 ranked player, Cliff Robinson, was sent down the walk of shame. While my rankings will change drastically this week, the one spot I'm not changing is the very top spot.

1) LJ - LJ was my #1 last week and if anything, he solidified his spot here. The little crack that existed in the Brawn tribe was exploited by LJ as he got Trish and Tony to flip to join him and Jefra and send Uncle Cliff packing. While the other tribe won this week, I could definitely see LJ's tribe go on a winning streak that could keep them out of Tribal for a while. Either way, LJ has the numbers as well as an alliance on his new tribe and with his old Beauty members (save Morgan). And, oh by the way, he managed to pull that off while keeping his hidden idol. Dude has game and is THE player to watch, if you ask me.

2) Jefra - I'm moving Jefra up a spot because I still think she's most likely to be carried to the end with LJ. The pair find themselves in a great spot now, where they're not likely to lose too much and if they do, they have a two more people to dump (Woo and Lindsay) before things start getting real. So, for now, Jefra sits atop the rankings with LJ doing all the heavy lifting.




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3) Tasha - What's that you say, Tasha? Not Spencer? Yep, that's right. Tasha. The Brains are in the driver's seat on the new Aparri tribe and as much as I like Spencer, we can't forget that he was the odd man out on his own tribe just two episodes ago. With Alexis, Morgan and Sarah in play on this new tribe; Spencer could easily be the odd man out again. Tasha and Kass have been pretty well aligned and if they pick up Alexis and Sarah, they could girl power their way to the merge and be a real force to be reckoned with. At the same time, Kass is kind of annoying, so Tasha could dump her in favor of Spencer and still rock the same way. She gets the #3 spot because right now, she has a ton of options.

4) Tony - As the swing vote last week, Tony cemented himself in with LJ, Jefra and Trish. He's ahead of Trish on my list for two reasons. The first is that he still has an idol. The second is because Trish is volatile and may not make it out of this week's episode. I have Tony ranked this high, but don't read this as giving him a bunch of credit. He's just in a good spot now where there will be more important targets. If he keeps playing like he has been, he'll overplay himself soon and could find himself the victim of a massive blindside, with an idol in his pocket.


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