Fantasy leagues are now in full swing and we are now seeing those players we have rejected but scoring points aplenty, as well as those we hung our hats on, but left us gnashing our teeth.
Here, we look at those players we should be discarding for more favourable options :
TOMER HEMED (FW – Brighton & Hove Albion)
Hemed is one of the most owned sleeper forwards in Premier League fantasy football – but with Brighton being very shot shy, Hemed is only averaging just over 4 points per game, despite scoring two of the five goals that the Seagulls have managed in their six league games to date. Not only that, but Hemed is now suspended and wont be back until November. Replacing him like for like will not be easy, considering his £5.0m valuation, but we feel now is the time to let Hemed go.
Consider replacing with : Peter Crouch (Stoke, £4.9m), Oumar Niasse (Everton, £5.0m), Jordan Ayew (Swansea, £5.0m)
KEVIN DE BRUYNE (MF – Manchester City)
We loved De Bruyne pre season for fantasy football….but in six games where City have scored 21 goals in five wins and a draw, De Bruyne is languishing with 26 points total, and behind less expensive team mates in Silva, Sane and Sterling. De Bruyne is still valued at £10.0m, and we feel this is worth cashing in now, as the City fixtures start to stiffen over the coming months – and there are simply more attractive and productive options around for the cash. We know that De Bruyne will have his moments where this will feel a crassly stupid decision….but overall, we think that money is better spent elsewhere.
Consider replacing with : Christian Eriksen (Spurs, £9.7m), Henrikh Mikhitaryan (Man Utd, £8.5m), Sadio Mane (Liverpool, £9.4m)
AHMED HEGAZI (DF – West Bromwich Albion)
After a stunning start to the season, for the Baggies and Hegazi, its all slowed down a fair bit now, and whilst Hegazi is still owned by a jaw dropping 27% of Premier League fantasy managers, we feel now is the time to look to other options. The Baggies will always be tough to beat under Tony Pulis, but they have a fairly rough run of fixtures upcoming, especially away from home, and we feel that the 9 points Hegazi has picked up from his last four games is a truer reflection than the 23 he collected from the first two. Again, a tough choice considering his value, but we feel its a risk worth taking.
Consider replacing with : Phil Jones (Man Utd, £5.2m), Stephen Ward (Burnley, £4.5m), Harry Maguire (Leicester C, £5.1m)
JONAS LOSSL (GK – Huddersfield Town)
Despite Lossl remaining in second place in fantasy Goalkeeper points production, we have to consider that three of the Terriers next four opponents are Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester United, with Manchester City and Arsenal looming not far after that. Huddersfield have made a superb start to the Premier League life, and Lossl is owned by nearly 10% of managers – but you have to feel they will come back down to earth over the next couple of months, and whilst you may be happy to keep him as a backup, a viable starter is needed in that second GK spot…and Lossl isn’t for us.
Consider replacing with : Ben Foster (WBA, £4.5m), Fraser Forster (Southampton, £5.0m), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea C, £4.6m)
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