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The best defensive players to sign with the Free Hit chip in Blank Gameweek 33

Fantasy Premier League managers are encouraged to use the Fantasy Football Scout members’ area if they are planning to tackle Blank Gameweek 33 with the Free Hit chip.

This is the first instalment in a two-part series considering this tactic for the weekend’s depleted round of fixtures.

We have run comparisons on the top options from the four positions ahead of Blank Gameweek 33, using the data available to us in the members’ area.

In this article, we will be looking at the goalkeepers and defenders together.

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  1. TEEMU PUKKI
      20 days, 13 hours ago

      Anyone else tempted to cap vvd ?

      1. JHATM FC
        • 1 Year
        20 days, 13 hours ago

        I hope lots of people are

      2. Freddiebell
        • 2 Years
        20 days, 12 hours ago

        Your joking right ?

    • Ser Davos
      • 3 Years
      20 days, 13 hours ago

      David Silva was the trap that ultimately cost us this week...

      1. Amey
          20 days, 13 hours ago

          Raz ??

          1. Viper
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            20 days, 13 hours ago

            He was locked in for most.

            Those that went David Silva, were strongly debating Laporte as an alternative

            1. Goonsquad245
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              20 days, 12 hours ago

              Another example of a huge swing on a 50/50 call this season

            2. Amey
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                Yeah

            3. Ser Davos
              • 3 Years
              20 days, 13 hours ago

              Bit like Pogba, where we'd never even have dreamt ejecting him from such a juicy DGW, even if we knew he'd only start one game.

              David Silva we were never convinced on and the domino effect was devastating.

              1. Amey
                  20 days, 12 hours ago

                  Hmm
                  Agreed

            4. QuintonFortune25
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              20 days, 13 hours ago

              Yep, I saw a few triple City attack with D.Silva, Sterling and Aguero.

              But Laporte was once again the DGW hero ey

              1. Ser Davos
                • 3 Years
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                Sterling, Hazard, Pogba were template because the risk of not having one and then they exploding would have proved such a self sabotaging move.

                My thinking was that Silva only needed a couple of assists and he would have outgunned the Ederson/Laporte option

                1. QuintonFortune25
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  20 days, 12 hours ago

                  Yeah I would have probably gone D.Silva on a FH - it's just unlucky really.

                2. Ser Davos
                  • 3 Years
                  20 days, 12 hours ago

                  What I'm getting at is that the template picks were Captain Hindsight stuff, but Silva the answer was long there before deadline. Some could argue that that too is Captain Hindsight stuff, but no, it was a daft decision to gove with him and we were duly punished

              2. jr3jonny
                • 6 Years
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                And I was convincing myself that Laporte would miss a game!

                1. Ser Davos
                  • 3 Years
                  20 days, 12 hours ago

                  Yeah, again it was Ederson, Azpi and Luiz over Smalling that I'd have likely gone for.

                  Probably with Son as my Silva shaped mid, though didn't not see him starting the Anfield fixture

            5. Dakes.
              • 2 Years
              20 days, 12 hours ago

              very much so. him over laporte and what that meant for the rest of my team structure was pretty deadly...

            6. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              20 days, 12 hours ago

              Us? Didn't touch him.

          2. QuintonFortune25
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            20 days, 13 hours ago

            Would appreciate some more feedback on my GW33 WC team:

            Alisson
            TAA - Kolasinac - Chilwell - Valery
            Hazard (c) - Mane - Brooks - JWP
            Lacazette - Vardy

            Ryan - Dunk - Jimenez - Sterling

            Plan on doing Hazard & Vardy to Kane & B.Silva in GW34 (or maybe Aguero & Son, haven't quite decided yet.)

            And one transfer in GW35 to set me up for a BB.

            1. jr3jonny
              • 6 Years
              20 days, 12 hours ago

              Feels really odd seeing a WC team with Jimenez and Sterling on the bench but I assume you want to keep value.

              Don't think JWP is worth it this week as a cheap 4th mid - maybe go for Hudson-Odoi and upgrade Valery?

              1. QuintonFortune25
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                Yeah that's exactly it, I definitely want both of those for GW34-38 so holding.

                Yeah I'm also unsure about JWP but not many other options out there. Dont trust the cheap Chelsea mids to play enough. Thanks for your help

          3. Ron Swanson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            20 days, 13 hours ago

            Any word on Felipe Anderson yet?

            Even if fit, I'm considering my first 4pt hit of the season to get 11 out: Anderson & Pogba to Hazard & 5.8 mid.

            Finding a 5.8m mid is what makes it tricky.

            1. Viper
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              20 days, 13 hours ago

              Brooks 😉

            2. Wild Rover
              • 8 Years
              20 days, 13 hours ago

              Seriously, you want to keep him? Take the hit

            3. QuintonFortune25
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              20 days, 13 hours ago

              Shame you're just short of Tielemans... probably Brooks or look at the other Leicester mids - Barnes or Grey.

          4. Scotty B
            • 6 Years
            20 days, 13 hours ago

            Boruc
            Pereira VVD Luiz
            Salah Richarlison Maddison Mane
            Wilson Higuain Rondon

            DeGea Anderson Bednarek Doherty

            0.3 ITB & 1 FT & no WC
            Boruc > Gunn or Begovic or save FT and play with 10?

            1. Goonsquad245
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              20 days, 12 hours ago

              You might as well bring in Gunn to prepare for BB

              1. Scotty B
                • 6 Years
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                Double saints defence?

            2. QuintonFortune25
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              20 days, 12 hours ago

              You might not necessarily have 10, it's still unclear. But Gunn does look a good option until the end of the season and has an extra game over Bournmouth.

              1. Scotty B
                • 6 Years
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                True. Get him this week?

          5. Goonsquad245
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            20 days, 12 hours ago

            Serious question - bench Higuain or Almirón??

            1. Maddamotha
              • 2 Years
              20 days, 12 hours ago

              Almiron

            2. JohnnyMagrinho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              20 days, 12 hours ago

              Not convinced Higuain is going to do much, but his ceiling is probably higher than Almiron's because of his position.

              Thing is, he might not even start. I'm considering replacing Higuain for a hit anyway. Certainly don't want him in my team against Liverpool at Anfield, that's for sure.

          6. Game Over
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            20 days, 12 hours ago

            How's this looking?

            WC GW34 team (BB 35)

            Foster, Ryan
            Laporte, Kola, Robbo, Valery, 4.3
            Son, Eriksen, Sterling, Jota, Doucoure
            Aguero, Jimmy, Laca

            Plan to buy Mane in GW36

            Best defender 4.3? Bednarek, Bennett, Jonny?

            1. QuintonFortune25
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              20 days, 12 hours ago

              Yeah looks good, why not TAA over Robertson and that 4.3 defender could be Doherty?

              I like another Watford defender at around £4m - maybe Kiko?

              1. jr3jonny
                • 6 Years
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                This looks like a good idea.

                With City (H), Hud (H), City (A), City (A), will Eriksen and Son both start the Huddersfield match?

                1. Game Over
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  20 days, 12 hours ago

                  buggering hell, forgot about CL

              2. Game Over
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                Yeah could do, altho Robbo is in great form. If I did TAA over Robbo, that would give me £5.4m for the 5th defender.

                Is Doherty still hot stuff tho?

                1. Game Over
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  20 days, 12 hours ago

                  *Doherty is currently in my team at 4.9m

                2. QuintonFortune25
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  20 days, 12 hours ago

                  Yeah I think he could be, I dont think the rotation for the FA cup will be a factor anymore because obviously the next game for Wolves is the semi and even if they win, the final is the very last game of the English football season so maybe hes rested in GW38 which is Liverpool anyway, not sure though.

                  I think Wolves have a great run in for the rest of the season and the double in GW35 is both at home which is nice.

                  1. Game Over
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    20 days, 12 hours ago

                    will probably keep him then, cheers

          7. JohnnyMagrinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            20 days, 12 hours ago

            Seriously considering hooking Higuain for Wilson.

            Not overly convinced he's going to start this weekend and following week Chelsea are at Liverpool anyway.

            Already have King so I'd be doubling up on Bournemouth attack for games against (BUR) & (bri).

            I've seen worse plans on here, but what does everyone think?

            1. SADIO SANÉ
              • 3 Years
              20 days, 12 hours ago

              not a terrible idea, do think he'll play though - maybe wait a week and take a punt on Murray?

              1. SADIO SANÉ
                • 3 Years
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                I accept that this could be a terrible idea

              2. JohnnyMagrinho
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                I was considering doing just that but not convinced Murray will play in both games, doubt he'll start both anyway. He's 35 now isn't he? You forget how old he is!

                Bournemouth even have (FUL) the week after they play Brighton away.

                I don't really love taking a hit to ship Higuain but Bournemouth are one of those teams that when they play and everything clicks, they end up scoring a ton of goals.

                Hm.

                1. SADIO SANÉ
                  • 3 Years
                  20 days, 12 hours ago

                  yeah I don't think he will either tbh, but you never know - I'm going Ryan, Duffy, Dunk instead. I'm also sortof doing Higuain -> Wilson this week (changing entire frontline on wildcard)

            2. Amey
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                Same move

              • QuintonFortune25
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                It does look a decent move, but with Chelsea having a nice break until Monday and playing that awful West Ham defence, its sods law that Higuain starts that game and grabs a couple of goals.

                But based on form, I think you've got to get rid of Higuain. I hope it doesn't backfire though!

            3. fenixri
              • 2 Years
              20 days, 12 hours ago

              Pogba to Maddison, Tielemans or some other mid?

              1. JohnnyMagrinho
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                I've taken F. Anderson out for Tielemans this week.

                Insatiable form is hard to look past and he's up against the worst team in the league this weekend.

                Maddison could ruin everything but I can't remember the last time he actually did anything.

              2. jr3jonny
                • 6 Years
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                Thielemans seems a popular pick on here, especially if you can use the spare 0.8m well

            4. aidmata
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              20 days, 12 hours ago

              Fab

              Bednarek AWB Robertson TAA

              Salah Hazard Brooks Maddison

              Vardy Rondon

              Would you do

              A) Bednarek to Azpi
              B) Fab to Kepa

              1. jr3jonny
                • 6 Years
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                Prefer A as I can't see a CS' for So'ton whereas Fab could get save points.

            5. Ser Davos
              • 3 Years
              20 days, 12 hours ago

              Chillwell/ Pereira, Lascelle or Rudiger as a one week punt?

              1. jr3jonny
                • 6 Years
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                I like Leicester on paper but looking at their record away from home recently - they've only won once away since 01-Jan-19 (2-1 v Burnley in last away game) and have not kept a CS in any of those 5 away games.

                1. JohnnyMagrinho
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  20 days, 12 hours ago

                  Looking at the week after I wouldn't want any of them really, but would much prefer a Leicester defender for both GWs out of the others.

                  Pereira can't be a bad shout, surely.

                  1. jr3jonny
                    • 6 Years
                    20 days, 12 hours ago

                    One week punt anyway? I like the C/P for the attacking returns over the other two anyway it must be said. Don't think there's much difference between C/P itself.

                    1. JohnnyMagrinho
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      20 days, 11 hours ago

                      Suppose it depends on your TV and how much money you have. I just wouldn't feel right having a defender like Azpi or Luiz sat on my bench. Seems a bit odd.

                      I think any Leicester defender is a good shout for this upcoming week and going forward too.

              2. QuintonFortune25
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                Chilwell or Pereira for me.

            6. FreddyP3
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              20 days, 12 hours ago

              3.6m itb, 1 ft. Will be going wc34.

              Biggest upgrade for one round?

              Boruc
              Kola Pereira Robertson
              Salah Mane Richarlison Fraser
              Higuain Wilson Vardy

              Fabianski Digne (Camarasa, Doherty=blank)

              Possible moves:

              A. Higuain/Wilson to Laca
              B. Higuain to Auba
              C. Digne to Chilwell/PVA/Chelsea defender (bench Richarlison)
              D. Richarlison to Maddison/Tielemans

              Other??

              1. jr3jonny
                • 6 Years
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                I'm not convinced Higuain will play. Giroud took his place last game and scored a goal. (Not sure what the rest of his game was like though).Might want to play Higuain on Thursday in EL so he may only come off the bench?

                For that reason I think A or B, but both Laca and Auba could have minutes managed too. Lacazette is playing fantastically well right now and I have a feeling Emery might play Auba over Iwobi on Sunday.

            7. jr3jonny
              • 6 Years
              20 days, 12 hours ago

              Is FAnderson + Barnes --> 4.5m + Vardy (-4) worth it? Will be WC-ing 34...

              Fabianski
              Robertson - Luiz - AWB
              Salah - Mané - Hazard - Pogba
              Barnes - Wilson - Rondón

              Button - Anderson - Bednarek - Doherty [1FT 0.6m ITB]

            8. Rinseboy
              • 7 Years
              20 days, 12 hours ago

              play McNeil or get Tilemans for a -4?

              1. QuintonFortune25
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                Play McNeil

            9. Mr Wizard
              • 8 Years
              20 days, 12 hours ago

              Boring question:

              If you could have any GK this GW who would it be?

              1. jr3jonny
                • 6 Years
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                I would have said Alisson but then I just saw that Southampton have scored in each of their last 10 home PL matches. Kepa probably.

              2. AuFeld
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                Schmeichel is tempting.

              3. Mr Wizard
                • 8 Years
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                How about Leno? Have that double in GW35

                1. g40steve
                  • 1 Year
                  20 days, 12 hours ago

                  Ssshhh keep it to yourself 😉

            10. AuFeld
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              20 days, 12 hours ago

              Who would you bring in just for this week: King, Maddison or Mane?

              1. Maddamotha
                • 2 Years
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                Mane

                1. AuFeld
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  20 days, 12 hours ago

                  You are wild.

                  1. Maddamotha
                    • 2 Years
                    20 days, 12 hours ago

                    Lol why?

            11. tucaoneo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              20 days, 12 hours ago

              Fab > Schmeichel (one week) no brainer?

              Robbo, TAA, Azpi, Luiz
              Haz, Salah, Brooks
              Vardy, Rondon, Wilson

              1. AuFeld
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                Not a no-brainer, but I have nothing against it.

            12. The 12th Man
              • 5 Years
              20 days, 12 hours ago

              Fabianski
              Robertson,TAA,Periera
              Tielemens,Salah,Almiron,Hazard
              Vardy,Barnes,King

              Hamer,AWB,Pogba,Doherty,

              4m to spend with 1 transfer.
              1.Pogba > Siggy and Bench Barnes Or Almiron
              2.Doherty > Azpi
              3.Barnes > Lacazette Or DCL
              4. Fabianski > Kepa

              1. AuFeld
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                Barnes to Lacazette. I like Barnes, but Lacazette's stats look buku good.

                1. The 12th Man
                  • 5 Years
                  20 days, 12 hours ago

                  Thanks even away from home?

            13. joinho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              20 days, 12 hours ago

              Is this worth an 8 point hit? this would give me 10 players this week

              Sterling (out) - Mane (in)
              Aguero (out) - Lacazette (in)
              Rashford (out) - Vardy (in)

              1. Tempestic
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                20 days, 11 hours ago

                Exactly the moves I'm doing

            14. Rinseboy
              • 7 Years
              20 days, 12 hours ago

              team good to go for this week?

              Schmicheal
              yedlin Robbo Azpi
              Haz Salah Mane McNeil
              Rondon Vardy King
              Hamer AWB Pogba Doherty

            15. Yank Revolution
              • 7 Years
              20 days, 12 hours ago

              Question...Do we think people will be taking hits this week to get out 'full' teams? Doesn't seem to be much chatter about it.

              1. Rash
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                Many hits flying about I reckon l.. may even take 1 myself despite having 11 already.

              2. Pierce34
                • 3 Years
                20 days, 12 hours ago

                The fact that Arsenal and Palace play makes it a lot easier for people who fielded 9-10 players in GW31 to field 11 without a hit now.

              3. Tempestic
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                20 days, 11 hours ago

                Only on 6 starting players here... gonna take -8 or maybe even -12

                1. ImPasta
                  • 5 Years
                  19 days, 18 hours ago

                  I did -12 after seeing a rival get 130 with his changes last week...I think if you have blankers and need to field a full squad it's less of a sacrifice and more likely to profit.

              4. elchilangles
                  20 days, 11 hours ago

                  I wasn't planning on it, but seem to be doing an extra transfer everyday to get there!

              5. fenixri
                • 2 Years
                20 days, 11 hours ago

                Am I gtg?

                Fab
                Robbo Taa Pereira AWB
                Haz(C) Salah Maddison Fraser
                Wilson Higuain

              6. Dr. Agabuse
                • 6 Years
                20 days, 11 hours ago

                Vardy for Higuain now?

                Have 11 playing

                1. Maddamotha
                  • 2 Years
                  20 days, 11 hours ago

                  If its for free, then yeah

              7. Dr. Agabuse
                • 6 Years
                20 days, 11 hours ago

                WC GW after this is still the popular choice, no?

              8. Kun Tozser
                • 3 Years
                20 days, 11 hours ago

                One week only;

                King, Azpi, Siggy, Ozil, other?

              9. Dr. Agabuse
                • 6 Years
                20 days, 11 hours ago

                Salah captain or Vardy punt if I need the ground (to be made up)?

              10. Tempestic
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                20 days, 11 hours ago

                Hudson-Odoi to a 7.3 or below mid worth a -4 in order to field 11 players and if so which player?

              11. kopite65
                • 4 Years
                20 days, 11 hours ago

                any thoughts advice appreciated
                A jimi to barnes for full 11 (if anderson fit
                B jimi and anderson to tielemans and king -4
                cheers

              12. PaulRUK3
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                20 days, 1 hour ago

                Please give me your opinions as to which one I should bench:
                a) Brooks (BUR)
                b) Almirón (CRY)

                Both are at home and both, imo, have equal chances of assists and even a goal. One of them has to be benched to bring in Hazard for Pogba.

                Cheers.

              13. Brehmeren
                • 8 Years
                8 days, 9 hours ago

                Guy in my ML scored 106 points with Murray C and 10 players. Luckily not a threat, lol.