Fantrax EPL: Gameweek 31 Start and Sit

Updated: May 12

Getting your team selection correct in Draft Premier League is just as essential as your pre-season draft or your weekly waiver wire claims. And this is why we’re here to help with our Gameweek 31 Start and Sit article! We're here to talk you through some of the big Fantasy EPL decisions you may need to make for the upcoming fixtures.

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Gameweek 31 Start and Sit

Whether you’re an obsessed EPL fan like our Draft Society team, or a casual player new to the world of Fantasy EPL, you know to start your attacking players against relegation threatened sides. We’re not going to waste your time dealing with the obvious! The goal of this article is to delve into notable players across each Fantrax position and let you know if you should be starting or sitting those particular players.


For our Gameweek 31 Start and Sit candidates, we’re going to highlight one player in detail for each section, as well as suggesting another alternate. Let us get to it!


Defender Starts

Lucas Digne vs BHA

Oh how we miss the Digne of old.... Top 3 defender, dependable for 10 point scores even if Everton are playing badly. Unfortunately that Digne is gone this season. Volatile scoring, occasionally losing set pieces to James or Gylfi and injuries have plagued the Frenchman's season. This week, however, is his chance to put all that behind him. Brighton are there for the taking and I expect Digne to put up his usual 10+point performance this gameweek.


Alternate:

Reece James vs CRY

Rayan Ait-Nouri vs FUL


Defender Sits

Patrick van Aanholt vs CHE

Admittedly, this is a safe choice, but it needs to be said. Chelsea's blip against WBA was just that. A blip. Crystal Palace will feel the wrath of a resurgent Chelsea and it will not be pretty. PvA is not on many rosters, but if you are stuck for players and looking for a streamer, you might hover a few seconds above his name. Don't do that. Nothing to see here, please move along.


Alternate:

Toby Alderweireld vs MUN

Matt Targett vs LIV

Midfielder Starts

Allan Saint-Maximin vs BUR

A personal favourite of mine, ASM is finally back healthy after a long injury layoff. Facing Burnley this weekend will provide him with a great opportunity to announce his return and help the Magpies' bid to avoid relegation by putting in a vintage, dribble-filled ASM performance.


Alternates:

Hakim Ziyech vs CRY

Jesse Lingard vs LEI


Midfielder Sits

Luka Milivojevic vs CHE

Totti, why you hatin' on Palace? There is a good reason for that. Milivojevic has been rolling back the years in recent weeks pulling himself out of the fantasy abyss he has been stuck in for a long time. Decent ghost point performances, coupled with goal involvements have resulted on him being rostered in more and more leagues. Although I do condone him being on roster, this week is not the ideal week to start him. With Palace having a blank in GW32 and facing Leicester and Manchester City afterwards, it is time to drop ALL Palace assets.


Alternate:

Thomas Partey vs SHU

John McGinn vs LIV


Forward Starts

Danny Ings vs WBA

A lot of returners this week in the article, Danny boy has already had the "breakout the bubbly, I'm back" game last week scoring and assisting his way to a whopping 19.5 point performance against Burnley. It is West Brom up next and one can't help, but think Ings will continue to deliver excellent returns (until he inevitably gets injured again).


Alternates

Nicolas Pepe vs SHU

Adama Traore vs FUL


Forward Sits

Mason Greenwood vs TOT

Although he scored a goal last week, he only managed 12.5 points. That's 1.5 ghost points, for those paying attention to that sort of thing. Spurs have been leaking goals recently, but I am expecting Mourinho to come up with some sort of tactical genius to thwart his old employers. If you are stuck on Sunday afternoon for starters, there is an argument to be made for the United youngster to sneak onto your Starting XI, but when planning ahead, I would be looking at other options.


Alternate:

Neal Maupay vs EVE

Edinson Cavani vs TOT


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