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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. Jarvish Scott Talent
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Great goal tbf

    1. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      It was

      And that thick git McManaman is trying to blame Adrian on it

  2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    OMG llorente

  3. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Terrible from Liverpool

  4. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    All over now. Adrian should save that as well

  5. KGFC
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Stupid goal.... Pool out!!!

  6. FOO FIGHTER
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Hammer blow

    • Luka - Man Like Serbia
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      YESSSS!!! Scenes. Get in!!

    • jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Who would you rathe have: Adrian or Karius?

      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        No keeper.

        1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          rush goalie

        2. jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Ha! Essentially the same.

        3. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Mr blobby could do a better job

        4. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          "We playing rush keepers then lads?"

        5. FOO FIGHTER
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Lol

        6. Stoic
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Mignolet would roll both of em over

      2. Stoic
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Salah Mane double up on if FPL is live

      3. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 15 days ago

        I love football. Where tf has that come from hahahaha, what a game

      4. Niho992
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Big choke by Liverpool here

      5. KGFC
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Morata assist 😆

      6. Clever Cloggins Mrs Goggins
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Yes!!!!!!

      7. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Annoys me that they don't just hack them down and take the YC.

      8. Luka - Man Like Serbia
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Great goal.

      9. Colonel Shoe 肝池
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        noooo not like this

      10. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Former PL giants Morata and Llorente toying with Pool

        1. BUZZBOMB
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Yeah, Morata is toying with them.

      11. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Anyone got the gamblers anonymous hotline?

        tx.

      12. nerd_is_the_werd
          2 months, 15 days ago

          FU ADRIAN!!

        • kuzser
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Adrian is such a joke

        • SHOOTER MCGINN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Adrian is an absolute joker

        • Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          liverpool out 🙁

          1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            It's ok , now Juve's Rugiani has Corona virus they will be cancelling it soon anyway

        • Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          No silverware for Liverpool after the Premier League gets cancelled too.

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            fingers crossed

          2. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Might actually happen?

        • KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          I've lost count how many do pool need now? 3?

          1. The 12th Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            2 without reply.

          2. Gnu Scott talent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Keep guessing.

          3. diesel001
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            2

        • Syd.
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Not much Adrian could do about that

          Just crap defending but lets blame Adrian

          1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            An above average keeper could have made a save there.

          2. Lukakuna
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            He could have dived before the ball was already in the net

          3. KGFC
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            First goal was his fault
            Second was clearly the defences’

            1. Syd.
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Yip

          4. Free Hat
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Agree. Gomez backs down way too deep.

        • Isco Disco
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          2 Ex Real Madrid players come to haunt Liverpool at Anfield!
          Hala Madrid 🙂

        • diesel001
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Adrian, Reina, Lloris. Once they get old they really are past it. Get rid and put the youngsters in.

        • KGFC
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Klopp sending his divine lucky charm in Origi... can he score two goals??

        • TakingTheMkhi
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Allison might not have saved that. Have to give Llorente some credit. Good finish

        • Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Definitely selling VVD now. Can't trust that clown in goal.

          1. The 12th Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            VVD> Alonso