BB16 Power Rankings Week #3: Ding Dong, the Witch(?) is Dead!A much-needed "recollection" period occurred this week as many houseguests' game-plans started to coexist. It seemed as though all the stars aligned in a perfect plan to take out the "father" of the house, and in the end it pulled through. But was this really the best situation for us viewers?
This week on Victoria-watch, Victoria decided to share a story about a bird swooping down and picking her up as a child. And that's basically it.
The only reason Jocasta isn't in the 13th spot is because of how strongly the house hates Victoria. She was a floater at the beginning of the season, and she has officially solidified that role after one simple event. After becoming very ill, Jocasta told the DR that being on the block was no concern at all and that she now only cares about her health. Of course to the untrained ear that may sound pretty reasonable. She is sick and should definitely be concerned for her health. However, the fact that her brain completely shut off game at the drop of a hat shows true colors. Besides her friendship with Donny, Jocasta doesn't have much going for her.
Sidenote: After all Donny did for you, you end up thanking God left and right for giving the Veto to you. Donny gave you the necklace, I think he deserves some praise as well.
Amber is this low for two major reasons. The first one is only a byproduct of Caleb's stupidity/creepiness. With Amber not willing to play the part of the reluctant "princess" of Caleb, he has become a frustrated and restless. This whole situation has given way too much spotlight to Amber. She may be in the right, but flirting with Cody isn't going to help her either, so she does take some responsibility. The second reason she takes this spot is for her pushiness to take down the guys. Problem: you told Christine. Christine went right to the guys and now Amber's game is wide open. Her name is in a lot of people's mouths for all the wrong reasons.
The end of the week proved poor for Brittany. Once Devin was set to go home, the houseguests needed a new target for the following week. Personal reasons or not, Brittany has become a target to many people. Her need to make situations more emotional than they need to be shows what kind of player she is. Strategy isn't the focal point of her mind, emotions are. It may be the reason she rubs others the wrong way.
If you've seen my other rankings you know I'm not too hot on Caleb but understand his power in the game. Well, this time Caleb's power isn't there anymore and I'm glad to say he takes the 9th spot. I've already discussed the stalker-ish nature he holds over Amber. It's gone too far. He wants things she can't give him and he won't take no for an answer. Now it's destroying his game as Cody sees the glares and tension. Sorry Caleb, but "beast mode" doesn't refer to your gameplay. It refers to your personality.
Donny has been getting a little heat lately. I can see the glimmer of strategy he offers in the DR, but he has a hard time effectively executing it. His awkward approach to the Team America move didn't fully represent itself on the show, but Nicole and some others started to believe he was America's Player until Frankie shut it down. Still, Donny is out there as a target. He's winning challenges and people notice that. Although there isn't a facade, more and more houseguests think Donny is a hardcore player unlike how he is showing himself to be. Donny needs to step up his game and use his likability to gain more trust.
Zach attack has climbed back up the ladder, but not too much. How he went from explosive and erratic to calm and collected I don't know, but Zach isn't a common name to be thrown out there as a target anymore. I do have a sharp criticism in that regard, however. He escaped being a target and good on him. When Team America chose to make Zach the subject of their controversial task I thought it could be the downfall of his game. But it got dissuaded pretty easily. Until one fateful hour. Zach began to neither confirm or deny that he is Amanda's cousin to certain people. Why? You want to stir up some fun? Well that fun could result in some discussions about you and possibly the block. You never want your name pushed around.
Hayden isn't a target for anyone. He's been playing the likability factor with the women and hasn't been the forefront of any negative gameplay. I see Hayden riding it out at least until jury. There seems to be bigger fish to fry. Plus, Hayden has power in terms of influence on the guys. His friendships hold some weight. The only downside this week for Hayden has been his frequent attempts for romance with Nicole!
Speaking of Nicole, that frog costume? That wasn't a punishment. That was a cuteness alert. But, uh, back to the strategy. Nicole still stays pretty high on the list for her gravity in the house. Christine should stay her number one ally as she isn't a target either and gets a lot of information from a lot of people. She's also doing a great job with Hayden as he attempts to flirt like a middle-schooler. Definitely isn't Amber. What makes Nicole the number five seat and not any higher is her sass. Yes, I said sass, She has a little spunk in her that I saw when she nominated Donny and almost called out Devin mid-week. But as long as her emotions stay under control the weeks to come, I think we have at least a jury member here.
Frankie slowly slips down the rankings for efforts done by others. His name is now out there with some of the less-powerful players so it isn't much to freak out about, but you never know who could win HoH or veto. Frankie does has something important brewing though that I'd like to call attention to. Christine and Nicole seem to be his new focus. The two girls latched on to Hayden because of his physical strength for competition and his love of Nicole. Now they have a likability of Frankie but for purely game reasons. They like where his head is that. This is what Frankie needs in the later weeks as the former-Bomb Squad member begin to turn on each other. If he falls back into the shadows he once had in week one, he'll be golden.
I know, right?! Cody's first week would have made me believe he would never be in the top three. Yet here he is, proving me wrong once again. I have three major bullet points for Cody's recent ascension in my power rankings. First, his loyalties. Each person in the house believes Cody to be loyal to them in one form or another. Cody has become the "best friend" of the house with his charm. Second, his true alliances. The solid alliances that Cody has chosen are those with actual players that want to keep him around for a long time. Derrick, Zach, Frankie, and occasionally Hayden all back him up even when he isn't around. Finally, his abs. Yes, his abs. Flirtation can get you far in this game if you can spin it correctly. Cody definitely has the flirting down but has caught the attention of Caleb. His response to this is probably what made me put him up this high. Cody didn't try to take action against a jealous Caleb, he took precautions to what Caleb might do if his stupidity continued. Perfect job planting that seed to Derrick. Just don't actually fall for any of these girls.
My MAN!! 2nd and not 1st? What's up! Derrick falls down out of the top spot for one major reason: he won HoH. Now that doesn't mean getting HoH was a bad situation for Derrick. He actually escaped unharmed and without any mad players coming after him (sending Devin home gets him bonus points from others). The only issue is that Derrick is under the radar anymore. Donny even said that he may be the ringleader of the house. Hopefully no one else realizes that any time soon. Still, Derrick continues to impress. Team America's task was completed heavily because of his part and how he smoothly told Zach about the situation so he would confront people. I still see shades of Dan in his DR's and and will continue to love seeing him play.
And finally, without further adieu, this week's new Number 1 spot goes to....