After one of the most controversial seasons in recent memory, "Survivor" makes its return on Wednesday, February 12 on CBS. And this time around, Season 40: Winners at War will bring a host of "Survivor" legends back into the fold.
Legends like Boston Rob, his wife Amber Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine will take part in this season's contest, and the stakes have been raised significantly. The Sole Survivor will receive a whopping $2 million dollars for their troubles.
With such an anticipated season ahead, "Survivor" superfans might want to up the stakes a bit themselves by joining a fantasy league. So for the uninitiated, let's break down how to play fantasy "Survivor."
How to Play Fantasy Survivor
Prior to the premiere, each member of the league will participate in a snake-style draft where league members select contestants from the show and draft their teams.
With 20 contestants this season, it's best to shoot for a 10-person league, though you can adjust the size as needed. For example, in a 10-person league each league member selects two contestants, but you shouldn't have much trouble making the league smaller if necessary.
Not every contestant needs to be drafted, just make sure each team ends the draft with an equal number of contestants.
Fantasy Survivor Scoring Rules
The name of the game is simple: pick the players you think will earn the most points. How those points are scored can be a little more complicated, though, and there's often variance from league to league.
Generally, contestants earn points by doing things like winning immunity (two points), finding an immunity idol (two points), playing said idol (one point), winning a reward challenge (one point), and so on.
You can also give out points if the contestants are still in the game at a pre-determined point, like getting two points for making it to the merge, four points for making it to the family visit, etc. Whoever ultimately ends up selecting the Sole Survivor usually receives a significant bonus, as well.
Of course, players should feel free to tweak the scoring settings as long as the rules are clearly laid out and agreed upon by all league members prior to the premiere. We don't want another Jonny Fairplay situation on our hands.
For a more in-depth list of scoring settings, click this link.
Printable Fantasy Survivor Scoring Sheet
Here at The Duel, we've created a printable "Survivor" fantasy scoring sheet that you can print out to give to your friends and league mates. You can print it out via this link.
After each episode, be sure to update your point total for the week. It's also never a bad idea to assign a designated score-keeper for the entire league. Whoever has the most cumulative points at the end of the season wins the league!
Be sure to check out the premiere on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. on CBS.
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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.