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Fantrax EPL: Gameweek 31 Sleepers XI

Updated: May 13, 2021

Our Gameweek 31 Sleepers XI article provides Fantrax managers with a lineup of Fantasy EPL hidden gems.  Our starting eleven of Draft Premier League differential picks will help you find a golden ticket to a big score this weekend!  These hints and tips will give you a better chance of picking up an all-important victory, as one of our picks could easily make the difference in a Head-to-Head game!

We'll be focusing on players that will bring us not only attacking returns or clean sheets, but also those players that score "ghost points" on the sophisticated and statistics based Fantrax Scoring System!

Fantasy EPL Gameweek 31 Sleepers XI

For this article, we use the % rostered from Fantrax. Our only rule is that each player we highlight is required to be rostered in 60% of leagues or below at the time of writing. Therefore there's a good chance these players will be free agents in your Fantrax Draft League!

GK: Sam Johnstone

Team: West Bromwich Albion

Opponent: Southampton (Home)

Rostered: 23%

Points Last Gameweek: 16.5

ProspectsSam Johnstone has been performing really well in recent weeks and months, and deserves to be in the conversation for the best goalkeeper streamer on Fantrax. The West Brom shot-stopper gained 16.5 points against Chelsea last week, although he did amazingly gain an assist. Johnstone also made five saves to boost his score by more traditional means. The Englishman is being linked with moves to Tottenham and West Ham next season, which proves his quality.

DEF: Jan Bednarek

Team: Southampton

Opponent: West Bromwich Albion (away)

Rostered: 58%

Points Last Gameweek: 13.25

Prospects: I backed Jan Bednarek last week as the Saints faced off against a Burnley side with a big target man, and the Polish defender gained a really strong 13.25 points despite conceding twice. This week is more of the same, as Bednarek will be up against West Brom big man Diagne. A clean sheet may not happen, but a decent ghost points scoring display from Bednarek should!

DEF: Kenny Tete

Team: Fulham

Opponent: Wolves (Home)

Rostered: 24%

Points Last Gameweek: 12.25

ProspectsKenny Tete. He's back! The Dutchman has been a personal favourite of mine this season, but his performances have tailed off a little in recent weeks. Tete seems to be in a constant rotation battle with Aina and Robinson, but after his Gameweek 30 performance, surely this has to change. The ghost point king produced an all action display against Aston Villa, as he gained 12.25 points despite conceding three goals and not gaining any attacking returns. That is incredible. And it shows why Tete needs to be owned in every Fantrax league.

DEF: Arthur Masuaku

Team: West Ham United

Opponent: Leicester City (Home)

Rostered: 23%

Points Last Gameweek: 14.5

Prospects: I picked up Arthur Masuaku on Monday after he was given a surprise start by Moyes, and I wasn't disappointed. The DR Congo international played 66 minutes and gained 14.5 points on his return to action. West Ham are on terrific form, and realistically do have a chance of European qualification, maybe even Champions League! Masuaku needs to be owned in all Fantrax leagues... All West Ham attacking assets need to be owned in all Fantrax leagues! The left wing-back will get forward, and will produce attacking returns. West Ham host Leicester this weekend.

DEF: Nat Phillips

Team: Liverpool

Opponent: Aston Villa (Home)

Rostered: 21%

Points Last Gameweek: 14.5

Prospects: The final defender for my Gameweek 31 Sleepers XI is Nat Phillips of Liverpool. The young centre-back has gained 50 points during his last four appearances, which shows how well he's performing at the moment. Phillips is turning into a fairly trusty Fantrax asset, and I would recommend signing him ahead of the match against Aston Villa. They may be missing Grealish yet again, and a third consecutive Liverpool clean sheet is not out of the question. Kabak (32% ownership) is a good alternative.

MID: Pablo Fornals

Team: West Ham United

Opponent: Leicester City (Home)

Rostered: 48%

Points Last Gameweek: 14

Prospects: I've previously advised many a Fantrax manager to avoid Pablo Fornals at pretty much all costs. But West Ham have a different vibe to them this season, and especially in recent weeks since the arrival of Lingard. I'm backing Fornals for my Gameweek 31 Sleepers not because I'm a fan of him, but because all West Ham attacking assets need to be signed if possible! The Spaniard scored on Monday against Wolves, and actually showed good points scoring potential during Gamweeks 25, 26, and 27 before succumbing to injury. If Fornals starts against Leicester, I would start him in my Fantrax lineup. Almiron (58% ownership) is a decent alternative here.

MID: Nathan Redmond

Team: Southampton

Opponent: West Bromwich Albion (Away)

Rostered: 42%

Points Last Gameweek: 30.5

Prospects: This one feels like cheating a little bit. I backed Nathan Redmond last week and the Southampton man scored 30.5 points! In our Draft Society ROS Player Rankings prior to Gameweek 30 I ranked him at 57th overall, and in my personal refresh ahead of Gameweek 31 I've bumped him it up to 50th! I think Redmond will have a really strong end to the season. He's basically playing as a striker, and will be looking to finish the season strongly after a frustrating campaign. The Saints face a trip to West Brom this weekend, and I'm backing them to score a couple. Walcott (28% ownership) is a great alternative here.

MID: Jeffrey Schlupp

Team: Crystal Palace

Opponent: Chelsea (Home)

Rostered: 11%

Points Last Gameweek: 9

Prospects: Next up is a punt on Jeffrey Schlupp. The Crystal Palace midfielder returned from injury a few weeks ago, and after four appearances from the bench, I think he'll start this weekend. The Eagles do face Chelsea, but the Ghanaian international usually scores well for ghost points. So even if Chelsea re-find their defensive solidity, Schlupp should still score nicely. Quietly confident with this one.

MID: Okay Yokuslu

Team: West Bromwich Albion

Opponent: Southampton (Home)

Rostered: 5%

Points Last Gameweek: 11.5

Prospects: Completing my Gameweek 31 Sleepers XI midfield is a debutant. Okay Yokuslu makes the cut after some really decent performances in recent weeks. My colleague Tottiandor featured the West Brom midfielder in his Waiver Wire article over on Fantrax HQ, and I wholeheartedly agree with that analysis. As well as the new nickname 'The Turkish Kante'. Yokuslu has offered Fantrax managers very decent points scoring performances over his last three games (11, 7.5, 11.5) and he's a great pick-up in deeper leagues.

FWD: Danny Welbeck

Team: Brighton

Opponent: Everton (Home)

Rostered: 29%

Points Last Gameweek: 19.5

ProspectsDanny Welbeck has started the last three games for Brighton, and has gained attacking returns in each of them (2 goals, 1 assist). The experienced English striker seems to be regaining the form he briefly showed us back in November, and is an ideal forward to bring into any Fantrax roster. I see Welbeck as a FWD3 with FWD2 upside for the season run-in. The Brighton man is the 7th most in-form Fantrax player as per Drafterthoughts' average score over the last three weeks metric. The Seagulls face an uninspired Everton side this weekend.

FWD: Mbaye Diagne

Team: West Bromwich Albion

Opponent: Southampton (Home)

Rostered: 26%

Points Last Gameweek: 18

Prospects: Another West Brom asset? Sure thing! Mbaye Diagne has performed pretty well for the Baggies since his arrival in January, and especially so during the Gameweek 30 thrashing of Chelsea. The Senegalese striker bagged a goal and an assist during the 5-2 rout. Diagne's game isn't all about attacking returns though. The 8.5 points scored in Gameweek 28 shows that he can post good numbers for ghost points. This weekend West Brom face Southampton in a winnable game.

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