The premiere of The Challenge Invasion is just around the corner. Let’s make some predictions!
Mike and I are going to try to predict who will score the most Officially Unofficial Challenge Fantasy League points, who will win and why.
Gentlemen first, here are Mike’s thoughts.
Most Fantasy Points – Women
#1 Laurel – Laurel is sort of like Daniel Day-Lewis; she doesn’t show up particularly often, but when she does, she always gives a great performance. In her four previous challenges, Laurel has made the final each time (albeit only winning once, on Free Agents). Laurel has a big size advantage and she is extremely athletic, and her past performance gives fantasy owners comfort that she is going to make it relatively far. Also, Laurel does not shy away from drama, as evidenced by her infamous diatribe against Big Easy on Cutthroat.
#2 Cara Maria – Cara Maria has had an amazing Challenge career after being eliminated in the first episode of Fresh Meat II, as she finally won her first Challenge on Bloodlines. Cara Maria is a strong competitor, one of the few that could potentially take out Laurel in an elimination (as long as size isn’t the primary factor). She also is no stranger to drama, as she frequently butts heads with Bananas, and I never know what the status of her friendship with Laurel is (looking back, the fact that Cara Maria and Laurel didn’t win when they were paired on the first Rivals is amazing). I assume (and sincerely hope) that Cara Maria is no longer in a relationship with Abram, so she has potential for hookup points as well. Even if she loses, this signed magnet from Cara Maria’s Etsy store (https://www.etsy.com/listing/399132499/cara-maria-mtv-challenge-signed-magnet?ref=shop_home_feat_4) is a huge bargain with free shipping!
#3 Nicole – I have been waiting patiently for two years for Nicole to appear on a Challenge. The time has come. Nicole doesn’t have size but she is ripped and is very athletic (I believe she even played on the FDNY football team). She does not shy away from drama, as she was involved in one of the most intense physical/verbal fights on RW: Skeletons, with her housemate Jason. And MTV’s marketing materials have implied that she may have a romantic relationship this season. The trifecta of athleticism, fighting, and romance makes Nicole a smart fantasy pick.
Most Fantasy Points – Men
#1 Bananas – Bananas is the boring pick, but there is a reason for that, as no one has had as much Challenge success as him. Bananas has won six Challenges and has earned almost $700,000 in prize money. He is no slouch. Bananas is extremely athletic and he has to be considered the favorite to win every Challenge in which he participates. It should be noted that Bananas’s biggest weakness is his lack of size (his second biggest being his lack of puzzle skills), and he might have to go up against behemoths like Zach or CT in an elimination, and we all remember what can happen when Bananas goes up against CT one on one – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gff9BCS2wm4 (the reaction shots are priceless). While Bananas has a long-time girlfriend, snowboarder Hannah Teter, so he won’t hook up, he is usually good for a few verbal arguments per season.
#2 Cory – It seems like Cory has been around forever, but this will only be his third Challenge. Cory is a great athlete – he used to play football – and will benefit from not having a partner for the first time. Even better is that Cory seems like a legitimately good guy, which makes rooting for him easy. Cory frequently hooks up (although writing this sentence makes me nostalgic for his former Ex-plosion hookup buddy Jenny) and argues. My biggest concern with Cory is that he is probably the best Underdog male, so he might have a big target on his back.
#3 CT – I mean, if you’ve seen the clip of Johnny Bananas as CT’s backpack, need I say more? CT is unquestionably one of the greatest – if not the greatest – pure athletes to compete on The Challenge. Unfortunately, due to his anger issues and some bad luck, CT has only won one Challenge, which was Rivals II. CT is much more mellow than he was ten years ago, but he is still a threat to win and/or fight in every season.
- Cara Maria
- Cara Maria
Who do you think will win?