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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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  1. Christina.
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    this week Tarkowski will score and break all the hearts of the pereirra owners

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

      More likely to be Ben Mee.

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        This

    2. Stoichkov#8
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Oh, ok 🙂

    3. Flapjack ✅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Their hearts are already shattered

      1. Patrick Bateman
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        This

    4. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I ave given up all hope of anything from Pereira other than 1 or 2 points - and certainly not away against Burnley.

  2. Stoichkov#8
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    2 questions:

    1. Foster/Guaita > Boruc -4?
    2. Digne > Wilson -4? (change formation)

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

      No to both

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

        You think Wilson wont outscore Digne for that 4pts?

    2. Hy liverpool
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Neither

    3. Christina.
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      are you stoichov from Nirvana?

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

        Stoichkov the Great Bulgarian, golden ball winner...ring any bell? 😉

    4. kennethrhcp
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      def not 1

      2 could work

  3. Hy liverpool
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    A. Barnes and Fraser
    Or
    B. Siggy /lanzini and Wilson

    1. Victor6359
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 7 days ago

      B for me

    2. Stoichkov#8
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Close...A

  4. Ninja Škrtel
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    bottomed:
    free hit, thoughts? (risking it with hammers def i know):

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

  5. GoonerByron
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Is Wilson worth a -4 if I already have a full 11 + 1 bench player?

    Fabianski
    Pereira - TAA - Luiz
    Salah - Hazard - Anderson - Maddison - Brooks
    Rondon - Firmino

    Hamer* - Maguire - Lacazette* - Bennett*

    0FT, 0.8 ITB

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

      no

    2. Christina.
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I'm asking myself the same Q....

      1. GoonerByron
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Made the mistake of rushing in Camarasa -> Brooks with my FT because I wanted to keep Laca for 33 but now thinking Wilson would have been the much better move even if it meant losing Laca..

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

      No

  6. Flapjack ✅
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    I’d pay £15 per article

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Playboy?

    2. Tube!!
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Then do it.

  7. TheBabyfacedAssassin
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    0.0ITB, 0 FT.
    Jimenez > Wilson for a hit or GTG? Why did't Clyne start last GW, anyone?

    Fab
    Robertson, TAA, Clyne, Tarkowski
    Hazard, Salah, FAnderson, Brooks
    Higuain, Vardy

    Pogba, Jimenez, AWB

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

      Since you have a fair playing 11, I wouldn't take a hit

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

      How much value do you have in Jiménez?

      I heard that Smith being out makes Clyne more nailed

      1. TheBabyfacedAssassin
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        0.4£ (CP£6.8/SP£6.4/PP£6.0)

        1. The Overthinker
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          I am selling him for Wilson .
          Same value

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

          I’d switch to Wilson

  8. The Overthinker
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Hazard form at Everton a worry
    Mane away not so tempting

    Left with Vardy (away to Burnley) , Anderson ( home to Huddersfield, will probably delete my account after this) , king ( home to Newcastle)

    1. Longlatini
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I’d captain Mane

    2. Victor6359
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Vardy

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

      Probably Vardy for his xGI over the last six and on PK's.

  9. Skloppy Kops
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    With the injury concerns on TAA for the CL match, I think if he does start, then he'll be a real doubt for the GW31. Millie will come on to give him a rest imo. He was thrash anyway against BUR.

    That will be a massive blow for owners imo.

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Not that massive if Liverpool concedes again

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

      Perhaps but 2 week break for him after Fulham game

    3. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I think that if he starts tonight he might well be given a rest at the weekend. It would be extremely frustrating.

  10. Victor6359
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Would you do Etheridge - Fabianski and doherty - VVD for -4 to field 11?

    Cheers

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I would personally.

      1. Victor6359
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Cheers

    2. Stoichkov#8
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Yes

  11. unitednations
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Morning dzz, best moves Here? Got 1ft, 0.6m and 11 starters but tempted to take a hit to change trash (Hayden,Schindler)

    Fabianski
    Digne Pereira Lascelles TAA Schindler
    Salah Rich Hazard Hayden -- Pogba
    King -- Aguero Jimenez

    A: Aguero >> Vardy/Higuain
    - leaves me with 12 starters and then I can bench one of Hayden or Schindler. Good chance they would be needed given Lascelles injury

    B: Hayden + Aguero >> Fraser + Vardy (-4)
    - leaves me with 12 starters and I will bench one of Schindler/Lascelles
    - I think Fraser will outscore Hayden by more then 4 points across gw31/33 so hit might be worth it

    C: Hayden + Aguero >> Mane + Wilson (-4)
    - similar to B, very hard to decide which combo is better

    D: Schindler + Aguero >> Robbo + Vardy (-4)
    - will bench Hayden in this case and he will come on if Lascelles is injured

  12. gellinmagellan
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 7 days ago

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

  13. mike09
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Questions for the ones that is planning on FH in DGW 32:

    1. Are you putting together a team of players that is likely to have a DGW in 32 and pressing the FH button as soon as BGW31 kicks off?
    (To avoid price rices).

    2. When is the semi-final draw for the FA-cup?

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

      1. You have absolutely nothing to lose by doing this, so why not?

    2. Michelle Davin
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Defo

  14. Mark-O
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    In this members article, Leicester can only beat themselves. Makes sense eh!

    Quote from article:
    The only thing in the "censored"-back’s favour going into Blank Gameweek 31 is Leicester’s opponents Leicester, who have conceded more chances down the "censored" flank than any other side in the last four Gameweeks (34).

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      They’re their own worst enemy

      1. JohnCarewCarew
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Can you lol when it’s not a match day? Lol.

  15. liverpool01
    3 months, 7 days ago

    GW 32 FH

    A)

    Patricio
    David Luiz, Wan Bissaka, Doherty, Kompany
    Sterling, Hazard, Pogba
    Aguero, Jimenez, Batshuayi

    Subs:

    Fraser, Schneiderin, Hamer. Tomkins

    B)

    Patricio
    David Luiz, Wan Bissaka, Coady, Kompany
    Sterling, Hazard, Pogba
    Aguero, Jimenez, Higuain

    Subs:

    Hamer, Schneiderin, Brooks. Peltier

    A or B?

    1. mike09
      3 months, 7 days ago

      B.

      Think my team will be this:

      Guaita
      Kolasinac - Shaw - AWB
      Sterling - Hazard - Pogba - Sane
      Aguero - Laca - Rashford

      3.9 - 4.2 - 4.0 - 4.0

      1. liverpool01
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Man Utd have a DGW but I doubt they would keep a clean sheet against Watford and Wolves

    2. STRANGER INGS
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Ehmm... can we at least wait till the fixtures are confirmed??

      1. liverpool01
        3 months, 7 days ago

        lol

    3. pingissimus
      3 months, 7 days ago

      No double Wolves defence for me.

      1. liverpool01
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Cool not even against Burnley? lol dgw for them is tempting

  16. Atimis
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Which one?

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

    Will FH 32, have Brooks already, no Chelsea or Cherries def and 9 playing in 31&33 now.

    1. Stevalek8
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      2

    2. liverpool01
      3 months, 7 days ago

      1

    3. Stoichkov#8
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      1 and 2 imo to field 11 playets. If getting Azpi means you can field 11 than make all 3.
      Remember, getting 31+33 player for a double blanker is -4+2+2 so its basically FT with a chance for more points

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

        Just read you have 9 playing players so make 1 and 2

  17. STRANGER INGS
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Wilson or Rondon?? (not just for blanks but for the long run)

    1. AuFeld
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Wilson.

    2. Shaw Season
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Wilson

  18. Podorsky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Is it worth taking hit(s) for defenders in order to field 11 this BGW?

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      No No No
      If they Get CS you would just get 2 pts

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Only if you are taking a player out who doesn’t start in 31 & 33 and replace with one that does start in 31 & 33

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

        This 100% and assume FH in 32

      2. Podorsky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        A bit tricky since I know they do not start 31 but still unsure about 33. I guess Doherty is the only case but he has a DGW 32 and I have a bit of value in him.

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          This ‘does not play in 31 but may play in 33’ conundrum, subject to Palace/Watford etc FA Cup results, is a very dangerous way to look at things ...

          in 33 we will probably want to use our free transfer to get a better player from the likes of Arsenal or Palace or Spurs or whomever, plus why go into 33 (after a double game week) without a single player in your bench ?

          The best way to look at the ‘may play in 33’ is as a bonus player to have a bit of bench cover 🙂

    3. Stoichkov#8
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Yes

    4. MTPockets
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Probably not, esp as still get a FT for 33

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

        This is important thing too and question is the player you sell may play 33 or 100% blank

    5. Whazza
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Not for this gw only, but for 31 and 33 yes

      1. Podorsky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        But theoretically, a -8 can at worst become a -4 if you assume 2 points per player.

        1. MTPockets
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Sort of. But still -8 vs others with same players who take no hit

          1. Fitzy.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Yeah, but if you only have 9 players to their 11, presuming at least 2 points return from each player you bring in, you're 4 points better off than doing nothing.

            1. Fitzy.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              But I get you're 4 points down if they get no more than the 2 points.

            2. MTPockets
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Yep true if those conditions work out

  19. Flynny
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Hi. Any views on the best option here?

    A.... king and mane

    B.....Fraser and firmino

    Already getting Wilson

    Thanks

    1. Shaw Season
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      B

    2. Whazza
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      A m8

      1. Flynny
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Cheers!

  20. Shaw Season
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Free hit activated. Thoughts?

    Boruc
    Robbo David Luiz Rice
    Fraser Hazard(vc) Salah(C)Maddison
    Wilson Firmino Burnley

    Fabi, Hayden, Yedlin, Digne

    1. Shaw Season
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I wrote Burnley instead of Vardy lol

    2. MTPockets
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      You don't want Mane?

      1. Shaw Season
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        I’m scared Salah will explode if I get Mane

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

        I don't think Mane does well at away matches.

        1. MTPockets
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          None of their attackers have been great away recently, but he scored the last away goal

    3. Stoichkov#8
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I think Mane is better pick than Firmino

    4. Rocky.007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Azpi over Luiz?
      Whats the point of Digne if he is third on the bench?

      1. Shaw Season
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Bench boost. Doesn’t really matter

  21. Hotdogs for Tea
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Is Maguire due an attacking return in 31 or 33 to debunk the ‘don’t take a hit for a defender’ opinion

    1. AuFeld
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Don't take a hit for LEI defender.

      1. altan8797
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        this. EVER!

  22. AuFeld
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Is it absurd to pick Robo over Mane as my third LIV player?

    31/33 are away matches. Over the last six away matches Mane as one goal while Robo has 4 clean sheets and an assist.

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Makes sense.

  23. The Mighty Whites
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Brooks, H Barnes or Tielmans (got King)

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

      Brooks

  24. Michelle Davin
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Which teams wont play in gw 33 apart from City?

    1. liverpool01
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Spurs could blank depends if Brighton progress

  25. ddfc
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Dunk >>

    1. Azpi
    2. Rice

    Thanks

  26. Ëð
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    What's the general consensus on who is best to captain, Mane or Salah?

    Mane has the form but Salah has the stats and potential to explode.

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Salah

    2. MTPockets
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I'll end up on Salah, because most others will

      1. Ëð
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Going on form though, Mane by far the better pick, 8 goals in the last 8 compared to Salah's 3.

        Mane might be a nice option if you are chasing I guess.

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          I’m on Mane but only two of his 16 league goals came away.

        2. MTPockets
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Agree and it's on Mane atm. But I know I'll wimp out when check captain polls pre deadline

    3. The Overthinker
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Will go Robertson

  27. Avo24
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Who is the best def for max 5.4m? LEI def form is not that good but I think in that price for GW 31 & 33 they are quite okay especially they have hud in GW 33. If u must choose one, perreira or maguire?

  28. Zen_Master
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Best Liverpool triple-up combination for the blank gameweek among these players??

    Allison, TAA, VVD, Robertson, Salah, Mane, and Firmino.

  29. Rupert The Horse
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Morning.
    So what’s next for Bale?
    Can we see anyone going for him now?

    1. The Overthinker
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      PSG maybe?

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

    Admittedly I can't squeeze them in but are Burnley overlooked for the blanks?
    Nobody has Heaton, almost nobody Tark/Mee, a few with Barnes.

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Barnes is fairly popular.

    2. MTPockets
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      No CS in last 7. I have Barnes though

    3. Christina.
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Barnes & Tarkowski here.

      Both will score.