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The key talking points ahead of Blank Gameweek 31

The first big Blank Gameweek of the season is upon us with just five fixtures this weekend which has managers panicking about not having XI players while those who have prepared for Gameweek 31 with their transfers in recent weeks are feeling confident about achieving a healthy green arrow.

‘Do I take hits to field XI players?’ is a commonly asked question at this time of year. Calculated hits are fine if you believe the player you are bringing in will deliver in the upcoming Gameweeks.

The way the Blanks are falling this season (in 31 and 33) makes it easier to take a -4 to get a player who plays in both Gameweeks, especially for those who plan to use the Free Hit chip in Double Gameweek 32 and the second Wildcard in Gameweek 34.

For example, a -4 to replace Diogo Jota (£6.1m) with Ryan Fraser (£6.2m) this week makes sense as Jota won’t play in 31 or 33 whereas Fraser will make those four points back by just playing 60+ minutes against Newcastle and Burnley if he avoids a booking. Anything from Fraser over the two games and you’re up on the deal.

There seems to be a template Gameweek 31 team forming this week made up of triple Liverpool, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (£10.9m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£9.6m), Fraser and Callum Wilson (£6.4m) from Bournemouth, double/triple West Ham defence and Leicester’s Jamie Vardy (£9.0m).

There are plenty of differentials to consider too though for those who want to take on the template. The Leicester midfield trio of James Maddison (£6.7m), Harvey Barnes (£5.5m) and Youri Tielemans (£6.0m) all offer points potential away to Burnley.

Ashley Barnes (£5.7m) is owned by just 3.6% of managers despite scoring six goals in his last ten appearances. There is a strong case to be made for opting for Barnes over Higuain on current form.

Marko Arnautovic (£6.8m) has the ability and the fixture (home to Huddersfield) to be the top-scoring forward for the Gameweek if he is handed a start by Manuel Pellegrini. With a 2pm deadline on Saturday, we may get some early team news. It might be worth holding off on transfers until as late as possible this week.

Miguel Almirón (£6.0m) and Dwight McNeil (£4.4m) are two more midfielders to consider particularly for those on Free Hit this week. Almirón registered his first assist of the season in the win over Everton. McNeil is the ideal first sub for those on Free Hit.

In defence, will we see Charlie Daniels roll back the years and deliver a big haul? He’s a budget-friendly pick at just £4.1m.

Wilson will be coming into my side this week so apologies in advance to anyone who owns him. He was in my squad for three Gameweeks this season (5, 6 and 7) when he scored zero goals. Once transferred-out, he scored 35 points over the next four games and started to do a salute celebration every time he scored just to rub salt in the wound. Watch him blank now for the rest of the season. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Captaincy is tough this week if you own both Sadio Mané (£9.9m) and Mohamed Salah (£13.4m). Salah is currently leading the captaincy poll but Mane further strengthened his case for the armband with a brace against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.

Mané is in the form of his life, he’s surely got to get the nod over Salah now? It’s been highlighted this week that he’s only scored three of his sixteen league goals away from home this season but then he goes and gets a brace in Bavaria to kill off that reasoning.

Whatever happens in the Fulham v Liverpool fixture, there will be carnage if one of Mane/Salah heavily outscores the other.

Good luck for the Gameweek and enjoy your weekend folks.

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  1. _sidney_will
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Sterling and Kamara to Fraser and Arnautovic? (-4)

    Can do F.Anderson to Hazard for GW33

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Why not Haz & Wilson?

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 6 days ago

        this

      2. _sidney_will
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 5 days ago

        Can't afford it. Can get Hazard and Barnes instead?

    2. pressdpm
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Free hitting next week then?

      I'd do it if so.

    3. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Got to be hazard + Wilson imo

  2. Atimis
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Which one sounds best?

    1. Jim to Wilson -4 (10 playing 31&33)
    2. Jim Doh to Wilson Azpi -8 (11 playing 31&33)

    Or Fraser instead of Wilson? But have Brooks already. FH in 32.
    Maybe TC Mane?

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 6 days ago

      2 is better as reasonable to expect azpi to score over 4 points (bookies give chelsea 40% chance of CS). also his ppm is over 4 anyway.

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

    Should I use me Free Hit with this team? Can field 10 with -4.
    Currently have 1FT. All other chips are intact.
    30 points ahead in my league, rival is using his Free Hit this week.

    Fabianski
    TAA - Robertson - Digne
    Salah - F.Anderson - Biling
    Higuain

    (Speroni - Kolasinac - Wan Bissaka - Pogba - Sterling - Jiminez - Rashford)

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Nope. Same thought as yday

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 6 days ago

      sterling to hazard
      kola to luiz
      rash to wilson

    3. Garlana
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Nah save fh

    4. TONY123
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Sterling + Pogba > Mané + Hazard (-4) might just be enough to save your FH for next GW. But heck, I'd even do Jim/Rash to Wilson for -8.

      1. TONY123
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Ah damn didn't see you already have 3 Pool. Probably just Sterling + Jim/Rash > Hazard + Wilson (-4) then

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 6 days ago

          chelsea defender is worth -4 this week alone albeit narrowly

    5. Deulofail
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Fantastic stuff

    6. Anathallo
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Estimate how many points your team will score this week (after hits) and next, then estimate the amount of points you would score this week and next using a FH. Whichever has the bigger difference - play FH then. For bonus points factor in use of of BB/TC chip too.

      1. Deulofail
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Or save the FH for later in the season, as his team doesn't beg for a FH in either of these weeks.

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

      No way

    8. toystory2wasok
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      rival will be kicking himself when you use FH next week to field 11 DGW players

  4. Garlana
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Bottomed...looking for some thoughts please...this will be my biggest hit to date...need to be sure.

    Is a -12 here worthwhile considering its 3x gw 31/33 players?

    Current gw31 team:
    Boruc
    TAA, Robertson, perierra
    Salah, hazard, Fraser
    Rondon

    Plan:
    Out: Aguero, jiminez, camarasa
    In: vardy, Wilson, lanzini (punt)

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 6 days ago

      I'm doing similar to get - 12. Defo worth

      1. Garlana
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Great nice to know as I don't see many of them on here!

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 6 days ago

          arguably better to do them now rather than progressively take -4's here and there, which is what many have been doing, myself included

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 6 days ago

      not keen on lanzini at all but it's fine otherwise

      1. Garlana
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Yeh me Neither but I can see goals here and trying to take a punt. Thanks

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

      I'd leave it at -8 personally

      1. Garlana
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Not do lanzini?

        1. pressdpm
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 6 days ago

          Honestly I can't give that much advice on it because it's, like you say, a bit of a punt. We all have them, so if you really have a feeling about him don't let me put you off.

          1. Garlana
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

            Cheers, expected my post to get shot down so I'm pleasantly surprised! I will think about it, definitely doing the -8

    4. Anathallo
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Assuming you WC in 34, I'd say definitely yes.

  5. Differential (c)
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Anyone put in a Eliteserien team xD? I just did lol.

    1. Differential (c)
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Barli
      Meling R.Hernandez Ulvestad Haakenstad
      Find Akintola Jensen
      Skalevik Boli(c) L.Olsen

      Friedrich Moe V.Nilsen G.Pedersen

      Make sense of that what you will, and rate it haha.

      1. Amey
          6 months, 6 days ago

          Nilsen first on the bench for me.

          1. Differential (c)
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

            Cheers! Dont you find it odd that last season's top goalscorer was in the relegation scrap?! Bolli scored 17 goals for 14th place Staebek, who staved off relegation only by playoffs. Incredible.
            10.0 for an apparently weak team though, but 17 goals . . .

            1. Differential (c)
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              You have a team, Amey?

              1. Amey
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  No mate.
                  Actually i only read few articles here 🙂
                  J don't think i could keep up with 2 FPL teams tbh 😀

                  1. Differential (c)
                    • 3 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Haha, cheers! Im thinking of it as a nice break/challenge from FPL. Looks interesting enough, interface and site look pretty good.

                    1. Amey
                        6 months, 6 days ago

                        Good for you 🙂
                        Good luck buddy. They have creative chips that's for sure

                  2. Amey
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      I gave a shot tbh, but not felt interesting as i don't know anything about that league.
                      I followed PL from 2010 so find easy & interesting to play FPL 🙂

            2. HamezMace
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              McDermott
              Meling - Karamoko - Wormgoor
              Konradsen - Grindheim - Akintola - Pellegrino
              Bamba - Skalevik - Boli

              1. Differential (c)
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 6 days ago

                Wormgoor, what a shout. Completely left him out. Bamba too.

                I've got to be honest, a few of this I plucked out of Whoscored. But a few looked okay imo.

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

              I'm still stuck

              Are you going Rich Uncle in week 2 or loading up on DGW players in week 1.

              1. Differential (c)
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 6 days ago

                Nah, probably won't RU at week 2.
                There's a DGW for week 1?!

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

                Linde
                Valsvik Hagen Wormgoor Tollas
                Finne Jensen Shala Lindseth
                Boli Bamba

                1. Differential (c)
                  • 3 Years
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  Looking pretty good.
                  Shala was one I considered, seemed a wee overpriced imo.
                  Valsvik is a nice option other than Meling in that Rosenburg defence.
                  Lindseth, a new star is always a risk. Not for me, but defo on the watchlist.

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

                    Not sure if this link works but I was working from the comment from MT Pockets here. All just names to me at this point.

                    Thought it would be interesting to work through a season from scratch

                    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2019/03/11/eliteserien-fantasy-has-launched-for-2019-season/?hc_page=2&hc_sort_by=comment_date#hc_comments

                    1. Differential (c)
                      • 3 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Cheers!

          2. tburgess12
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 6 days ago

            How bonkers out of 10 would it be to captain Wilson?

            1. EMBOLOFAN
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 6 days ago

              10

            2. Tsparkes10
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 6 days ago

              Not too bonkers. Depends on who else you have

            3. the german
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              Its King's turn this week.

              1. Freddiebell
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 6 days ago

                You hope..I just brought in Wilson. Wilson plays much further forward and is always in the box

            4. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              Not that mad.

            5. HamezMace
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              I'm tempted

              1. tburgess12
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                6 months, 5 days ago

                I have Salah and Mane...

          3. Tsparkes10
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 6 days ago

            31 and 33:

            Fab
            TAA Digne VVD
            Salah Haz Felipe A Fraser
            Wilson Vardy

            For 11th player:
            A) Maddison
            B) Ake
            C) King

            1. EMBOLOFAN
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 6 days ago

              maddison

          4. Dr. Agabuse
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

            sorry to be a bother. but what should i do? Have 1 city, 3 urd, 2 wolves, (DGW32)
            have only 5 starters this week but 2FTs.
            should I -8 and get 9starters or FH this week and have 6DGW instead of 9/11 the following week and the problem in GW33 to lose 3players for -8 then?

            When will I need the WC after GW33 tho?

            1. Dr. Agabuse
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              utd

            2. TONY123
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              In your case, I'd FH this week, TC next week, take a few hits for 33, WC34 and BB35. Hope that helps.

              1. Dr. Agabuse
                • 7 Years
                6 months, 6 days ago

                TC sterling for fulham and cardiff potentially, 120mins?
                why not WC 33? is 34 different to 33? why take the hits?

                1. TONY123
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  Agüero my friend, Agüero

                2. TONY123
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  As for the WC34, see below. If you WC in 33, you'll probably end up getting 11 players with a fixture, but they then won't have a DGW35. It pays off a lot more to WC in 34 and shape your team for the rest of the season as well as DGW35.

                  1. Dr. Agabuse
                    • 7 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    i have sterling and wont get Aguero. first i'll need a differential, second i would shoot my own leg, if i'll get smn with a blank in GW33.
                    have rash pog lindelof doherty jimenez and tc sterling plus very fine fixtures for my other players that should have games in GW33 like Higuain, Maddison, Salah, Kola, AWB.
                    will rather safe and take only -4 to start 11 in GW33.

                    Or could Chelsea, Arsenal, Palace, Leicester, Pool, West Ham also blank in 33?

                    1. Anathallo
                      • 9 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Palace could blank 33.

            3. Amey
                6 months, 6 days ago

                Take 1/2 hits this gw (possibly on attackers)
                FH 32
                WC 34
                BB 35

            4. Hands Guber
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              What's the deal with Antonio? Not first choice I guess, I gambled on him a few weeks back, got a goal, then got Jota's 11 points off the bench for him not playing at Newcastle so it's been fine.

              Tempted to ship for -4 (with 9 GW 31 players already - 10 including him) but if he gets a cameo that's -5 to start with and to beat for whoever else I bring in for 7.8 - Lanzini/Barnes etc?

              Any West Ham folk on here?

              1. EMBOLOFAN
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                6 months, 6 days ago

                would sell someone who definitely blanks rather than someone who might not

            5. Dr. Agabuse
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              i dont understand whats going to happen with GW31-33.

              feel like i am on the wrong side of things with free hitting now, leaving me with 6DGW players next week, but a headache for 33?

              but its too late with 6players this week only

              1. EMBOLOFAN
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                6 months, 6 days ago

                personally would just take a bunch of hits for 31/33 and stick to the standard plan

              2. Pierce34
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 6 days ago

                I currently have 6 players for this week but I don't mind at all fielding only 8 with a -4. Not sure a free hit is necessary for 3 extra players when most people will have a similar lineup anyway.

                1. Boris Bodega
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  FH GW32 could yield you many more points in theory - although that depends what your team looks like now.

                2. EMBOLOFAN
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  not taking a -4 to get players that other people own who one might reasonably expect to score over 4 points is suicide

                  1. EMBOLOFAN
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    esp when considered for 31/33 combined

                  2. Pierce34
                    • 4 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Was that response to me? I'm taking a -4 to field 8 players and will have all the 'main' ones, beyond that I don't see that many players that are very likely to make up the lost points. I certainly won't take a hit for a 3rd defender from a rubbish side.

            6. Dr. Agabuse
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              why shouldnt i wildcard in GW33.
              what chance will i be missing?

              1. Eytexi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                6 months, 6 days ago

                Blank fixtures in 33 for similar teams to those with a double in 35. Cant maximise DGW35 players if you're having to make an 11 for BGW33 without them.

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

                It could yet be a smart move if Brighton lose in the cup and Spurs have them at home. Likewise the Watford Fulham fixture looks tasty if they go out. Those who are just playing 31 players could be at a major disadvantage.

                An alternative I'm also considering is WC32 and FH33.

              3. Anathallo
                • 9 Years
                6 months, 6 days ago

                I think do whatever works for you. There is no reason not to do that (at least no reason to dismiss it!) and thinking outside the group think can get you places. You obviously haven't massively prepared, which isn't ideal but might give you an inadvertent advantage as you're forced into alternative moves, if you're bold enough to take them!

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

              Got 11 for this week without a hit. No Salah. Triple captain Mané to spice things up and hope for a big green? Or sit tight and use it either 35, 36 or 38?

              1. Boris Bodega
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 6 days ago

                Go with your gut. Mine says no, but it is tempting.

              2. the german
                • 5 Years
                6 months, 6 days ago

                A big NO.

                1. Eytexi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  Because?

                  1. Sedemuda
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Regression to the mean. History tells us that he doesn't keep it up for too long.
                    TC is always a gamble go for it if it feels right.

              3. Amey
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  What other Chip's do you have ??
                  If you have FH & BB I'd definitely consider TC this gw

                  1. Eytexi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Yeah i do - that's one of the main reasons i began considering it.

                    1. Rupert The Horse
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Got em all too. Not considering it.

                • Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  No. Could be a surprise double coming up.

                  1. Eytexi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    For Brighton & Cardiff? Who else?

                    1. Rupert The Horse
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Possibly Arsenal.

                      1. Eytexi
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        6 months, 6 days ago

                        Embarrassed to say i haven't heard anything about this at all - enlighten me please 🙂

                  2. Boris Bodega
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Arsenal in GW36 could be nice - Leicester and Wolves both at the Emirates.

                    1. Eytexi
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Embarrassed to say i haven't heard anything about this at all - enlighten me please 🙂

                    2. Eytexi
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Both would be away fixtures, not at the Emirates surely?

                  3. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Thinking Arsenal. Bit unclear but I don’t see a TC candidate this week.

                  4. Freddiebell
                    • 3 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    ^^ THIS ^^

              4. Boris Bodega
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 6 days ago

                Scenes on here if Millwall, Wanderers and Swansea all win this weekend........

                1. Amey
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    * WC activated in gw 33 😉

                  • Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    That’s a bigger ‘if’ than Pellegrinis.

                  • Jarvish
                    • 4 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Might put a tenner on at the bookies 🙂

                  • Mysterion
                    • 1 Year
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Wondered why you included Bolton in there for a sec before I realised 😀

                  • Dr. Agabuse
                    • 7 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    millwall will win

                    1. Boris Bodega
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Say that after drinking 6 beers 😀

                    2. fakelund
                      • 2 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      😀

                2. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  Here's my current FH team:
                  Fabainski
                  Rice, VVD, Azpilicueta
                  Hazard, Salah, Mane, Barnes
                  Wilson, Vardy, Higuain
                  Any changes needed?
                  Cheers

                  1. Amey
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Barnes to Maddison ??
                      Burnley are surprisingly vulnerable@ defending set pieces.
                      Also consider Higuain to A. Barnes/Arnie IF fit.

                    • TONY123
                      • 4 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Very similar to mine except I prefer Fraser to Barnes. Higuain is a doubt, so we'll have to monitor that one, otherwise Arnie might be worth the punt.

                    • EMBOLOFAN
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      rather have a west ham defender than chelsea this week. if i were to own a chels defender would be luiz as everton are terrible from set pieces.

                    • Mixed Bag
                      • 2 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Barnes > Fraser maybe?

                    • Freddiebell
                      • 3 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Barnes to Feaser imo

                  2. Deulofail
                    • 3 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    @Jarvish, you're ITK about these things more than most. Does it sound about right that the following teams have a chance of 3 fixtures in GW32-33?

                    Chelsea (confirmed)
                    Brighton
                    Palace (not Watford)
                    Spurs (plus Palace)
                    Watford (not Palace)
                    Saints

                    (Approx. diminishing in likelihood top to bottom)

                    1. Deulofail
                      • 3 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Oops Chelsea not confirmed sorry

                    2. Deulofail
                      • 3 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      I think maybe it should be

                      Chelsea (plus Brighton)
                      Brighton (plus Chelsea)

                      Palace (not Watford)
                      Spurs (plus Palace)
                      Watford (not Palace)

                      Saints

                      1. Amey
                          6 months, 6 days ago

                          I hope Watford gets a double
                          Want to get in Deulofeu 🙂

                          1. Deulofail
                            • 3 Years
                            6 months, 6 days ago

                            I know, you love to be humiliated 😉

                            I'll be looking at Deeney and maybe a Watford defender if they have a double and a GW33 fixture. Hoping for a Palace double instead though, as AWB + Zaha/Bats are more appealing, I think.

                            1. Amey
                                6 months, 6 days ago

                                Ha ha
                                Actually I don't think i can spare a striker position for Deeney.
                                Aguero, Jimenez, Lukaku/Rash , Higuain all in contention of a dgw. So prefer Deulofeu & Holebas

                                1. Deulofail
                                  • 3 Years
                                  6 months, 6 days ago

                                  Fair enough. Different if you're on a FH. Deeney wouldn't come into my thinking either haha

                                  1. Amey
                                      6 months, 6 days ago

                                      Yeah
                                      Agreed. I'm on FH so ...
                                      I will make you proud with Deulofeu hauls in my team Buddy 😛
                                      Probably it might encourage you to change the name 😉

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

                                  Not tempted by Schlupp?

                                  1. Deulofail
                                    • 3 Years
                                    6 months, 6 days ago

                                    Yeah sure! SchlOOP is a legend like PRESSDPM

                                    1. Freddiebell
                                      • 3 Years
                                      6 months, 6 days ago

                                      In #

                                    2. Freddiebell
                                      • 3 Years
                                      6 months, 6 days ago

                                      Sorry that's I meant. If city beat Swansea they would have a dgw in gw 32 and blank in gw 33. That would be perfect for me because my teams set up for gw's 31 & 33 and Fh in 32 and WC in 34. Just don't know when to play the TC probably will have to be on Salah against Huddersfield I guess unless you have a better option Deulofail ?

                                      1. Deulofail
                                        • 3 Years
                                        6 months, 5 days ago

                                        Planning to survive GW31-33 without a FH, playing TC in GW32 🙂 This is why I'm interested in which players have 3 fixtures in GW32-33. I plan to buy 2 for free next gameweek

                          2. Freddiebell
                            • 3 Years
                            6 months, 6 days ago

                            Surely man city have a chance if they beat sawnsea I'm. The cup the weekend ?

                            1. Deulofail
                              • 3 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              Their GW33 fixture would be moved to GW32, leaving them with a blank in GW33, I believe.

                        • tambourineman
                          • 5 Years
                          6 months, 6 days ago

                          Chelsea XI: Kepa, Zappacosta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso, Kante, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Giroud.

                          1. tambourineman
                            • 5 Years
                            6 months, 6 days ago

                            Subs: Caballero, Jorginho, Barkley, Hazard, Pedro, Azpilicueta, Luiz.

                            1. Amey
                                6 months, 6 days ago

                                Nice to see Hazard on bench 🙂

                            2. Toblerone52
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              Alonso looks like he's second choice in the league now then...

                              1. EMBOLOFAN
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                6 months, 6 days ago

                                dont think its as simple as that. think sarri's preference is still for alonso but emerson deserves his chance

                            3. Rainer
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              The King is dead, long live Alonso!

                            4. Deulofail
                              • 3 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              Magic bean about to sprout

                              1. Mysterion
                                • 1 Year
                                6 months, 6 days ago

                                Both double-barrelled magic beans!

                                1. Deulofail
                                  • 3 Years
                                  6 months, 6 days ago

                                  Yeah, time for Marcos Alonso Mendoza to explode as an FPL option

                            5. Pierce34
                              • 4 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              I thought Caballero was their cup keeper.

                          2. nico05
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            6 months, 6 days ago

                            Hi there everyone may I possibly get some advice on what to do this week please? I have * players available this week and 3 million to spend.

                            Fabianski (Boruc)
                            Doherty Dhaw Robertson Chilwell (Kelly)
                            Jota Pogba Salah Mane (billing)
                            Vardy Higuaín (Kamara)

                            I posted this a few days ago and got some great advice but unfortunately I am 0.2 million short to to the recommended transfer
                            Thank you so much for reading

                            1. Rupert The Horse
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              I guess as the 8 is also a * that’s what you meant right?

                              1. nico05
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                6 months, 6 days ago

                                Yes 8, my mistake ha ha

                            2. Better off with a pin and a…
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              How many FT do you have? Is your FH still available?

                              1. nico05
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                6 months, 6 days ago

                                I have one free transfer and my free hit is available but going to hold onto that for now I think as previously suggested

                                1. Better off with a pin and a…
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 7 Years
                                  6 months, 6 days ago

                                  You're not in desperately bad shape. Kamara is dead wood in any GW so Kam->Wilson (or King if you prefer) or another striker who plays in GW31 (Rondon?) if you prefer.

                                  If you're not going to FH for next weeks doubles then it's hard. Each player you add for GW31 will only play once in GW32 so either way you lose. I'd suggest FH next week to pick up lots of players with doubles and take a hit this week so you do something like:
                                  Kamara + Jota -> Wilson + Fraser/Maddison

                                  1. nico05
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 1 Year
                                    6 months, 6 days ago

                                    Thank you so much for that. Kamara + Jota to Wilson & Fraser sounds like sound advice. I was thinking to free hit next week to pick up the double game weeks

                          3. Pilgrim62
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            6 months, 6 days ago

                            Wilson or Mane ?
                            Who bring more points in 31 and 33 ?

                            1. Better off with a pin and a…
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              I think Mane if money's no problem.

                              1. nico05
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                6 months, 6 days ago

                                Mane for sure

                            2. Rupert The Horse
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              Mane.

                          4. Better off with a pin and a…
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            6 months, 6 days ago

                            I have 11 players for GW31 before this week's FT. I'm holding Robbo, TAA and Salah.

                            Would Robbo+Pogba -> Mane + DEF (Doherty) be simply mad for -4? Free hit next week. Is Mane now a better option than 2 Liverpool DEF?

                            1. Rupert The Horse
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              Proper off the chart crazy. Look at Liverpool’s attacking returns from defenders. Especially Robbo.

                              1. nico05
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                6 months, 6 days ago

                                Don't get rid of Robertson

                              2. Better off with a pin and a…
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                6 months, 6 days ago

                                Thanks, yeah, it does seem bokers - I made the choice a while ago and it's not been a bad one overall. Mane is just in such good form. Salah->Mane is another option, but I think we all know where that's likely to lead....

                                1. Rupert The Horse
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 6 Years
                                  6 months, 6 days ago

                                  I’m on Mane, Salah and TAA. Hopefully they all play.

                            2. Pilgrim62
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              I would keep your original Liverpool's set

                              1. Better off with a pin and a…
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                6 months, 6 days ago

                                Thanks, all. I will sit tight and hope Salah can score some goals!

                                1. nico05
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 1 Year
                                  6 months, 6 days ago

                                  Yeah definitely stick

                          5. Rupert The Horse
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            6 months, 6 days ago

                            Courtesy of Ruth NZ.
                            Thought this might help you.
                            Chances for teams having a gw 32 double.

                            Wolves - bur MUN - confirmed
                            United - WAT wol - confirmed
                            Chelsea - car BHA - extremely likely (90%+)
                            Brighton - SOU che - extremely likely (90%+)
                            City - ful CAR - highly likely (80%+)
                            Cardiff - CHE mci - highly likely (80%+)
                            Palace - HUD tot or HUD new - pretty likely (70%+) but HUD tot much more probable
                            Spurs - liv CPL - quite likely (60%+)
                            Watford - mun FUL or mun SOU - quite likely one or other (55%), each equally probable
                            Fulham - MCI wat - less likely (27%)
                            Soton - bha wat - less likely (27%)
                            Newcastle - ars CPL - very unlikely (10%).

                            1. nico05
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              Thanks for that

                            2. George James
                              • 4 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              Free hits will be

                              3 X CHE
                              3 X MAN
                              3 X CITY
                              2 OTHERS

                            3. Dr. Agabuse
                              • 7 Years
                              6 months, 6 days ago

                              what does that mean for GW33?

                              Chelsea on for those. palace likely too

                              1. Deulofail
                                • 3 Years
                                6 months, 6 days ago

                                This is what I used to form the post about GW32-33 above. I might be wrong but feel free to check it out / just check it

                              2. Rupert The Horse
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 6 Years
                                6 months, 6 days ago

                                Go on to Ben Crellin on Twitter.
                                Check out his spreadsheet and all your answers can be found.

                                1. Deulofail
                                  • 3 Years
                                  6 months, 6 days ago

                                  Not in conjunction with the doubles, and the relevant permutations, though?

                                  1. Rupert The Horse
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 6 Years
                                    6 months, 6 days ago

                                    I think that’s incorrect. Not 100% though.

                            4. Amey
                                6 months, 6 days ago

                                Nice.
                                If everything falls perfectly,
                                3 Chelsea + 3 City + 2 United + 1 Wolves + 1 Watford + 1 Palace/Spurs

                                1. Rupert The Horse
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 6 Years
                                  6 months, 6 days ago

                                  At least 2 Utd. Probably 3

                                  1. Amey
                                      6 months, 6 days ago

                                      Pogba + Lukaku/Martial should be enough imo

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

                                    I like the idea of 1 Brighton -ie Duffy. Could be a great differential.

                                    1. Amey
                                        6 months, 6 days ago

                                        Yeah Duffy is great asset to have.
                                        Defense of Duffy,Azpi, Laporte could be gold

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

                                          I'm also sort of wondering about Kompany. Two games in a week? Guess not -that's an awful long time to remain uninjured,

                                          1. Amey
                                              6 months, 6 days ago

                                              😀

                                  3. Garlana
                                    • 4 Years
                                    6 months, 6 days ago

                                    If both are nailed on to start 31/33, pick one:

                                    A) Wilson (NEW, BUR)
                                    B) Arnie (HUD, che)

                                    1. Rupert The Horse
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 6 Years
                                      6 months, 6 days ago

                                      Ah. Forgot Arnie has Chelsea, so Wilson for you (and now me).

                                      1. Garlana
                                        • 4 Years
                                        6 months, 6 days ago

                                        Arnie could do the damage in both tbh.

                                        1. Rupert The Horse
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 6 Years
                                          6 months, 6 days ago

                                          If he plays.

                                        2. Freddiebell
                                          • 3 Years
                                          6 months, 6 days ago

                                          Wilson over a player that might play or might not play ?

                                    2. nico05
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 1 Year
                                      6 months, 6 days ago

                                      Wilson for me

                                    3. Thunder Warrior
                                      • 5 Years
                                      6 months, 6 days ago

                                      Arnie gw31 then sell for Wilson gw33

                                      1. Garlana
                                        • 4 Years
                                        6 months, 6 days ago

                                        That just makes me favour Wilson more as it's +1 transfer

                                  4. George James
                                    • 4 Years
                                    6 months, 6 days ago

                                    Already on -8 but considering another hit for Rashford >> Arnie...

                                    Worth it?

                                    I wont be getting rash back so value isnt an issue

                                    1. Tsparkes10
                                      • 1 Year
                                      6 months, 6 days ago

                                      Better options than Arni imo

                                    2. Rupert The Horse
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 6 Years
                                      6 months, 6 days ago

                                      Nah.

                                  5. DantheManinaPan
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 5 Years
                                    6 months, 6 days ago

                                    I've been avoiding spending too much time on here because I'm going into this week with only 8 players and no strikers - massive feeling of dread! Hopefully the big red arrow can be made up for over the next couple of weeks...

                                    1. Tsparkes10
                                      • 1 Year
                                      6 months, 6 days ago

                                      Got a FH or anything? Surely take a hit or 2 to field 10

                                      1. Rupert The Horse
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 6 Years
                                        6 months, 6 days ago

                                        Agreed.

                                    2. Rupert The Horse
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 6 Years
                                      6 months, 6 days ago

                                      8 isn’t bad. Why not take a hit or two?

                                      1. DantheManinaPan
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 5 Years
                                        6 months, 6 days ago

                                        I have no wildcard - and I've decided to FH 33 so I can keep my team as close to my GW32 as I can. If I make any hit for a player now, I will likely lose a player in the DGW

                                        1. Rupert The Horse
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 6 Years
                                          6 months, 6 days ago

                                          Not a fan of FH 32?
                                          Guess with no WC it’s tricky.

                                    3. Garlana
                                      • 4 Years
                                      6 months, 6 days ago

                                      I'm close to a -12 if that helps you

                                  6. Mo Mané Mo Problems
                                    • 5 Years
                                    6 months, 6 days ago

                                    As a depressed Arnie owner for the last 4 GWs this is terrible news.

                                    Now every man and his dog can bring him in. Painful.

                                    1. Garlana
                                      • 4 Years
                                      6 months, 6 days ago

                                      Doubt they will though.

                                    2. rmt this, rmt that so i sai…
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 1 Year
                                      6 months, 6 days ago

                                      punted on wilson for gw 30 now seeing him in top transfers depressed too ))

                                  7. Tsparkes10
                                    • 1 Year
                                    6 months, 6 days ago

                                    Can't decide whether I want Ake or Maddison or even to double up on King and Wilson. Ake goal threat and likely CS. Maddison set pieces but inconsistent. King could easy get just as much as wilson

                                  8. czechow
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    6 months, 6 days ago

                                    Got 0.9 ITB

                                    1) Puncheon to Brooks (field 11 for GW31)
                                    2) AWB to Ake (field 10 for GW31 but keep AWB value and potential that he plays GW33)

                                    Both exactly 0.9.

                                    Would only go 2 if Puncheon is going to play but that doesn't look likely so I am leaning on going 1 and saving AWB value/potential 33 fixture. However, I have noticed that Siewart has a lot of injuries though? Any insight?

                                  9. Dr. Agabuse
                                    • 7 Years
                                    6 months, 6 days ago

                                    Chelsea players for the next 3GWs are the only ones with 4 games, no?

                                    1. Deulofail
                                      • 3 Years
                                      6 months, 6 days ago

                                      Correct

                                      1. Deulofail
                                        • 3 Years
                                        6 months, 6 days ago

                                        Though the double is not confirmed. But likely (as above)

                                    2. Rupert The Horse
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 6 Years
                                      6 months, 6 days ago

                                      Yep

                                  10. George James
                                    • 4 Years
                                    6 months, 6 days ago

                                    Alonso is never going to play in the prem again is he 🙁

                                    1. Differential (c)
                                      • 3 Years
                                      6 months, 6 days ago

                                      An Era has come and gone.

                                  11. donlobatto
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 2 Years
                                    6 months, 6 days ago

                                    Looking at FPLstats, trying to work out who might rise and fall tonight (I know it's a mug's game). What do you reckon? Basically trying to work out whether to hold off until pressers or catch rises/ avoid falls tonight:

                                    Risers?
                                    Maddison: 96.3 (3 arrows)
                                    Wilson: 82.7 (3 arrows)
                                    Vardy: 77.2 (3 arrows)
                                    Fraser: 57.8 (3 arrows)
                                    Mané: 50.1 (3 arrows)Hazard: 36.2 (3 arrows)

                                    Fallers?
                                    Doherty: -62.2 (3 arrows)
                                    Pogba: -76.8 (3 arrows)
                                    Jimi: -78.7 (3 arrows)
                                    Son: -80.6 (3 arrows)
                                    Kun: -89.2 (3 arrows)
                                    Salah(!): -92.7 (3 arrows)

                                    Those are the main ones. Which or the above do you expect will happen tonight?

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

                                      I've defected to Football Fix for this. They seem more dependable

                                      Right now they have up tonight

                                      Maddison
                                      Wilson
                                      Vardy

                                      Down tomorrow

                                      Aguero
                                      Mo

                                      1. donlobatto
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 2 Years
                                        6 months, 6 days ago

                                        Cheers. Interesting as I switched away from FFFix earlier in season due to unreliability!

                                  12. George James
                                    • 4 Years
                                    6 months, 6 days ago

                                    Alonso is never going to play in the prem again is he....:(

                                    1. Rupert The Horse
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 6 Years
                                      6 months, 6 days ago

                                      Why twice?
                                      Was it the page crash?

                                      1. Amey
                                          6 months, 6 days ago

                                          Alonso deserves two post's 🙂