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The best FPL players to buy ahead of Blank Gameweek 31

Six-time top 5k finisher Utkarsh Dalmia – aka Zophar –  highlights some of the leading Fantasy Premier League candidates for a Free Hit squad.


Fantasy Premier League managers are just picking up the pieces from what was supposed to be a Double Gameweek 29 but we can waste no time brooding, with the season-defining run-in approaching and Blank Gameweek 31 looming large.

I’m not going into chip strategy too much in this piece, with that topic having already been discussed in a recent article.

Instead, I’m focusing on players who I believe are good picks for a Free Hit squad in Gameweek 31 or for you to acquire now.

Most of you will know this by now but the Premier League fixtures going ahead in Gameweek 31 are:

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Bournemouth
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
Burnley vs Watford
Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham

First off, let’s have a look at the xGOT (expected goals on target) non-penalty data from the last four Gameweeks to see which of these teams are showing form in attack:



In terms of my own team, Ayoze Pérez (£6.2m) is likely to make way for Sarr ahead of Saturday’s deadline.

I’m unsure if I’m going to use the Free Hit chip in Gameweek 31 as I only have four active players right now (Alexander-Arnold, Salah, Doherty and Jimenez) but with the Sarr transfer this week, I can get to seven by subsequently transferring in Jota and Mané for a hit.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.1m) and Harvey Barnes (£6.1m) are the candidates to drop out.

The only players I would likely miss out on would be Pope, Antonio, Wood and another defender, so that’s a decision I’ll be making closer to the date.

Hope you enjoyed reading and good luck with whatever strategy you decide.


An FPL veteran of 10 seasons, Utkarsh Dalmia has been a member of the site right since 2009 and has finished in the top 5k in six of those campaigns, with a best finish of 17th in 2010. A Chelsea fan based in India, he relies heavily on statistics for his FPL decision-making process.

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1,044 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FOO FIGHTER
      2 months, 25 days ago

      A. Madrid do not how where or when with the attack down LFC's right side.

    • Skloppy Kops
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Bobby still paining to find his feet.. these type of games are boosters for form. Hopefully they regain their confidence.

      1. FOO FIGHTER
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Firmino is still the water carrier.

          Best front 3 in world football hands down.

          1. Concrete
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Lol

          2. BENOIT
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Rubbish

      2. FOO FIGHTER
          2 months, 25 days ago

          *know*

          1. FOO FIGHTER
              2 months, 25 days ago

              I suspect Klopp will switch it to the left side second half with the right side still punishing them.

          2. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Currently got 6 BGW31 players, with 2FT. Perez out can easily make it 7.

            FH WC BB all available. Would you FH, or try to field as many as possible with a -4 by the 31 deadline?

            Salah Mane TAA Boly Jimenez Taylor are my current guys

            1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Lo Celso is well under the radar but I feel he has a haul incoming and I like that fixture to carry through to 31.

            2. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Will you be happy with that team in GW32?

            3. AC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              I really wouldn’t think too much beyond this week. By the middle of next week games could be postponed would hold off on any decisions until then.

          3. barracuda
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Evening fellas, would you target:

            A- Mount

            B- Sarr

            Thanks

            1. FOO FIGHTER
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Sarr, plays up top.

              • MSTRKRFTSMN
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                B

                Mount doesn’t play gw 31

              • pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Tricky

                Both potentially great picks but team form make them uncertain. Mount I suppose - - no 31 but DGW - and well Chelsea are obvs the better side and could be coming into form

              • FOO FIGHTER
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Mount - 11 attacking returns in 2296 minutes.

                  Sarr - 9 attacking returns in 1221 minures.

                  Choose wisely.

                  1. TorresMagic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    One plays Villa?

              • pablo discobar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                KDB to Alli

                Then Alli to Fernades for GW 32

                GW31

                GK Pope
                DEF TAA, Saiss, Cathcart, Doherty
                MID Salah, Alli, Mane, Saiss
                FWD Ings*, Jiminez

                Subs Auba, Barnes, Williams

                Ings becomes Deeney or Wood probably for GW31

                Doherty becomes Alonso further down the line

                FH 34, WC 35 or 36, BB37

                1. pablo discobar
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Saiss in mid is Saar ffs!

                2. barracuda
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  You don't think that he will start v Burnley?

                  1. pablo discobar
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    I dont think city give a feck about the league, pep has basically said so. I think he gets some time off the bench

              • Bubz
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Might just captain Vardy, at least we will be sure of his game going ahead

              • The 12th Man
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Thinking about VVD > Alonso this week to enable Mane in for 31?

                Means going with 8 instead of 9 in 31 due to the Liverpool personnel switch.

                1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Getting rid of Virg is serious. gl.

                  1. The 12th Man
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Not worth it to get Liv double attack in 31?

                    1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      Virg is an Eagle on corners. 🙂

              • Niho992
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Firmino is awful. Worst player tonight. Subb him off Jurgen

              • Chenku╰☆╮
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Time to bring in origi

              • Freshy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Shoot Ox Shoot

                1. Freshy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Give it a boot

              • mg12
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Any chance that Rico will get any time?

                • Tony Martial
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  GTG? On a -4

                  Henderson
                  TAA B.Williams Cahill
                  Mane Salah Bruno Sarr
                  Jiminez Auba Jota

                  Bench:McCarthy,Boly,Fleck,Lascelles

                  1. Hulk Smash
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Looks good. Not tempted to start Boly over Cahill?

                  2. InSaneMan-e
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Not sure bwilliams starts given spurs recent defensive record. But it is an away day vs spurs. Just hope it's not a 1 pointer

                • Feanor
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Sad story here about former FPL legend Michu and how an ankle injury ruined his career.

                  Requires a subscription or using their free trial.

                  https://theathletic.com/1658793/2020/03/11/michu-swansea-aston-villa-erling-haaland/

                • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  What a miss by robbo

                  1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    🙁

                  2. Lamplighters
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Credit for getting in such a great position.

                • Niho992
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Ffs subb of Firmino Klopp !!!

                • Make America Greta Again
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Extraordinary that Bobby hasn't got a league goal in Anfield all season. Curious to only have 1 booking in 3 years. Is he too passive?

                  1. FantasyHero
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    His role is quite different. He plays really well at his role but needs to score when he gets the chance as well.

                    1. Make America Greta Again
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      He's making Giroud look good, disappointed in him.

                • FOO FIGHTER
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Attack after attack after attack 😀

                  • FantasyHero
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Oblak gotta be the best goalkeeper right now.

                    1. InSaneMan-e
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      On another level to premier league keepers. Even commands a box on set pieces

                    2. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      They have a habit of producing world class keepers

                  • nerd_is_the_werd
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      that atletico defence is quite something..

                      1. Make America Greta Again
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Maybe it's down to the keeper being very good.

                    • Brosstan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      How has Liverpool scored just 1 goal?

                    • Hulk Smash
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      Any suggestions lads? Probably FH in 31. Got 1FT and 0.3 itb.

                      Foster
                      TAA Gomez Bashan
                      Salah KDB Bruno Sarr
                      Auba Jimenez Jota
                      (4.0 Soyuncu Cantwell Kelly)

                      1. dbeck
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        I’d save and not FH in 32, you have 7 already

                        1. Hulk Smash
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          My decision to FH is largely due to a H2H rival who will probably FH that week

                      2. InSaneMan-e
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Wouldn't free hit tbh.
                        The fixtures aren't super appealing.
                        Still 2 dgw likely. I'd fh in 1 of those and TC the other.

                        1. Hulk Smash
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          See above - FHing mostly due to a cash Head to Head league where my GW 31 rival will likely FH. If I don't match him it's almost a guaranteed loss.

                    • dbeck
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      Kevin to Fernandes (c) worth a hit?

                      1. KAPTAIN KANE
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Nah KdB Burnley at home next!

                        1. dbeck
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Suppose, only do it if pep hunts Kev won’t play

                          1. KAPTAIN KANE
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            Yeah maybe then

                          2. dbeck
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            *hints

                    • Niho992
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      Liverpool will concede soon unfortunately

                    • KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      Really need Dortmund to score really

                      1. Hulk Smash
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Really?

                        1. KAPTAIN KANE
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Dortmund my bet for the champs league

                          1. Hulk Smash
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            Just joshing around mate. How is that game? I'm watching Pool for my sins.

                            1. KAPTAIN KANE
                              • 3 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              Not watching! Haha

                    • Wild Rover
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      Robbo is a level below Trent

                    • Niho992
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      Firmino is awful

                    • KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      Hate burning a FT, any ideas please peeps?

                      McCarthy
                      TAA | Pereira | Lascelles
                      Salah | Mane | KdB* | Maddison | Cantwell
                      Vardy | Ings

                      Button | Greenwood | Williams | Hanley

                      2FTs, 0ITB

                      Thanks

                      1. KAPTAIN KANE
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        FH in GW31

                      2. dbeck
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Lots of options, I’d prob go Ings to jota

                        1. dbeck
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Don’t hate KDB to Bruno

                          1. KAPTAIN KANE
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            Yeah could be, KdB is so good though...

                        2. KAPTAIN KANE
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Thanks, could be. My wish list consists of:

                          Jota
                          Jimenez
                          Alonso
                          Grealish
                          Lundstram (Maybe)

                          1. KAPTAIN KANE
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            Maybe just one of the first 2

                      3. Hulk Smash
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Maddison out. Maybe even to Barnes, leaving you some funds to play with.

                        1. KAPTAIN KANE
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          I just know what will happen if I take him out

                          1. Hulk Smash
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            Mate he's so bad I ditched him for the Villa game and didn't think twice about it

                            1. KAPTAIN KANE
                              • 3 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              I don't get what's happened, he looked like fpl perfection before Xmas!

                    • Luka - Man Like Serbia
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      Come on Atletico!!

                    • pablo discobar
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      Keep seeing on social media that all premier league games will be postponed this weekend. Surely not? Must be all games or none?