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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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Which defenders carry the best goal threat?

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  1. teriyaki 69
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 10 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
      7 months, 10 days ago

      Hahaha

    2. Fantasy Gold
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      What’s wrong with that?0

    3. fclackless [RoboKlopp]
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 10 days ago

      about time ... it's only £15

      1. teriyaki 69
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 10 days ago

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

        1. Fantasy Gold
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 10 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
            7 months, 10 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
              7 months, 10 days ago

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

    4. Tube!!
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 10 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
    7 months, 10 days ago

    Ake or D.Luiz?

    1. teriyaki 69
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      Luiz any day.

    2. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      Not what the article says 😉

      1. teriyaki 69
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 10 days ago

        lmao.

  3. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 10 days ago

    a) Fraser and king
    B) wilson and king

    1. teriyaki 69
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

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

      b. if you are chasing.

    2. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      A

    3. Offs!de
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      Fraser and Wilson

      1. Stoichkov#8
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 10 days ago

        He probably have King already mate

        1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 10 days ago

          Yes I already have King.

    4. Stoichkov#8
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      Fraser or Wilson?
      Wilson!

    5. OleGGMU
      7 months, 8 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)

  4. jacktaylor
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 10 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
      7 months, 10 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
        7 months, 10 days ago

        tier***

      2. MGD
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 10 days ago

        This what i'm doing.

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

  5. Daghe Munegu
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 10 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
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      B

  6. Jimjam
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 10 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
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      Looks good.

  7. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 10 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
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      I think people get the gist of it

    2. fclackless [RoboKlopp]
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 10 days ago

      That bit is free for non members ..

    3. Game Over
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      Members don't see spelling mistakes.

  8. zøphar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 10 days ago

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

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      I wouldn't.

    2. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

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

    3. jomikijiq
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      if you FH32 WC34 then I would do it

    4. zøphar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      Sorry I should have mentioned, fh32 wc34. Thanks lads

    5. Stoichkov#8
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 10 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
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 10 days ago

        *31+32

  9. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 10 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 - I blame R…
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      Will probably go for both

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 10 days ago

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

  10. pakornk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 10 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
      7 months, 10 days ago

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

    2. Carlton_Goal
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 10 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 Year
      7 months, 10 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
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

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

  11. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 10 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
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      This is tough !!

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

    2. JackJack
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      1

    3. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

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

    4. balint84
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      4

    5. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 10 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

  12. Annie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 10 days ago

    Anderson to Fraser for a hit?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      Definitely no for me.

      1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 10 days ago

        Why so?

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 10 days ago

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

    2. Fantasy Gold
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

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

  13. Longlatini
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 10 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
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      442 for me

  14. the vanisher
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 10 days ago

    score predictions?

    Bournemouth - Newcastle
    West Ham - Huddersfield
    Burnley - Leicester

    1. Fantasy Gold
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      2-2
      2-0
      2-1

    2. JackJack
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      2-1
      2-0
      2-2

    3. MGD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      1-1
      1-0
      1-2

    4. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      3-1
      1-0
      2-1

    5. JT11fc
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 10 days ago

      3-0
      1-1
      2-2

    6. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 10 days ago

      1-1
      2-0
      1-2

  15. TONY123
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 10 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
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      I'd be concerned he doesnt start both games

    2. Distinctly Average
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      Never again...

      Gw25 triple captain has still not been forgiven

  16. Fire Chief Moe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 10 days ago

    Leicester playing Leicester?

  17. dbeck
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 10 days ago

    Have no Bournemouth or Leicester, which combo:

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

    1. TONY123
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      A for me

      1. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 10 days ago

        Cheers Tony

    2. Robe Wan
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      A

    3. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 10 days ago

      B

    4. balint84
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      a

  18. Hiphopopotamus
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 10 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
      7 months, 10 days ago

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

      1. Robe Wan
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 10 days ago

        This

      2. Hiphopopotamus
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 9 days ago

        Cheers Teriyaki (and Robe), appreciated

  19. Tmel
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 10 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
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      A

    2. Robe Wan
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      A

  20. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 10 days ago

    I have Wilson already

    A Jimmy to king
    B Doherty to azpi

    For free

    Thank you

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      A

    2. Robe Wan
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      A

  21. Annie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 10 days ago

    A) Hazard - 4
    B) Anderson

    1. Robe Wan
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      B

    2. Distinctly Average
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      A

  22. pakornk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 10 days ago

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

    1. Robe Wan
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      No

  23. The King
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 10 days ago

    On free hit

    A). Boruc & Pereira

    Or

    B) Fabianksi @ Rice

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      B

    2. Ohh1454
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 10 days ago

      B

  24. Ohh1454
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 10 days ago

    To risky not to captain Salah ? Thinking of going lanzini

    1. Distinctly Average
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      Maverick

    2. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 10 days ago

      Stick with mo.

    3. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      Always good to start the morning with a joke.

    4. Hakim Ziyech
      7 months, 10 days ago

      I think just having him is enough

      1. Fantasy Gold
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 10 days ago

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

  25. Gazza2000
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 10 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
      7 months, 10 days ago

      Think it could be ya

    2. Distinctly Average
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      I wouldn’t

      1. Gazza2000
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 10 days ago

        Why not ?

        1. Distinctly Average
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 10 days ago

          I personally think a -8 isn’t worth it

  26. RIDZ
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 10 days ago

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

    maybe any other option

    1. Ohh1454
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 10 days ago

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

      1. RIDZ
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 10 days ago

        why King?

    2. Distinctly Average
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 10 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
        7 months, 10 days ago

        already with these:

        Fabs
        Robbo TAA
        Salah Antonio
        Barnes Rondon

        Fraser+Wilson give me 9 players to play

  27. jg7u
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 10 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
      7 months, 10 days ago

      B

    2. Gazza2000
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      A or B leaning towards Fraser though

    3. AuFeld
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      Fraser.

    4. Offs!de
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      Fraser or Barnes

    5. RIDZ
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      A

    6. balint84
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      B

  28. Ninja Škrtel
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 10 days ago

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

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

  29. balint84
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 10 days ago

    captaining Mane or Salah?

    1. Ninja Škrtel
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 10 days ago

      coin flip

  30. gellinmagellan
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 10 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)