FPL Blank Gameweek 29: Tips, Transfers, Picks & Team

fpl gw29 tips

The biggest blank gameweek of the season is here, as many popular teams such as Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal do not play in GW29 as their fixtures were postponed. So, gameweek 29 has just 4 fixtures, which makes it ideal for using a free hit chip here (unless you have 7 quality players who have a fixture there already).

Let’s jump to our FPL GW29 Tips, where we discuss best picks, fixtures to target, transfer targets, captain, differentials, odds & team selection.

1. Fantasy Premier League Blank Gameweek 29 Tips

  • You do not need to have 11 players in your fantasy teams (unless on free hit). Having 6-7 quality players for a blank gameweek (Son, Maddison, Porro, Toney, Watking, Bowen, Brentford defender) is better than having a full XI of “lower” quality players (like Burnley defenders).
  • So, do not tear your team apart to force your team to field XI players. If you have 6-7 key players in your squad, you will be OK.
  • If you have only 3-4 players, our preference is to use free hit here (we will use our free hit in GW29)
  • If on free hit, activate it on Saturday 16 March, in case something very unexpected happens (like all games are called off). Price rises do not matter, as a majority of playing players are pretty cheap.
  • If you did not sell Haaland in the last gameweek, bench him this gameweek. (The time to sell was the last gameweek).
  • Bench your key players for the next gameweeks (unless you plan to wildcard in GW30/31). If you will wildcard right after the blank gameweek, you can take -4 or -8 to sell your key assets, and the bring them back on wildcard GW30/31

Watkins injury news and how it impacts your FPL team

Watkins’s injury is not that serious and he has a chance to feature in GW29. Definitely wait for a press conference to get more info.

For us, he is a hold – but if you are on a free hit, make sure you have a bench cover in case Watkins misses out. You could go for Bailey or Douglas Luiz first on your bench to keep a cover to Aston Villa attack.

Regulion should be fit, Mbeumo will be back soon too

According to the latest news, Reguilon should be fit to start against Burnley. However, you will likely want 3 Brentford players in your team on Free Hit (given the fixture) and if he is benched (or not risked) you would wasted one of your three Brentford spots on the free hit. That’s why we are going for Flekken + Roerslav + Toney as our Brentford trio.

Do not overlook Nottingham players

Luton conceded the highest xG of all teams this season (according to Understat), so we think you should not overlook Nottingham attackers on your free hit team.

  1. Our number once Nottingham attacker is Chris Wood who is back from injury and who scored a brace in reverse fixture.
  2. Another good pick would be Gibbs White who is their key midfielder, is top for xGI among Nottingham players and is on penalties, but his form is a bit weaker this season than in the previous.
  3. The last one on our list Elanga, who is a bit rotation risk, but has the most attacking returns this season among Nottingham players (12).

Have Salah and Haaland plan

It is not about blank gameweek 29. You should start planning on how you will get back Haaland or/and Salah to your team after blank gameweek 29. Liverpool have good fixtures in GW30 and GW31, so you should consider bringing in Salah after the blank gameweek.

You cannot save transfer on free hit

It does not matter if you have 1 or 2 free transfers now before free hit.

  • If you activate free hit in GW29, you will have 1 free transfer in GW30 (regardless of how many free transfers you have now)
  • If you made a transfer or transfers for hits in GW29 and then activated the free hit team, in GW30 your team will revert back to your original team from the beginning of GW29 – so any transfer or hits you take before activating free hit will be reverted back.

2. FPL Blank Gameweek 29 Transfer Tips and Key Players to pick

Key players to pick

  1. Watkins
  2. Bowen
  3. Son
  4. Maddison
  5. Pedro Porro/Udogie

Transfer Targets

  • Toney
  • Reguilon/Roerslev
  • Wood/Gibbs White/Elanga
  • Bowen
  • Maddison
  • Spurs defender

Differentials to consider on free hit

  • Wissa, Kudus, Bailey, Wood

3. Fixtures to target in FPL BGW29

In which fixtures we could expect a lot of fantasy points? These are the fixtures to target in Blank Gameweek 29 according to bookies odds.

  • Burnley vs. Brentford: Brentford 47 % to win, 22 % to score 2.5+ goal
  • Fulham vs. Tottenham: Spurs 45 % to win, 26 % to score 2.5+ goal
  • West Ham vs. Aston Villa: Villa 42 % to win, 24 % to score 2.5+ goal
  • Luton vs. Nottingham: Luton 37 % to win, 17 % to score 2.5+ goal

Find 2.5+ goals odds for all teams in our article: Premier League Over 2.5 Goals Odds.

4. Updated watchlists: Best players to pick in Double Gameweek 29 and beyond

We also looked at players from each position: goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and forwards and updated our watchlists.

We examine which players are best picks in each price bracket: budget enablers, midpriced picks, and premium options. Check our watchlists with our ratings and comments here:

5. Best captain pick in FPL GW29

According to our captaincy indexSon is the best captain in FPL Gameweek 29 with a captaincy index score of 1.55.

Bowen (captaincy index score 1.36) is the number 2 captaincy pick and Toney (1.25) is number 3.

6. What bookies odds say about FPL GW29

As usual, we converted bookies odds into probabilities using our Odds to probability calculator, to assess the potential of gameweek 29.

Clean sheet odds for GW29

Brentford (28 %) and Tottenham (22 %) are most likely to keep clean sheets in GW29.

Based on these odds, bookies expect 1.61 clean sheets in this Gameweek. In the last season, we were used to a rate of 5.45 clean sheets per gameweek. So far this season we have seen 4.11 clean sheets per gameweek.

Expected clean sheets

Due to correction in the number of clean sheets: Everton, Fulham

Everton overperformed their defensive expectations the most of all teams. They should have kept 6.15 clean sheets instead of 8 according to our expected clean sheets table.

Due to an improvement in the number of clean sheets: Manchester City, Brighton

Man. City underperformed their defensive expectations the most from all teams. They should have kept 11.26 clean sheets instead of 8 according to our expected clean sheets table.

You can see the expected clean sheets table and clean sheet odds for all Premier League teams here.

Goalscoring odds for GW29

Check who leads any time goalscoring odds for GW29 here: Premier League Goalsocring Odds.

7. Using Chips in Blank Gameweek 29: Ideal for free hit

We are in the biggest blank gameweek of the season, that is ideal for fee hit. Of course, using chip here is chip dependent. So if you wildcarded in GW28, your team is likely set up well for this gameweek. Similarly, if you plan to use wildcard in GW30, you could dead-end your team into GW29 with your free transfers and a couple of hits.

If you plan to use some of your chips in FPL GW29, here are our drafts for your inspiration:

When to use chips?

We have separate articles to timing of all chips, check them here:

8. FPL GW29 Free Hit Team selection

Now let’s look at our FPL team selection for Gameweek 29 – Scout squad. Son is our captain.

fpl gw29 free hit team updated 2024
fpl gw29 free hit team updated 2024

9. Fantasy Premier League Tips

Find more tips, strategies and picks for Fantasy Premier League in these articles:

We hope our FPL GW29 tips with the best picks, fixtures, transfer targets, odds, captain picks, and team selection helped you to gather some useful information before the Blank Gameweek 29 deadline.

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Good luck in FPL GW29!

Matej Šuľan

Fantasy Football enthusiast with two top 1k finishes in FPL. Best FPL overall rank: 119th in 2019/20 season. Five top 500 finishes in UCL Fantasy, best overall rank: 23rd in 2018/19 season. Founder of Fantasy Football Reports.

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