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Gameweek 31 Tips: Best Players to Transfer In

After weeks of blank and big double gameweeks FPL GW31 is a relatively standard one, although it’s still a double as Burnley and Everton play twice.

However, with Burnley facing Man City in one of their matches, and Everton in poor form, none of their assets are particularly sought after.

Best Players for FPL GW31

The best assets to bring in this week are Riyad Mahrez, Kai Havertz and Phil Foden.

The most transferred in players ahead of GW31 are Andy Robertson, Kai Havertz and Bukayo Saka.

NameTeamPositionPricePick %GW30 ScoreTotal Points
Riyad MahrezMan CityMidfielder£8.7m4%0114
Kai HavertzChelseaMidfielder£7.9m7%085
Phil FodenMan CityMidfielder£7.8m6%0103
Reece JamesChelseaDefender£6.2m12%0109
Said BenrahmaWest HamMidfielder£5.9m12%8113

Riyad Mahrez

  • Price: £8.7m
  • Picked by: 4%
  • Fixtures: Burnley (a), Liverpool (H), Brighton (H)

Scoring 10 times this season Mahrez is City’s top scorer, averaging 0.74 goals per 90 (second most in the league).

He has 5 assists too, returning 1.04 times per 90 (second most).

The Algerian is taking 3.41 shots per 90 (5th most) and is on penalties, scoring four this term.

His opponents this weekend are Burnley who Mahrez has 8 goals against in his career, scoring more against them than any other team.

With the title race heating up Pep may be forced to play Mahrez more often too, which would make him a great differential.

Kai Havertz

  • Price: £7.9m
  • Picked by: 7%
  • Fixtures: Brentford (H), Southampton (a), Arsenal (H)

Havertz has 6 goals and 3 assists this campaign, including four goals in his last 6 league games.

This purple patch has earned him 33 points in the last three gameweeks (second most in the game).

Lately he’s been playing as a striker, tallying up a non-penalty xG + xA of 6.6 (third highest at Chelsea).

He’s been taking 2.55 shots per 90, hitting the target 1.1 times per 90, and with good fixtures and a couple of double gameweeks to come he’s very good value.

Phil Foden

  • Price: £7.8m
  • Picked by: 6%
  • Fixtures: Burnley (a), Liverpool (H), Brighton (H)

Foden has 7 goals and four assists this term, averaging 0.56 returns per 90.

His npxG of 7.8 is the highest in the City team, and is the 7th highest per 90 (0.43).

Adding xA into it he still has the highest npxG + xA in the team (12.4), which for a team that scores as many goals as City is a good sign.

Additionally he has creativity, producing 9 goal-creating actions (fourth most in the team), averaging one every two games.

It should be noted Foden, and Mahrez for that matter, both play Liverpool at home in GW32.

Reece James

  • Price: £6.2m
  • Picked by: 12%
  • Fixtures: Brentford (H), Southampton (a), Arsenal (H)

Despite an injury-hit campaign, Reece James has 5 goals and 6 assists for Chelsea.

Averaging 6.4 points per game and 0.84 attacking returns per 90 (third most in the league) he’ll be attracting lots of managers when he returns from injury.

His xA per 90 is 0.32 (third most), he’s providing 0.61 goal-creating actions per 90 and is scoring 63% of his shots on target (fourth most).

Chelsea are in good form, winning their last 5 matches in the league, keeping four clean sheets in the process.

The Blues’ defensive strength combined with James’ attacking output makes one player that could become essential.

Said Benrahma

  • Price: £5.9m
  • Picked by: 12%
  • Fixtures: Everton (H), Brentford (a), Burnley (H)

Benrahma was very popular early in the season, scoring 39 points in the first 5 gameweeks.

Overall he has 6 goals and 6 assists, averaging 0.6 returns per 90 (third most in the team), and is becoming a viable option once again.

He’s taking 2.71 shots per 90 (second most in team) and has supplied 59 shot-creating actions and 8 goal-creating actions.

The Algerian is in good form, scoring 8 points in GW30, and with Bowen injured he should get a lot of minutes.

West Ham have great fixtures too, with their next three games each having a FDR of two.