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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. Luis Suarez Ate My Homework
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Free hit activated.

    Fabianski (Hamer)
    Digne Rice Ake
    Richarlison Fanderson Mane(V) Salah(C)
    Higuain Vardy Firmino

    Bench: Brooks Pereira Simpson

    Wise to bring in Pereira over Digne?

    1. liverpool01
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Fanderson has been poor would start Fraser over him

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

          My dude, he doesn`t have Fraser in his team.

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            My dude he’s on FH

            1. liverpool01
                3 months, 7 days ago

                lol exactly he's on free hit

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

                  I am aware. I somehow forgot that Felipe costs more than Fraser. Apologies.

        2. HamezMace
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Brave going without a Liverpool defender on FH, very strong chance they will keep a CS this weekend, and most non FH teams have at least one defender.
          Also wouldn't want Anderson on FH.

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

          I would have thought ... Fraser & Wilson, Mane Salah & Robbo, Hazard Higuaín Liuz, Vardy ...

        4. Psychobingo
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          I don`t particularly care for Richarlison, Digne or Felipe. Would much rather try and fit in some Bournemouth assets like Fraser, Wilson or King. Rondon might be a decent shout as well, there could be goals in that game.

      • AFC49
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Fabianski
        TAA, Robbo, Digne
        Salah, Sterling*, Pogba*, F Anderson
        Higuain, Rondon, Wilson

        Button*, Shaw*, AWB*, Højbjerg*

        0.5 ITB

        A.) Sterling > Hazard (-4)
        B.) Pogba > Fraser (-4)
        C.) Both for -8

        1. Steiger
            3 months, 7 days ago

            A

        2. #FPLBhuna
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          fab
          robbo - !?X - !?X
          salah(c/tc) - mane - hazard - barnes
          vardy - rondon - chicharito

          ederson - pva - awb - doherty - bednarek

          0.9m (0ft)

          what's the best hit or hits here?

          1. Jose is Legend
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Get Diop in maybe

            1. #FPLBhuna
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              got a few options for a -4

              pva > azpi/luiz/rudiger
              bednarek > balbuena
              doherty > diop/chilwell/west ham defendder

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

          If Mané gets through CL unscathed would u do;

          Pogba > Mane

          To field 10 players this GW if FH32?

          Would be for a -4 but 0.8 tied up in Pogba.

          1. #FPLBhuna
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            I would.

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

            I can't see why not. I sold Pogs last week already.

          3. Annie
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            you might have 0.4 tied up in Pogba max. Still worth doing it imo.

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

              Correct 0.4 SV

          4. Jose is Legend
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Yeah definitely do that

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

            Yes

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

            Pogba will drop before the deadline, Mane will rise ... there is a .2 swing straight away there for you ...

        4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Sané Sterling Kun, Pogba, Rashford, Kaku for FH32?

          1. #FPLBhuna
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            could be a go-er but a case of all eggs in 2 baskets, and.. given pep's rotation policy, this may end a nightmare for 1 particular basket

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Yep, not really an option imo, but not many will go without 4 or 5 of those 6 I’d imagine

          2. Better Call Salah
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Might as well 3 chelsea too

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

            Nah.

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

            Is it affordable, inc Chelsea picks?

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Haz instead of Kaku & it’s affordable and covers chelski, should be a fun GW, 22 players in one week

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

                Just tried - it's doable with Hazard/Luiz as well, but defence not great and every bench player is a dud. eg.

                Gunn 3.9m
                Luiz Doherty Valery 3.8m 3.8m
                Sterling Sane Hazard Pogba 4.2m
                Aguero Rashford Lukaku

          5. Holmes (specialist in failu…
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            max 4 out of those

          6. Peter Ouch
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Pogba too deep in the last two games. I wouldn't.

            1. TONY123
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Herrera and Matic will be back by GW32

              1. Peter Ouch
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 7 days ago

                then....maybeeeee

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

            I think I will be going with Laporte on FH 32. I was struggling for a 4th mid for around 9mil though, the attack and defence almost picks its self.

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

              Hazard+Sterling+Pogba+BSilva

          8. bench boost for every gamew…
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Not sure i would go 3 from United if Chelsea gets a double with Brighton and Cardiff. Jimenez looks to me like a nice third striker in FH 32? Burnley away and United home looks nice

            Defender from City more than Sané imo, either Laporte or Ederson depending on how you structuring your team.

        5. Jose is Legend
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Alisson
          Robertson, Digne, Diop, Perriera
          Salah, Anderson, Snodgrass, Brooks
          Vardy, Rondon

          Button, Aguero, Pogba, Doherty

          0.9m itb and 1 FT.

          Aguero to Wilson and bench Perreria?

        6. Better Call Salah
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Whats your early team skeleton for FH32 team ? (Assuming no surprises in FA Cup)

          8-9 from City, United, Chelsea + 2-3 from Wolves, Palace sound about right ?

          1. Jose is Legend
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Yeah i might go Milo from Palace

          2. HamezMace
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Azpli - Laporte - Shaw
            Pogba - Hazard - Sterling - Milijovic
            Aguero - Rashford - Zaha

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

              The Mili pick is interesting. I quite like it

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

            I have a lot of them already. Triple city, Pogba, double wolves

            But the amazing thing is can just wait until after IB before deciding

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

              Double Wolves ? Aren’t you afraid of rotation after what their manager said recently about small squad and resting people ?

              1. bench boost for every gamew…
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Doherty and Jonny at risk so for me Wolves def is more likely Boly or Coady if it´s interesting at all. Jimi is good enough even if he gets one cameo.

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

            DDG
            WannaB Doherty Kola
            Hazard Pogba BSilva Sterling
            Jimenez Lukaku Kun

            1. #FPLBhuna
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              i like that

            2. Head Honcho
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Yeah that's a decent template right there. Plenty of time to change it round

          5. waltzingmatildas
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Hey guys,
            Was planning on a - 4 for this week
            Son, Aguero and Doherty to
            Hazard, vardy and TAA

            But now I'm thinking:
            Son, Aguero and Pogba to
            Hazard, mane and wilson

            Other two strikers are jimenez and rashford.
            Which do you prefer?

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

              Prefer Wilson to vardy, so the second option.

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

            The plan is set. With one big question mark over Lascelles

            Sterling Kun Son & Jiminez

            Out for a -8

            In come Hazard Mane Wilson Vardy

            That gets me 10 & Lascelles

            The query is whether I make it a -12 and do Valery to any defender I like eg a Chelsea if Lascelles is out. I’m leaning no.. but I love a punt

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

              My team will be

              Boruc
              TAA Lascelles Rice
              Salah Mane Hazard Brooks
              Vardy Wilson Barnes

              2.9 ITB

              1. Better Call Salah
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Might as well ...

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

                  It does just feel like a moment where I might as well enjoy it. Rudiger tempting. One goal there and I’m sorted

          7. Jono295
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Morning guys. Sorry if I’m beating the same drum but who are the likely DGW contenders for GW32 other than Utd and Wolves?! Thanks

          8. THEKID_88
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Do we think Balbuena will start this weekend?

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

              Too risky, unless you're on a FH and can cover him with a bench player who will definitely start.

            2. jamie1972
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              If you must get one of ours then go for Diop, he's nailed, or better, stretch to Rice

          9. #FPLBhuna
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            fh32 has disaster written all over it
            some decent games for non-doublers bound to hurt us.

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

              Kola
              WannaB

              1. #FPLBhuna
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                leicester?

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

                  Might keep Vardy...that's about it

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

              It's a FH, you can pick who you like.
              Don't pick someone if you think someone else will outscore them.

              1. #FPLBhuna
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                gold star for you

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

              Why can’t you pick non doublers ?

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

              Agreed.

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

            King or Wilson?

            1. #FPLBhuna
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              it's kings time to shine

            2. Steiger
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Wilson

            3. JJeyy
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Hazard or Fraser in? Can get the one I don’t go with on gw33.

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

              People posting their gw32 teams when GW31 has 3 days to start.

              Am I missing something? #FOMO

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

                Predicted teams.

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

                  That's okay. But one unexpected result and all the permutations and combinations will go in vain

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

                    True.
                    I might put a real life bet on Swansea to beat MCY in the FA cup, to suppress my misery at not having Aguero and Sterling in a DGW team.

                    1. FPLGraham
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      Imagine they shock them. Absolute GW33 carnage on transfers.

                      I'm considering keeping Sterling actually...

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

                    Yeah. But it’s good practice.

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

                Beats asking if FT carries over with FH for the nth time

              3. #FPLBhuna
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                #forwardthinking pal

                people have been planning for bgw31 for a while so all set and looking ahead

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

                  17 days for GW32.

                  Enough time to plan things out .

                  Enough time for plan to go out of the window

                  1. #FPLBhuna
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    true, completely forgot about that

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

                  We knew 100% the GW31 fixtures a while back, and knew quite a few of the fixtures months back, so Planning was based upon solid knowledge ... can not really say the same for GW32

                  But with a FH or WC it’s really just a bit of harmless fun 🙂

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

                well you have to consider 32 before you sell someone in 31 that you would want back in 33

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

                  Considering 32 and asking questions about 31 team is fine. But asking Direct question for 32 ... Something which I feel is too early .

                  Each to its own though

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

                    Overthinker vs Overtinker

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

                      😀

            5. #FPLBhuna
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              can fully imagine if India did their own fantasy football version they would have a 'corner shop' chip, get 1 pt added to your gw points total for every corner in the game, pure epic-ness

              (i'm indian before y'all get on your high horses lol)

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

                That is a seriously dodgy comment.

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

                Hahaha 😀

                Had to read it twice to understand it

                1. #FPLBhuna
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  hahaha

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

                Jump on boys.

                1. #FPLBhuna
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  u shutup. lol

              4. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                glad I dont watch ISL then... 😮

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

                  😀

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

                It'll mean around 25-35 extra points in that particular gameweek

                1. #FPLBhuna
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  how do you arrive to that conclusion, seems a tad far-fetched

                  25/35 corners in a game? lol

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

                    Possible if you consider a Gameweek and not only 1 game.

                    1. #FPLBhuna
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      very true! haha

              6. Wolves Ay We
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                I'm confused, I thought the corner shop was a British Asian phenomena not an India Indian phenomena.

                Just like the Balti is a British Asian invention, nobody heard of it in India.

            6. FANTASY FOOTBALL STOUT
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Who do I get in for kun for one week only?

              Flappyhandski
              Robertson TAA Pereira
              Salah Anderson Richarlison Fraser
              King Vardy XXX
              (Billing, blank, blank)

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

                Probably Wilson, or Higuian.

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

              RMFHT:

              Fabianski
              Diop - Rice - Robertson
              Hazard - Mane - Salah - Fraser*
              Wilson - Barnes - Vardy

              Boruc - Azpi - RLC - Tarkowski
              ITB:- 2.2

              May move Azpi in for Fraser. If RLC starts UEL then he becomes Siggy.

            8. Skogen89
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              What to do here..?

              A) Sterling --> Salah?
              B) Doherty --> TAA?

              I have Mane and Robertson in my team allready, not playing FH.

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

                Salah for me. Hope he will shine this gw

            9. robt
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Current wk31 team 10 active players. Strategy FH 32 WC 34

                Wk31 FT made - jimi - wilson

                A aguero - vardy (-4) wk31 then pogba - hazard (FT) wk33
                B above moves in wk31 (-8)
                C aguero - higuan(-4) then pogba - maddison (FT) wk33
                D above moves in wk31 (-8)

                Not bothered about value lost/made

              • Whiffy McBiffy
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Thoughts please. 0 transfers made/chips played.

                4-4-2
                Alisson (Boruc)
                TAA Rice Daniels David Luiz
                Westwood Schneiderlin
                Salah (C) Hazard (V)
                Barnes Higuain

                Planning to ditch Salah and Alisson in GW32 to bring in De Gea and Sterling with a view to bringing in Son for Westwood in GW33. Used free hit ages ago and have already played wildcard, still got triple captain which I plan to use when Chelsea have a DGW

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

                  looks good for this week but I think you'll need at least one of of Kun, Rash, Kaku, Pog for DGW's. Son might have a BGW 33 if Brighton manages to go through to FA cup semi-finals. (ofc that'll mean a possible DGW32 for him)

                  1. Whiffy McBiffy
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Thanks man, I’m fairly confident Brighton will knock Millwall out, my ultimate plan is to TC Hazard over a double when Chelsea v Brighton is rearranged

                2. Whiffy McBiffy
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Forgot to mention Bednarek, Pogba and Rashford on the bench, planning on captaining Pogba in GW32

              • altan8797
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                thoughts on this FH lot guys:

                Fabs
                Rice | Robbo | Luiz
                Salah(c) | Mane | Hazard | Fraser
                Wilson | Higuain | Vardy

                Boruc | Westwood | Diop | Fodder

                might do
                a. luiz >> ake
                b. fraser >> fandy/lanzini

                1. Riders of Yohan
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Both a and b are madness imo. Looks a good team

                  • Whiffy McBiffy
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Midfield is lethal but if anything Mane is the man in form

                2. Athletic Nasherbo
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  My GW 31 team. 1FT willing to take up to -8. Any ideas? Much appreciated!

                  Fabianski
                  Robertson Digne
                  Salah Mane Maddison Almiron
                  King

                  Button Aguero Jiminez Pogba Doherty Kolasinac AWB

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

                    If you give an idea of what chips you have left, who you would like to keep and thinking of bringing in you may get a response. People won’t just do it for you.....remember they have their own team to sort out.

                    1. Athletic Nasherbo
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      Or I’ll create an extremely long post which nobody will read anyway- I tried to make it short for any help possible.

                      I have all chips available and would like to keep hold of Kolasinac, WB and Pogba.

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

                  Which trio is better:
                  A: Brooks, Vardy and Van djik/Robertson
                  B: Wilson, Rice and Mané

                  Players that will be transferred are: Aguero, Puncheon and Bennett

                  Thanks

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

                    I'd say B but have you got any other defenders from pool? perhaps taa?

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

                      yes have TAA

                  2. Riders of Yohan
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      A if you have salah, b if you don’t. Fulham too good a captaincy opposition to miss

                  3. Riders of Yohan
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      Sterling + aguero + hoijberg -> hazard + vardy + Fraser (-4)?

                      Allows me to keep total of 1mil in value in Jiminez and Pogba on the bench and a starting 11?

                      1. Riders of Yohan
                          3 months, 7 days ago

                          Oh and am FH for gw 32

                        • Steiger
                            3 months, 7 days ago

                            I would

                        • Forza Papac
                          • 3 Years
                          3 months, 7 days ago

                          Are these moves worth a hit?

                          Alisson, Sterling, Jiminez > Boruc, Mane, Wilson?

                          Mane giving me the fear.

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

                          8 of my 11 playing away......wouldn’t normally select like that!

                        • T96
                            3 months, 7 days ago

                            Transfers worth doing for -4?

                            Son, Jimenez & Hayden > Hazard, Wilson & Fraser?

                            Would give me:
                            Boruc
                            Robbo Taa Chilwell
                            Salah(c) Hazard Fraser FAnderson
                            Vardy Wilson Higuain

                            Hamer Pogba Awb Kiko