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Survivor: Game Changers: Meet the Cast of Season 34

With the 34th installment of Survivor only a week away, we at the Roto Street Journal hope you’ll take a little bit of time to check out the 20 contestants (all returning players) of Survivor: Game Changers and see what we think about their respective chances at winning the million dollar check (which should be one of those giant, novelty sized ones but for some reason is just regular sized).  Use this cheat sheet to help you draft your RSJ Survivor Fantasy Team sometime this week.  You can thank us later for the fun you’ll have watching these castaways battle with limited food and resources at their disposal for your amusement.

Without further adieu, I give you the cast of Survivor: Game Changers –

Name:  Andrea Boehlke

Was Previously On Survivor:  Season 22 (Redemption Island) and Season 26

Noteworthy Because… I have no idea.

Do I Remember Her?  No.

Thoughts On This Season: It’s tough to formulate an opinion on someone I really don’t remember.  It’s a little disappointing that I don’t have any memory of somebody who was on twice in the past 6 years or so, but I choose to blame her for not making enough of an impression as opposed to my brain losing power more every day.  Am I looking forward to seeing her on Season 34?  No.  Should I be?   

Odds of Winning Survivor: Game Changers:  Your guess is as good as mine.  30 to 1?

 

 Name:  Aubry Bracco

Was Previously On Survivor:  Season 32 (Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty)

Noteworthy Because… she was the runner-up that season.

Do I Remember Her?  Yes.  But only by appearance.

Thoughts On This Season:  You would think if someone finished second place only 2 seasons ago, I would have a lot in the old data bank on her.  Not the case.  When I showed her picture to my wife and asked her if she remembered her, she was like, “Sure!”  Then I asked her to tell me something about her.  Nothing.

Odds of Winning Survivor: Game Changers:  20 to 1

 

 Name: Brad Culpepper

Was Previously On Survivor: Season 27: Blood vs. Water

Noteworthy Because… He was an NFL player once upon a time.

Do I Remember Him?  Yes.

Thoughts On Him This Season:  I remember Brad rubbing some people the wrong way and becoming the de facto leader of his tribe because when you are a former professional meathead that’s just what you do.  His leadership was on the poor side—his team lost something like 4 immunity challenges in a row and then he got blindsided.  For a guy who finished 15th overall, he got a lot of screen time.  I think in the context of this game, he is fairly unlikable and will not get far this time around either.

Odds of Winning Survivor: Game Changers:  Maybe 20 to 1.

 

 Name: Caleb Reynolds

Was Previously On Survivor: Season 32 (Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty)

Noteworthy Because:  He was medically evacuated when he had a heat stroke during/after a challenge.  Tai had a man crush on him I am pretty sure.

Do I Remember Him?  Kind of.

Thoughts On This Season:  Caleb is a real unknown commodity.  His sample size on Season 32 was very small, but he seemed well liked during the time he was on the show.  Then again, he was evacuated for not being able to handle the conditions.  Sadly, the game is still being played on an island, not in an Embassy Suites—so maybe that is going end up being a real strike against Caleb.

Odds of Winning Survivor: Game Changers:  If they move the game indoors, 10 to 1.  If the game remains outdoors, 50 to 1.       

 

Name:  Ciera Eastin

Was Previously On Survivor:  Season 27 (Blood vs. Water), Season 31 (Second Chances)

Noteworthy Because:  She voted off her own mother in Season 27.

Do I Remember Her?  Yes.

Thoughts On This Season:  Ciera did seem somewhat more competent in her second appearance on the show (aptly named Second Chances), but in my opinion, Ciera is just not championship material.  She seems to either be too trusting or paranoid—never somewhere in between.  She could latch on to a good alliance and go a ways, but she’s not hoisting the trophy.

Odds of Winning Survivor: Game Changers:  14 to 1

 

Name:  Cirie Fields

Was Previously On Survivor:  Season 12, Season 16, Season 20 (Heroes vs. Villains)

Noteworthy Because:  She has been on the show a lot of times.

Do I Remember Her?  Sure.

Thoughts On This Season:  Cirie is a fairly popular Survivor alum.  She’s pretty smart, she’s pretty likable, and she’s reasonably good at challenges.  She’s never made it to the end, which means there probably isn’t a pre-existing target on her back.  Unless she gets stuck on a losing tribe right out of the gate, she’ll probably be around a while.

Odds of Winning Survivor: Game Changers:  10 to 1

 

Name:  Debbie Wanner

Was Previously On Survivor:  Season 32 (Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty)

Noteworthy Because:  She is hilariously crazy and claims to have had like 1,000 jobs.

Do I Remember Her?  Hell yes.

Thoughts On This Season:  Debbie is annoying as hell, but is great TV.  Remember that guy Coach who claimed to have been abducted by indigenous people whilst canoeing in South America but then after being held captive and beaten for hours he gnawed through his bonds and barely escaped like as they chased him like at the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark?  Well Debbie is kind of like that.  She’s a huge know it all, is not at all self aware, and is not particularly likable.  But I hope she stays on the show at least until the jury.

Odds of Winning Survivor: Game Changers:  14 to 1

 

Name:  Hali Ford

Was Previously On Survivor:  Season 30 (White, Blue, No Collar)

Noteworthy Because:  No idea.

Do I Remember Her?  No.

Thoughts On This Season:  I expect Hali to bore me, but I’m hoping to be dazzled.

Odds of Winning Survivor: Game Changers:  Like 40 to 1.  Any better than that, I’d have to remember her.

 

 Name:  James “J.T.” Thomas

Was Previously On Survivor:  Season 18, Season 20 (Heroes vs. Villains)

Noteworthy Because:  He won Season 18 in a dominant performance and made one of the stupidest moves in the history of Survivor in Season 20.

Do I Remember Him?  Absolutely.

Thoughts On This Season:  If J.T. had not played a second time, he would be considered an all time great and would maybe be thought of as a threat to win this thing even coming in with a target on his back.  But… play a second time he did, and now I think he is a walking joke.  J.T. gave Russell Hantz an immunity idol as a gift FOR NO REASON and enclosed it in a really sappy letter.  He decided FOR NO REASON that he could trust Russell, who was on another tribe and who HE DID NOT KNOW.  Now, J.T. is a very friendly guy and there will be some people who like him this season even with the Past Winner Target he’ll be carrying.  I could see him on the early part of the jury, but I don’t see him getting much further.

Odds of Winning Survivor: Game Changers:  14 to 1

 

Name:  Jeff Varner

Was Previously On Survivor:  Season 2, Season 31 (Second Chances)

Noteworthy Because:  I don’t know—he was on way back in the day?

Do I Remember Him?  Yeah.

Thoughts On Him This Season:  At 51, Jeff is going to be the oldest (or at least close to the oldest) contestant in the game.  He has no prior relationships from his first time on the show to lean on, and when he was on a couple seasons ago he was gone quickly.  Honestly, I’m not sure why he is considered a game changer.  If you’re gonna give us a throwback from that long ago, give us Rudy Boesch or Richard Hatch—I am pretty sure he is out of prison.

Odds of Winning Survivor: Game Changers:  Very low.  40 to 1 maybe.  But I’ll bet if they played this out 40 times he wouldn’t win.

 

Name:  Malcolm Freberg

Was Previously On Survivor:  Season 25, Season 26

Noteworthy Because:  He was a major factor in two straight seasons.

Do I Remember Him?  Yes.

Thoughts On This Season:  It’s not every Survivor contestant who can look you in the eye and honestly say, “Blair from the Facts of Life thought I was too big of a threat and was part of a contingent that voted me out in the Final 4.”  But Malcolm can say that.  He did OK the next season too, and has proven himself to be a very good finder of hidden idols.  He’s a solid player and having never made it to the finals, he’s probably not a huge target either.

Odds of Winning Survivor: Game Changers:  8 to 1

 

Name:  Michaela Bradshaw

Was Previously On Survivor:  Season 33 (Gen X vs. Millennials)

Noteworthy Because:  She was smart and outspoken and that was the death of her.

Do I Remember Her?  Yes.

Thoughts On This Season:  I really love Michaela and she’ll probably be one of a handful of contestants I am actively rooting for this season.  The things I love about her are going to be considered threats by the other players though, and in a game where everyone is looking for any excuse to vote someone off, I could see her getting on the wrong side of some people early on.  However, if she happens to fall in with the right group of folks she has the game to ride to the Final 4 or beyond.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that’s how it goes down.

Odds of Winning Survivor: Game Changers:  10 to 1

 

Name:  Ozzy Lusth

Was Previously On Survivor:  Season 13, Season 16, Season 23

Noteworthy Because:  He’s been on a lot, he’s extremely popular, and he’s fantastic in the water—a great fisherman.

Do I Remember Him?  100%

Thoughts On This Season:  Ozzy is a real contender in my opinion.  He’s a very likable guy and a serious threat in challenges.  He lost to Yul 5-4 in the finals during his first season, literally coming as close as he could to winning the million without taking it home.  In Season 16, he was voted off with an idol in his pocket, which probably means he will have learned from that mistake.  He’s a high profile enough guy in the Survivor world where someone could come gunning for him early though, so don’t bet the ranch.  But I give Ozzy a real fighting chance.

Odds of Winning Survivor: Game Changers:  6 to 1

 

Name:  Sandra Dias-Twine

Was Previously On Survivor:  Season 7, Season 20 (Heroes vs. Villains)

Noteworthy Because:  She is the Survivor GOAT.  She has been on the show twice—she won both times.  Think Eli Manning if the 2 seasons he beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl were the only seasons he ever played.

 

Do I Remember Her?  Of course.

Thoughts On This Season:  Wow.  Sandra can only hurt her legacy by playing this season… unless of course she wins again.  She is a no nonsense, strong strategic and social player who has positioned herself to be in the right place at the right time against the right people twice.  When she came back in Season 20, when it was relatively new for contestants to be on Survivor a second time, the one thing I was certain of was that a past winner of the million dollars would have no shot of winning it again.  I assumed the first thing the other contestants would do would be to eliminate the past winners for whatever reason—jealousy, because they were a threat, whatever.  As past winners fell though, there was Sandra at the end winning a 6-3-0 vote in the finals… having positioned herself against Parvati Shallow (another past winner) and probably the most hated contestant ever, Russell Hantz.  In my opinion, that showed real tact—and I give her a ton of props for the win.  She remains the only player to win the game of Survivor twice, so you’d be a fool to count her out.  But everyone knows that, so she could be gone early.  If she hangs around for a while, look out.

Odds of Winning Survivor: Game Changers:  12 to 1.  Only this long because she’s such an obvious threat.  I consider her the best player in the game.

 

Name:  Sarah Lacina

Was Previously On Survivor:  Season 28 (Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty)

Noteworthy Because:  Search me.

Do I Remember Her?  Nope.

Thoughts On This Season:  I am certainly not expecting much from this alleged game changer.  But a lot of people weren’t expecting Tom Brady to be all that coming out of college either.  Is Sarah Lacina the Tom Brady of Survivor?  I don’t know, can a walrus be an effective lumberjack?  You just have to toss it a chainsaw and stand back to find out, I guess.

Odds of Winning Survivor: Game Changers:  Wow, no idea.  20 to 1 because there are 20 contestants sounds about right.

 

Name:  Sierra Dawn Thomas

Was Previously On Survivor:  Season 30 (White, Blue, No Collar)

Noteworthy Because:  I am not sure.  Because she was such a safe player?

Do I Remember Her?  A little.

Thoughts On This Season:  Sierra (who was evidently a major player on the high school rodeo circuit wherever she is from) was pretty much the definition of a non-dynamic player when she was on before.  She basically stuck with her alliance, never made any moves, and then got voted off because she was getting too close to the end.  Could she do something similar on this season of well-seasoned players?  Sure.  But it will only take her so far.

Odds of Winning Survivor: Game Changers:  15 to 1

 

Name:  Tai Trang

Was Previously On Survivor:  Season 32 (Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty)

Noteworthy Because:  He was extremely likable, then he got in an alliance with assholes, then he backstabbed the assholes but it was too late to earn him votes in the end.  He was a finalist—he finished 3rd.

Do I Remember Him?  Yes.

Thoughts On Him This Season:  It was awesome that Tai was put on the “Beauty” tribe when he played.  Although he did show himself to be a really smart guy and a formidable athlete (especially when it came to climbing), he was not really what we would consider a traditional beauty.  This had to have been something that got talked about off camera from time to time.  As for this season, Tai is the kind of guy some people may want to work with so he might get kind of far.  His overall likability might keep him from making it to the finals though, so I doubt he ends up winning this.

Odds of Winning Survivor: Game Changers:  12 to 1

 

Name:  Tony Vlachos

Was Previously On Survivor:  Season 28 (Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty)

Noteworthy Because:  He won his season in fairly dominant fashion.

Do I Remember Him?  Absolutely.

Thoughts On Him This Season:  Tony is a very dangerous player.  He will stab anyone in the back, he will lie to your face convincingly, he will spy on you, he is good at finding idols, and he is a total alpha dog.  Yes, he has won the million, so everyone knows his game.  But he has a kind of Rob Mariano vibe about him that seems to make people gravitate to him even when they know better.  I could see Tony going a long way even with the target on his back.

Odds of Winning Survivor: Game Changers:  5 to 1

 

Name:  Troy “Troyzan” Robertson

Was Previously On Survivor:  Season 24 (One World)

Noteworthy Because:  He was kind of a doofus.

Do I Remember Him?  Yes.

Thoughts On Him This Season:  I was (and still am) underwhelmed by Troyzan as a Survivor player.  He kept referencing how good he was at stuff, but I never really saw it.  He’s going to be 55 when this season starts, so that’s not going to help him in the physical part of the game.  And at the end of the day, despite his competitiveness, Troyzan is going to be missing the family of 12 marmoset monkeys he adopted and raised back at his house, so he may be looking for a reason to quit.    

Odds of Winning Survivor: Game Changers:  25 to 1

 

Name:  Zeke Smith

Was Previously On Survivor:  Season 33 (Gen X vs. Millennials)

Noteworthy Because:  He was a power player and seemed to be in the driver’s seat when he got voted out.  Also, I have heard he was born a woman, but that has not played into his game at all and has never been mentioned on TV by him or anyone else.

Do I Remember Him?  Yes.

Thoughts On This Season:  I think Zeke is kind of a sneaky good player—possibly the type of good player whose game could make the jump successfully from the regular game to an all-star game.  He is good at identifying the threats in the contest and is direct about trying to get rid of them without coming off like an asshole.  He was also able to click with both men and women which always helps in a game based on gathering allies.  A lot of this will depend on the makeup of Zeke’s initial tribe this season, but he could end up making waves.

Odds of Winning Survivor: Game Changers:  10 to 1

If you’re looking to start a Survivor: Game Changers Fantasy League, check out our scoring system and check back throughout the season for our episode and fantasy recaps. Good luck!

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