Our other most likely scenario features Nicole and James together at F2 and is what I expect if she wins R3 tonight.
Nicole vs James:
James and Nicole played a very similar game. Both came in as Vets, soon paired up with a newbie, hung out together for as much as possible, then watched their partner get voted out while on the Block against them. Nicole started “playing” pretty late but James’s game was somehow even more passive than Nicole’s. This will hurt his chances but on the flip side of that, he’s got barely any enemies as a result.
- Da’Vonne: Nicole
- Zakiyah: Nicole
- Bridgette: James
- Paulie: Nicole
- Michelle: James
- Natalie: James
- Victor: ?
- Corey: Nicole
- Paul: James
Day said she just might have to give Nicole her vote and up against James seems like an easy case to make that happen. Zakiyah doesn’t have anything against Nicole and just like in the last case I think she’ll vote with Paulie.
Bridgette probably won’t be happy with either choice but if she’s good again with Natalie then she could vote for James as an extension of that friendship. Michelle, same as before, there’s no way she votes for Nicole, right? Give her vote to James especially since she went out while aligned with him and Natalie.
Speaking of Natalie, that one is easy. She’ll obviously vote for James. Likewise, Corey’s vote is a gimme for Nicole.
Now we’ve got Paul and Victor. Paul warned Nicole last night that she’ll lose his vote if she flips on him at the last minute after their week of deep promises to the contrary. He said he won’t be able to respect her game and it would mark poor Jury management to me so I don’t take that as a personal move especially since he said if she needs to do that for what’s best for her game then just don’t blindside him with it.
So Nicole can vote him out and not lose his vote unless she does it in a way he can’t respect for game play. Would Victor be willing to forgive Nicole’s betrayal after this much time or would a backstab against Paul tear open that freshly healed wound for Victor? She could end up losing both of those votes and the game if she blindsides Paul.
Although both the Vets played an effective game to reach the end I don’t think either James or Nicole played a “great game” as both worked so hard to “lay low” and I think that goes back to their trigger shy caution of being a returning player. Both were scared to repeat their mistakes of the past, just like we saw a much more reserved Da’Vonne, in the main game at least, and we got a shadow of their potential here.
However, despite all that I think Nicole gets the edge for her game over his and will beat out James in this F2 match up to be the winner of Big Brother 18.
Now on to the AFP predictions plus a stack of polls for all the F2 possibilities.
America’s Favorite Houseguest:
As for AFP this season, James now says he was told all of the F3 are also eligible (after previously saying DR told him they weren’t, so who knows) which puts him in the running to win this. Nicole was in the Top 3 of her season and James won AFP his season. Both started with a major leg up in the battle for America’s Fav HG which I think is horrendously unfair to the newbies and they should have been part of something else for a smaller Fav Vet award instead.
Victor took a big lead over James (2nd) in our AFP poll here, but last year I believe JMac won our poll and lost to James. I’m going to hope for Victor winning it but am expecting James to get this win again. He’s been playing for it all season and probably pulled it off this time too.
So what do you think for all of these potential wins? Who gets R3? Who pulls off the BB18 victory? And who becomes the new Fav HG? Share your thoughts below and vote in our polls as well.
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