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FPL Question Time – Consult our panel ahead of Blank Gameweek 31

Our regular feature, Fantasy Premier League Question Time, returns ahead of Blank Gameweek 31.

There’s plenty to ponder for Fantasy managers at this point of the season, be it chip strategy, the international break, Champions League-influenced fixture congestion and, of course, which players to target for this weekend’s matches.

We’ve assembled another panel of familiar names to share their opinions on your questions, which you can submit in the Google form below.

Who’s on the panel this week?

Chief FPL Manager – A member of the Fantasy community with a huge Twitter following, “Chief” runs the FPL Hints website and has six top 1% finishes to his name – one of which was an overall rank of 110th in 2011/12.

Holly Shand – Founder of the popular Fantasy Football Community website and video star for Official FPL. Currently sits inside the top 5k after a 102-point Gameweek 30.

Joe – Scoutcast regular and the host of the excellent series, Meet the Manager. Joe is a fine manager in his own right, boasting a best-ever overall FPL rank of 840th in 2013/14 and having six other top 10k finishes to his name.

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  1. FPLGraham
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 days, 16 hours ago

    Take the -4 for:

    Bednarek -> Azpilicueta

    or

    Pogba -> H Barnes (own Vardy + Pereira...)

    or neither?

    1. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 16 hours ago

      the top one

    2. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 days, 16 hours ago

      fraser

      1. FPLGraham
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 days, 16 hours ago

        own already

    3. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      5 days, 16 hours ago

      Azpi

    4. FPLGraham
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 days, 16 hours ago

      cheers all

  2. Dare to Dedede
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 days, 16 hours ago

    Which is a safer GW31 combo?

    a) Allison, Diop and Rice

    b) Fabianski, TAA and Rice

    1. The 5% Team
      5 days, 16 hours ago

      A

    2. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 16 hours ago

      Safer or better, B is better 😉

    3. JohnnyMagrinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      Either way you’ve got two WHU defenders in each scenario.

      Points difference between TAA and Diop surely has more potential to be greater than between Alisson and Fabianski.

      B all the way.

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 days, 15 hours ago

        this

  3. yer old da
    • 9 Years
    5 days, 16 hours ago

    Two transfers for a 4 point hit to field a full XI this week. Aguero and Pogba > Vardy and Hazard a no-brainer right, especially as I’ll only lose 0.2 on each of I want them back with my FH in 32?

  4. Christina.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 days, 16 hours ago

    why did people not buy Hazard and Vardy last week?

    It was so obvious Son/Pogba/Rashford had to go.

    🙄

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 16 hours ago

      Hehehe, had both thankfully! Then again I had Son & Pogba too 😉

    2. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      5 days, 16 hours ago

      because hazard had been poor since few weeks?

    3. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 16 hours ago

      I did son > sterling instead of jumping on the bgw31 bandwagon, and sterling > hazard this week

      glad I followed that route too! 😉

      but got vardy in gw28 :p

    4. TaiwanHC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 16 hours ago

      Son played Southampton, and Pogba and Rashford played a shakey Arsenal defence. And I'm sure that most people made logical transfers.

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 days, 15 hours ago

        -Southampton have been on the up for a while - they nearly beat ManU (a) the week before
        -Pogba have been playing further back
        -Spurs have been poor lately/Son had scores of 2;2;2
        -Rashford has never been the same since being injured...2;1;2

        Vardy and Hazard in was logical.

    5. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 16 hours ago

      Overall (not the top 10k have used many of their chips.
      Pogba and Rash money will be lost and they have 32 and 35 DGw's

    6. HamezMace
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      Christina,
      Would you have Hazard over Mane this week?

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 days, 15 hours ago

        no

        1. HamezMace
          • 4 Years
          5 days, 15 hours ago

          Pickles.
          Thanks anyway.

  5. JustPark
    • 3 Years
    5 days, 16 hours ago

    A) Son to Fraser for free
    B) Son and Kola to Hazard and Diop/Clyne for a hit

    1. JustPark
      • 3 Years
      5 days, 16 hours ago

      Currently have 8 players for BGW31

      1. MTPockets
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 days, 16 hours ago

        b

    2. JustPark
      • 3 Years
      5 days, 16 hours ago

      And I have Brooks if that matters. And triple Pool.

    3. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      its close but b is worth it if 90%+ sure will start

  6. Fossit
    • 2 Years
    5 days, 16 hours ago

    Hey guys,

    Any suggestions?

    Currently got 10 and 1FT 0.2ITB

    Fab
    TAA Diop Digne Azpilicueta
    Hazard Salah Mane Brooks
    Barnes

    Playing Subs: Boruc
    Non playing S.Cook Jim Aguero

    Having already 3 Bournemouth makes getting Wilson needs one hit.
    Will FH in 32

    A) Aguero > Higuaín
    B) Aguero > Vardy
    C) Jim & Cook > Wilson & Schlinder (-4)
    D) Aguero, Jim & Cook > Higuaín, Vardy & Valery (-8)
    E) Aguero, Jim & Cook > Wilson, Vardy & Chelsea Def (Probably Luiz) (-8)
    F) Other?

    Cheers

  7. Tok721
    5 days, 16 hours ago

    Played my FH like to take a punt! GW31 chasing 170 points at the top..!
    GW 31
    Fabianski
    AAD Pereira D Luiz
    Fraser Salah(c) Hazard Mané
    Chicharito Vardy
    Bench:David Luiz Brooks Daniels

    GW 32
    Loris Guaita
    Kola Shaw DavidLuiz AAD Tomkins
    Hazard Son Pogba Fraser Ber Silva
    Higuain Zaha Aguero

    Hopefully Wolves and Palace to lose!
    What do you think?

    1. The 5% Team
      5 days, 16 hours ago

      whi is AAD?

      1. Tok721
        5 days, 15 hours ago

        Sorry TTA

        1. Tok721
          5 days, 15 hours ago

          TAA *correction oops

    2. Mo Mané Mo Problems
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      Don't think that GW31 team will make up much ground. Your team is so template it hurts.

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 days, 15 hours ago

        disagree entirely, simply fielding team of 11 without hits puts u at an advantage vs most people

        1. Tok721
          5 days, 15 hours ago

          I’m with you mate he can also only go with 6 players!
          Have to give it a go.. got to take my chances.
          He doesn’t have Salah Hazard Fraser Higuain Chicharito

    3. The 5% Team
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      like both teams...taing any hits to get to your GW32 team? Also planned a bit ahead towards 33?

      Personally I like Batshuayi over Zaha, but still

      1. Tok721
        5 days, 15 hours ago

        No Hit for GW 32
        Depending on wolves & palace & Brighton results for DGW Fingers crossed!
        GW 33 confirmed playing
        Kola TAA David Luiz
        Hazard Fraser
        Higuain + 2FT

        Otherwise May use my WC in 33 to prepare for GW35 and BB there TC GW37

  8. kwyap123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 days, 16 hours ago

    Looking at fixture gw33, Is it correct that I will definitely have 11 players playing that week if I can ensure 10 players playing in gw31 (FH gw32, free transfer to get the 11th playing player gw33)

    1. The 5% Team
      5 days, 16 hours ago

      depends on which players you have now

      1. kwyap123
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 days, 15 hours ago

        Bou, lei, liv, che, wham, eve. Confirm no blank. Right?

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 days, 15 hours ago

          all good

        2. The 5% Team
          5 days, 15 hours ago

          no blanks....but both Everton and WestHam don't have the greatest fixtures in 33 though (vs Arsenal and Chelsea)

  9. Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 days, 16 hours ago

    Why do suspect those saying value doesn't matter, on the whole don't have much value in their squads?

    🙂

    1. WesMantooth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      Bah...
      Those that don't have a lot say it doesn't matter and those that do says it matters a lot? there's no inbetween? no nuances?

    2. The 5% Team
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      hehe

      building value isn't important anymore...losing value still is (if you have FH and WC)

      1. JohnnyMagrinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 days, 15 hours ago

        Someone in my ML is in top 3k OR and has a TV of 101.4m.

        Better, more consistent players are more valuable than expensive players who score less points.

        Incredibly obvious, but you’d be amazed how many people think TV means more.

    3. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      This^
      Rash Pogba Kun Doherty Jimi are examples of losing 2 mil in total. A major knock getting them back. Many will have all 4.

      1. WesMantooth
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 days, 15 hours ago

        all depending on at which price you bought them. This is not a same for all scenario.

        1. Kopkloppers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 days, 12 hours ago

          Just saying with Robbo it will cost me 2.3 mil.

    4. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      I forgot Robbo

      1. WesMantooth
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 days, 15 hours ago

        probably plenty managers looking to ship robbo ahead of 31 and 33

    5. Jᴀʀᴠish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      Possibly. Am guessing there are those arguing the other way have good value but crap ranks though...….

      1. TRASH BOAT
        • 5 Years
        5 days, 15 hours ago

        There is a 3rd way .... crap rank and value 🙂

  10. TaiwanHC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 days, 15 hours ago

    Thoughts on Sterling + Son + Ings --> Hazard + Fraser + Vardy (-4)?

    Current team:

    Guaita
    Robertson - TAA - Luiz - Pereira - AWB
    Salah - Sterling - Son - Pogba - Maddison
    Jimenez - Rondon - Ings

    Thanks guys!

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      yeah sure

    2. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      as obv as they cum

  11. NecuratuL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 days, 15 hours ago

    my team for gw31
    Schmeichel
    Robertson D.Luiz Rice
    Antonio Salah Madisson D.Gray
    Higuain Rondon King
    should i take -4 for Antonio-Willian and D.Gray -Fraser ,
    all sugestion welcome , thanks

    1. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      Willian Fraser maybe

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      dont take a -4 for anything

  12. fkmzcgp
    • 1 Year
    5 days, 15 hours ago

    H.Barnes or Brooks? (Got Vardy and Wilson)

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      Fraser?

  13. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 days, 15 hours ago

    I have XI players + 2.4m itb with Sterling & Pogba on my bench! Feels so dirty being rich!!

    1. Fossit
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      Rich Uncle?

  14. T96
    5 days, 15 hours ago

    A- Son, Jimenez & Hayden > Hazard, Wilson & Fraser (-4)
    B- Son, Robbo & Jiménez > Mane, Pereira & Wilson (-4)
    C- Son & Jimenez > Haz & Wilson (free)

    Team:
    Boruc
    Robbo Taa Chilwell
    Salah Hayden Son FAnderson
    Vardy Jimenez Higuain

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      c

    2. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      C
      Def not B - Liking the double LIV defence myself for this GW!

  15. #FPLBhuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 days, 15 hours ago

    this is the week where slabhead rises to the fore 😉

  16. #FPLBhuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 days, 15 hours ago

    draft FH32

    patricio
    azpi - luiz - doherty
    sterling - sane - hazard - pogba
    rashford - jiminez - kun

  17. The_Bucc
    5 days, 15 hours ago

    Fabianski
    TAA - Digne - Pereira - Yedlin
    Salah - Mane - Anderson

    (Rash, Pogba, Aguero, Jimenez, Gunnarsson, AWB, Hamer)

    Aguero and Jimenez
    to
    Higuain and Wilson

    2ft sound good?

  18. Atimis
    • 2 Years
    5 days, 15 hours ago

    Which one? 9 playing in 31&33 now

    1. Jim to Wilson -4
    2. Pogba to Fraser -4
    3. 1/2 + Doh to Azpi/Ake -8

    Can't do both 1 and 2.
    Will FH 32, have Brooks already, no Chelsea or Cherries def.

  19. Longlatini
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 days, 15 hours ago

    Anyone on here already used their 2nd wc and FH chip already before this gw?

    How are you approaching the next few Gameweeks?

  20. Rushford
    • 1 Year
    5 days, 15 hours ago

    Have 7 GW31 players atm. Which gets most points?

    A) Brooks (-4)
    B) Fabianski (-4)
    C) Vardy (-4) Includes selling Aguero and losing 0.3TV ahead of DGW!
    D) Vardy + Fraser/Maddison (-8) Aguero out

  21. Bobby_Baggio
    • 7 Years
    5 days, 15 hours ago

    Afternoon all. After some advice on filling the gaps please? 16.8m to speand and using FH32. Thanks all.

    Fab
    Pereira - Robertson - Digne
    Salah - ____ - Mane - _____
    Vardy - Wilson

    1. HamezMace
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      Hazard and Fraser possible?
      If not, lose Digne for someone.

      1. Bobby_Baggio
        • 7 Years
        5 days, 15 hours ago

        0.3m out of those two

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 days, 15 hours ago

          Fraser + Maddison then. Don't think losing Haz is a problem if not captaining.

      2. Bobby_Baggio
        • 7 Years
        5 days, 15 hours ago

        Lose Digne? He's playing right?

        1. HamezMace
          • 4 Years
          5 days, 15 hours ago

          Yes, but playing for an Everton defence.

          1. Bobby_Baggio
            • 7 Years
            5 days, 15 hours ago

            Not worth transfer especially as I only have 10 players

            1. HamezMace
              • 4 Years
              5 days, 15 hours ago

              I misunderstood your FH use, apologies, and indeed not worth taking him out for a hit.

              Annoying to be just short of Haz/Fraser. Maybe Hazard and Brooks then.

  22. Holmes
    • 5 Years
    5 days, 15 hours ago

    Who wins?

    Fraser (NEW, BUR) and Maddison (bur, hud)
    vs
    Hazard (eve, WHM) and McNeil (LEI, bou)

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      First one I feel

    2. Bobby_Baggio
      • 7 Years
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      First but not by much

    3. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      Thanks, leaning toward that option as well

  23. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 days, 15 hours ago

    Don't get all the fuss on here with playing the chips so rigidly, takes the fun out of the game imo with BB being so overrated on here! As for TC, it is just a punt chip that you need to get extremely lucky with to benefit in a significant way from.
    Onto the WC, play it when you feel your team can benefit from it the most (and that's not always the week before a DGW).
    The only caveat is the FH chip which is very powerful imo and those that spunked that one off early are prob finding it difficult with this BGW-DGW-BGW scenario that has developed this season.

    1. Codetto
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      The triple captain is extremely overrated and only really effective if you captain a player that is a differential.

      1. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 days, 15 hours ago

        Yeah.
        3x1 points from Sané did not help to boost my OR

  24. Glokollur nr.1
    • 2 Years
    5 days, 15 hours ago

    Looking ahead of GW31 which of these strikers looks the best?

    A) Vardy
    B) Lacazette
    C) Wilson

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      A)

    2. Bobby_Baggio
      • 7 Years
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      Vardy but closely followed by Wilson

  25. BlzE_94
    • 4 Years
    5 days, 15 hours ago

    Any concerns or gtg??

    Fabianski
    Robertson Azpilicueta Rice
    Salah Hazard Mane Fraser
    Vardy Wilson Barnes

  26. Ole Trafford
    • 6 Years
    5 days, 15 hours ago

    Feeling good with this XI. Opinions would be grateful.

    Fabianski
    Robertson, Azpi, Rice
    Salah, Hazard, Mane, Fraser
    Vardy, Arnie, Wilson

    Boric, C.Taylor, Barnes, 4m

  27. SomeoneKnows
    • 2 Years
    5 days, 15 hours ago

    Going crazy with this decision as if its the most important ever 🙁
    For GW31 & GW33 only...

    A) David Luiz (Team in bad form but lots of CS this season)
    B) Ake (Team with better fixtures but not many CS this season)

  28. tburgess12
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 days, 15 hours ago

    Better option this week?

    A) Barnes

    B) Wilson

    1. g40steve
      • 1 Year
      5 days, 14 hours ago

      Do you even need to ask with those two?

      1. tburgess12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 days, 14 hours ago

        Evidently

  29. bigvern63
    • 6 Years
    5 days, 14 hours ago

    Fabianski/Hennesey
    Kolasinac/TAA/van Dijk/Wan-Bissaka/Pereira
    F Anderson/Richarlison/Fraser/mane/Eriksen
    Aguero/Rashford/Jiminez

    Looking at FH wk32.
    I have 8 players wk31 and 2xFT to make up to 10.
    Everyone except Rashford and Jiminez will or might play wk33 but both have DGW in wk32.
    I will lose 0.3 and 0.4 in those players if I tx them out this week and back in again for wk32.

    I'm thinking...
    Rashford & Jiminez out, King and Wilson in (or maybe Barnes) for wk31 and lose 0.7m value
    FH for 11 DGW players wk32
    Use wk33 tx to make 11 players if needs be

    Is it worth losing 0.7m to have 10 players for gw31? I'll lose transfers if I don't use them ahead of the FH...

    Any thoughts gratefully received.

    Cheers, Verns.