I have to agree that Winona really is only valuable for a really new player. Her perks really don't bring anything to the table for later play. If you compare her to some of the real stars, Wickerbottom, Wolfgang, Wigfrid (The big W's) her abilities are very lackluster. I would highly recommend trying out WickerB, her access to crafting recipes without needing a Science Machine make early game so much easier. You can make a backpack day 1 for instance. Wolfgang is just OP in general, his only real downfall is a much greater need for food. I personally have been playing Wigfrid, and find her to be a very powerful contender. Once you have some crockpots her food restrictions fade into minor annoyance, and I have to work to LOSE sanity, as long as I am killing things regularly.