Bandwagons or proven players, the start of the Premier League always brings this dilemma to the FPL managers.
Here are our players to watch for GW31:
LUKASZ FABIANSKI (WHU £4.8m, 19.3%)
West Ham disappointed all of us last week with a defeat at Cardiff but it's hard to imagine them not returning to winning ways at home to rock bottom Huddersfield. The Terriers haven't scored in any of their last 5 away Premier League matches with their last goal on the road being on December 26th at Manchester United. For that reason, Fabianski has to be by far the most likely to keep a clean sheet on GW31. Even if he doesn't, Huddersfield have only scored 2 goals in a match once this season so the Polish keeper should give a points return. It is also worth noting that West Ham have only lost 1 of their last 8 at home including a win over Arsenal and a draw with Liverpool.
ANDREW ROBERTSON (LIV £6.9m, 38.6%)
The Liverpool left back has been on fantastic form so far this season and already has 9 FPL assists. His 169 points is just 28 points short of breaking the all time record for most points in a season. He had a rare bad day last time out against Burnley but you have to fancy his chances of hitting a return against a defensively awful Fulham side. The London side have let in a huge 68 goals in 30 games, haven't kept a clean sheet in 10 outings since they denied an equally awful Huddersfield and have lost 6 games in a row. Everything points towards a good points return for Robertson here but Virgil Van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold also have their merits. Owning any Liverpool defender looks a must and any of them could hit big this week. Don't fear if you own a cheaper option.
SADIO MANE (LIV £9.9m, 29.8%)
Rumour has it the fire brigade were called to the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night. Sadio Mane was again on fire and he is causing destruction to opposition defences with Bayern Munich the latest to suffer as he scored twice. In the Premier League, 8 goals in his last 8 games after a run of just 4 goals in his previous 16 appearances. His tally in the league is now up to 16 and he sits just 1 goal behind an out of form Mo Salah. Watford and Burnley also saw him both score twice past them in recent weeks. As pointed out with the information about Robertson's merits, Fulham are dreadful in defence and Mane will fancy his chances here. With only 5 fixtures on GW31, he looks by far the best captaincy option this week.
CALLUM WILSON (BOU £6.4m, 15.2%)
The Bournemouth striker returned to action last week and got himself on the scoresheet at Huddersfield. This week he faces Newcastle who are without Fabian Schar and Jamaal Lascelles is also doubtful. Wilson is also good for points on a regular basis having scored 11 goals and assisting 9 putting him on a par for all round contribution with Raul Jimenez who has scored 12 and assisted 8 but doesn't have a game. Newcastle are also doomed because of the return of Fraser. The Wilson - Fraser partnership has been the most successful in the Premier League this season with one scoring whilst being assisted by the other on no fewer than 9 occasions so far. If you are taking a Free Hit then it looks very plausible to include both. All Bournemouth now need is a captain called Mainwaring and they could be a real force.