Best Big Brother US Players

The 10 best players to ever play the US Version of Big Brother.

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1Dan Gheesling - Winner - Big Brother 10

Dan's resume:
- In 2 seasons of playing Big Brother, Dan had never evicted and had never had a vote cast against him
-so far Dan is the only player to have won by a 7-0 vote
-fun fact: in 2 seasons of playing Big Brother, Dan has been on the block 4 times. Of those 4 times, he was veto'd off the block 3 times and by 3 different house guests (Memphis (BB10), Jenn (BB14), Danielle (BB14)). Dan has never won the veto to save himself--he got other people to save him.
-Dan's funeral... Enough said ;)

The proof is in the pudding, folks. I think that Dan's performances in both Big Brother 10 and Big Brother 14 speak for themselves; he is the only player to have made it to final 2 twice and he accomplished this goal by employing 2 different strategies. In Big Brother 10, he was the nice guy who threw competitions in order to build a weak persona until he found the right moment to strike and never looked back. He was a master strategist from the beginning and that stigma was ...more

Dan played an overall "perfect" game. He was a much stronger competitor than Dr. WIll, and was very good at manipulating his peers. Dan had the toughest road to conquer due to an alliance that blew up in the first week. However with perfect strategy (throwing competitions to make himself look weak) and the ability to control his emotions, Dan's target quietly diminished. When need be, Dan backstabbed, lied, and dominated the big brother house. Dan Gheesling is the greatest Big Brother player of all time.

Dan was definitely a much better player than Dr. Will. First of all, he won his first season without winning a SINGLE HOH competition. Not one. Second, he didn't do any of the dirty work he needed to do to complete his master plans: he was one step ahead of the game, and knew how to convince anyone else to do anything at all necessary to carry himself further in the game. And if THAT isn't impressive enough, after having done all of that, with everyone seeing it at home as they watched season 10 on their own televisions, he did the same thing AGAIN on season 14. Even with people knowing what kind of player he was, and knowing that he could manipulate anyone, he was still able to yet again play/manipulate everyone in the game to carry him further for yet a second season. Dan Gheesling clearly is the best Big Brother player of all time. Even after winning a season, he went to the final 2 for a second time. No other player has ever done that in Big Brother history. Dan is the only player ...more

He is the bomb

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2Will Kirby - Winner - Season 2

The Evil Dr. Will is the best player in BB history hands down. In his first season he was outcasted right after the first eviction and at that time there was no point of view or special powers or game twists to save him the 20 million times he was on the block. In fact he was hated by his houseguests and America. And lets forget about his Chilltown alliance with Mike "Boogie" in this season, that was out the window by week four. It was his strategy of "everyone hates me so I could never beat you in the final two" that got him all the way to the end, when in fact after the seeing the season for themselves the houseguests decided to reward his master plan and crowning him the winner.

When he came back for All-Stars he was the only previous winner voted back into the house with the best of the best competitors and social gamers of the first six seasons, not a bunch of clueless newbies who watched one season before entering the game. The target on his back was ...more

The "evil" Dr. Will is by far the greatest player in Big Brother history. Anyone who disagrees likely hasn't watched his seasons or isn't intelligent enough to understand the fine tuning it took to make his amazing strategy work.

Both Dan and Will used other people to do their bidding. Dan played it smooth and won; Will intentionally got himself found out just for fun and still won. Both Dan and Will got a second chance to play. Dan got three pawns to shell off and a large part of his success was due to others making mistakes. Will entered as the biggest target/only winner with the greatest players to play the game at his time aiming for him and he still managed to make it fourth although most people agree he could have easily won if he put more effort into it (him and boogie had a deal to split the cash).

Will intentionally lost competitions to make himself look weak and would lose point of view's when he was on the block just because he was so sure of himself mentally. ...more

Easily the best BB player in history. While some put down his performance during HOH's and point of view's, that was the point of his game. He was behind the scenes and pulled off two miraculous come backs, Season 2 being dead to rights week after week being the #1 target of 10 people and then Season 7 being the only winner on the season and being the main enemy of Season 6 alliance, yet won Season 2 and got 4th on Season 7.

Dan is overrated. He makes moves to gain attention of the public and people eat up whatever he does.

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3Danielle Reyes - Runner Up - Season 3

Played the best strategy ever used in Big Brother history. She created a secret alliance with the most likeable guy in the house. She acted as if she was in an alliance with one side of the house and Jason on the opposite side and fed each other info while no one discovered their pairing. If either side won HOH, they would convince them not to put the other up. She used the "keep your mouth shut and your ears open" approach and everyone thought she was a weak player, hence why she was never nominated. Had there been a jury, I know for a fact we would be talking about the winner of BB3.

Played a nearly flawless game. Would have won if there was a Jury House.

With Danielle losing BB3 to Lisa just shows poor sportsmanship because the houseguests hated Danielle for her ruthless acts and they forgot she did this all for her family. Lisa however didn't deserve a single penny out of that half million because she only did three things you can remember 1. She created peanut butter bikinis 2. She slept with Eric and 3. She floated. Picking a bartender over a mother is plain cruel. And her all star season her villainess status changed she was less villainous but still willing to win and made it to top 6

The best player to never win, enough said, go watch her season.

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4Janelle Pierzina - Third Place - Season 6

A few points I would like to make about why Janelle is the best.
1. The Queen Bee was a competition BEAST, 3 HOH's in six weeks bb7.
2. She Eliminated Dr. Will from season 7 (Despite he and Boogie believing they had her "wrapped around his finger")
3. She is the only one who deserves a spot in the top 4 who did not use manipulation as a strategy, she was pretty straight forward
4. She made it to the final three twice and I will go so far as to say that the only reason she never made final two was strategy on someone else's behalf as both people who voted her out knew they couldn't win against her in the jury.
5. Also I will brashly state that in bb7 had it not been for a technically in part 1 of the three part HOH comp she would have made the final two, taken Erika, and won.she would have single handedly evicted both Chilltown members.
6.She made the final three against arguably the strongest house in bb7 (dr. Will, Boogie, Kaysar, James, Danielle, Erika, ...more

The buxom blonde took the house by storm. Winning challenge after challenge, always speaking her mind, and giving the fans someone to root for.

Best competitor in BB history. Won more competitions than anyone in one season. In the All-stars, she won 4 HOH's and 5 POVs. She was always the target but managed to deflect it in both seasons! She made it to the final 3 in both her seasons and deserved to win them both

She should be number one fave big bro player ever

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5Dick Donato - Winner - Big Brother 8

Terrible player. Used the loudmouth tactics to get what he wanted, yet at the same time kept putting a bigger target on his back. Wouldn't have won if it wasn't for the America's Player twist, and Danielle. Players like Russel, Amanda, and Zack who used this same strategy were not successful because they were not in a rigged season. This proves that this strategy is not good to use. - Tito1711

The loud mouthed father managed to get to the end with his daughter by his side. Something no other pair has ever managed to do.

1st season 8/ had to leave season 13. He was an good overall player good social game he was a good competitor and won over the jury even though he gave them a hard time in the house. Season 13 he made a good alliance had a great start could have won. Personally my favorite! - bones12_

Terrible player. Used the tactics of intimidation to get what he wanted, yet at the same time kept putting a bigger target on his back. Wouldn't have won if it wasn't for the America's Player twist, and Danielle.

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6Daniele Donato - Runner Up - Season 8

She carried her dad through the game. She ended up in the final two chair but lost to her dad even though she won 2 HOHs and 5 POVs. Personally I think she is one of the best house guests to ever play the game.

One of the best players to ever play Big Brother. Amazing competitor, great game player. She left too soon in season 13 but I hope to see her in an upcoming All Stars season.

Her and her father both put all they had into it! They worked their hardest to get to the end and never let anything stop them! I think they are probably the best duo that could have ever played!

Daniele showed superior gameplay throughout the season such as her alliance with the Late Night Crew, which she potentially picked them off one by one. It was a great move for her to gain the information of the alliance's plans and use that against them. Also, she carried her dad all the way to the end with the giant target on her back with those competition wins.

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7Derrick Levasseur - Big Brother 16

Derrick is by far one of the best big brother players. No one realises that he is the one running the house and that he is behind almost all the reasonings for the nominations and evictions. He is at the moment the only person this season to not be put on the block and that is because everyone trusts him 100% in the game. He is playing with class and honesty and the alliances he has made have been well thought out in advance. Derrick Levasseur is one of the smartest game players to date. He is going to be seen as one of the best manipulators to ever play this game. HITMEN ALLIANCE FOR THE WIN.

Will was the self-proclaimed puppet master in season 2 and 7, but in season 2 he was actually the most targeted and hated player. Dan was never nominated because he was viewed as the low man on the totem pole and never a threat. Dan never "controlled" the house and was never making any decisions, but rather making the best decision for himself all game. Derrick has done something that no other houseguest has ever achieved. Derrick has single-handedly puppeted every single player this season, having a say in every single eviction and was NEVER nominated over the course of 55 combined nominations and renominations.

Derrick has not only played the weak card as Dan and Will did, he has played the mastermind, the puppeteer and the kingpin, but was never taken out by his own alliance a la Matt Hoffman, Kaysar and other alliance leaders. With Derrick winning BB16 he has solidified as the third member of tier 1 Big Brother players essentially playing a perfect game. - athletic1

Derrick had been manipulating the whole house the entire time while allowing either Frankie, Zach, or Beast Mode to think they were running it. He always got what he wanted, but allowed others to take the fall for it. He was able to complete the Team America missions while keeping that a secret, even from Cody. Whenever anyone started to see Derrick was truly the mastermind he would cause them to go out the next week. The entire jury reliesed that and that's why he won. Although he wasn't a competition beast like Beast Mode and Frankie, he was able to avoid being put up on the block by influencing the HOH to put up other people. Yes Dan was never voted against, but Derrick never gave people the option to vote against him. Derrick definitely deserve to be known as the best player ever, but if not that title than the only suitable one for Derrick is second place to Dan

97 days, 55 NOMs, never been nominated

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8Mike Malin - Winner - Season 7

Boogie is the bomb and has at times had the same drive to win just like Dr. Will, but him and Dr. Will had targets on their backs all season seven and still had Boogie win, he is definitely the best because he won all-stars. Winners have even thought he was a huge threat, hence why he didn't want to enter the house as a houseguest in season 14 and he was the only coach to not vote to join the game, he knew he was too big of a threat, Dan played a dirty game lying to everyone, Boogie is definitely the legend I would want to have on my alliance, him and Frank lasted longer in the house in season 14 than they should have. He is definitely the best player in the game ever

he won all-stars which put the best against the best!

The best. He won all stars with the best startegy hang behind will and jet in, this is an absolute abomination that he's not in the top three

He should be in the 2 spot

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9Jun Song - Winner - Season 4

Jun is an amazing player she is known for perfecting the floater strategy plus her game was nearly flawless she was never endanger of being eliminated. Using cooking in the kitchen to listen to others strategy was great and because of that she was always in a comfortable position. She also made a finale 2 pact with the most hated player that season to ensure her win. She was the best thing of BB4.

Season 4 winner Jun Song perfected the floated strategy and won by taking the least liked person to the finals.

Outsmarted everyone in the house. Solid win.

The greatest player and winner of all time.

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10Eric Stein - 5th Place - Season 8

He honestly had the potential to be the best player of all time. The problem was that he had to do what America told him to do, and the remarkable thing about it was that no matter what he had to do, he found a way to not only make that happen, but keep himself in the game despite the target it put on him. He was able to flip alliances at any time to get America what they wanted, but unfortunately for him, at the top five, he was eliminated by the people America made him save, who he otherwise would've evicted weeks earlier.

I am 90% sure Eric would have won if he wasn't America's Player. The way he handled himself in the game, and thought every single route out, shows how genius his playing and tatics are. He had several chances to get the Donato's out of the game, unfortantly, he couldn't due to his AP statis.

I loved Eric! For sure my favorite player to play the game. He definitely had the potential to win the game with his smart tactics but unfortunately the America's Player ruined some of his potential. None the less, he was the master of persuasion and did the best a houseguest could possibly do in that position.

Always remember you can't spell America without Eric

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The Contenders

11Ian Terry - Winner - Season 14

How is Ian not in the top five? Ian eliminated one of the best players in Big Brother history (Mike Boogie).
His season was very difficult since it included strong players like Shane, Danielle and Dan himself yet Ian still survived. Ian had a target on his back since day one, people were scared and intimidated of him since he was a super fan and very intelligent. On top of that, Ian beat Dan in the finale. Dan is considered to be THE best player ever yet Ian still beat him, by six votes. Although many people do say that this was just because the jury was "bitter" that just proves my point. Dan played a dirty game and upset a lot of people. Ian played a clean, strategic game and managed to not piss any of the jurors off. That is an important skill and is why he won his season. Therefore, Ian does not deserve to be sitting at number eleven in this list, he deserves to be in at least the top five.

Survived an early scare, and then positioned himself extremely well going down the line. Ian was in a "golden" position from Day 4 all the way to Day 48 -- the only people really going after him were people that would never be able to win HoH (Jenn, Joe, Ashley), while the ones that could win comps and wanted him out were evicted very quickly (JoJo, Willie, Janelle).

Sure he was clueless of any voting dynamics from Day 62 onward, but that's only 13 days of game, and he had a very good grasp (if not the best) of voting dynamics during the first 62 days. Also, to his credit, it doesn't really matter, as he nearly won out from Final 9 onward. $500, 000 well-earned.

I hate that a lot of superfans want to discredit Ian's win because the bitter jury didn't give it to Dan twice. Ian did everything right that Dan did not. He had a better social game, more comps and the gamer in him took the best player final 2 instead of Danielle! Dan wasn't the only one who played better this season. Ian said once in order to win sometimes you have to beat the best. He did that and I respect him for that. - BlackDiamonds

Best Big Brother player ever

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12Hayden Moss - Winner - Season 12

Hayden was part of the best alliance in history and had a strong social game and made the correct decision in taking Lane over Enzo to the final 2 because he would not have won if he was sitting next to Enzo.

Hands down my favourite player in Big Brother! Personally I think Dan is the best but I couldn't vote against Hayden!

A decent winner, used a leader strategy to take the best alliance the show has ever seen to the end. - Tito1711

He looks like my mother!

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13Rachel Reilly - 9th Place - Season 12

Probably the only person in big brother history that was both an emotional train wreck and a very good big brother player at the same time. How she won Big Brother 13 was a little bit of luck (in the form of convenient twists) and a lot of heart and determination. Would not be surprised if the producers asked the red head to come back for a third outing.

Greatest comeback story in reality T.V. History. Was the most hated houseguest in season 12 and at the start of season 13. Yet towards the end of season 13, America began cheering for her and was happy when she won.

Possibly the most hated and most loved house guest in Big Brother history. Her and Brendon probably have the most loyal (not necessarily the most) fans out of anyone to play the game. Rachel is extremely fun to watch and I would greatly enjoy to see her play along side her sister Elissa.

Worst winner ever. Only won because of a rig. Doesn't know what a floater is.

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14Maggie Ausburn - Winner - Season 6

If people were objective Maggie would be at the top of the list. She was a master manipulator and did an amazing job of controlling her alliance. She got them to do all of her dirty work while she sat back and made the next moves. Also, how can anyone rank Janelle ahead of Maggie? Maggie totally outplayed Janelle when it came to strategy and that's what counts most in BB. No one is going to win just being a good comp player. In one brilliant move Maggie started the chain reaction that led to the demise of the Sovereign Six. That move was convincing Howie (HOH at the time) to put up two of his own people. For being such a great strategist Kaysar wasn't even in the same league as Maggie. Maggie is the best to play this game with Dan, Dr. Will and Danielle Reyes (in no particular order) being very close behind. People like Janelle don't deserve to be in the top 10.

A very underrated winner. Was the star of the season 6 not Janelle. Right after her partner leaves and she is the next biggest target she wins HOH and makes an alliance with people she could trust. Then throughout the rest of the game she plays a smart game by staying under the radar by keeping her mouth shut even when attacked by the other side of the house. She tries not to be the one in that alliance that shines the most through her words and actions. Maggie was very loyal to the friendship and ended up having the least target out of anyone in that group. She doesn't get a lot of credit for perfecting the collaborator strategy. - Tito1711

Maggie is an underrated winner. After losing her secret partner, Cappy, she created one of the most notorious alliances in the history of the show: The Friendship. She was the unspoken leader of this alliance and manipulated them to do her dirty work. Possibly her best move was to convince the other members of her alliance that if they betrayed The Friendship, no one would vote for them to win the money. Maggie was the best alliance leader in Big Brother history and one of the most deserving winners.

She may be hated, but the woman led a cult. enough said

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15Alison Irwin - Runner Up - Season 4

Although many have since tried and failed, Alison Irwin is the only houseguest in history to use her looks and flirting to take the Big Brother house by storm. Whether she was swapping spit with Nathan or climbing into bed and making out with her ex Justin, Alison had most of the guys under her spell at one point or another in the game and ran that house. Not to mention, she was a good competitor and won a number of competitions to boot. She only lost because the jury was bitter and didn't approve of her or the way she played the game, and she stands next to Danielle Reyes as the most robbed houseguest of all time.

Loved her! She used everyone for her dirty work, and if the jury had not been so bitter, she would have been the winner of Big Brother 4. I was appalled when she was first out of All-Stars

I hate how people base her off of all stars she is one of the best players ever she deserved to win season way more than anyone else I'd rank her in top 5 based off her flirting strategy, and great knowledge of how to play the game..

I would not call Alison robbed because Jun played an amazing game too! If Alison sat with Robert or Erika in the finale and lost, then she WOULD be the second most robbed. But Jun deserved to win as much as Alison.

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16Nakomis Dedmon - 4th Place - Season 5

Nakomis, in my opinion, is one of the best players ever to enter the Big Brother house. She was a very capable competitor, winning 3 Head of Households and winning the Power of Veto to save herself from the block. Not only that, but she had a strong alliance, of which she was the unspoken leader. The main reason I believe she is such a strong strategist and player, can be said in four words: the six finger plan. This plan was one of the most initiative and intelligent ideas ever conjured up in the show's history. And if it wasn't for her, we wouldn't have what is now considered 'backdooring'.

The Six Finger Plan was one of the smartest, most impressive moves in Big Brother history.

The gothic chick that no one expected to do well came charging out of the gate with one of the series' best strategic moves - The six finger plan.

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17James Rhine - 7th Place - Season 6

Best veto player to step into big brother. Changed the way big brother ran the veto competition by having random draw rather houseguest choice. James is the king of veto and should be ranked at least in top 10.

He was one of the more level-headed players in the 2 seasons he played.

Holds the record for the most point of view wins in history. He was a target throughout Season 6 because of him playing both sides of the house. When he tried aligning himself with Ivette he all but ruined his chance at a half million. Still a great competitor in my book.

I think he should be much higher

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18Matt Hoffman - 7th Place - Season 12

Most strategic player in his alliance, The Brigade. Played most of the house into being his allies.
Created a lie about his wife being sick for sympathy, could have worked very well if he got to the end. Probably could have won if he hadn't lost the Brigade's trust. - koenbertens

He's held one of the most precious possessions in big brother the diamond power of veto I was afraid he was about to go home in that eviction then Brendan the idiot was shocked and thank god that phony Kathy went home before he did

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19Mike Boogie - Winner

He had a beast social game for his first two seasons and was a beast in physical comps in all 3 he is one of the best to ever play and always will be.

Such a mastermind, came back in season 14 but had his fate sealed by a 23 year old Chemistry student, Ian.

20Britney Haynes - 4th Place - Season 12, 8th Place - Season 14

Britney is one of the most underrated players in Big Brother history.

In her first season, she managed to convince her biggest enemies (Brendan and Rachel) that she was in their pocket and probably would have had their jury votes in addition to Matt and Regan. She was a fierce competitor, winning 4 POVs and an HoH, and was well liked by everybody. She was the underdog hero that probably won if it wasn't for the Brigade (and even then, if her or Lane had won the final four veto, she would have beaten Lane or Hayden in the final 2).

In her second time around, she wasn't as much a competition beast as a power broker. She had the entire house invested in her and still managed to keep the target off her back. It was only a combination of Dan's brilliance and Frank's idiocy that sent her home.

Finally, she's the undisputed QUEEN of the Diary Room. Enough said.

Dan Gheesling himself, in his website blog, wrote "As if the combination of being able to win challenges and having a pulse on the entire house wasn't enough, she was able to wrap people around her (tiny) fingers. Britney had Shane locked down until his showmance got in the way. She also had Ian on a very tight leash (pun intended) and what was more impressive, is that Ian seemed to enjoy doing her bidding at any time...because of all these reasons is why she scared me most in this game and earned the #1 ranking amongst all the houseguests this season."

It was a treat to see her she was the good witch of big brother 12. She constantly made fun of Brendan and Rachel which is ok with me and I think she knows who America hates which is probably why people love her because making fun of the people who America hates is awesome. Thank you Britney you're a goddess at the game

She got blindsided in her two seasons. Very unlucky because it's tough playing with the best. Clearly she had no chance since she played with the brigade and Dan.

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