The biggest blank fixture list of the season is here: the community guide you through those chips and hits for the Gameweek 31 preview.
1. Ben Crellin
Ben Crellin has been busy all year, predicting the fixtures and helping you prepare for the Gameweek 31 preview and longer term strategy. Here are the fixtures for the weekend, plus a look ahead to the double gameweeks. All should be revealed over the International Break.
Here's the schedule for next weekend.#BGW31 – All four fixtures are on Saturday afternoon.#BGW35 – All Blanks will be confirmed by 7pm on Sunday (drawn QFs go to ET and pens instead of replays).#DGW34 + #DGW37 – New dates for all of the Blanks could be announced on Monday. pic.twitter.com/7qx91osgAe
— Ben Crellin (@BenCrellin) March 12, 2018
2. Ian Wilson
The options are depleted this week, with just eight teams involved. Ian Wilson goes through each club, to monitor the best options in terms of Form and PPM. According to the charts, there’s 32 players worth taking a hit for this week. A few interesting options appear here which are worth considering.
Back by popular demand, #GW31 player listing, sorted by Form and Points per Match. The red line indicates the threshold for considering a -4 for a player based on average returns. #FPL #FPLStats (Flags up to date at time of posting) pic.twitter.com/xckzkJYlcy
— Ian ::: FPL Strategic (@FantasianPL) March 12, 2018
Coach sits opposite the shirt of the best full back in the league, with his latest article for Daily Strikers. The Everton full backs are renowned for being premium attacking defensive options in FPL over the years, but there’s always the tough question of which is better. Will you be going Baines or Coleman?
Some managers have the luxury of having all four chips available for the season run in. Chief shares the best option for utilising these, via the FPL Show. With no chip use for this week, hopefully you already have a fair representation of players this week without having to take a significant hit.
Most viable DGW/BGW approach if you have the remaining four chips at hand ✔ pic.twitter.com/dzhxhOKKPd
— FPL Hints (@FPLHints) March 6, 2018
Many managers are toying with using the Free Hit chip for Gameweek 31, despite it not being the optimal deployment of the chips in theory. If you can field 7+ players without a hit, it might be worth saving, since the quality of players available in the later blank gameweek will be of a much higher calibre.
6. Price Changes
The newest FPL chip can be challenging to understand. It’s prompted a lot of questions from the community on Twitter, so Price Changes has the essential guide for the Gameweek 31 Preview. There’s a close look at team value and future transfers.
? Unlimited transfers for that GW
? Squad & bank balance reverts back to how it looked at the previous deadline
? 1FT for the GW after
? Any change to your bank balance whilst the Free Hit chip was active will be lost
?Only 1 chip can be used in a GW
— FPLPriceChanges+ (@FPLPriceChanges) March 12, 2018
Plenty of low ownership players have caught the eye of managers ahead of this week. The Fantasy Football Fix algorithm selects an entire squad with less than 10% ownership, that has the capacity of big points, for the Gameweek 31 preview. These options could help you to make up ground in mini leagues.
A 'Differential' XI for GW31
— Fantasy Football Fix (@FantasyFootyFix) March 13, 2018
8. Let’s Talk FPL
In the latest YouTube video, Let’s Talk FPL provides a Q&A for the Gameweek 31 preview. The full back conundrum at Everton is dealt with, plus how to cope with depleted premium forward lines. There’s also a high risk/reward strategy to consider if you are using your Free Hit chip this week.
Your GW31 questions answered in my latest #FPL Q&A video:
– Baines v Coleman
– What to do with Aguero / Kane
– How many players is viable for the blank
– Top 3 strikers
– When to wildcard
– My free hit team(s)
Watch here and subscribe – https://t.co/w0YKmXEtRa
— Andy (@LetsTalk_FPL) March 13, 2018
Salah leads the ownership charts by a long way, quickly followed by Firmino. Looking further down the list shows very low figures elsewhere and it’s hardly high profile players that make up these charts. Expect these percentages to increase somewhat ahead of the deadline.
BGW31 squad of most owned players
Van Dijk 7.4%
— fplkernow (@fplkernow) March 12, 2018
10. Ben Dinnery
Harry Kane’s ankle injury was the main talking point from Gameweek 30 and Ben Dinnery lies next to his shirt to bring news of his injury. It doesn’t look good for Spurs and England: a Kane transfer out will need to be prioritised this week.
Lots of people asking when Kane can RTP…
Always difficult to give an exact timeframe without knowing the precise details. Lots of factors to consider.
Pain / swelling / mobility will determine progress during rehab.
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) March 13, 2018
The Liverpool front three are the absolute standout options for the captains armband this week. Mo Salah will be captained by a huge percentage, but the options of Firmino and Mane are tempting for those trying to gain an edge. Is it a risk too many though?
Thinking of going against Salah with Mané or Firmino for #BGW31? Check this before you do.
— #FPL Connect (@FPL_Connect) March 13, 2018
Before you go, don’t forget to check out the Form Vs Fixture Charts to find out which teams you should be investing in.