Gameweek 29 Q&A: Is It Too Late to Bring in Shaqiri?

11:28am Mar 1 2018

Important questions from the Fantasy Premier League community ahead of Gameweek 29 are answered by @_FPLTips

With many of us now scrambling to bring Gameweek 31 players in to our sides, Fantasy Premier League bosses around the world also have other, more pressing concerns on their minds ahead of this weekend’s Gameweek 29 action.

Is now the time to look at bringing Arsenal players in to our squads?

Have FPL bosses missed the chance to gain from Shaqiri’s consistent point returns?

And, which striker do you intend to have in your squad alongside Bobby Firmino for Gameweek 31?

These questions answered plus many more in the article and video below, which we hope will help with your planning over the coming weekes.

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Fabian Ruud (@fabbywinz) asks:

“Is it too late to bring in Shaqiri?”

With a player in that price bracket, you don’t expect him to be as consistent as he has been in the last few Gameweek; he’s scored in each of the last 3 consecutive games now.

But the underlying numbers are also good; he’s equalled Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah for shots on target over the last 5 Gameweeks (8) and only Aguero and Kane (11) have taken more amongst all players.

One of the main reasons we’re looking at players from Stoke is for their Gameweek 31 fixture against Everton, when 5 games have already been postponed.

In addition to that, the fixture away to Southampton this weekend looks okay too. So, providing you’re planning to use the Wildcard around Gameweek 32 or 33, bringing in Shaqiri now still looks like a good move.


Rahid (@pandaa380) asks:

“Please could you recommend a replacement for Nick Pope?”

Sean Dyche said in his press conference last week that Tom Heaton is still several weeks away, so we can be confident in Nick Pope keeping his place for the next couple of games and I’d be tempted to give him the fixture at home to Everton in Gameweek 29, due to their poor away form.

However, if you are planning to replace him after that, unless you’re playing the Free Hit chip in Gameweek 31, you’ll need to move for a goalkeeper who has a fixture that week.

Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland are perhaps the strongest contenders, given that Big Sam is looking to tighten things up again it seems, they were slightly unfortunate to lose the clean sheet against Watford and Stoke have also kept things solid at the back, since Paul Lambert took charge.


Ronnie (@Disclaim_) asks:

“Is it time to trust an Arsenal player between GW29-35? If so, who?”

The fixtures are very strong for Arsenal to end the season but we still have to be aware of Gameweek 31, where they’re without a game and the other potential factor is the Europa League.

Just like with Man United last season, could we see them start to prioritise that ahead of the Premier League?

If you’re planning to use the Free Hit chip in Gameweek 31, you might be in a position where you can afford to take a punt on someone from Arsenal, perhaps one of the cheaper midfielders such as Ramsey or Mkhitaryan; they’re the ones who could offer value in these easier games.

But there’s still no rush to move in for Arsenal player just yet for me, I think we can wait until after GW31 and see if their form improves over the next 2 fixtures, before looking to bring someone in.


TheFalseNine / Andy (@TheFalse9ine) asks:

“Who is a good striker (other than Firmino) to have, keeping GW31 in mind?”

We’re really limited in terms of forward options with a Gameweek 31 fixture. Callum Wilson was looking like he might offer a solution but he’s now gone 3 games without a goal and Jermain Defoe has returned to fitness, to compete for a starting place.

Troy Deeney could be someone to look at if you’re making the move ahead of Gameweek 29, where Watford have a home fixture against a badly out of form West Brom side.

His match-winning goal against Everton last Gameweek should have given him a boost and that was his 6th FPL involvement this season, from only 12 starts.


Subho (@92Subho) asks:

“What do you think of Huddersfield’s Mounie? Should I transfer him in, considering the good fixtures as well as GW31?”

Mounie has been fairly hot and cold throughout the season but he’s completed 90 minutes in each of the last 2 Gameweeks and has been directly involved in 4 of Huddersfield’s goals over that period, with 2 goals and 2 assists.

On the surface the form is good but it is worth noting that Mounie has scored his 2 goals from only 2 shots on target in that time and both of his assists have come from a total of only 2 attempted assists, which again, is a concern.

The next fixture for Huddersfield is away to Spurs, so that will be a big test for them and I think we can hold off from considering Mounie until the following Gameweek at least, which is where the fixtures become much kinder.


And the final question for this episode comes from Faizan Kazmi (@FaizanKzm), who asks:

“Should we get rid of Manchester City’s midfielders as they have really tough fixtures coming up? Who are the ones to keep?”

There were a few questions on Man City players in general and whether to keep or sell them and there is certainly a case for moving them on, given their tough fixtures.

Having said that, Chelsea have conceded 9 goals over the last 4 Gameweeks; only West Brom have a worse defensive record over that period, so it might not be the worst time to face Antonio Conte’s side.

With Aguero, you can probably afford to offload him, especially if you’re missing either Harry Kane or Roberto Firmino to keep the Man City forward in your side.

Likewise, with Otamendi, if you don’t already have a Liverpool defender, that could be a fairly straight-forward switch to make, given their kind schedule and good form.

But I think it’s harder with De Bruyne and Sterling, if he returns from injury because they’re right up there with Salah when it comes to underlying numbers for midfielders over the last 4 games.

Again, if you don’t have 3 Liverpool players already and you want to look at Sadio Mané, that’s a move that might be worth making.

But even over these tougher fixtures, it wouldn’t come as too much of a shock for Man City to get results and continue to score a good number of goals, given their status as the Premier League leaders.

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