The Challenge: Total Madness Fantasy Picks & Power Rankings for Week 8

Max Staley
Wes Bergmann and Johnny Bananas make their return to MTV's The Challenge this Wednesday at 8pm EST.
Wes Bergmann and Johnny Bananas make their return to MTV's The Challenge this Wednesday at 8pm EST. / Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Last week, Jenna pulled off a legacy-defining victory. With her back against the wall, the Barbie Beast had her version Michael Jordan's Flu Game, eliminating Tori despite dealing with some over-the-top nagging from her fiance Zach.

Jenna is here to stay, but two of the guys won't be so lucky this week. Episode eight is a double elimination, and according to the Challenge Twitter account, it looks like two guys will be headed home.

Here at The Duel we'll be providing weekly fantasy picks and power rankings for every episode of MTV's "The Challenge: Total Madness." Here are our picks for Week 8.

The Challenge Fantasy Picks Week 8

1. Nelson

Nelson is our MVP pick of the week, though he's coming off an absolutely brutal two-episode stretch. While apologizing to the entire cast for berating Aneesa and baselessly accusing her of throwing a challenge, Nelly T somehow did a 180 mid-speech and ended it by viciously insulting Kailah. That rightfully turned the entire bunker against him. He's simply playing a clueless social game right now. In fact, Kyle even interrupted his tirade, saying "Let Nelson dig himself a grave for the boys' elimination," to which Nelson obliviously replied "Thank you." He's a ticking time bomb, and this week's preview shows him getting into another altercation with Kyle. Conflict often leads to elimination, but it always leads to fantasy points – as evidenced by Nany's 29.2-point showing from last week.

2. Swaggy C

Swaggy C is a solid value play. He's not going to cost nearly as much as some of the big-name players, but he's got a lot going for him. For one, he's proven to be excellent at puzzle-based challenges (the great equalizer). From the preview, we know there's at least one puzzle this week. He's also one of two male rookies left, so he's likely going to play a significant part in the voting process.

3. Wes/Bananas

Playing it a little safer, with two eliminations this week you have to figure Bananas and Wes will be heavily involved – either as puppet masters, or the targets of a coup. And despite Bananas' well-documented hatred of puzzles, both he and Wes are serviceable enough to have a chance to win.

The Challenge Power Rankings Week 8

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

Male Competitors

5. Fessy – Cory's time in the top five was short-lived, but he admitted himself that his alliance with Nelson is bad for his game. It's hard to argue with that. Call it a hunch, but Fessy gets the nod because he looks like he'd be tough to top in an elimination.

4. Jordan – Tori's elimination is a huge blow to Jordan's game. He's undeniably a better competitor than Rogan, but socially he's in a really difficult spot. If he wants to see a final, he'll likely have to earn it in elimination on multiple occasions. But if anyone here can do that, it's probably Jordan.

3. Rogan

2. Wes

1. Bananas

Female Competitors

5. Mattie

4. Kailah – Nany's outburst might've put a target on her back, so she's getting bumped in favor of Kailah, a fellow member of the "Holy Trinity."

3. Jenna – Everyone underestimated Jenna all season, this site included. After eliminating Tori, that won't happen again.

2. Dee

1. Jenny

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