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FPL GW31 stats: Isak justifies status as most-bought player

2 Apr 2024
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Newcastle forward scores fifth goal in four matches to reward his 655,000 new owners

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The most-bought player for Gameweek 31, Alexander Isak (£7.7m), rewarded his 655,000 new owners in Fantasy Premier League with his fifth goal in four matches.

The Sweden international scored the opening goal in Newcastle United's 1-1 draw with Everton to earn eight points.

GW31 most-bought players
Player Transferred in by Pts
Isak 655,840 8
Salah 552,619 -
Nunez 390,462 -
Muniz 273,737 2
Palmer 255,583 -

Mohamed Salah (£13.3m) was the second most-bought player, with Darwin Nunez (£7.6m) in third.

Liverpool have an appealing home fixture versus bottom side Sheffield United on Thursday.

Salah continued his impressive home form with the winning goal against Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend. He's now blanked in only one of his 11 home starts, averaging 9.2 points per match over that run.

Nunez will be looking to get back on track after a rare blank in Gameweek 30. He'd produced a goal or assist in each of his previous seven starts.

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The best-value player in Fantasy, Cole Palmer (£5.9m), and Rodrigo Muniz (£4.7m) completed the top five transfer targets.

Palmer has produced eight double-figure hauls since making his first start for Chelsea in Gameweek 7, two more than any other player in Fantasy. The Blues entertain Manchester United on Thursday.

It was a disappointing evening for the 273,000+ Fantasy bosses who recruited Muniz as he failed to return despite having five shots in the box in Fulham's 3-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest, the most of any player in Gameweek 31 so far.

GW31 most-captained players
Player Captained by Pts
Haaland 3,846,501 0
Salah 2,221,517 -
Son 679,589 2
Saka 670,121 0
Solanke 252,486 2

Erling Haaland (£14.3m) is the top captain pick for Manchester City's home match against Aston Villa, an increase of nearly 200,000 on the previous Gameweek, with Salah in second.

However managers will now be hoping their vice-captain will bring rewards after Haaland was named as an unused substitute in Man City's success against Villa.

Son Heung-min (£10.1m) took third spot, handed the armband by more than 679,000 managers, but he was unable to add to his impressive tally of five double-digit hauls on the road, blanking in Tottenham Hotspur's 1-1 draw at West Ham United.

It was an off night too for Dominic Solanke (£7.2m), who had only one shot in AFC Bournemouth's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, and failed to find the back of the net.

A home fixture versus Luton Town persuaded over 670,000 managers to entrust Bukayo Saka (£9.0m) with the captain's armband. The England international is Arsenal's top-scoring player in Fantasy, registering 181 points, 50 more than any team-mate.

But they too were left disappointed, with the Arsenal talisman recording zero points after missing only his second match of the season as the Gunners eased past Luton 2-0.

Top 100 managers' GW31 captains
Player Captained by Pts
Salah 93 -
Darwin 3 -
Haaland 1 0
Son 1 2
Saka 1 0
Luis Diaz 1 -

The vast majority of the top 100 managers in Fantasy have put their faith in Salah to deliver double points in Gameweek 31, with 93 giving him the armband.

His team-mate Nunez is in second, with three managers backing him, while Haaland, Son, Saka and Luis Diaz (£7.5m) have had one vote each.

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