FPL Gameweek 31 Tips – 4 FFGeek Contributors GW31 Teams Part 1

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Here’s our FPL Gameweek GW31 tips article where 4 FFGeek Contributors show their GW31 teams Part 1.  There’s Harry Vernon, Stephen Troop, Joseph Crilley and Andrew Whitfield’s teams.   Between them they finished in the top 1% of teams 23 of 28 times in the last 7 ULTRA competitive seasons.  Includes 13 top 30k finishes within that time.

FPL Gameweek 31 Tips – 4 FFGeek Contributors GW31 Teams Part 1

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Harry Vernon

Harry’s last 7 seasons are 74k, 35k, 86k, 22k, 6k, an incredible 224th and 6k

GW30 points: 73 on WC (19 Top managers average 63) Total points: 1,901  Overall Rank: 4k, green arrow 3k,   Team Value: £105.7m

Harry used his Triple Captain in GW25 and Wildcard GW30

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GW30 review

I made a late decision to activate my WC, following news of major doubts over Richarlison.

I made an even later decision to swap my captaincy from Salah to Son. Both had a good chance of hauling, so the reason for the switch was that I already had 3 Liverpool players and only had double Spurs. A Son captaincy gave my team more balance and he has a much higher ownership in the top 10K. It paid off but didn’t Mo have a lot of chances to score?

I had all the main double digit men in my side – Palmer, Son and Isak. Salah picked up 7 points, Bradley somehow picked 2 bonus despite no returns nor a clean sheet. The rest all blanked.

I am delighted with 73 points and a Gameweek rank in the top 300K.

I am not as delighted with my injury list, with Lascalles out for the season. I need to wait for news for Gusto and Saka.

So now what?

My chip strategy is to play my FH in 34 BB in 37.

I cannot carry any transfers into GW34 so this leaves me with 3 transfers before 34 and another 3 free transfers from GW35 – GW37.

I will use these to offload players who do not double in 37 and replace them with players who do.

So Lascalles, Gabriel, Bradley, Darwin and potentially Salah are for the chopping board plus Gusto if his minutes are reduced by the time Chelsea double in probably GW36.

I am happy with my team for GW31 and unless I hear news of an injury and rotation crisis, I will roll my transfer.


Liverpool’s attacking prowess impressed me today and I cannot see beyond Salah against a leaky Sheffield United defence. 

Transfer summary: likely to carry over the free transfer

Here’s the team assuming no transfers are made

FPL Gameweek 31 Tips

Joseph Crilley

Joe’s last 7 seasons overall ranks were 16k, 5k, 93k, 68k 28k 7k and 13k

GW30 points: 65 (19 Top managers average 63) Total points: 1,875 Overall Rank: 15k, green arrow 2k   Team Value: £107.1m

Joe used his Triple Captain Chip in GW25 and Free Hit in GW29

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GW30 review – it’s time to talk about Garnacho

I haven’t got much to add about the latest gameweek that won’t be said elsewhere so I thought that I’d take a brief moment to vent my frustrations around the young Argentine winger. I have owned him since GW16 and I have been completely unable to pick the correct week to slot him into my starting XI. He has featured for me eight times and has averaged 2.4 points per game which compares horrifically to the 7.7 points that he has averaged for the six games on my bench!

For this weekend, I made the decision to play him over Saka (which, following on from last weeks’ decision > outcome discussion, I believe was the correct call) and he rewarded me with a 1-pointer. The Saturday evening kick-off was actually the first time since GW12 that he has been taken off before the 70-minute mark. So naturally, Ten Haag decided to withdraw him just before 60 minutes here to rob me of an extra couple of points. I am writing this article on Sunday morning so I await to see how much Saka punishes me for putting him onto my bench.

GW31 plans – moving forward by sticking to the plan

In a fairly recent article, I spoke about my luck with injuries and how they have been forcing my hand for a significant number of transfers during 2024. However, I will not add Ollie Watkins to that list as the idea has been to remove him this gameweek for a while and his potential injury just makes that task easier…..

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Stephen Troop

Stephens last 5 seasons ORs were 159k, 16k, 22k, 86k and 43k

GW30 points: 66 -4 (19 Top managers average 63) Total points: 1,790 Overall Rank: 226k, green arrow: 12k   Team Value: £102.9m

Stephen used his Triple Captain Chip in GW25 and Free Hit in GW29

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GW30 Review

I took a -4 to get Salah and Palmer in for Foden and Bowen. I wanted Salah and Palmer back and was my only route which turned out pretty fortuitous given his 15 points. The Bowen haul after a transfer out hurts but Salah at least went part way to repaying that. No Son also hurts me a lot. I had an unlikely hero in Konsa however getting me 15 points which was the primary driver behind a 12k green.

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Andrew Whitfield

Andrew’s last 5 seasons overall ranks were 119k, 34k, 132k, 6k and 19k

GW30 points: 63 -4  (19 Top managers average 63) Total points: 1,800 Overall Rank: 181k, red arrow 4k   Team Value: £104.5m

Andrew has used his Triple Captain Chip in GW25 and Free Hit in GW29

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Gameweek 30 review:

Well lots of late drama, a twist in the title race, plenty of injuries to popular players, and all the popular three captains found the net.

The first goal less draw in the premier league for two months in a disappointing but crucial clash at the Etihad as Man City and Arsenal drew a blank. That was music to the ears of Liverpool who overcame an early Brighton goal to win 2-1 at Anfield with a Salah winner. A similar story at Tottenham as Spurs recovered from an early Luton goal to win 2-1 thanks to a late Son winner.

Villa kept up their title challenge with a 2-0 win in the West Midlands derby against Wolves. A hugely dramatic game saw Newcastle come from 1-3 down to beat West Ham 4-3, with a late Harvey Barnes winner completing a double for both him and Isak, with Anthony Gordon assisting three times but receiving a red card. Equally dramatic as struggling Sheff Utd lost a 3-1 lead with a stoppage time bicycle kick from Muniz sealing a 3-3 draw.

Elsewhere, Man Utd took the lead in the 96th minute, but Brentford equalised in the 99th !! Cole Palmer scored twice but Chelsea were held to 2-2 by Burnley who played over half the game with ten men. Bournemouth benefitted from a 91st minute own goal to beat Everton 2-1. And Forest shared a 1-1 draw with Palace.

My GW30 score and rank:

I had 5/11 returners in a score of 63-4 = 59 points. Double figure scores for Palmer, Son and captain Salah. A goal for Solanke and an unexpected clean sheet for Gabriel at Man City.

A rank neutral week with a very slight drop from 177k to 181k. So no damage done. I’ve actually had 5 red arrows in 6 weeks BUT my rank is unchanged in this time, with all the red arrows being extremely small, offset with a healthy green in GW28.

So treading water but three double gameweeks to come, including a wildcard and bench boost, so a top 100k finish still remains a realistic target.

My GW30 significant moments:

My biggest decision of the week was whether to captain Salah or Son. It was very close in the polls. Both could have hauled, especially Salah who had 12 shots on goal !! So I can consider myself unlucky to not land a rank busting score as Salah lost out by 3 points to Son, with me owning both.

I brought in Salah for a hit, selling Foden, who blanked. But i sold Saliba to Richards to fund it. Don’t think I would have started both Gabriel and Saliba, but it does mean that tripling up on Haaland, Salah and Son has cost me the Arsenal defensive double up, with the gunners facing much lesser sides than Man City who they shut out this week.

Palmer continues to pile up the points. Another brace this week. If you don’t own him then you’ve lost out on a shed load of points, that’s for sure. Solanke found another goal too, with Gabriel getting the unexpected clean sheet.

Six blanks included Dubravka in goal, and I had hopes of both Bournemouth and Palace keeping clean sheets until both conceded in the second half, the cherries in the 87th minute !! Saka never looked like scoring before limping off, Haaland continues to frustrate so those who gambled against him recently got away with it. And Ollie Watkins exited at half time with an injury. He was due to leave my team this week anyway, so no farewell points from Ollie.

So what next ??

It’s quickly onto a midweek gameweek on Tuesday !!!

Plenty of injuries about with more flags than the United Nations in some teams now. Watkins, Areola, Trippier, Gusto, Lascelles and the suspended Gordon are all causing issues.

Plenty of wildcards will be in play now, particularly from those with a free hit to play in double GW34. Got those without the free hit chip, the play seems to be building a team of GW34 doublers, then wildcarding out of it in GW35, to set up the doubles in GW36 and GW37. That’s the camp I am in, having used my free hit in the ill fated GW29.

Mo Salah will probably dominate the captaincy this week v Sheff Utd and will be a popular buy for those who don’t own him. Haaland and Saka might be the popular alternatives.

Ollie Watkins is looks like being heavily sold, with his injury, trips to man city and Arsenal and no double gameweeks left. Isak is bound to be popular after his brace, although those building up their GW34 doublers and no free hit may prefer the doubling Darwin, the popular alternative.

My GW31 transfer plans:

I have 0.1M in the bank and one free transfer.

You can see the full article, including LIVE NOTIFIED transfers, lineup and captains on the FFGeek Patreon site wide forward tier for only £3 pcm with loads of other content mentioned above. That includes following Andrew’s Team and 5 others with live notified transfers as they happen and the teams final lineup each gameweek.

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