Best Big Brother US Players

The 10 best players to ever play the US Version of Big Brother.
The Top Ten
1 Dan Gheesling - Winner - Big Brother 10 Dan Gheesling is an American reality television personality who appeared on the Big Brother 10, which he won.

Dan is far and away the best Big Brother player of all time. Amazing social game, amazing strategist. Dan had a reason for everything he did in the game whether it be putting his ally on the block *twice* (to hide his alliance) or flustering Renny (to throw her off her game). Dan managed to stay under the radar and became the puppet master of BB10. He won challenges when he needed and threw challenges when he needed. Even with all of this he managed to play the game respectfully and with dignity. Memphis played an amazing game as well, the hidden renegade alliance made move after brilliant move from the moment it was created. This is another reason of why Dan's unanimous win makes him the king of Big Brother.

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

The top spot on the list belongs to either Dan or Dr. Will without a close rival. Dan would be humble and say it belongs to Dr. Will but he can't escape the designation of "King of BB" so easily. Dan's game is calculated, intriguing, entertaining and intensely social as well as physical. He's easily the most engaging social player in BB history. He connects with other players on a level you wouldn't even imagine possible in a competitive setting like that. He instinctively knows when to play it cool and when to get highly active in playing game. He's one of the few players who seems to enjoy his time in the pressure cooker of the house at all times regardless of what's going on. Perhaps he was "playing game" all along in getting to know others so well, but it's impossible to completely fake sincerity when listening actively like he does. Did it help him in the game? Of course it did. But that's just part of being the dynamic player that he was. The #1 slot on this list is ...more

Dan is very well the best player in the game of Big Brother because he had an extraordinarily strong strategy and took complete control of this game, and played it to its fullest elements. When it was necessary for him to win competitions, he won them, and won very many of them at the end of the game. He lay low at the beginning, knowing he was in trouble, and that strategy alone got him to the halfway point. To win unanimously with another great player next to him and to never have been voted out requires extreme strategy. Outstanding player.

2 Will Kirby - Winner - Season 2 William Kirby is a dermatologist, associate clinical professor of dermatology, medical textbook/dermatological journal article author, dermatology spokesman, and reality television personality. He is known for winning both the CBS reality show Big Brother 2 and The Price is Right.

GOAT. He would've beat anyone in f2 minus maybe Danielle on all stars while Dan had no chance against Ian, Danielle, Shane, or Jenn. He never saw a single season while Dan saw 9 seasons so Will was more original.

Dr. Will is obviously the best Big Brother player. During his season there was no such thing as veto. When he was on the block he stayed there and still managed to escape eviction. Nicole and Hardy hated him at moments and he STILL was not evicted from the house. People will say that he did not win competitions but I can remember him saying in season 2 that he did not want to win. A person that can win competitions is great but someone who just has to talk to make their way to the end is simply magic to watch. He is the reason that Boogie won All-Star season (Personally, I don't think Boogie is a great player, sue me. ) I love Dan (2nd best) but Dan would not have gotten as far in either of his seasons without winning competitions.

The key difference between Will and Dan's second game was that Dan only made it to the top two because he befriended some new players, whereas Will played against only other Big Brother Veterans, and still made the final four. The fact he was evicted doesn't damage his credibility at all (as Boogie went on to win), it's the fact he found a way to get there at all, as the only winner to ever get a second chance up to that point, that is truly impressive.

Dan's not bad, but his second season was too easy. Will had to use every fiber of his power to get through his. Also had he made the final two, he would've won again. Dan just plain didn't. Big Brother contestants aren't stupid, they vote for better players.

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

3 Janelle Pierzina - Third Place - Season 6 Janelle Marie Pierzina is an American reality show personality known for her appearances on the sixth, All-Star, and fourteenth seasons of the American version of the CBS reality show Big Brother.

I believe Janelle is the best player ever in big brother. She is known as the best player who has never won the game but her game play and her competition wins makes her the best of all time if you ask me. You don't have to be a manipulator to win the game or be the best. Janelle was loyal to every single person in her alliance up until the end. Everybody knew where she stood & knew what a target she was and she still managed to stay until the final 3. She also outplayed Dr. Will & evicted him from all-stars. If Janelle had won the final HOH she would have won Season 6 & Season 7.

She was robbed two seasons in a row. she is a competition queen the only reason she never made it to final two was because people knew that she would win (they were right) and for will being the "master manipulator" she was able to evict him when he didn't expect it

Janelle is by far the best player to ever play big brother. She dominated every competition there was. It was insane. She was always in the minority and managed to make it to the end twice. She should have won both season 6 and 7. She could fake her emotions and make people think she was weak and dumb, but she killed endurance and intelligence comps. She pitted houseguests against each other and worked her butt off to make it so far.

If Jim Brown can be considered the greatest football player ever without winning the super bowl and Citizen Kane can be considered the greatest movie ever without winning the academy award for best picture, then this buxom blonde can be the greatest BB player ever without winning BB.

She made it to the final 3 in two seasons by being one of the biggest targets in the game. She won more competitions than anyone else in BB history and played an integral role in the alliances she had.

4 Danielle Reyes - Runner Up - Season 3 Danielle Reyes, is most notable for being a contestant on the 3rd and All-Star seasons of the American version of the CBS reality show Big Brother.

The first robbed goddess of Big Brother. went unnominated to the final 3 with her secret f2 alliance. lost only because the jury was able to see her DR confessions.

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.

Her strategy was flawless. She did what no other BB player has achieved which was to be as innocent as a dove but sly as a snake. She aligned herself with Jason while keeping it a secret from the houseguests and was able to make it with him to the final 3, by displaying a weak persona to the rest of the house, manipulating houseguests and being very perceptive at the same time. When Lisa won the final HOH and took her to the finals, she should of won but the jury was bitter because of her diary room confessions. When Big Brother realized that she was the most robbed player in the games history, they decided to make a jury house. For this reason, she has to always be regarded as the greatest femail to ever play Big Brother.

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

5 Derrick Levasseur - Big Brother 16 Derrick Levasseur is an American police officer from Providence, Rhode Island. He is best known for winning the reality television series Big Brother 16 in 2014.

Derrick has been running the entire house, undetected, from Day 1. When Nicole finally caught on, he orchestrated her eviction. The other players are so blind that Derrick is the one making the nominations and choosing who leaves each week, all while acting through others so that nothing can be pinned back on him. His social game is OUTRAGEOUS and far above anyone elses this season and most seasons past. He's going into the final 4 with NO nominations thus far and a good reputation with the people going with him. Jury members have started to figure it out, starting with Hayden and Nicole who were promptly booted one after the other, not coincidentally.

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.

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

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.

6 Mike 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 was one of the best players like his best friend, DR. Wil, and was able to manipulate Erika in the all star season and made it to the final four with wil, and won the game.

Most annoying, big headed, pathetic and self loathing person not only in big brother but in life. I literally can't rewatch any season he's in because he's that annoying and ugly.

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.

7 Dick Donato - Winner - Big Brother 8 Richard Louis Donato, known as "Evel Dick" Donato, a bar manager from Los Angeles, California, is the winner of the reality game show Big Brother 8. He and his daughter, Daniele Donato, are the only family member pair to win the American Big Brother program's top two prizes in the same competition.

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.

I'm sure no other HG will ever compare or come close to Evel Dick again. His antics and his tyrants wrecked havoc, breathed fear in the other HGs throughout season 8. I enjoyed it because while controversial it was still great T.V.. Not to mention a lot of antics were to protect not only himself but his daughter Daniele. He won BB8 in a 5-2 vote. One of my favorite players ever in BB.

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!

I love the guy and if he played the way he did WITHOUT America's player existing, then he would be this high on this list. however, the twist was a huge reason why he did not go home final 9 or final 7 and possibly lost to daniele which shouldn't make him as high on this list as he really is.

8 Daniele Donato - Runner Up - Season 8 Daniele Donato-Briones, was a contestant on Big Brother 8, and Big Brother 13 along with her father, Dick Donato.

Dani is just amazing I have no idea why but I just don't like her dad but I like him more then Jen that's for sure but Dani is a manipular and plays her game like chess she uses her alliance as pawns and makes sure she's always the queen but plays as the king

She is by far the best competitor in BB History. She has the record for most veto wins in a season in BB8 and in BB13, she only played 5 comps and basically won 4. she won 2 HOHs when she was the biggest target in the house and unfortunately she had to waste the 2nd one on Brendon AGAIN because he came back, otherwise Rachel or Jeff would've been gone and she probably wouldve won the season. Technically she lost 3 comps in BB13 but she threw 2 of them. The first HOH, she and Rachel were the last two, and Dani wasn't even close to falling, but Rachel begged her and since they were in an alliance, Dani threw it to her. The other comp that she "lost" was the veto in her 2nd HOH. She was destroying everyone else and the only people left were her, Jeff and Adam. Everyone in the house knew she was going to win that veto, and she was going to save adam and backdoor brendon, but Adam begged her, and she gave the veto to him, because she was gonna save him anyways. She is also very strategic ...more

I have watched the entrie BB8 and people say that she rode Dicks coat tails but really she was the Donato's secret weapon and at least had the right ideas like trying to backdoor Eric. But her problem in 13 was she was too worried about being seen as a coattail rider and was too desperate to play the game hard. So she basically screws up Week 3, gets lucky with the comps for 3 weeks and is taken out the first opportunity. I don't think she's a bad player but not as good as I used to think

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.

9 Vanessa Rousso - Big Brother 17 Vanessa Ashley Rousso is an American professional poker player. Born in White Plains, New York, Rousso holds dual citizenship with the United States and France.

One of the best, most manipulative players of the show. Changed the course of the game almost every week, the way she misted Julia into choosing Austin to play against her in the final 6 veto challenge is probably on top 3 of the best moves in the history of Big Brother. Her being 1 question away from winning the final HOH and the game was so depressing.

She was in control of the entire game and everyone knew it, but no one did anything about it except for Becky in week 7. She controlled almost every eviction. And to me what was most impressive was when she was on the block week 7 next to Shelli and everyone, in my house at least, thought she was out the door. She was able to get everyone in the house on her side and get saved with not even 1 vote to evict. And then on top of that the next 3 people to go were all in on the original plan to get her out! I hated her on the show cause I rooted for Johnny Mac the whole time but looking back she played an incredible game and is one of the best players in BB history

Vanessa played a fantastic game. She controlled nearly every eviction, from beginning to end. She won 4 Head of Household competitions, and 3 Power of Vetoes. She ruled the beginning portion of the game with her alliance called "The Sixth Sense." They were in power up until Week 6, when James put Shelli and Clay on the block together, causing one member to leave with Shelli following the week after Clay. She had deals with nearly everyone. Covering her almost with almost everyone. Making deals with whoever, and everyone she went to fell for it. Up until the Final 3, she was able to control decisions, save herself with the veto, and win extremely important Head of Household to make dire moves furthering her game. She was able to talk her way out of tough situations when she was practically out the door. Overall, she played a fantastic game, socially, physically, mentally.

Vanessa was a strong player she controlled the whole game I have never seen a target stay so long for the first couple weeks Vanessa and her alliance called "The Sixth Sense" which had Shelli, Clay, Austin, Liz and Julia they controlled the game but Vanessa controlled every vote and eviction until final three there alliance was broke when James put Shelli and Clay on the block together bye bye sixth sense after that Vanessa was even stronger she was making scary moves risking her game that could go to an end but it didn't until finally three which everyone wanted her to be sitting in that chair she finally was Vanessa is the strongest girl player in big brother history if you don't agree your a loser but she cried to much if she didn't get what she wanted go Vanessa!

10 Jun Song - Winner - Season 4

Best player in her season and perfected the floater strategy. She played a great social game and always booted people off that were bad for her game. Her alliance with Jee helped propel her to the top and her alliance with Allison to final two caused her win. Basically had control of the votes swinging back and forth between two teams. Also, the first person of color to win the game and would remain so for a long time!

Very intelligent player who executed an incredible social game. Used her cooking skills and information about the entire house in her hands that made her a very good player. Manipulated Alison into doing her bidding and realized that her only chance of winning was to sit with Alison at the end even though she hated Alison just because the jury was very bitter and hated Alison more than Jun. one of the most calculated games I've ever seen and she deserves way more credit than she is actually getting. My favorite player of all time!

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.

Played a nearly flawless social game and was the most intelligent in the house. Rachel Riley and her overrated "gameplay" with production rigging her win. THIS girl deserves way more respect and credit than she gets. One of the only players who actually played the game to win money instead of playing for being liked by America. Fantastic player and she should be a Big Brother Icon!

The Contenders
11 Rachel Reilly - 9th Place - Season 12 Rachel Eileen Reilly Villegas is an American television personality, a talk show host, an actress, and a reality show participant.

A lil luck? The cat that wrote this article is so bias. That Pandora's box was put in effect just so she could win. The writer of this article clearly favors competition beasts. Because Rachel's social and mental game simply sucked. And had it not been for basically everyone else, we would have forgotten about her twice. Earlier you said lisa Donahue did nothing. What she didn't do is have the game given to her by the producers. Rachel wasn't even a good villain, she was annoying. She even said she was a target from the gate. Did she forget the game is on t.v. and everyone knows that's a lie. I'm sorry, but some of your picks aren't good at the game of big brother, but rather good at big brother competitions.

Rachel is awesome I loved her from the time she stepped in the big brother 12 house. Then she met Brendon loved her even more. I cried when she was evicted because I just loved her attude toward ther people in the house. When she walked back in the big brother 13 house I screamed I was so excited. Cried when Brendon was evicted 3 time in 12 months. That has to be a record. Screamed when Rachel won 13 and was surprised when Shelly voted for her.

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.

Rachel was an amazing player. As emotional as she was, she was able to survive season 13 with a huge target on her back. She aligned herself with Brendon, Jeff and Jordan and their power alliance helped her get to the end. She transformed from a hated player in season 12 to one of America's favorites. She definitely shouldn't be this low!

12 Eric Stein - 5th Place - Season 8

He would be the greatest ever if he wasn't America's player. He navigated his game around his AP status while aligning with the right people at the right times. Sadly, America made him save ED and Daniele so many times and they took him and Jess out near the end. He deserves a second chance it's a shame he's not on AS2

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 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.

It sucks how much he couldn't do because of america's player. When he won the point of view and wanted to use it to backdoor one of the Donato's he wasnt allowed to because America couldn't vote. Even Dick said that Eric was the only other person other than him and Daniele that could have won BB8. He has to come back for all stars 2

13 Frank Eudy - Big Brother 14

Frank is a great Big Brother player, beloved by the fans. Week 1, he got screwed by a scheming liar named Willie Hantz. Luckily, Boogie and he convinced the house to keep him over Kara, someone who wasn't a threat at all. The next week, he won HOH and after that, his arch-nemesis Willie was expelled for being violent. So, he nominated Britney's team and eventually evicted Jojo. In Week 3, he nearly got out, but he was thankfully saved by the Coaches twist. In the next week, he formed an alliance called the Silent Six, consisting of him, Boogie, Danielle, Dan, Shane, and Britney. They blindsided a huge threat Janelle. The next week, he wins HOH again! He nominates two floaters and one of them gets evicted, so he gets respect for that. Then, Shane won HOH and nominated him. He won point of view like a boss, but his closest ally was evicted. Then, the Fast Forward happened and he won point of view, throwing Ian's plans in the trash. But it caused his showmance to be evicted. This left ...more

I agree that Frank was trustworthy and an animal during comps, Dan went too far with some of his deception. YOU should be able to LIE without swearing on the bible, on your wedding ring, or on your children. That becomes tasteless, & classless.

One of the best competitors in Big Brother History. Target since day 1. Only got to cast a vote twice through 64 days in the house because he was either HoH or on the Block. Helped get out on the best players of all time Janelle. With the help of his Chilltown partner Mike Boogie.

If there ever is an All Stars 2 in the future he deserves to be there. Week after week he was a target because of his athletic abilities and his association with Mike Boogie. He might have placed 7th if given a second chance I think he'll make the most of it.

14 Memphis Garrett - Runner Up - Season 10

Memphis was very underrated he had a huge target on his back after winning the car and still made it to final two. I think Memphis and Dan had an equal part in getting the renegades to the end.

"Played a good physical game, and a pretty good social game too. Also him and Dan made one of the best alliances ever"

Memphis is a great lover

15 Hayden Moss - Winner - Season 12

Won competitions while having a strong social game Dr Will and Dan didn't win as much comps as Hayden did. Hayden also made smart decisions throughout the game. He will definitely win the next BB All Stars

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.

Hayden was an animal at the game he won 4HOHs he made the correct half million dollar choice with lane instead of Enzo and he was a member of one of the greatest alliance ever, the Brigade.

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

16 Nakomis 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'.

Along with Danielle and Janelle, I consider Nakomis one of the best players to never win. Everyone remembers the six finger plan/backdooring, but she had more then that to her. The houses first impressions where that she was just some weird goth chick who would probably get axed first. But she ends up the leader of the majority Allaince, and dethrones Jase, which left everyone cheering. If the Pinky Swear Allaince didn't get so paranoid and start ga kata ing each other, we would be talking about the winner of Big Brother 5

People seem to forget how huge of an impact Nakomis had on the game. Lets put it this way: Her Six FInger Plan was Big Brother's equivelent to Richard Hatch creating the first ever alliance. The Six Finger Plan remains my favorite BB moment ever, heck possible my favorite moment in reality T.V. ever. And the fact that it was Jase of all people on the receiving end of it made it so much better. She was the smartest person in the room and no one even knew it. Hands down, my favorite housegeast of all time.

For the first few seasons, it was safe to assume that the people originally put on the block were the original targets of the HoH. Nakomis completely shattered that notion. The Six Finger Plan, now refered to as backdooring, was complete an utter genuis. She took out her main target (Jase) without him seeing it coming for a second, and she managed to hide her alliance at the same time. since then backdooring has become a pivatol part of the game. Every time someone gets backdoored, Nakomis should get a dollar

17 Ian Terry - Winner - Season 14

Ian didn't deserve to win over Dan but does not mean he is a bad player. He laid low after his week 1 scare and aligned with Dan, Danielle, Shane, and Brit AKA the four most powerful players to be his shields while he dominated comps in the jury phase. Dan played better strategically but you can't deny Ian is a great player.

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.

Some people consider Dan Gheesling (BB10,BB14) to be the best, but Ian managed to play the more effective game regardless even when he was put up against the "Best Big Brother Player of All Time". Ian made sure to keep the advantage that came along with being the "Good Guy" of the season and it allowed him to get people he wanted evicted and make sure that their relationship and gameplay guaranteed a vote in the F2. Dan played dirty and brute forced his way to F2 by getting lucky with an alliance with Danielle that was more valued to her than Danielle's own showmance, Shane.

Though this is more of a rant, Ian Terry would have been the second person in Big Brother history to receive a perfect Win (Next to Dan Gheesling of course) had Dan not been so lucky as to find the emotional wreck of Danielle, he wouldn't have been able to use her, lie to her, and trick her into evicting her own showmance yet blame Ian Terry for the entire thing.

Danielle's single vote in spite of ...more

18 Britney 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.

Britney won competitions when she needed to! She was entertaining! Plus she played phenomenal social games both seasons 12 and 14 which ultimately got her to jury twice. She was in the best position in the big brother house the week of her eviction and had she not have been evicted, she would have made the final two! Britney is a legend at the game and is the funniest house guest to ever play Big Brother! Her coments in the diary room have been lauded as the best ever, comments such as "Nobody in fact we'd rather hang ouseleves" "I lost my dignity on a slippery weiner" and infamously putting on extensions to imitate houseguest Rachel Reilly are moments that go down in the most memorable moments of all time in Big Brother! All of this allowed her to become one of the most liked big brother house guests of all time!

When she wasn't making the people watching at home laugh hysterically (my personal favorite line is, "You're a homosapian Brendan, you're not a wizard"), she was playing a strong social, and even a pretty strong physical game (winning 3 vetos and 1 HOH). Even though she didn't know about the Brigade she still managed to weasel in between it and in the end she had Lane wrapped around her finger. I truly believe the only reason she didn't win in Season 12 was because she didn't win that top 4 HOH/veto. In Season 14 she was a lot weaker, challenge wise, but, like the Brigade in her past season, her alliance dominated and was running the show, up until Frank realized what a threat she was and took her out. Hands down the most underrated Big Brother player to date.

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."

19 Paul Abrahamian - Season 18 Paul Raffi Abrahamian is an American reality television personality, clothing designer, and musician born in Tarzana, California.

Don't like the guy. but he was a big challenge beast in season 18, his main mistake was taking Nicole to the f2. Coming back to BB19 he just Controlled this season easily. he just again did not have the jury jury management .

Honestly, he deserved the win! I do believe Nicole is a good player, but Paul was good at everything; strategically, physically, socially. Even Julie wanted him to win (as she stated in an interview. She also thought Nicole was kind of disappointing, but she congratulates Nicole). He figured out the roundtrip puzzle first, chose the right one first as well! He won every single comp after Victor left, and won others before Vic was evicted for the last time. Paul even knew to join the other side after both Jozea and Victor were evicted (by the way, Victor comes back, if you were confused about Paul winning every comp after he was gone). He was a likable person, and if I was there, I'd definitely vote for Paul to win. (I still love Nicole so much, though. Respectable game.)

This dude goes in the house and is brutally honest, in your face, loud personality in general and goes to the end finishing 2nd. Then goes back the very next season and everyone knows who he is and knows how he plays and he goes to the end again by being very creative and convincing, constantly evolving his strategy to appease his houseguests. He ran the show his 2nd season, he was the show. He's not my favorite but he should have won once for sure, true fans would have respected his game play and voted him to win, victim of a bitter jury

Paul should of won and I bet if he went up against derrick and Daniel Reyes he could win definitely over Daniel Reyes because she just floated her way threw the game and this year it was Paul's first time it was Nicole's second and also if Paul returns next year he should win because if Nicole can win after coming back Paul definitely can and Paul kind of dr will and dan so that's how good of a player I think Paul is ' one of the greatest of all time because there was some good competitors this year and he battled he was threw it. Great job paul

20 Matt 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.

One of the most underrated players in BB history. Matt was loyal and got stabbed in the back by his alliance. Up until the point he went home he carried his alliance. He won HOH every other week ensuring safety to his alliance members and made big moves to keep them safe.

One of favourite players not bias here but he has played a good game

I think the brigade wouldn't of made it to the end whith out him.

21 Nicole Franzel - Season 16

Super underrated in my opinion. yeah she might be annoying at times but she knows how to float in the game, she knows how to get into people's mind. She managed to go unnominated in Big Brother 18, causing other duos to go against eachother while keeping her and her showmance safe, and she's proving it again in season 22. Her win is really underrated because people don't like her.

Nicole has played a fantastic social game this second time around and that is why she is so good at BB as well as winning crucial comps when needed. Yes she may be playing dirty this time around by lying and backstabbing some of the others but she still somehow finds a way to not be nominated week after week which is pretty impressive. The houseguests just keep trusting Nicole despite so many of the evicted houseguests being betrayed by her. In addition, she has been called out so many times by houseguests so it has made her a target throughout the whole season as well as being a veteran from day 1. Let's also not forget that she has had a hand in almost every evicted houseguest and she is almost always in the power alliance. Nicole knows when to lay low and when she needs to play for comps to win which is very important if you want to get far in this game. I personally don't like how she gets into a showmance every season, however Corey is literally her lap dog and she controls his ...more

Nicole was one of the best players on season 18. She was very smart and was able to constantly put a bigger target ahead of her and did not get nominated until final four. After Paulie's eviction, Nicole managed to manilulate Natalie, James, and Michelle to turn against their own allies, Paul and Victor. This eventually led to Natalie's eviction right after Nicole evicted Michelle single-handed. Then, her and Corey both blindsided Victor the week after. She deserved to win BB18 and is one of the smartest players in the game.

Very smart player. Managed to avoid the block until final 4 and alligned herself with strong men in the house to hide herself. She had a hand in most evictions and was responsible for the blindside of Victor, Bronte, Frank, and the'Vonne. She was able to take out people who were threats to her like Jozea and Michelle on her 2 HoH reigns. She manipulated Natalie, James, and Michelle to turn on Victor and Paul who were their allies at the time when she and Corey were in the minority of the house after Paulie's eviction. She was also the strongest female competitor for BB18 with 2 HoHs and 2 POVs. She deserved to win the game.

22 Jordan Lloyd - Winner - Season 11

Did not play the game, however it was her personality in the house that helped her win the game. Won for 3 reasons. First she had Jeff who was a bigger target than her, and at the same time it was tough to get him out. Second of all, she is probably recognized as the most nicest person in big brother history so who would have anything against her in the house? Third of all, she was a weak player and competitor so everyone would want to take her to the final two.

Believe it or not I honestly do think she is way smarter then what she presented herself, remembering part 2 of the finale night challenge I literally thought she was going to lose the memory comp but pulled it literally almost out of thin air (seemingly) and won the 3 part and took out Kevin who was the games front runner. Whatever you say she played almost under the radar won when absolutely necessary and kept a perfect social game.

One of the best social games ever. Everyone gives her crap for having no strategic game and say she made no moves. She tricked Kevin into evicting Michelle instead of her and told Kevin that she would take him to final 2 and that was a lie that ended up winning her $500,000. Very smart girl with a great social game. Very good big brother player, almost won twice for a reason.

She was the Nicest Player in big brother history and had a great social game-she also won comps. She also didn't let anyone tell her what to do.

23 James Rhine - 7th Place - Season 6 James Rhine, is an American television talk-show host, actor, producer and model. He most recently appeared as a host and interviewer on "Celeb TV" in Chicago and is a recurring guest host on "In the Loop" on WYCC Chicago.

Let's put him, Donny Thompson, Janelle, Daniele Donato, Shane Meaney, and Brenden Villegas into one season to finally settle this once and for all: who is the king (or queen) of The Power of Veto? He was a threat to his competition, and was evicted mid-season in BB6 when Howie made one of the dumbest game moves as a Head of Household ever. A year later, he had the same amount of luck, as he was stopped short in the jury for putting his trust in the hands of Batman and Robin of the All-Star house. Great Guy, Bad Luck, I'd love to see him back some day.

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.

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.

Can't believe that dumbass Brittney is ahead of the veto king! Jordan Lloyd and Ian Terry included!

24 Drew Daniels - Winner - Season 5

Drew is the most criminally underrated player of all time! He was never at actual risk, created a dominating alliance, then flipped on that alliance, convinced cowboy to evict his sister to go to the final 3 with a showmance, aligned with Diane early even though he was gay, sniped down Diane, yet still had the twins and Diane campaigning for him on jury. He created the social game that we know and love today.

Drew played probably one of the best games to play
1) He was selected for every Veto competition and back then the HOH and nominees selected the competitors for veto.
2) He was never a final nominee for eviction. Meaning he never faced the chopping block.
3) He was the first Houseguest to set the records for most HOH's (4 and this record has only been tied not broken)

He played an amazing game.

Flipping on his alliances and booting some of his closest pals helped this quiet guy win Season 5. Being likeable, handsome, and under the radar didn't hurt either.

The dude was not afraid to get blood on his hands and had an amazing well rounded game.

25 Alison 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.

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.

The reason why season 4 sucked was because there was no entertainment except for her. Basically her job was being deceitful, sleeping with multiple amounts of men, spying on people, and backstabbing. Definitely the best on BB4

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