GW31: What’s The Deal?!

So here we have it, Gameweek 31 is only a couple of weeks away, and we’ve only got four Premier League fixtures…!  Here we outline the prospects of potential Draft Fantasy Football free agents that you could snap up ahead of the deadline.  You need to start considering which of these players to sign, and when you should pick them up.  If you’re struggling for GW31 players, then we’d advise signing some of these Chaps now!

 

Introduction

Now, before we get carried away, we should point out that there’s only certain situations where you’re going to want to sign a bunch of GW31 players.  Firstly you need to asses your current placement in the league table, and decide if it’s in your best interest to potentially drop a good player without a fixture, for a decent player with a fixture.  The players without a GW31 game will have a double fixture further down the line (likely in GW34).

If you play a Head-To-Head style league, and you’re coming up against a fellow title rival, then you’re going to want to field a strong side.  It would therefore be worth dropping a good player for a decent player.  If you’re going for the title, but not playing a direct rival, or your two main rivals are actually playing eachother, then we’d recommend getting together a decent side, but without dropping any of your best players.  Seven or eight players should suffice, getting you a decent score without comprising future gameweeks.  Find a good balance in this situation, as you don’t want to unnecessarily drop a good player who you won’t be able to re-sign further down the line.

If you’ve got nothing to play for, or you currently own only a couple of GW31 players, then we’d probably recommend just giving up on this gameweek so you’ve got a good chance of winning the gameweek when there are double games!!  You could even trade out your GW31 players to use for your advantage further down the line.  Also, if you are playing title rivals between now and GW31, you will need to be signing players to try and win those games, rather than GW31 itself.  Look at your particular situation, and make a decision on what you should be prioritising!

 

The GW31 Fixtures

AFC Bournemouth v West Bromich Albion

Huddersfield Town v Crystal Palace

Liverpool v Watford

Stoke City v Everton

 

The Teams

 

AFC Bournemouth

Prospects: A home fixture against bottom the league?  All aboard the Eddie Howe train!  We would recommend taking two or three Bournemouth players into GW31 if you can, as they are likely to have assets you can tap into and will surely win the game.  They should score a couple of goals, and have potential for a clean sheet.

Defenders: Nathan Ake and Charlie Daniels look to be the best options, as they offer goal potential as well as an opportunity for a clean sheet.  Both of these Chaps feature in our Hot List at the moment.  Elsewhere, Asmir Begovic, Steve Cook, and Simon Francis should start the fixture, so would be decent acquisitions if available.  Adam Smith also returned to the starting eleven in GW29, so looks to be a good option as he attacks well down the right-hand side.

Midfielders: Junior Stanislas is the best prospect among the Cherries midfielders.  He’s started six in a row, and bagged a goal against Tottenham in GW30.  A must have signing if he’s currently a free agent!  The increased competition in the midfield has cost Jordan Ibe and Ryan Fraser their places in the side.  Both looked primed for decent points in GW31, but now maybe both will have to settle with a place on the bench.  Dan Gosling and Lewis Cook offer next to no potential from their defensive midfield slots.

Strikers: With Callum Wilson and Joshua King unlikely to be free agents, there aren’t many options for strikers here.  Obviously if one of these is free, snap them up!  Be wary of Wilson though, he’s now blanked five times in a row, so the returning Jermain Defoe could earn a GW31 start.  Defoe is certainly worth a punt, and may bring home decent points over the coming weeks and months!

 

Crystal Palace

Prospects: There are decent prospects for Palace playing away to Huddersfield. They should at least score, and potentially gain themselves a win.  If any of their top players are available, definitely get them on board for GW31.

Defenders: Mamadou Sakho is the standout option in defence for Crystal Palace.  If they manage to get a GW31 clean sheet, he’ll be sure to pick up the FPL bonus points.  The big defender returned to the bench for GW30, so should be installed in the starting eleven next time around.  Patrick Van Aanholt is another good option, as he offers attacking potential as outlined by his back-to-back goals in GW29 and 30.  Jeffrey Schlupp has now returned from injury, and was fielded on the left-wing in the last two games – one to watch due to Palace’s injury troubles.  Wayne Hennessey looks to be The Eagles number one after a recent injury to Julian Speroni.  He may be a free agent, and is a decent choice if you need a goalkeeper for this gameweek.

Midfielders: Not many options in the Crystal Palace midfield, as we’re presuming Wilfred Zaha and Andros Townsend will be taken in all active leagues.  Luka Milivojevic is the best of the rest as far as Palace are concerned; he’s on penalties and has scored a fair few in recent games!

Strikers: Alexander Sorloth is the only option for a potential free agent GW31 striker… Palace have lots of injuries, so he could very well start the game alongside Christian Benteke.  If he’s on the pitch, there’s always a chance he could bag a goal!

 

Everton

Prospects: Everton are playing away to Stoke, which is a tough one to call in terms of what kind of result they will gain, as well as trying to work out which players will start this game!!  We’re not rating The Toffees that high in terms of their prospects as GW31 points scorers.

Defenders: Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines are the best options among the Everton defenders.  Both have returned to the starting eleven, and have gained attacking returns in recent weeks.  Big Sam is changing his centre back pairing on a weekly basis, so we’re unsure as to who will play – Michael Keane looks to be the best bet if he’s a free agent.  Jordan Pickford is a good route into The Toffees backline, but he’s not likely to be a free agent.

Midfielders: Obviously Theo Walcott is the main attraction from Everton’s attacking play – try and trade him in if you can.  Gylfi Sigurdsson may be an option if a fellow manager lost faith in him a couple of weeks ago, although his strong performance in GW27 has probably attracted some attention irrespective of his GW31 availability.  However, Siggy looks set to miss GW31 through injury, which promotes the prospects of one Yannick Bolasie.  The winger started in GW30, and gained himself an assist – could be a decent punt if there are limited options available.

Strikers: Cenk Tosun has started the last two games, and scored in both.  Looks to be a great option ahead of GW31, so sign him up if you can!  Dominic Calvert-Lewin is perhaps the second best option from Everton strikers, although the best you can hope for is an appearance off the bench.

 

Huddersfield Town

Prospects: Huddersfield actually have a very good run of fixtures over the next seven gameweeks, only facing one of the top teams over this period.  Therefore, a Huddersfield player may perform fairly well for you before and after GW31.  During GW31 itself, Huddersfield face Crystal Palace at home, and will fancy their chances of getting a result.

Defenders: Mathias ‘Zanka’ Jorgensen and Christopher Schindler are the best options is you’re after a Huddersfield defender.  They play every game, and are pretty solid players.  Jonas Lössl is another option is you need a goalkeeper for GW31.  All three of these assets should be free agents in most Draft Leagues.  Florent Hadergjonaj is another good option, as he’s now established himself in the starting eleven, and gained three bonus points in FPL on GW30.

Midfielders: Alex Pritchard is the standout option in our eyes.  His goal and assist against Bournemouth, as well as an all round excellent display, has seen his prospects rise a huge amount.  Aaron Mooy has now returned from injury, and is another great option from The Terriers midfielders.  Rajiv van La Parra could be a decent shout, as his playing time has increased in recent weeks.

Strikers: Steve Mounie will likely to Huddersfield’s first choice striker for GW31, after hitting the back of the net in GW27 and 28.  A decent striking option if he’s available.

 

Liverpool

Prospects: We would expect Liverpool to pick up a victory, although all of their main assets will already be taken.  Therefore, there is perhaps little to say about Liverpool ahead of the GW31 madness!  They have all-but qualified for the Champions League quarter final, so expect a strong side to feature in GW31.

Defenders: There is a lot of rotation in the Liverpool backline, so it’s very hard to predict at this time who will be playing in GW31.  Obviously Virgil Van Dijk will be taken in all active leagues.  Loris Karius is therefore the strongest option, as he’s guaranteed to play, and might still be a free agent.  Andrew Robertson is the best choice from the full backs, as he’s been showing great from and makes our Hot ListTrent Alexander-Arnold has started five games in a row at right back, so he could also be a decent choice.  Although he had a bit of a shocker against Manchester United in GW30!  James Milner may be an interesting option if you want to punt on him getting a start in midfield!

Midfielders: Obviously Mo Salah is the best option, with Sadio Mane also a very good prospect.  Other than these two, Emre Can or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may be options, but we would probably recommend looking elsewhere for midfielders.  It’s very hard to predict who will play in the Liverpool central midfield.

Strikers: Roberto Firmino is the only option, and he’ll be taken in all active leagues.

 

Stoke City

Prospects: Stoke face Everton at home, and we would expect them to get a positive result here.  The Potters should manage a goal or two, and have potential for a clean sheet.  We’d expect ownership of Stoke players to be fairly low, so these are assets you should be able to tap into.

Defenders: If Jack Butland is a free agent and you require a goalkeeper for GW31, we would highly recommend snapping him up.  Elsewhere, Kurt Zouma is perhaps the standout option from the defenders.  He has a goal, as well as bonus points potential, in his locker.  Moritz Bauer is also a solid option.

Midfielders: Xherdan Shaqiri is obviously the standout option from Stoke, but he’s going to be taken in all active leagues.  Worth trying to trade him in if you’re in need of a big win in GW31!  Joe Allen may be the best option looking elsewhere, he picked up an assist in GW28, and is starting every game at the moment.  Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was withdrawn early in GW29, so his place could become under threat.  Jese Rodriguez gained his first start for months in GW30, so he could emerge as a good differential option!

Strikers: Mame Biram Diouf looks to be the preferred striker under Paul Lambert, and he is potentially be a free agent in most Draft Leagues.  Although he picked up an injury in GW29, and looks set for a period out… This could open the door for everyone’s favourite giant – Peter Crouch.

 

Watford

Prospects: Watford are perhaps one of the best sides to feature in GW31, but due to the fact that they are playing Liverpool away, we wouldn’t rate their prospects very high!

Defenders: Even if you currently own a Watford defender, we would recommend moving them out for a better GW31 prospect.  No chance of a clean sheet here.

Midfielders: There have been quite a few changes to the prospects of the Watford midfielders in recent weeks.  Abdoulaye Doucouré is the standout option – he starts every game, and has a goal in him.  Gerard Deulofeu has succumbed to injury, and Richarlison has now blanked nine weeks in a row!  Therefore it may be wise to look towards Roberto Pereyra or the recently returned Will Hughes, if you’re looking to bring in a Watford midfielder for GW31.

Strikers: Troy Deeney is a worthy acquisition if you need a striker – he’s so Hot Right Now.  He’s started the last few games, and looks to be the preferred option under new boss Javi Gracia.  Deeney may not do much in GW31, but he’s worth picking up irrespective of his GW31 availability.

 

West Bromich Albion

Prospects: Bottom of the league, and going out on the piss in Spain… Alan Pardew has got himself into a right muddle here!  West Brom play away at Bournemouth in GW31, but we wouldn’t expect much out of them to be honest.

Defenders: In terms of their defenders, we would expect the backline to consist of Craig Dawson, Ahmed Hegazi, Jonny Evans, and Kieran Gibbs.  There isn’t much to chose from between them, and it’s unlikely they will get a clean sheet.  These Chaps do offer goal/assist potential, so could be worth a shot if you’re desperate.

Midfielders: The best options from The Baggies midfield are Chris Brunt and Matty Phillips.  Both are worth picking up if they are free, as they can perform well in Fantasy Football on any given day.  Brunt has the advantage of being on set pieces, as shown by his assist for Dawson in GW28.  Phillips was withdrawn early in GW30, so his start could be under threat.

Strikers: Salomon Rondon looks to be the best option from the West Brom strikers, as he bagged a well taken goal in GW31.  He’s worth picking up if you need a striker for GW31.  Jay Rodriguez has shown good form, but has gone off the boil somewhat following recent allegations against him.  Daniel Sturridge will probably be injured.

 

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Our Hot or Cold Player Rankings are here to outline the current prospects of key Draft Fantasy Football Players.  Our ‘Hot‘ or ‘Cold‘ status will help take away your emotional attachment to certain Premier League players, and bring in the players that you need to help you dominate your Draft League.  Use these hints and tips to increase your chances of success!

 

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