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How many hits should FPL managers take ahead of Blank Gameweek 29?

Blank Gameweeks always make me apprehensive as a Fantasy Premier League manager and I know I am not alone in worrying about squad size.

Normally there are one or two fixtures to target which provide decent reassurance that a hit might be worth taking.

However, the four matches scheduled for Blank Gameweek 29 are either difficult to call, feature out-of-form, inconsistent or absent players, or just don’t inspire confidence.

To hit or not to hit. That is the question

I have been planning for Blank Gameweek 29 since Gameweek 24, trying to target players and teams in good form and that have a fixture. Ben White (£4.4m) is a prime example of this. I signed him ahead of Gameweek 25, on the back of five clean sheets in six. Since then, Brighton have not managed prevent any of their opponents from scoring in the last four games.

Going in to Gameweek 28, I had nine players who were due to play in Blank Gameweek 29, along with two free transfers which would give me a starting 11 without the need for a hit.

Rashford fit to start but Martial, Cavani and de Gea miss out on West Ham clash 2

Fast-forward to the end of Gameweek 28 and I have flags on Son Heung-Min (£9.5m) and Patrick Bamford (£6.7m). While I am increasingly confident that Bamford will be able to play in Blank Gameweek 29, the same can not be said for Son.

As a result I now face a dilemma: to hit or not to hit.

The case for taking a hit

The fixtures don’t appear to be games that I want to take hits for, but the benefit of having 11 starters for a minus-four feels like a compelling reason to do it.

There are four teams from the eight involved in Blank Gameweek 29 who have attractive fixtures in Gameweek 30 as well so if you view the hit in the context of the next couple of weeks it could be worth doing.

TeamBlank Gameweek 29Gameweek 30
Aston VillaTottenham Hotspur (home)Fulham (home)
LeedsFulham (away)Sheffield United (home)
Tottenham HotspurAston Villa (away)Newcastle (home)
West HamArsenal (home)Wolves (away)

Taking a minus-four for the likes of Newcastle who play Brighton and then Spurs feels like a points hit that will not be repaid. However for players such as Raphinha (£5.6m), Jesse Lingard (£6.1m) and Gareth Bale (£9.6m), it feels like they could easily be repaid in Gameweek 29 and then repaid again in Gameweek 30.

Hits for a one-week punt, especially with a series of fixtures like we have in Blank Gameweek 29, feel risky. However, with the Gameweek 30 matches that Villa, Leeds, Spurs and West Ham have, a wise investment in their assets could give Fantasy managers the boost they need alongside an even better looking side for Gameweek 30.

The case for Blank Gameweek 29 without a hit

LiveFPL.net currently has the average number of players per team for Gameweek 29 at seven. Over the next few hours until the deadline we will undoubtedly see a wave of transfers from FPL players waiting until after the European matches before making their transfers. However, it seems likely the majority of teams won’t be made up of 11 starters.

Luke Shaw (£5.2m), Ilkay Gundogan (£6.2m), Mohamed Salah (£12.4m), Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) and Ruben Dias (£6.1m) are the players I currently have who will not kick a ball in Blank Gameweek 29.

On paper, these are all players that could make way this week. However, when you look at their Gameweek 30 fixtures (Man City travel to Leicester, Manchester United host Brighton and Liverpool visit Arsenal) there are a couple of players, namely Shaw and Fernandes, that cannot be sacrificed without needing to bring them back in.

This means that for me it is only possible to do a minus-four at worst.

Keeping an eye on the fixtures that follow on from the Blank Gameweek is key, taking hits for players for this week can be a good idea, as long as managers are not sacrificing players they will want for the week after.

Key targets for Blank Gameweek 29

With this in mind there are three players on my wish list for Gameweek 29.

Jesse Lingard (£6.1m)

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Lingard has now returned in five of his six Premier League matches since joining West Ham on loan. He has also returned in each of his last four starts. Lingard’s ineligibility to play against his parent club Man United in Gameweek 28 was strongly felt by a defeated West Ham lacking in attack without him.

Against an Arsenal side who are top for errors leading to goals in the last four Gameweeks, and are joint third in the same period for defensive errors, Lingard is likely to have plenty of opportunities to excel in Blank Gameweek 29 and again in Gameweek 30 against Wolves who have made the same number of defensive errors as Arsenal.

Gareth Bale (£9.6m)

The Bale fitness latest as his impact on Son and Kane in FPL is assessed

Ahead of the north London derby in Gameweek 28, Bale was on an excellent run of form, having returned two double-digit hauls in three matches and returns in three out of four Gameweeks.

However, Bale was withdrawn on 56 minutes having failed to be involved in the match due to Spurs’ defensive set up. With Son likely to be missing for in Gameweek 29, the onus will be on the likes of Bale, Lucas Moura (£6.6m) and Harry Kane (£11.5m) to get them back to winning ways.

Over his last four matches Bale is top for expected goal involvement (xGI) Delta and third for XGI overall.

The last time Bale played at Villa Park he scored a second half hat trick which saw Spurs run out 4-0 winners. I can see Bale and his Spurs team setting up offensively against Villa, making him a great option, especially as in Gameweek 30 Spurs face Newcastle who have only kept one clean sheet in their last seven Premier League matches.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.5m)

Blank Gameweek 28 Scout Picks built on assets from the capital

After he sat out the north London derby for disciplinary reasons, I expect to see Aubameyang back in the first 11 for Blank Gameweek 29. Prior to the Spurs game, the FPL midfielder had scored four goals in his previous four matches, although three of those did come in one outing against Leeds.

In his last four fixtures, Aubameyang is top for expected goals (xG) among midfielders across the game.

Arsenal have on paper a difficult match in Gameweek 30 against Liverpool. However, the Reds have only kept one clean sheet in the last three so Aubameyang is a player I feel you can bring in for Blank Gameweek 29 and play in Gameweek 30.

How to line up for Blank Gameweek 29

I am planning to move Salah to Lingard this week. The West Ham midfielder is a must-have in my opinion and someone I have seriously considered captaining this week.

The Aubameyang or Bale dilemma is one that will rumble on until deadline. Both Spurs and Arsenal had Europa League ties on Thursday evening and it will be a last minute call as to who comes in for Gundogan this week, with a view to bringing in the injury-free and in-form Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) for my Wildcard for Gameweek 31.

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822 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Will Saka get minutes at the weekend?

  2. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    First time I've seen Lingard called a Must Have...

    1. Ben White saved my life
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Call up to the Swedish national team might account for it!

  3. Typo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    With Son having a potential DGW and no midweek matches, Im considering moving Gundogan out for Lingaard instead. What are your thoughts?

    1. BrockLanders
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Gundo has shown that he's still point scoring, even with KDB back. I'd shift Son and you can always get him back

    2. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      You can hold 3 Citeh/Spurs player GW33 but Son is too much money on the bench to this point. Unless super human, Son is likely to miss this week and GW30. Just get him back when you know he is fit.

      1. FPL Pillars
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        From what I’ve read he’s all but assured to get back for GW30 and outside chance for 29 but unlikely

  4. DK_13
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Anything worth changing? FH team

    Sanchez
    Reguilion Dallas dunk veltman
    Auba bale raphinha lingard
    (K)ane Antonio

    Martinez | Bamford Cresswell lookman

    (Got no Fulham against leeds, anyone worth getting? if yes, for whom?)

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      I think you should play Bamford or Cresswell before Reguillion

      1. DK_13
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Fancy triple leeds against Fulham over a defender against grealish less villa?

    2. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Play Creswell and bench a Brighton player. Too much bench for a FH IMO. Why Lookman love; 1 goal no assists in last 8 games. Flatters to deceive.

    3. Machine_Gunnerz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Nice team but triple brighton defence a little risky. I would have either cresswell or tierney replace veltman.

  5. DavidBadWillie
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Lost on last page

      I currently have 4 starters and the injured Burn of Brighton.

      Anyone going with as little starters as me or should I do a -8

      1. Typo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Depends. Do you have a wildcard? If not, you also have to consider if the players you are bringing in are worth keeping long term..

        1. DavidBadWillie
            4 months, 10 days ago

            No wildcard, used it a couple weeks ago and got 100+.

            Thinking Gundogan to Raphina for a start...

        2. DK_13
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Get kane, one leeds, lingard/Antonio etc(high ownership players) if you don't have them for a hit if required. It's -2 to hedge against a potential haul which might mess up rank big time.
          Players like Cresswell, reguilion get them if you want them till 38(fighting for top 4, so not a bad shout). If not can skip too

      2. Oggle22
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        2ft
        Martinez
        Konsa Dunk Dallas
        Son Salah Bruno Gunda Raphina
        Bamford Kane

        Steele Cancelo Stones Brewster

        Salah/Bruno/Brewster to
        Bale/Aubameyang/Antonio -4

        Got a feeling 5 at the back might pay off this week though?

        1. BrockLanders
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Looks good

      3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Pick two on FH:

        A) Raphinha
        B) Lingard
        C) Antonio

        1. Typo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          A and B

        2. Runaway
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          AC

        3. GE
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          AC

        4. Motong-Moting
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          A and B

      4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Is Grealish back? if so, you got to fancy him against this mess of a spurs team

        1. BrockLanders
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          I reckon Spurs will bounce back. Haven't seen/heard anything that would suggest Grealish is close to starting..

          1. ppv
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Grealish was reported to be back training on Wednesday

            1. DK_13
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Just training..doesn't mean he is match fit. Not even in the England squad

              1. BrockLanders
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Yeah, I'd say he's no better than 50/50 or worse

      5. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Lose Stones or Cancelo this gw?

        1. Typo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          cancelo

        2. GE
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          C

      6. GE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        (Plan to WC31)

        1) Gundo and Digne -> Lingard and Creswell (-8)
        2) Gundo and Cancelo -> Lingard and Dawson/Dunk (-8) (Max 5.6, have Weltman and Dallas)
        3) Not worth it

      7. Thiagoagogo
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        G2G?
        Keeping Son as I would want him back for GW 30 anyway.

        Martinez
        Konsa Cresswell Dallas
        Bale Son* Lingard
        Kane Bamford Watkins

        Leno/Cancelo/KDB/Gundo/Shaw

      8. gmando2011
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Make 1 or 2 (-4) changes guys?

        SANCHEZ

        DALLAS, VELTMAN, CRESSWELL, COUFAL

        BALE, SON**

        BAMFORD*, WATKINS, KANE

        ederson, fernandes, shaw, foden, gundo

      9. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        0FT. 6.1ITB

        GTG?

        Martinez
        Dallas White
        Raphinha Lingard Son*
        Kane(C) Watkins Bamford*

      10. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        saka still a doubt for west ham game

        1. YuvalFPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          finding it very tough to predict the line up.

          xhaka partey and odergaard are the only nailed starters in midfield and attack. the rest is a lottery it seems.

      11. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        120 minutes for Kane and no Son and up against Emi. I’ll happily dodge Kane (C) this week 🙂

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Who then, Lingard?

          1. DAZZ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Well Bale will 100% be fresher than Kane for starters if you want to gamble on Spurs. Raphina is a good shout potentially

      12. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Raphinha or Jesse for the arm band 🙂 ?

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Raphinha, slightly.

        2. The Mantis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Hmm I think Leeds could lose against Fulham, what have they got to play for?

        3. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Tough one - I like both options. Probably Raphinha since he has more avenues for attacking returns

      13. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        No Chips remaining whatsoever unfortunately. Is double West Ham moving forward wise, Lingard + Antonio? Thinking Gundo > Lingard -4 to free up a City spot. Could lose Alonso for Creswell instead -4?

      14. The Mantis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        What was Auba like last night? Have a bad feeling he won't play at weekend?

        1. DavidBadWillie
            4 months, 10 days ago

            looked poor and lacking in confidence

            1. The Mantis
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Thought as much, safer to go with Odegard or Laca then as they were rested or didn't play 90 then maybe

        2. Motong-Moting
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          How is Maupay as a punt?

          1. Rassi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            May pay.

            1. Motong-Moting
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              LoL!

          2. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Only Brighton attacker worth a punt is Trossard

          3. BrockLanders
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            I've brought in Trossard but fixtures are absolute dirt after this.

        3. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Holding and Salah to Dallas and Lingard (-4)?

          WC31 FH33
          1FT 0itb
          Martinez
          Cresswell Holding
          Raphinha Son Bale
          Kane Bamford
          (Fabri Stones Cancelo Digne Gundo Salah DCL)

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Anyone?

          2. _figu
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            You prefer Lingard over Auba?

        4. YoungPretender
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Best 2 defenders for this week?

          1. Rassi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Double Brighton

          2. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Dunk Dallas Cresswell - take your pick

            1. Motong-Moting
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Creswell and Dunk

          3. YuvalFPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Dunk and Veltman

        5. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Bale taking some stick but to be honest he was pretty decent when he came on last night, created a couple of big chances that just wouldn’t go in, surely starts on Sunday

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            If he'd finished that chance that fell to his left foot by the penalty spot late on things would have a very different shine to them this morning

          2. DAZZ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Agreed he is being massively overlooked for captaincy considering he didnt start in the EL and Son being injured

        6. Chandler Bing
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Is Antonio a better captaincy pick than any Brighton player this GW?

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Probably yes.

          2. DAZZ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Antonio is a great shout. Has scored 2 against City and 1 against Spurs this season. Not on penalties tho.

          3. Runaway
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            He is, imo

          4. YuvalFPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Have you watched him recently? Looks like he can't run. No thanks. Trossard is a better pick IMO.

        7. AudereESTFacere
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Morning all,

          Any changes to this FH team please?

          Sanchez Areola
          Reguilon Dunk Dallas Lascelles Cress
          Auba Bale Lingz Raph Tross
          Kane Laca Antonio

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            No, template FH

          2. YuvalFPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Laca is a risk, I'd love to go there if I thought he'd be starting.

            1. AudereESTFacere
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 months, 10 days ago

              2 in his last 2 starts not enough over Auba who played last night?

        8. Finding Timo
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Sorry probably same question as others but salah out for -4?to a)Bale B)Aubameyang c)el gazhi d)Trossard e)Lookman or f)hold to avoid -4?

            1. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              I would lose Salah but none of those options are great. Only Raphinha and Lingard are the players I would bring in for Salah

              1. Finding Timo
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  Ok cheers I already have them so sounds like the best option to save the -4 hit

              2. _figu
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Do you have a WC or not? Don't like Trossard long term. Would consider Bale/Auba.

                I'll get Auba as a one week punt, then moving to Bruno next week.

                1. Finding Timo
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    Sorry should have said yes Wildscarding GW31 so really only for GW29 & 30. Also already got/keeping Bruno

                    1. _figu
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 10 days ago

                      Then I guess Auba doesn't make sense. Bale has to get through the IB without an injury. Lingard an option is you fancy him, a decent fixture in 30 as well.

                      1. Finding Timo
                          4 months, 10 days ago

                          Thanks mate good advice

                2. YuvalFPL
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  Finally nailed my FH team. Feel free to rip apart please.

                  Areola
                  Tierney Dunk Veltman
                  Auba (c) Odergaard Grealish Trossard Moura
                  Kane Maja

                  Martinez Andersen Watkins Regullion.

                  Basically backing 4 teams.

                  1. DAZZ
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    Weat Ham will comfortably beat Arsenal.

                    1. YuvalFPL
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      4 months, 10 days ago

                      Like they comfortably beat United? What are you basing that on?

                      1. DAZZ
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        Well United are a better side than Arsenal for starters and i never claimed they’d beat United at Old Trafford comfortably. Im basing it on West Ham being a better team than Arsenal, especially at home

                3. pingissimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  Which team is on more of a slide: Villa or Spurs?

                  Vila lost to SHU and got the worse of draws with Newcastle and Wolves in the last 3 matches. Spurs were poor but Dinamo were great last night and Arsenal are also a handy enough team.

                  Neither looking good for sure but Villa? Those are 2 shockers and one iffy derby at best.

                  1. YuvalFPL
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    I'm betting on Villa to turn it around this game. Grealish and Cash coming back would be a huge boost. Dean Smith always seems to get it right against the big teams and isn't afraid.

                  2. Tonyawesome69
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    Villa heavily missing Grealish. I expect Spurs to patch up Son and get him ready for the game at the weekend

                    1. pingissimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 10 days ago

                      Yep

                      As a Palace fan I can see definite parallels with no Grealish and no Zaha. It isn't just what they offer in attack but they also help defence by leaving an automatic out ball and push the opposition back a touch. Morale matters too.

                4. Bobby Digital
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  Don't have the balls to captain Trossard. A shame.

                  1. _figu
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    I want to captain Dunk so bad haha. Dreaming of a 15 pointer

                5. Gudjohnsen
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  Best defender for this gw that's not Dallas?

                  1. Bobby Digital
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    Dunk

                  2. Tonyawesome69
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    Dunk

                  3. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    Cresswell

                6. DK_13
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  Have no other villa or arsenal. Which 2 of the following 3?
                  A) Antonio
                  B) lingard
                  C)auba

                  1. Tonyawesome69
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    Prob A&B