With injuries, blanks and suspensions aplenty, people are scrambling for replacements – here’s a little look at what transfers Fantasy Premier League managers are making for Gameweek 3
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The highly owned Kyle Walker was sent packing after picking up a controversial, to say the least, bookable offence against Everton on Monday night.
He tops the list of transfers out this week, with just over 240,000 managers sending him on his way.
With Alonso firing in a brace against Spurs at Wembley, FPL managers aren’t hanging around with Walker – despite the suspension only being for one game – when there’s another great premium priced defender flaunting his brace around like a proud peacock.
Second on the list, is Wilfried Zaha, who is reportedly expected to be out for around a month, though FdB isn’t helping the situation for us with him refusing to comment on a return date for the Ivorian winger.
He’s being shipped out at a consistently high rate with roughly 226,000 managers showing him the exit door this week – a number that will hold steady for a while, with no official word on his return, which will only mean he will continue to get cheaper as managers continue to ship him out weekly.
Somewhat surprisingly, Mohamed Salah is 3rd on the most transferred out players this week.
Most likely down to him being rested at the weekend, after playing the mid week game against Hoffenheim in the UCL qualifier.
Seems slightly knee-jerky to me, but with United attacking assets like Pogba and Mkhitaryan flying at roughly £1m cheaper, you can understand why FPL managers are making the switch from Merseyside to Manchester.Embed from Getty Images
Unsurprisingly, Kevin de Bruyne is 4th on the list.
Perhaps not just down to the actual blanks themselves, but rather down to how and where he’s been playing in this new 3-5-2 system that Pep has rolled out.
Against Brighton, KDB was operating deeper than most would have liked and although he was unlucky not to grab an assist for the goal by Jesus that was disallowed, he was dictating play from deep and wasn’t getting into the box nor threading too many passes for his team mates whereas David Silva, was further forward and doing those things we’d want KDB to be doing.
The Everton game made it difficult to assess his role at home because of the sending off, but so far the evidence hasn’t been compelling enough to convince us that KDB is worth his lofty £10.0m price tag and is being moved out at pace with roughly 145,000 managers deciding they’ve had enough.
As I mention in my latest ‘Simon Says‘ article, it might not be too wise taking him out before a game against a team that have started poorly and who City have spanked a fair few times in the past, but I certainly don’t blame anyone for wanting him out and I am of the opinion that he isn’t worth his price tag and I’ll be looking to move him on myself after this weekend.
5th on the list of transfers out, is Jamie Vardy.
With 3 of the next 4 fixtures coming against the big boys, managers aren’t trusting Vardy to do the business, especially when a certain Mexican is boasting his credentials with a brace and good upcoming fixtures for his team.
117,000 managers have taken the party lad out, most likely switching him for the strong allure coming from West Ham’s upcoming fixtures and Chicharito’s form.
Other Notable Mentions
- Harry Kane: 104,000 transfers out.
- Firmino: 95,000 transfers out.
- Lacazette: 81,000 transfers out.
- Gabriel Jesus: 76,000 transfers out.
- Alli: 74,000 transfers out.
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Chicharito tops the transfers in list this week with over 350,000 managers deciding to acquire his services after an impressive performance last time out, bragging a brace against Southampton after West Ham went down to ten men.
He’s now the 3rd highest owned forward behind Lukaku and Kane with his ownership % rising to 26.4%!
With his form red hot and West Ham’s fixtures looking great for the next 7 gameweeks, that figure will only get bigger, though we might see Rooney rival Chica for that 3rd FWD spot when Everton’s fixtures turn good.
2nd on the list is Paul Pogba.
Nearly 350,000 managers have drafted the French powerhouse now he’s finally starting to show that he can be a force in terms of FPL points, with 23pts accumulated in just 2 games.
With the uncertainty surrounding Liverpool’s selection with Klopp dropping Salah to the bench and KDB blanking in his first 2 games and playing deep, it means it’s an easy switch to a player that’s playing in a team with bags of confidence, scoring plenty of points who will give you an extra £1-2m – no brainer.
Egyptian international Hegazi comes 3rd on the list with 335,000 managers bringing the towering CB in after showing that not only can he score, but he can pick up the bonus points too.
With McAuley still out injured, Hegazi is proving to be more than a worthy replacement and with him being cheaper than Dawson, is clearly the preferred option having outscored him in both games with a goal and an extra bonus point over his CB partner.Embed from Getty Images
The new Spanish winger Jesé Rodríguez comes 4th on the list of most transferred players in this week.
Over 255,000 managers have brought him into their squads having seen his impressive debut performance for Stoke, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory against Arsenal.
Playing on the left of a pronged front 3 for Stoke, Jesé could prove great value if keeps putting in performances like his debut game and Stoke can find some kind of attacking groove.
Last but not least, is another devil from the red side of Manchester in Mkhitaryan.
The Armenian playmaker’s stock is on the rise, with nearly 200,000 FPL managers bringing him in, resulting in his ownership rising to nearly 17%.
He’s started extremely well so far, notching 4 assists for his United team mates in just 2 games as well as 3 total bonus points. With United’s fixtures still looking good, it’s hard to see them and Mkhitaryan slowing down and it looks like FPL managers know it.
If he continues at this rate, he, like Pogba, could end up with huge overall points come the end of the season providing potentially unrivalled value.
Other Notable Mentions
- Mooy: 181,000 transfers in.
- Alonso: 176,000 transfers in.
- Lukaku: 160,000 transfers in.
- Bailly: 135,000 transfers in.
- Maguire: 132,000 transfers in.