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The best Antonio replacements ahead of West Ham’s fixture swing

Despite Michail Antonio’s (£6.6m) recent form, West Ham’s fixture swing means I am considering who to replace him with for Double Gameweek 25.

In Double Gameweek 19 he delivered 18 points for managers who decided to gamble on his fitness but there are alternatives with better fixtures now and I think this is the correct timing to part ways with Antonio.

So, in this article, I will take a deep look at the pros and cons of the players I identified as the best Antonio replacements and the two possible strategies I am considering. But first, a quick recap of how Gameweek 24 affected my team and my overall ranking…

DOUBLE GAMEWEEK 24 REVIEW

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As an alternative, I considered getting Danny Ings (£8.4m) for Antonio, who was recovering from injury and was considered a doubt for his home match against Sheffield United. I decided against this option because it was too risky to sell Antonio ahead of such an easy fixture and I wanted one more week to assess several forwards before deciding who would be the best option to replace the West Ham striker. 

Regardless of how impressive Antonio has been lately, a lack of Double Gameweeks coupled with tough fixtures and recurrent injuries, means he is one of the weakest links in my team at the moment. Considering that his ownership in the top 10k was roughly 60% in Double Gameweek 24, I assume many other Fantasy managers are in the same boat, so let’s take a closer look at some of the best forwards available right now.

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HARRY KANE (£11.0m) – The main appeal of Kane is the strong possibility of an excellent Double Gameweek 26, when Tottenham Hotspur will face Burnley (home) and probably either Fulham (away) or Southampton (home). Many managers are already planning on using their triple captain chip on the Spurs striker and it will be a scary proposition to go without such an explosive asset when his ownership will be so big.


However, in my case, going for Kane is only possible if I decide to downgrade one of Mohamed Salah (£12.6m), Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) or Son Heung-min (£9.5m), which is something I am reluctant to do. After all, these three players will also probably play twice in Gameweek 26 and every single one of them can easily outscore Kane. All in all, I do not think I am willing to perform major surgery in my squad just to fit Kane in unless, of course, some of my players get injured between now and the Gameweek 26 deadline.

JAMIE VARDY (£10.1m) – Just like Kane, Vardy might be a bit too expensive to fit into my plans without compromising the rest of my squad too much but after watching another stellar performance from the Leicester City legend at the King Power Stadium against Liverpool, in which he accumulated an impressive total of 1.27 expected goals (xG) from five shots, he deserves at least to be considered for the third spot in my forward line.

However, with two away matches against Aston Villa and Brighton in either side of a potential Double Gameweek 26, there is not much else in favour of Vardy other than his impressive display against the defending champions. Will he and the Foxes be able to carry their form going forward? It is impossible to know and I think I am not willing to pay Vardy’s hefty price to find out when there are several other cheaper options with better short-term fixtures.

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DANNY INGS – There is a decent chance that Southampton will have two Double Gameweeks in the near future and possibly even three. As usual, whenever the Saints’ schedule looks appealing, Ings is the player to target considering how miles ahead he is in terms of attacking threat when compared to any of his teammates. Che Adams (£5.8m) was a notable exception in the first half of this season but he does not seem to be nailed anymore so everyone’s attention is back on Ings.

Looking at his schedule and the possibility of several Double Gameweeks, it is hard to argue against Ings as an option but in 2020/21, he hasn’t quite reached his levels of last season, both in underlying statistics and actual output. However, his form seems to be improving after three good performances in the last few weeks (including a goal in the FA Cup at the Molineux Stadium) and he is someone I am strongly considering as my Antonio replacement.

DOMINIC CALVERT-LEWIN (£7.7m) – After missing the last two matches due to injury and with the Merseyside derby scheduled for Saturday, Calvert-Lewin is not on my plans for Gameweek 25. Although, there is the option of benching Antonio this Gameweek and then getting the Toffees’ striker for his possibly amazing Double Gameweek 26, in which he will have two great opportunities to add more goals to his already impressive tally of 13 for the season.

There is also the chance he will get another Double Gameweek before Gameweek 29 and if it is confirmed, it will be hard to ignore the young Everton star.

PATRICK BAMFORD (£6.9m) AND OLLIE WATKINS (£6.5m) – They would be my top priorities to replace Antonio if they were not in my team already. Bamford will be my captain this week and I am happy to hold Watkins given his kind pricing and the fact that he always plays 90 minutes for an exciting Aston Villa team.

CONCLUSION

If I decide to sell Antonio this week, Ings seems to be the obvious choice. Kane and Vardy would require a downgrade elsewhere and Calvert-Lewin has a tough fixture at Anfield Road while Ings plays twice and the match against Leeds United on Tuesday seems destined for goals.

However, I am not sure Ings is the best option to hold after Gameweek 25, so there is still the possibility that I decide to keep (and probably bench) Antonio one more week and then switch him to Calvert-Lewin, Kane or Vardy ahead of Double Gameweek 26.

This will be a late decision for me, since there is still the chance that future Double Gameweeks are officially announced before Friday’s deadline. At the same time, press conferences can always throw some curveballs at us, so it is hard to know what the best course of action is at the moment I am writing this article.

If I would have to guess, I would say it is likely I will gamble with Ings this week and then try to switch him next week to Calvert-Lewin but, as we know, planning transfers beyond the current Gameweek rarely works so I will have to give this option a bit more thought.

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1,460 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Tsparkes10
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Save and then Sterl, Antonio to Gundo, Kane? 1FT 0.3itb

    Martinez
    Dias Mee Dallas
    Salah Son Bruno Raph Greal
    Bamford Ings
    (Johnstone, Antonio, Stones, Justin)

    1. coriswrasse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Good to go. Save it.

  2. coriswrasse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Doubled up on Villa and Burnley defence.
    Choose two starters:
    A) Pope, Lowton
    B) Martinez, Targett
    C) Martinez, Lowton
    D) Pope, Targett

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      A

    2. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      D

  3. Bennyboy1907
      1 month, 22 days ago

      0.6 ITB 2FT’s
      Martinez
      Cancelo | Dallas | AWB | Mee
      Salah | Bruno | Gundogan | Son
      Bamford (c) | DCL

      Johnstone Stones Antonio Grealish

      Need to downgrade either son salah or bruno to get Kane for DGW26

      What to do with 2FT’s this week

      Thank you alLlll

    • Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      FPL site down for anyone else?

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Only for you

      2. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Don't believe you.

        *proceeds to check anyway*

    • Captain_Shirokov
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      uh oh rumours of a Grealish stress fracture in his shin now

      not pictured in any training photos

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        sold long time

      2. Fit_to_drop
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 22 days ago

        A lot of people have him transferred out anyway to Rapinha I suspect. He has a big outbound circle on the FPL Stats Trends page http://www.fplstatistics.co.uk/Home/Relationship?dts=M

      3. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        😯

      4. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Sauce ?

        1. Captain_Shirokov
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          villa's website for pics

          rumours just word of mouth for now

      5. John Nerdelbaum
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Source?

      6. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Say sike right now

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          sike!

      7. Hooky
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Must be those massive calf muscles putting his bones under too much strain. Either that or he got a kick which his childrens sized shin pads did not protect him against.

      8. Dybala10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        WTF

    • Fit_to_drop
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Im hoping not to have to WC this team at all in GW26 eventhough i have all 4 chips left.

      Does that look possible? Will have 1FT next week. Kept Kane all the way through. Dont mean to own Pope. Brought him in for GW24 and just holding for another week or two.

      Pope
      Cresswell Rüdiger Stones
      Son Fernandes Gündogan Salah Raphinha (c)
      Bamford Kane

      Martínez Watkins Cancelo Mitchell

    • aapoman
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Worth a WC? only have 1ft and not a lot in the bank.

      Martinez
      Cancelo Stones Lowton
      Salah Sterling Bruno Grealish Hames
      Richarlison Watkins

      Forster; Coufal, KWP*, Brewster

    • FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      5 mins to go!!!

      1. Fit_to_drop
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 22 days ago

        To what?

    • JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Scenes

    • Fred54
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Still hoping they aren't released till Monday...cos that would be fun.

    • Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      7 more minutes

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        For what?

        1. Daniel - When to BB?
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          New fixtures apparently

      2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        I need to my clock

        1. Shark
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Hope that isn't a typo.

    • Tabasco
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Repost - Fixtures not out yet I know but looking at two different options:

      Martinez / Forster
      Mee / Dallas / Stones / Cancelo / Coufal
      Saka / Salah / Sterling / Fernandes / Son
      Bamford / Antonio / Watkins

      2 FT, all chips

      A) Sterling & Antonio to Gundogan & Kane and TC Kane GW26
      B) WC to get in KDB, Kane, Raphina, Barnes, Dias, Sanchez etc. and BB GW26

      Not sure if it's worth doing Stones to Shaw/Dunk as well as Laporte and Aké are coming back for City

    • Valar(Keith)
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Just to confirm the deadline is still 1.30 hours away right? All the countdowns are getting me a bit nervous.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        1.36 mins

      2. aapoman
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        2 and a half hours

        1. Valar(Keith)
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Phew. Thanks

    • Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Wc gtg? 1.5itb for raph to barnes for BB26

      Martinez areola
      Stones shaw targett holgate rudiger
      Salah Bruno son gundo raph
      Kane bamford watkins

      1. George Agdgdgwngo
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        nice

      2. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Think Ings over Kane is worth it. -4 to swap back

        1. coriswrasse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Not for a hit. Southhampton are still terrible/unpredicatable.

      3. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Ings over Watkins

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Is Raphinha worth 8 points more than Saka this game week?

    • Pedram
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Thoughts on Gundogan to Ward-Prowse for this game week only?

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Punty

    • FPL Kaka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Who to settle on my WC as my final defender? I can probably bring the second in next week anyway:

      a) Rudiger

      b) Lowton

    • Coufal, So Good
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Gundo to JWP/Minamino for free for a 1 week punt? Planning to activate WC after tonight's deadline

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        JWP could play rb with kwp out and not sure on Minamino yet. If Gundo was 100% out then yes but it's a no from me.

    • Flynny
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Who is best Leicester option?

      A...Barnes

      B..maddison

      Thanks

    • HarryS
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Play Rudiger or Dias?

      1. Fit_to_drop
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Me the same. Look above for my team. And answer.

    • Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I fear for fpl site

      1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        I haven't made my moves yet

    • No Kane, No Gain!
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      GTG?

      De Gea
      Cresswell, AWB, Cancelo
      Gundo, Bruno, Salah, Maddison, Raphinha (C)
      Kane, Bamford (V)

      Martinez, Antonio, Dias, Targett

    • Stimps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Cavani or Antonio to Ings (-4)??

    • Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Ings or Raph for captain

      1. Fit_to_drop
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Of those 2, B.

      2. Fit_to_drop
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 22 days ago

        By the way, I posted a potential BB bench of Pope, Lowton, Rudiger and Lookman and asked posters should i do it. You said to go for it. I didnt. Cost me 41 points. Would have almost gotten a world high as i ended up with 103

        Still licking my wounds over it.............

        1. Fit_to_drop
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 22 days ago

          In GW24 I should add

        2. Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          I told you mate 🙂 owel

    • EWH2020
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      A) Rudiger
      B) Vestergaard

      Planning to BB and don't have McCarthy

      1. aborg
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        A

      2. A-L
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Don't like the probable Chelsea DGW fixture and waiting to hear SOU fixture, but those were both on my shortlist. Probably going with Shaw if we don't hear anything this afternoon

    • Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Shotgun loaded, satnav programmed - all set to shoot the messenger

    • aborg
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Who seems more nailed for the DGW....Stones or Foden ?

    • im1974
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Is that the beautiful smell of napalm or wildcards burning...

    • Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Start Gundo or DCL???

      1. ZAMUNDA
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Have the same issue but went with DCL over Gundo

    • Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Twitter rumour breaking (unconfirmed) that Grealish is out with a shin injury

      https://twitter.com/FPL__Raptor/status/1362791098440167445?s=20

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Oh already posted - sorry!

      2. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Whaaaaaaat

      3. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Will actually make my DGW26 puzze much easier:
        Grealsih -> Raphina to allow £ for Son + Kane