The Challenge: Total Madness Fantasy Picks & Power Rankings for Week 2

Max Staley
Johnny Bananas will look to add to his 6 Challenge victories this season.
Johnny Bananas will look to add to his 6 Challenge victories this season. / Paul Morigi/Getty Images
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There are a lot of scenes that will be hard to forget from the premiere of MTV's "The Challenge: Total Madness." The most memorable image, however, was undoubtedly a peacoat-clad T.J. Lavin bursting into frame riding an actual tank.

The second most memorable development was the alliance between long-time enemies Wes and Johnny Bananas. For the uninitiated, that's the equivalent of the Red Sox joining forces with the Yankees. In other words, it's simply unthinkable.

Here at The Duel, we'll be providing weekly power rankings and fantasy picks for each episode. We had a rough go of it last week picking Bear, who only mustered 2 fantasy points in Week 1, as our MVP. But T.J. hates quitters, so here are the fantasy picks and power rankings for Week 2 of "The Challenge: Total Madness."

The Challenge Fantasy Picks Week 2

3. Jennifer

Fantasy players earn 0.3 points per vote that is cast against a competitor they pick. With 27 competitors still on the show, this is an easy way to rack up points. Anyone who has seen this show knows rookies don't get a fair shake. Asaf and Jay, two rookies, were the first to go into elimination last episode, but this is a girls' elimination week. Jennifer didn't get too much screen time last week, and she could easily get thrown into an elimination.

2. Bear

As mentioned above, The Duel doesn't quit. Bear was our MVP pick last week, but he only mustered 2 points, putting him tied for ninth (among 14) male competitors. He's still got the potential to wreak havoc in the house and fantasy players can earn points for a variety of things, like hooking up with a competitor, getting into a verbal altercation and times shown in a confessional. Bear has what it takes to rack up numbers any given week.

1. Dee

Dee had a relationship with Rogan last season. Suffice it to say, it did not end well. Now on "Total Madness," Dee has elected to sleep in the bunk above his. That's a ticking time bomb. Dee is our MVP pick this week, as this relationship will almost certainly lead to some fireworks, potentially in Week 2. She's is also a fantastic athlete, finishing as a runner-up in the first challenge, and she's coming off a win last season.

The following power rankings break down the long-term outlook of which competitors have the best chance at winning the show outright.

The Challenge Power Rankings: Top 5 Male Competitors

5. Rogan

4. Wes
Trapped in a windowless bunker, Wes grew a quarantine beard before it was cool. After a weak showing last season, the alliance with Bananas could lead to renaissance for the former champ.

3. CT

2. Jordan
Matching Bananas' six titles once seemed unthinkable. Having won three of his last four appearances on the show, though, Jordan could be coming for the throne.

1. Johnny Bananas

The Tom Brady of "The Challenge," Bananas deserves that same level of respect. He's an annual threat to win it all.

The Challenge Power Rankings: Top 5 Female Competitors

5. Mattie
A dominant competitor who made the final in her first season, Mattie's got a real chance this time around. It'll be hard to pick against her in any elimination.

4. Nany
A veteran who has built a ton of alliances, Nany is a Challenge mainstay. She's solid in eliminations, which is particularly important this season, and she could be carried by her relationships.

3. Dee

2. Jenny

1. Tori
Tori eliminated Jenny last season, and Jenny dominated the first challenge of the season, so we're giving Tori a slight edge here. She's one of the most well-connected competitors on the show and has a real shot to win her first title this season.


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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.

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