‘Survivor: Second Chance’ cast: Will Stephen Fishbach’s notoriety hurt his chances?

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Will Stephen Fishbach win "Survivor: Second Chance"? With the show's 31st season set to premiere on CBS Sept. 23, keep coming back to Gold Derby for in-depth analyses of all 20 returning players, including pros and cons that may affect their chances this time around. Hurry – make your "Survivor" predictions for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so get started by scrolling down to predict which castaway will be kicked off the island first.

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Stephen Fishbach
Previous Finish: 2nd place
Season 18: Tocantins

It's unbelievable that it's taken this long for Stephen to return to "Survivor." A bonafide superfan and student of the game, Stephen's masterful strategic mind got him and his alliance to the Final 4 in Tocantins, despite a huge disadvantage in numbers at the merge. Though he made it to the final Tribal Council, Stephen was unable to win over the jury in what became one of the most disappointing results in "Survivor" history (in my opinion, it's second only to Kelly Wiglesworth's loss).

Stephen lost to J.T. Thomas in a unanimous vote, a genuine slaughter that does not reflect the fact that Stephen was certainly the best player on his season and perhaps one of the greatest to ever play the game. Can he make it all the way this time? Gold Derby odds to win: 50/1

PROS
In Tocantins, Stephen showed an incredible ability to adapt to changes in the game. His cross-tribe alliance, due to interaction during co-tribe exiles, set Stephen up nicely for the merge, but it's his abandoning of it at the right time that really showed his knack for timing.

Stephen is the nice, not-at-all physically threatening guy on an all-stars season packed with challenge beasts. If the women are looking to build a dominant alliance over the physically strong men, they'll need (at least temporarily) the help of a few men and my guess is that Stephen will be their first choice.

CONS
Stephen's notoriety and knowledge for the game is well-known among "Survivor" fans and contestants. I don't think you could imagine a tougher strategic competitor than Stephen, so he definitely enters the game with that huge target on his back.

If he makes it to the merge, Stephen's brilliant mind will be at peak threat level so he may need immunity wins to save himself. The problem with that is he's not a physical player. His original tribe was nearly decimated pre-merge, and he only managed one immunity and one reward win on his own after that.

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