Pro Pundit Teams

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.

Become a Member and access our data

Memberships for the rest of the 2019/20 campaign are now available for the discounted price of £9.99 or the monthly price of £2.99.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our brand NEW Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT

1,044 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Luka - Man Like Serbia
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Morata - great stuff!

  2. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Klopp should have aimed for the cup...

  3. KGFC
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Morata rubs it in 😆

  4. FOO FIGHTER
      2 months, 18 days ago

      What a finish by Morata.

    • Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      SHSHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

      Shut the feck up!

    • FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Over.

    • Arteta
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      😳

    • Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Has Adrian saved anything tonight?

      1. FPL Pillars
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Bit harsh

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        His legs

      3. KGFC
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Athletico Madrid 😆

      4. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Didn’t use a transfer in FPL and banked a wedge of wage

    • Mané money
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      I miss Karius in Liverpool.

      He was better than Adrian and he was more fun too, he cried and all

    • EDUARDO DA SILVA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Haha joe gomez, what a poor player.

      1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Not even remotely true

      2. Brehmeren
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Embarrasing comment

      3. EDUARDO DA SILVA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Must be looserpool fans or you just follow other sports like table tennis

      4. TakingTheMkhi
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Haha. Keep trolling. Gomez is a good player

    • Queens of the South Age
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Aupa Atleti!!!!!!

    • Colonel Shoe 肝池
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Damn how demoralising

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Morata!!!! Woohoo!

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Adrian should stop the ball sometimes.

    • Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Who is worse, Kepa or Adrian?

      1. MSTRKRFTSMN
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        De Gea

      2. BobbyV
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Leno

    • KGFC
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Pool choking like South Africa in cricket!! 😆

    • Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Premier rejects

    • Stoic
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Even Brighton have a better reserve keeper than Liverpool

    • COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Jurgen Flopp indeed. Get him out

    • Isco Disco
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Morataaaaa lol

    • nerd_is_the_werd
        2 months, 18 days ago

        ADRIAN AT FAULT AGAIN!!

      • Luka - Man Like Serbia
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Yesss!! Atletico done it!

      • Maddamotha
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        What happened to the best team of all time??

        1. Luka - Man Like Serbia
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          I think we all know that is not true 😀

        2. FOO FIGHTER
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Not going to like it when we celebrate the one we actually wanted 😀

            1. Maddamotha
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Lol yeah whenever you go out you didnt want it

        3. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Klopp not risking COVID from Simeone.

        4. DA Minnion
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Simeone is such a tool.

          1. Wild Rover
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Good manager, proper arse

          2. Jarvish Scott Talent
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            A tool that is through to the quarter finals

          3. GreennRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Class coach.

          4. Blue&White85
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Great manager.

          5. TakingTheMkhi
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            He is a very good manager.

          6. Queens of the South Age
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Cholo is an absolute legend. Both player and manager.

            Was a tough watch at times but amazing result.

            1. HamezMace
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              I’m still team Beckham

              1. Queens of the South Age
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Hahaha. Been an atelti fan since 97 so caught a couple of his seasons as a player. As a manager tho, he's been phenomenal.

        5. TakingTheMkhi
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          People saying Adrian at fault again LOL. A striker should always score a one-on-one unless it's a very tight angle.

          1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            They should but a goalkeeper should sometimes at least save something.

        6. Yank Revolution
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Let all the wild "Klopp will rest X Y Z" talk begin after getting dumped out of CL...

        7. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          What happened to Jurgen Flopp Bottle Job?

          1. KGFC
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Oh cmon man, isn’t he the best manager!? 😉

          2. BUZZBOMB
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            You're on fire tonight mate. Do you write your own scripts?

            1. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Its the name of a poster who was here at the end of last season

          3. GreennRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            You tell us.

        8. FOO FIGHTER
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Smash and grab by Madrid. Oh well.

            1. GreennRed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Winning football ain't all about playing football.