Pick-4 Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X fantasy league

Welcome back to the greatest Survivor fantasy league on the internet!

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Survivor: Let’s just hope it’s not Nicaragua redux

In the comments section of this post, you can select your Pick-4 teams for the SurvivorMillennials vs. Generation X fantasy league. Most of you have probably played before and already know how this works, but if you’re new to this, here are the rules and scoring system:

1. Nobody is impressed that you’ve read spoilers. If you have, don’t play this game. To put it more bluntly, don’t be a dick. (Amendment for this specific season: Two players in particular are going to be overwhelmingly popular choices. I get it. That’s fine. Feel free to pick them, but don’t be a dick about it.)

2. Pick four Survivors from this season that you think will do well (see scoring system below), and let us know the combination you want in the comments on the draft post or via Twitter (@purplerockpod)- though it’s much easier on me if you use the comments section.

3. As long as nobody else has picked that exact combination of four players, I’ll respond to you to acknowledge that I recorded your picks (I do this so that you don’t later edit your post or delete your tweet and claim you picked a different set of players. Again, see Rule #1). You can change them any time until the second episode airs, so if one of your picks is the first person booted you can attempt to salvage your team.

4. Check this site every week to see updated standings. To the winner goes the ultimate prize: Bragging rights on the internet.

5. The scoring system:

Tribe reward: 1 points

Tribe immunity: 2 points*

*In a combined reward/immunity challenge with only two tribes, only immunity points will be awarded.
*In an immunity challenge with three (or more) tribes, winning tribe gets 3 points, 2nd place gets 2, loser gets 0. (If there are four tribes, 3rd place would get 1 point.)

Individual reward: 2 points

Individual immunity: 4 points

Finding an idol: 3 points

Playing idol successfully: 4 points

Redemption Island victory: 1 point

Return to game from Redemption Island: 2 points (although let’s hope Redemption Island is never used again)

Votes To Evict Player (VTEP) pre-merge: 1 point*

*VTEP points are awarded when your player casts a vote- or participates in a split vote plan- that successfully snuffs someone else’s torch. (In the case of a double vote, a player would get double the VTEP for using the double vote for the correct target or as part of a vote split.)

VTEP post-merge: 2 points

*In the case of a double-vote advantage being used, if the double-vote is used successfully- either to vote one person out or as part of a vote-split plan- the person using the advantage correctly will get double the amount of VTEP points.

Making the merge (one-time bonus): 3 points

Receiving the immunity necklace from someone at tribal council: 4 points

Final tribal council votes: 2 points each

**Tie-breaker: At the end of the season if one team is tied with another, the team that has the player that placed the highest in the game will win. For example:

Team A is made up of 4 players: 1st place, 2nd place, 10th place, 15th place. Team B is made up of 4 players: 1st place, 3rd place, 5th place, 6th place. Since both teams chose the winner, the next highest-finishing player would break the tie. In this case, Team A has 2nd place and Team B has 3rd place. So Team B is the winner.

Easy enough, right?

Joining the league is also easy: Just make your picks in the comments below. I’ll respond to you to lock in your players (assuming nobody else has that exact combination), and you have until the second episode airs to change your picks. Yes, the second episode. So if you picked the first boot, make sure to come back and change your picks!

I’ll try to update the table below as frequently as possible so you can use it to see if your combination of players is still available (don’t expect me to update on weekends, though). Alphabetize the players you want to pick, then look at the alphabetized list below to see if your combo is already taken. Too confusing? Just pick your four and I’ll tell you if they’re still available. If I don’t get back to you in a day or so (again, don’t count weekends), reply to one of my comments- I’m John in the comments below- and let me know I suck.

NamePlayer 1Player 2Player 3Player 4
aj hillerAdamBretChrisJessica
Maulik ShahAdamBretChrisZeke
Disgruntled GoatAdamBretHannahJessica
Survivor ClubbAdamBretJessicaMari
TJ SassAdamBretMariMichaela
No Eyes in BlindfoldAdamBretMichaelaTaylor
Survivor StickAdamCeceDavidHannah
Wife of JohnAdamCeceKenMari
Jacob BuckAdamChrisMariMichaela
Kemper BoydAdamChrisMariSunday
Duke Silver TrioAdamChrisMichaelaZeke
Survivor CentralAdamDavidFiggyZeke
Sneaky SneakyAdamDavidKenZeke
Jake ArmesAdamDavidMariMichaela
Audrey RatajackAdamFiggyMariZeke
Malcolm is my CopilotAdamHannahJayKen
HBO CEO of TitsAdamHannahMichaelaZeke
Diego ArmandoAdamHannahSundayZeke
Adli HanifAdamJayMariMichaela
Other ScottAdamJayMichaelaPaul
doctor wuAdamJessicaKenZeke
Purple Rock JohnAdamKenMariMichaela
Purple Rock MattAdamKenMariZeke
Kent McKAdamMariTaylorZeke
David GadeBretChrisDavidMari
Bieber FeverBretChrisHannahJessica
Random LuckBretChrisHannahMichelle
Mike HirschBretFiggyKenMichaela
True AlainerBretFiggyMichaelaZeke
Untitled Clint Howard ProjectBretHannahJessicaMari
K.P. WatershedBretJayMariWill
Crom DeluiseBretJayMichaelaSunday
survivor is lifeBretMariWillZeke
dig dougCeceJayMariMichaela
Sad LilCeceJessicaLucySunday
Jared HollandChrisDavidMichaelaZeke
Assistant Dragon SlayerChrisFiggyKenMichaela
Barrett VandiverChrisFiggyLucyZeke
Jenifer PullmanChrisHannahJessicaMichelle
Everyone is someoneChrisHannahPaulSunday
Ms. SweaterfanChrisJayJessicaLucy
Black DynamiteChrisJessicaMariMichaela
Chris DiorioChrisJessicaMariZeke
Come On In HereChrisJessicaMichaelaZeke
this bear is tops bloobyChrisKenMariMichaela
Zach AttackChrisKenMariZeke
nipi ipinChrisMariMichaelaZeke
Jeff Probst's HairpieceChrisMichaelaRachelZeke
Kate WeaverDavidHannahMariWill
the sky is fallingDavidMichaelaMichelleZeke
Barbara AndersonDavidMichelleSundayZeke
Ryan DeschampFiggyJayKenSunday
Joseph FinnHannahJessicaKenMari
Alycia SwiftHannahJessicaMichaelaZeke
Only Here for the AnimalsHannahJessicaMichelleSunday
Side CharacterHannahMariMichaelaWill
Purple Rock EmmaJayKenLucyMari
Prom KingJessicaKenMichaelaZeke
indescribable hatJessicaMariSundayTaylor
Crystal LynneKenLucyMariZeke
Something QuirkyKenMariMichaelaZeke
Saturday Night PalsyKenMariPaulZeke
Dr. HorribleKenMariWillZeke
Ethan KyleLucyMariMichaelaZeke
Purple Rock MarkMariMichaelaTaylorZeke
Jacob SWMariMichaelaWillZeke
Anndré BressanMichaelaRachelTaylorZeke
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411 thoughts on “Pick-4 Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X fantasy league

      1. Dude, I am struggling here. But, I am getting a “Dawn/Lisa/Jane/Holly” vibe off of her, which means she goes far and Probst talks her up. David sorta reminds me of Penner.

          1. It’s like they’re trying to find the right balance between the two, and will probably swing a bit either way for the next few newbie seasons.

          2. It’s really impressive how well Aubry wound up doing socially, considering that she described herself as crayon-loving and Harry Potter-obsessed in her pregame interviews. I hope Hannah can do the same.

          3. I was torn about Hannah. I grew up near her and know a lot of people where she’s from, so I can visualize what she’s talking about in her video. I actually don’t get as much of a Shirin vibe from her. But, as usual, it all depends on the group.

          4. i got such a stereotypical neurotic jew from her, that as a jew i’m like woah, tone it down a little

          5. I think her problem will be that she may be the biggest physical liability on the group, which combined with a quirky personality could send her home extremely early. Hopefully I am wrong.

          1. I guess it’s a pet peeve of mine too though I never really thought about it in that way.

  1. Ken, Michaela, Mari, and Will, please.

    Will’s last sentence in the CBS video put me off a little, but let’s see.

      1. “Where there’s a Will, there’s a way.” (Wait, sorry, that would be mine.) Something about using faith to get an in with people.

          1. Where was this? I just looked at the EW slideshow and the 4 minute CBS video. I may have to alter my choices.

            So my theory is now that either their hometowns are going to come into it, or religion is, because there are a noticeable amount of outspoken religious people.

          2. I’m so nervous about this being a religion-heavy season. It seemed like religion got mentioned in a lot of videos, even by those who weren’t intensely Christian.

      2. “Play this game with the old adults, and end up beating them and making them all look like fools.”

        Calm down there, kid.

        1. Should be “play with the olds, get to the end, don’t get the money because who the fuck is giving it to an 18 year old?”

          1. If the options are Chase or Sash level then maybe but I strongly doubt an 18 year old gets it.

      3. I don’t even read the bios. I knew I wanted Paul and then I picked 3 other white people because statistics.

      1. Um, so, I was not fully informed, (and still aren’t because region blocking is preventing me from watching the intro videos), and after reading Will’s CBS stuff, I would like to swap him for Zeke, please.

    1. gouis- Bret, Jay, Jessica, Mari

      (To clarify, you’re getting Jessica and not Figgy. Figgy is the younger Jessica. Please correct me if that’s wrong.)

  2. For draft purposes, here are the list of names:


    Gen X

    Young Jessica goes by Figgy, Justin goes by Jay, William goes by Will, Ciandre goes by CeCe, Kenneth goes by Ken.

  3. Reading the CBS bios that I overlooked, and it’s like guys, you’re overlooking Cochran’s first go. You’ll be South Pacific Cochran! Who was at least less patronising.

  4. Last year I spent a couple hours watching all the preview videos and making careful decisions and did horrible.

    This year I’m just going to pick names randomly.

    Adam, Jay, Jessica, Paul

  5. Mari Zeke Michaela Lucy (I may change a pick or two later since I’m on mobile and don’t have my cheat sheet)

    1. Ethan Kyle- Lucy, Mari, Michaela, Zeke

      Changing picks later is fine. But when you do it, please give me your entire new group of 4. Much easier for me to change than if you say “Replace X with Y”.

  6. As I read the cast profiles, it is immediately obvious tat these things are specifically designed to make me hate the writer no matter what. I would loathe my own mother as represented in a Survivor profile.


    Adam, Mari, Rachel, Zeke.

      1. Hey John- after watching videos I can’t justify Rachel.

        Can I switch to Adam, Lucy, Mari, Zeke?

        1. Do you know each other in real life, or he’s just so lazy he has to have your number to text for fantasy purposes.

          1. He’s my actual best friend. I’ve attempted to get him to comment here many times. He loves Survivor, reads all our stuff, and listens to the podcast, but doesn’t ever comment.

            I wouldn’t give out my number to you random weirdos. (Except the few random weirdos here who have my number.)

  7. Adam, Chris, Hannah, Zeke

    I’m not huge on most of this cast, so I figured I might as well go with the young Jews with whom I most identify. I look forward to a mediocre finish.

        1. Have you considered the Survivor outtakes reel where Burt Reynolds slaps him for giggling?

    1. Hey! I only started listening to the RHAP podcast with season 31 so over the past 2 years I’ve been listening to all the older episodes, and I’m finally up to the end of SJdS and there’s the second Think Tank episode and Rob reads a suggestion from “Extra Large Pelican”. Worlds are colliding!

      I liked how Stephen was amused by your name and said you were “Osten’s worst nightmare”.

      (assuming this was you, otherwise there is another above-average sized pelican on the internet)

  8. In before Rob C. says ‘getting Figgy with it’ approximately 6000 times on his podcast before she’s booted like week 7.

  9. Adam, CeCe, David, Jessica

    I’ve put very little effort into this pick, that way when they fail I can shrug it off and keep enjoying the season.

  10. How about Chris, Michaela, Jessica and Zeke. That sounds like a good middle of the road bunch!

  11. I somehow got into the championship league after last season am I still allowed to do the 4 pick game.

    Here are my 4 just in case.

    1. Yes, you can do both leagues. I’ll send you an invitation to Champions League soon. It’s still being set up.

      macontosh2000- Ken, Michaela, Taylor, Will

  12. Sticking with my system: weird names or spellings. This time picking 2 from each tribe. So …

    CeCe, Figgy, Mari, Sunday

  13. In case you were wondering who goes home pre-merge, you’re in luck. I present to you four pre-merge boots, AKA Team Corndog.


          1. I just might be overthinking this. Last season, I changed my mind a couple of times in the preseason before settling on my world-beating foursome of Anna, Jennifer, Kyle, and Liz.

          2. I don’t want any overlap between teams, and as God as my witness I will not underestimate the female Millennial bartender two seasons in a row.

            Chris, David, Figgy, Michaela

          3. Third version of your team and the first episode hasn’t even aired. I thought it was supposed to be the Millennials that were the indecisive ones.

            Assistant Dragon Slayer- Chris, David, Figgy, Michaela

  14. I’ve given up on being good at this so I’m just going to go and pick my favourites:

    Adam, Jay, Michaela, Paul

          1. Thanks. I don’t. But I wanted Adam and thought she had a better chance than my other available choices. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  15. I’m so excited, after watching the drafts for 2 seasons this is my first time trying this. I shall conquer all (probably not though).

    Mari, Michaela, David and Cece. Make me proud!!

  16. I am a member of Generation X, so, like, Go, like Totally Awesome Team!!!: Bret and Chris and CeCe and Paul. Thank you!!!

          1. You and one other person have now switched your teams three times before the first episode even airs! You guys crack me up.

            Zchong- Figgy, Hannah, Mari, Will

    1. CEO! I hope you’ll be commenting here this season now that AVC is shutting down Survivor coverage.

      HBO CEO of Tits- Adam, Hannah, Michaela, Zeke

      1. Yes, I most likely will. I tried listening to your podcast right when it started a couple of years ago, but I just wasn’t ready for the podcasting life at that time, you know? It is a bit of a lifestyle change. But over the summer I had a renaissance of Survivor interest for whatever reason, and your podcast was a big part of it. I’m champing at the bit for the new season, and episodes.

        Please have someone do a cast preview ep, I like those.

  17. Jay, Ken, Michelle, Rachel

    I’m going full Constanza, and I’m shocked that anyone likes Ken.

      1. Ken and Michelle for me. Hence their inclusion on my team. These are literally the notes I took when I read their bios:

        Jay: Russell + Woo
        Ken: Loves the dalai lama and Ozzy. I hate him so much
        Michelle: Missionary, ‘think outside the box’. I hate her so much
        Rachel: zzzzzz

        But if every instinct I have in Purple Rock Survivor Pick 4 is wrong…..

  18. My 7 year old niece, based only on cast pictures, selects Jessica, Michelle, Rachel, and Sunday.

    For purposes of this blog, let’s call her “Only Here for the Animals”.

    1. Ooooh, this is fun, I should ask my 6yo later… mostly just to see if she beats me, and more importantly, if she inherited my husband’s fantasy survivor skillz 😉

    1. Just a heads up: I’m setting up the Champions League draft page now. We’ll probably start drafting next week. I’ll provide you with a link to the drafting page when it’s time to draft, assuming you’re accepting your spot in the league.

      1. Thanks John!

        I checked the CBS page a week ago, and even they didn’t have up to date info.
        Fall is my busy season, so you can expect me to be ANNOYINGLY involved in the upcoming season!

  19. I’m gonna pick (





    Also, let’s hope this is a Nicaragua redux, because a repeat of a top 10 season isn’t a bad thing.

    1. Either way, I hope you enjoy watching what I can only assume is your 11th season of Survivor.

      Jim- Chris, Figgy, Hannah, Michelle

  20. This is exciting, I’ve never done this before! I can’t wait to fail spectacularly!

    If I can, I’ll take Hannah, Mari, Rachel, and Will.

          1. Damn. Serves me right for watching this episode late.

            Okay, let’s try…Hannah, Mari, Michaela, Will?

            If that doesn’t work, can I replace Will with Ken?

          2. It’s funny. I originally did have Will in the first change, but changed my mind at the last second. Should’ve just stuck with it. Less of a headache for all of us.

  21. Honestly, I have a lot of questions about this cast. Everyone seems nice and no one raised red flags, but I don’t feel like I have an idea on how most of them will play.

    I guess I will start with Figgy, Mari, Michaela, Zeke until I see the first episode.

  22. I probably would be better off not reading the profiles, cause now I can’t stand so many of them.. Let’s go with Adam, Mari, Sunday and David.

  23. I’m trying really hard not to overthink things this year, so I’m going with:
    Lucy Huang (Mainly because she looks so mean in her picture. I love it.)
    Jessica Lewis (seems smart and likable)
    Cece Taylor (apparently I’m thinking there will be a genX women’s alliance…)
    Will Wahl (idk)

  24. Bret, Figgy, Jessica, Mari

    Mari is going to blow those balance challenges away.

    Edited Rachel out after the video. Usually the recruiters do well, but I have a bad feeling about her chances…

  25. After my utter failure in Pick-4 last season, I think I’ll go with a different plan. I want to root for the people I choose, and since I’m deep as puddle, I’m rooting for the eye candy. So I choose: Lucy, Figgy, Rachel, and Mari.

  26. May I have Mari, CeCe, Chris and Taylor? (And as a side bet, Taylor is the person most likely to get swapped after week one.)

  27. Mari , Michaela,Will, Zeke.

    I’m not necessarily going for who I think will win– but I am going for people who I think won’t get voted out early.

  28. My picks this time will be at random, because I have had little success previously when I’ve actually read the bios for the contestants. So, I’m going with:
    Adam, Cece, Lucy, Will

    Thanks 🙂

    1. I assume this is the team you want, since it’s all Millennials. However, that team is already taken by fransesqua.

      So for now, I gave you the team you originally requested (with Chris in place of Adam). Feel free to reply to me if you’d like to change your team in some other way. Until then…

      nipi ipin- Chris, Mari, Michaela, Zeke

  29. It is going to be very difficult to try to switch things up after the first episode and still find a viable team.

    1. We’ve got 94 teams and we just had our first request for a duplicate of someone else’s team. So that’s not bad. But being at almost 100 teams two weeks before the season (when a lot of people don’t even draft teams until the first episode airs) is probably a sign that we’re going to have an absurd number of teams this season.

  30. Two important announcements:
    1) I am starting my first watch of Nicaragua.
    2) My non-Survivor fandom friend who is watching Survivor will be watching MvGX live, which means that she will be picking a team after the first episode.

    1. You’re doing Nicaragua now? I’m in the middle of my first watch of Thailand, which has been mostly unpleasant.

      1. My friend wanted to start watching Survivor again and it was either that or her going back to Thailand and she does not like what she has seen of Thailand. We went through five episodes last night.

          1. I’ve heard a decent amount about her. None of it good. I’m about halfway through Thailand. I started watching it when I temporarily got CBS All Access for research in my upcoming ranking project, the 33 best episodes of Survivor. I’ll probably get to Nicaragua after season 33.

          2. I have had weird timing with some of my rewatches. First of all, I finished Samoa after KR and I will hopefully be finished with Nica before MvGX.

            However, I have given my friend her own Medallion of Power which has a very specific power that is called “Ejector Seat”. Once she has pressed that button, we can immediately skip to the next season. However, once she presses that, I get the MOP. She has been stuck in Thailand for about a month and half because of Grindgate.

          3. Thailand has been a grind for me to get through. The only silver lining has been my brief revisits of Amazon, Pearl Islands and Palau.

            I’ve heard of the Medallion of Power before but have no idea what it actually is. I’ve had fun trying to think of all the shitty possibilities it could be.

          4. You watched five episodes of Nicaragua in one night?!?! I can’t decide if you and your friend* should get some kind of medal or put under psychiatric observation. Possibly both.

            *who cannot by any stretch of the imagination be described as your “non-Survivor fandom friend” at this point.

          5. Well, we started at 5:00 and went to about 10:00, so yeah. If you want something crazy, we have went through the double quit tonight.

            Also, “non-Survivor fandom friend” will have a name soon enough once she signs up for the Fantasy League.

          6. 12 episodes of Nicaragua in two days. Daaaamn. That’s…. committed (as in “you are extremely” and/or “you ought to be”).

            Spoiler: It gets better the rest of the way (and yes, it can get a whole lot better without getting anywhere near good).

          7. I’m sure you’ll be shocked, shocked to know that I think the season completely loses steam after the episode before that.

    1. Considering the first episode hasn’t aired, we’re on pace to beat last season. We generally have about 150 teams. We currently have just under 100 (I haven’t updated the table above), and a flood of them come in after the first episode airs.

  31. Is it too late to join the league for this season? If not, can I have Will, Mari, David, and Hannah for my team? Thanks!

    1. You’re not too late. In fact, you can even change your team up until second episode airs (if you watch the premiere and realize you don’t like your team).

      Kate Weaver- David, Hannah, Mari, Will

  32. Chris, Hannah, Paul, Rachel

    Thanks for another great season of this wonderful contest! I surprised myself last season… maybe I can finally snatch the crown this year.

  33. 9:43 PM Eastern Standard Time, 9/21/2016

    I would like to swap out Figgy and Michaela.

    I want Hannah and Sunday.

    My team would be Hannah, Mari, Sunday, Zeke.

    If this is unavailable, swap Sunday for Chris.

      1. Dammit. I don’t want to lose Michaela, but

        Chris, Hannah, Mari, Zeke then.

        If they or one of nipi ipin and Something quirky change their team, I’d like to take it over instead
        (in that order). But I understand if that’s too much to keep track of.

        1. prettyboyprobst- Chris, Hannah, Mari, Zeke

          (I’ll try to remember to switch you if one of the other two switch away from their current teams. But my memory is pretty terrible, so I wouldn’t hold your breath.)

  34. I’ve never played before so I’ll assume (dangerous, I know) that the order I write these in is the order from 1st to 4th:
    Michaela, Chris, Zeke, Sunday

    1. StormofCuteness- Chris, Michaela, Sunday, Zeke

      The order I write them in is because my spreadsheet alphabetizes them to check for repeat teams.

  35. Geez, I find most of the millennials super annoying, and the Gen-Xers (to whom I belong), some of them are pretty obnoxious. Some, I assume, are good people.

    Give me Mari, Chris, Ken, and Jessica

      1. I should’ve alphabetized, but I just named them off the top of my head, and posted. Too late now. I wonder if I did that last year, probably so. Will alphabetize going forward!

      1. I’d like to swap out for Jessica for Michaela, please (just realized I was top heavy with Gen-Xers).

        So Chris, Ken, Mari, Michaela (if available)


  36. hey, I wanna change my team. since the premiere gave me a completely new perspective from players and I’ll change 3 out of 4 that I had, I’ll just say my new team:


  37. hey, I wanna change Michaela & Taylor for Mari & Zeke.

    That would make my team:


  38. HI JOHN. Can I swap out Taylor please because I hate Taylor? I disliked him so much I’m willing to risk him winning because I don’t want to profit from him.
    I’d like Adam please so Adam, Chris, Mari, Sunday

  39. Can I switch to Adam, Hannah, Mari, Michaela?

    I might otherwise choose Chris, but I don’t want to take the chance that he’s the one getting medevaced next week

    1. Well, you’re going to have to replace one of them (with Chris or someone else), because that team is taken by kristanmarie (sorry the table above isn’t updated. The changes keep coming in.)

          1. I’m switching it up again. Can I get the following team if it’s still available?

            Adam, Chris, Jessica, Mari

    1. Sorry for the delay in responding, but I’ve been travelling. Anyway, yes you may.

      Jenifer Pullman- Chris, Hannah, Jessica, Michelle

  40. Been reading the fantasy league comments on AV Club for a long time…I’m going to be brave, and jump right in and try this myself! Can I get Jay, Hannah, Chris, and Michaela?

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