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The best defenders to sign with the Free Hit chip in Blank Gameweek 31

We are continuing our series of articles on the best Free Hit squad for Blank Gameweek 31 with a look at defenders.

Using data from the Fantasy Football Scout members area we have picked out which stoppers are shaping up the best for goal threat, creativity and clean sheet potential in this depleted weekend of fixtures.

That has also helped us answer the tough question over which of the Liverpool defenders is the best to own for Blank Gameweek 31.

Members can read on and take in our analysis, but those without membership can still enjoy Tuesday’s article on goalkeepers for free.

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387 Comments Post a Comment
  1. teriyaki 69
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    looks like we are headed back to the infamous trend where 60% of all articles on here were made member exclusive.

    1. Hakim Ziyech
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Hahaha

      • Fantasy Gold
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        What’s wrong with that?0

      • fclackless [RoboKlopp]
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 8 days ago

        about time ... it's only £15

        1. teriyaki 69
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          £15 is too much for someone living below the poverty line trust me.

          1. Fantasy Gold
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            You still get to see a lot of free content that other sites don’t offer.

            You sound ungrateful.

            1. teriyaki 69
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              I only made an observation, don't know if that makes me ungrateful. Also, I mostly use the comments section on here for most of my enquiries, rarely do I read any of the articles posted on here. Used to love Mark's preamble though.

              1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Nah mate. I think this is exactly the articles you pay for. Non-member

      • Tube!!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Give him / her a break .....if someone can’t afford to pay for membership who are YOU to judge.

    2. Dazzrb
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Ake or D.Luiz?

      1. teriyaki 69
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Luiz any day.

      2. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Not what the article says 😉

        1. teriyaki 69
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          lmao.

    3. The Overthinker
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      a) Fraser and king
      B) wilson and king

      1. teriyaki 69
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        a if you are leading and you want to protect rank.

        b. if you are chasing.

      2. Freddiebell
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        A

      3. Offs!de
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Fraser and Wilson

        1. Stoichkov#8
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          He probably have King already mate

          1. The Overthinker
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Yes I already have King.

      4. Stoichkov#8
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Fraser or Wilson?
        Wilson!

      5. OleGGMU
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Fraser, frees up a striker spot for someone like rondon, perez, barnes or jimi (if you dont have any of them already and are looking for a good cheapie)

      6. jacktaylor
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Need a defender under 4.6 for a -4.....this will get me a full XI

        Already have TAA, Pereira and digne

        Thoughts are Diop to double with fabs? There’s not a lot out there...

        1. teriyaki 69
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          I wouldn't advice on a -4 to get a defender who plays for a tear 2 premier league team. Save and get the defender in 33 for free.

          1. teriyaki 69
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            tier***

          2. MGD
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            This what i'm doing.

            10 fielding players gw 31 and Shaw -> Pereiera or someoneelse 33.

      7. Daghe Munegu
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Schmeichel
        VVD Diop
        Salah Mané Hazard Maddison Anderson
        Higuain Barnes

        Would you
        A take a hit for a def and fill 11
        B take a hit for Wilson and bench Anderson
        C do both for - 8
        D save

        1. Freddiebell
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          B

      8. Jimjam
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Current squad (players with fixture in GW31 starred - only have 7):

        **Fabianski (**Boruc)
        **Alexander-Arnold, Kolasinac, **Lejeune (Wan-Bissaka, Bennett)
        **Salah, Sterling, Pogba, Son (**Hayden)
        Aguero, **Rondon, **Barnes

        2FT, 0.3 in bank

        How does this plan look?

        Bennett, Pogba, Son --> Clyne, Mané, Tielemans (-4)

        Gets me up to 10 players for GW31, and they are players with good ongoing fixtures. I can then do Barnes --> Wilson with a FT when Barnes' fixtures turn.

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Looks good.

      9. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Typo in the above:

        "The only thing in the right-back’s favour going into Blank Gameweek 31 is Leicester’s opponents Leicester, "

        1. Fantasy Gold
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          I think people get the gist of it

        2. fclackless [RoboKlopp]
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 8 days ago

          That bit is free for non members ..

        3. Game Over
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Members don't see spelling mistakes.

      10. zØphar ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Take a hit for Doherty to Ake ? Currently have 10 without a hit.

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          I wouldn't.

        2. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Are you intending to keep Doherty up to GW36? If not then why not - assuming that you have FH/WC

        3. jomikijiq
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          if you FH32 WC34 then I would do it

        4. zØphar ⭐
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Sorry I should have mentioned, fh32 wc34. Thanks lads

        5. Stoichkov#8
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          A hit for 32+33 player while the one that you sell blank in both is like FT so yes but if you think to get back that player its question about value. If you want him back and would lost only 0.1-0.3 (those players will fall in price probably too) I would.

          1. Stoichkov#8
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            *31+32

      11. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        King or Wilson ?

        King hasn't scored for a while, maybe he's due a goal or two?

        Or is Wilson's form just to hard to ignore ?

        Thanks

        1. The Overthinker
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Will probably go for both

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            I did consider that too...but going for Doherty to azpi as one of my transfer.

      12. pakornk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Are there West Ham fans around? Is Ogbonna nailed to start (heard that Balbuena would be coming in)?

        1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          He's certainly most at risk. I expect Balbuena to come in alongside Diop for Huddersfield personally.

        2. Carlton_Goal
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          His place is at risk since Balbuena is coming back. Balbuena has only played 45 minutes for the reserves since coming back from injury so unsure if he is ready to start yet but there's a chance he could

        3. Original Pirate Material
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Balbuena ready to start again now fit. Id say Ogbonna was playing very well and was his to lose but after that Cardiff loss Pellegrini could bring Balbuena back in.

          Personally I wouldnt go for Oggy, Diop only 0.1 more?

        4. Flycroft
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          It is interesting that the article doesn't mention the risk of this occurring. Diop is the safer of the two

      13. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Boruc
        TAA Pereira Robbo
        Almiron Anderson Salah
        Vardy Higuaín
        Non-playing: Guaita, AWB, Doherty, Pogba, Camarasa, Jimenez

        Which moves to add for 31? (-4 each)
        1. Pogba (loss 0.2) to Hazard
        2. Camarasa (no loss) to Fraser
        3. Jimenez to Wilson (loss 0.6)
        4. Doherty (0.5) or AWB (0.2) to Azpilcueta

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          This is tough !!

          All good options. I'd go with the importance you attach to value .

        2. JackJack
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          1

        3. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Thanks - will want Jimi back and Pogba too. Leaning on 1 and 2 for XI.

        4. balint84
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          4

        5. pingissimus
            1 month, 8 days ago

            2 and 3

            I’d rule 4 out as defenders aren’t worth the risk for a hit and potentially triple Chelsea away is odd I’d say.

            You can get Hazard for the home match

        6. Annie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Anderson to Fraser for a hit?

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Definitely no for me.

            1. The Overthinker
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Why so?

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Hud at.home surely Anderson has to be given one last chance

          2. Fantasy Gold
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Can’t justify that unless you hear news of Anderson injury/being benched

        7. Longlatini
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Can get to this with a -8, what do you think?

          Heaton
          Taa Luiz Robertson
          Almiron Hazard Fraser Mane Anderson
          Barnes Wilson

          Hamer Pereira Doherty Jiménez

          Basically is it worth the extra hit to get Fraser or just play 442 with Pereira at the back?

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            442 for me

        8. the vanisher
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 8 days ago

          score predictions?

          Bournemouth - Newcastle
          West Ham - Huddersfield
          Burnley - Leicester

          1. Fantasy Gold
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            2-2
            2-0
            2-1

          2. JackJack
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            2-1
            2-0
            2-2

          3. MGD
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            1-1
            1-0
            1-2

          4. dbeck
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 8 days ago

            3-1
            1-0
            2-1

          5. JT11fc
              1 month, 8 days ago

              3-0
              1-1
              2-2

            • pingissimus
                1 month, 8 days ago

                1-1
                2-0
                1-2

            • TONY123
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Does Sané become an option again for potential DGW32 after yersterday's performance? Thinking about a Sterling, Sané, Agüero triple up.

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                I'd be concerned he doesnt start both games

              2. Distinctly Average
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Never again...

                Gw25 triple captain has still not been forgiven

            • Fire Chief Moe
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Leicester playing Leicester?

            • dbeck
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Have no Bournemouth or Leicester, which combo:

              A) vardy and Fraser
              B) Fraser and Wilson
              C) Wilson and Maddison

              1. TONY123
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                A for me

                1. dbeck
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Cheers Tony

              2. Robe Wan
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                A

              3. Original Pirate Material
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 8 days ago

                B

              4. balint84
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                a

            • Hiphopopotamus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Mornings lads. What's your chip strategy (if you have 11 players for this week and all your chips left)?

              1. teriyaki 69
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                FH 32
                WC 34
                BB 35
                TC any time from 36 to 38

                1. Robe Wan
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  This

                2. Hiphopopotamus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Cheers Teriyaki (and Robe), appreciated

            • Tmel
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Boruc
              Rice TAA Robertson
              Fanderson Salah Almiron
              Vardy

              Currently have 8 GW31 players & 1FT - which is the best option? (FHing in GW32)

              a) Sterling & Rash > Haz & Wilson (-4)
              b) Sterling, Rash & Jimenez > Haz, Hig & Wilson (-8)

              1. dbeck
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                A

              2. Robe Wan
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                A

            • Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              I have Wilson already

              A Jimmy to king
              B Doherty to azpi

              For free

              Thank you

              1. dbeck
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                A

              2. Robe Wan
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                A

            • Annie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              A) Hazard - 4
              B) Anderson

              1. Robe Wan
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                B

              2. Distinctly Average
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                A

            • pakornk
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              would you do Doherty > Azpi for -4?
              Have funds tied up on Doc too.

              1. Robe Wan
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                No

            • The King
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              On free hit

              A). Boruc & Pereira

              Or

              B) Fabianksi @ Rice

              1. dbeck
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                B

              2. Ohh1454
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                B

            • Ohh1454
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 8 days ago

              To risky not to captain Salah ? Thinking of going lanzini

              1. Distinctly Average
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Maverick

              2. Original Pirate Material
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Stick with mo.

              3. Jᴀʀᴠish
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Always good to start the morning with a joke.

              4. Hakim Ziyech
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  I think just having him is enough

                  1. Fantasy Gold
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    I wouldn’t even want to own Lanzini, let alone captain him

              5. Gazza2000
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Got 9 players and already on -4 to give me this lot, worth another -4 to get Wilson in for Jim ?

                Fab
                TAA-Robertson
                Salah-Anderson-Hazard-Fraser
                Rondon-Vardy

                Boruc-Jimenez-Doherty-Schar-WB-Pogba

                1. Ohh1454
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Think it could be ya

                2. Distinctly Average
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  I wouldn’t

                  1. Gazza2000
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Why not ?

                    1. Distinctly Average
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      I personally think a -8 isn’t worth it

              6. RIDZ
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Son+Success for Fraser+King for free, yes or no?

                maybe any other option

                1. Ohh1454
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Doing exact same moves myself but not sure weather to go king or Wilson

                  1. RIDZ
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    why King?

                2. Distinctly Average
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Seems to be the in thing at the moment to double up on Bournemouth, but I’d consider another team, eg Burnley for one of those transfers

                  1. RIDZ
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    already with these:

                    Fabs
                    Robbo TAA
                    Salah Antonio
                    Barnes Rondon

                    Fraser+Wilson give me 9 players to play

              7. jg7u
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                I am for sure getting Wilson. Who should I replace Camarasa with?

                A) Fraser
                B) Maddison
                C) Barnes

                1. Distinctly Average
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  B

                2. Gazza2000
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  A or B leaning towards Fraser though

                3. AuFeld
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Fraser.

                4. Offs!de
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  Fraser or Barnes

                5. RIDZ
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  A

                6. balint84
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  B

              8. Ninja Škrtel
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Free hitting (risking it with hammers def i know):

                fab
                arnold, diop, rice
                salah (c), haz, mane, fraser
                wilson, higuain, vardy

              9. balint84
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                captaining Mane or Salah?

                1. Ninja Škrtel
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 8 days ago

                  coin flip

              10. gellinmagellan
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Sterling, Pogba, Rashford out for Hazard, Fraser and Vardy for -8 (field 10)
                or
                Sterling and Rashford out for Hazard and Wilson for -4? (field 9)