Best FPL Midfielders to pick in Gameweek 34

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In this article, we will look at the best midfielders to pick for your Fantasy Premier League team in Gameweek 34 of 2023/24 season. Which FPL midfielders to buy, hold/keep, or sell this week?

Let’s look at our watchlist.

If you are aiming to use a wildcard or free hit in GW34, here are the FPL midfielders to pick from, with our comments and ratings of each.

Read more about GW34 in our guide: FPL Gameweek 34: Tips, Captain, Transfer Targets & Team Selection

Best Midfielders to pick in Gameweek 34: Our Watchlist

Budget enablers to pick in Gameweek 34 (4.5m – 5.5m)

Best 4.5m midfielders:

  • Garnacho (5m, Man. United) – regularly starts for Manchester United, 5G + 5A this season, will likely be essential for managers who will bench boost in GW37 – however, was subbed of early in GW33 and Eric Ten Haag was unhappy about his performance
  • Ben Brereton Diaz (5m, Sheffield) – budget enabler for double gameweek 34, he has a solid 4.9 points per match this season but from small sample size. And it is Sheffield – do not have unrealistic expectations from them – they scored the fewest goals (30) of all teams this season


Douglas Luiz (5.6m, Aston Villa) – 5/10

Verdict: Hold – a good option for managers without any chip left, or managers who from to time forget to make changes to their team. He is not a buy as Villa does not have a double gameweek, but he is long term hold as you cannot really predict his output

  • exceptionally good previous season and this season as well
  • If you own him, you must be patient with him – fixtures do not matter.
  • He can deliver in 1 in 5 games, so do not get frustrated by his blanks.
  • But you have to play him every game as his return can happen in any match


Olise (5.6m, Crystal Palace) – 4/10

Verdict: Buy, your GW34 differential

  • back from injury
  • He is 6th for points per match among midfielders this season (only Salah, Palmer, Saka, Son, Foden have higher ppm among MIDs)
  • Eze is still our number one Palace pick, but you can have both, especially if you are on free hit in GW34


Palmer (6.1m, Chelsea) – 9.5/10

Verdict: Hold, you will want him until the end of the season (however, if you will wildcard in GW35, you could sell him for GW34 if you do not mind loosing team value)

  • Chelsea have the most fixtures of all teams until the end of the season
  • Great budget enabler
  • on penalties
  • his underlying stats are good, he is top for xGI among Chelsea players, and 3rd for xGI among FPL midfielders


Gordon (6m, Newcastle) – 7/10

Verdict: Hold, you will want him from GW35 onwards

  • Newcastle with solid fixture run and of course a double gameweek in GW37
  • Gordon is the top-scoring Newcastle player this season – while Wilson and Isak will be rotated (when both fit), Gordon is more nailed
  • If you want a Newcastle midfielder in your team, Gordon is your pick


Eze (6.0m, Crystal Palace) – 8/10

Verdict: Buy

  • Crystal Palace do not tend to score a lot of goals, only 40 goals in 38 matches last season
  • injury prone


Mid-priced FPL midfielders to pick in Gameweek 34 (6.5m – 8.5m)

Havertz (7.4m, Arsenal) – 8.5/10

Verdict: Buy – man in form among Arsenal players

  • has “only” 16 attacking returns this season, but 10 of them came in the last 8 games
  • but now after Jesus returned to starting XI, Havertz plays in deeper role, which could negatively influence his points output


Luis Diaz (7.7m, Liverpool) – 6/10

Verdict: Buy, but be prepared that he is unlikely to play 180 minutes in double gameweek 34, as Jota and Gapko both will get minutes too

  • second top-scoring Liverpool player after Salah this season


Foden (8.2m, Manchester City) – 8/10

Verdict: Do not be afraid to hold him through Double Gameweek 34 – it is totally fine, you do not need to have full XI of double game-weekers (unless you are on Free Hit)

  • More points than Haaland this season
  • A relatively cheap route into Manchester City’s midfield
  • Offers reliable points output when play
  • Great fixtures for City in the next few gameweeks
  • You must accept that he will be rotated
  • A busy schedule is coming for City, expect he will be benched sometimes


Odegaard (8.6m, Arsenal) – 7/10

Verdict: Buy


Saka (9.1m, Arsenal) – 9/10

Verdict: Buy

  • Saka is our preferred Arsenal midfielder, however, all three – Saka, Martinelli, and Odegaard could end the season on a similar amount of points as they did in the previous season. Just pick (at least) one of them and stick with him.
  • 2nd for xGI among all players
  • Reliable FPL asset
  • On penalties
  • Set and forget pick for the majority of the season
  • Captaincy candidate in some fixtures
  • Points could be shared among multiple Arsenal players


Fernandes (8.2m, Manchester United) – 6.5/10

Verdict: Hold – one of the most in-form fantasy assets right now. He does not have a double gameweek in GW34, but he has a good fixture in GW34

  • key man for Manchester United
  • 4th best for xGI among midfielders this season.
  • He is becoming a differential with so many FPL managers offloading Man. United players
  • On penalties
  • 8.2m price tag is very appealing
  • He can deliver FPL points on a regular basis
  • Manchester United was not convincing so far


Premium FPL midfielders to pick in Gameweek 34 (9.0m – 12.5m)

Salah (13.2m, Liverpool) – 9.5/10

Verdict: Buy, your GW34 captain

  • Back to his best
  • On penalties
  • Very reliable FPL asset, long-term pick
  • Beat 230 points in each of the last 6 seasons
  • Was not in convincing form in the previous season, although he finished the season strong
  • It is hard to fit him in next to Haaland in your PFL team, sacrifices elsewhere are needed


Tips for picking the best midfielders for your FPL team

  • If you pick a premium midfielder, make sure he is also a good captaincy option.
  • Also, consider midfielders that are talismans for their teams
  • Form and fixtures are also important parts of your decision-making process
  • Consider probabilities when picking midfielders in FPL. Let bookies any time goalscorer odds to help you with that. You can find them here: Premier League Goalscoring Odds.

FPL midfielders with stable points output in the previous 4 seasons

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Best midfielders for FPL 2023/24

Read more in our article: Best long-term FPL picks for 2023/24 season

How many points should you expect from your midfielder in Fantasy Premier League?

Do not have unrealistic expectations from your FPL midfielders.

  • Usually, the top-scoring midfielders can get around 200-240 points per season (on some occasions even more, but this is the realistic expectation from premium FPL midfielders like Salah or De Bruyne) – that is 5.2 – 6.3 points per match
  • Good mid-priced FPL midfielders (usually 7.5m – 9m range) can get approximately 160-190 points per season, so expect around 4.2 – 5 points per match on average
  • Good cheaper midfielders (6m – 7.5m range) can get around 130-160 points per season = 3.4 – 5 points per match
  • Budget midfielders can get around 115-130 points per season = 3 – 3.4 points per match
  • The points of midfielders and forwards usually came in waves or in clusters – so the run of “form” can be followed with a run of blanks.

How are midfielders awarded points in FPL?

The majority of FPL points for midfielders go through goals – 5 points – and assists – 3 points – that’s their main source of points.

Clean sheet point for midfielders is often overlooked = but if a team keep 20 clean sheets, that is 20 more FPL points for a midfielder (that is 5 more goals for forwards).

And usually, when an FPL midfielder registers two attacking returns, he is more likely to earn bonus points as well.

Further resources

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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