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GW31 Dream Team: Grant the surprise package

The Scout 18 Mar 2019
Karlan Grant, Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town striker makes his mark as The Scout reviews the Gameweek's top FPL performers

A reduced schedule in Gameweek 31 forced many Fantasy Premier League managers into creative moves to ensure they fielded strong starting line-ups.

Very few decided that Karlan Grant (£5.0m) needed to be part of their plans.

Just 198 managers opted to bring in the Huddersfield Town forward for his trip to West Ham United.

He scored twice to earn a place in a Dream Team set up in a 3-4-3 that brought in 113 points from the five-match schedule, the joint-lowest Dream Team total of the season.

Graphic showing FPL Gameweek 31 Dream Team
Kepa Arrizabalaga (CHE) £5.4m; 11pts

The Chelsea goalkeeper failed to keep a clean sheet in the 2-0 loss at Everton, but his penalty save from Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.3m) helped him to his first double-digit haul. Kepa's total was boosted by two save points and the maximum bonus points.

Wes Morgan (LEI) £4.5m; 10pts

An early red card for fellow centre-back Harry Maguire (£5.4m) prompted the introduction of Morgan at Burnley. The defender scored Leicester City's winner in a 2-1 victory, earning him two bonus points.

Seamus Coleman (EVE) £5.2m; 8pts

Everton were the only side to record a clean sheet in Gameweek 31, with Coleman's all-round performance bringing in bonus points as well.

Angelo Ogbonna (WHU) £4.2m; 7pts

The centre-back's first goal of the season prompted West Ham's comeback from 3-1 down against Huddersfield. Ogbonna has now produced returns in three of the last five Gameweeks.

Sadio Mane (LIV) £10.0m; 13pts

Close to a quarter of a million managers signed Mane for his trip to Fulham. He responded with a goal, an assist and maximum bonus points in Liverpool's 2-1 win at Craven Cottage. 

Ryan Babel (FUL) £5.5m; 9pts

Babel's fine home form continued with a goal against his former club. One of his two goals and all three of his assists have come from his five matches at Craven Cottage.

James Maddison (LEI) £6.8m; 9pts

The Leicester midfielder scored his first goal since Gameweek 15, which was enough to bring in maximum bonus points.

Juninho Bacuna (HUD) £4.2m; 8pts

Huddersfield Town's other Dream Team member from the weekend, Bacuna scored his first Premier League goal to reward his 0.4 per cent ownership.

Karlan Grant (HUD) £5.0m; 13pts

The ultimate differential, Grant's two-goal display benefited the 2,760 managers with him in their squads.

Joshua King (BOU) £6.5m; 13pts

The AFC Bournemouth forward was sold by more than 35,000 managers for his home match with Newcastle United. King made them regret that with two goals and maximum bonus points.

Chicharito (WHU) £6.1m; 12pts

A late brace from the striker completed a stunning comeback by West Ham. Chicharito's half-time introduction resulted in his first double-digit haul since Gameweek 14.

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