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The best Adam Webster replacements in Sky Fantasy

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This week, Luke tackles the Aaron Webster injury issue suffered by many a Sky manager post-Overhaul. Even if you do not own Webster, the replacements should appeal as budget options in the coming weeks. 

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Webster, who currently sits in 46% of the top 1k managers’ teams, picked up a hamstring injury against Brentford at the weekend.

At the time of writing this piece, there have been no updates on his likely length of absence – so initially it seems wise to wait on further news.

If Webster was in line to return for his single matchday on September 27 against Crystal Palace then holding him would be my preference, simply because I expect him to be the best player at his price or below over the season, and swapping out low-impact assets isn’t usually an efficient use of transfers. 

However, if we assume the worst and it’s a month or more out, then moving on seems wise.

My top targets are listed below…

Connor Gallagher (7.3m)

If you can find the spare 0.3m and have a midfield position free or even if you have other issues in your team, then Gallagher currently looks a top target.

The midfield position is often underwhelming in Sky and Gallagher looks the perfect player to slot into an area you don’t really want to spend too much money in. His fixtures don’t look overly appealing but as a long-term hold it shouldn’t deter you, and he also has the benefit of covering the aforementioned September 27 fixture that most of us had Webster earmarked for.

His expected goal involvement (xGI) is 3.22 over the last three games, better than any other Premier League player. More than that, though, he offers bonus points with high tackle numbers and shots on target – a rare asset to have for a player so cheap. 

Shane Duffy (6.6m)

Budget FPL players Duffy and Bissouma 2

My second choice to replace Webster would be Shane Duffy. Whilst this move carries an element of risk due to Duffy’s starts not being cemented, the volume of injury issues in Brighton’s squad coupled with the Ireland international’s performances suggest he could become either a permanent fixture or at least carry us for many weeks to come.

He offers similar passing levels to Webster (currently 56.3 per 90 minutes played) but with added goal threat for a cheaper price. 

Marcal (6.4m)

I have perhaps been guilty of overlooking Marcal until now, but his recent haul certainly got my attention. Bruno Lage has both his full-backs playing extremely high up the pitch and therefore more attacking returns look likely in the coming weeks.

This, coupled with an excellent fixture run and a tendency to pick up tackle bonus (three times in four weeks so far), means that he looks like a very shrewd pick. In fact, he has won 14 tackles so far, which is behind only Cesar Azpilicueta.

My only slight worry would be his injury record and that’s why he finds himself third on my list.  

Liam Cooper (6.9m)

Leeds have had a pretty torrid start, and conceding 11 goals in four games doesn’t scream ‘invest’. 

However, the Whites now embark on a very favourable fixture run and Cooper could serve as a stop-gap with a move back to Webster when he returns. He also offers captaincy coverage this Friday if you require it.

Cooper’s main appeal is high passing numbers. He currently sits at 56.8 passes per 90 minutes despite the tough games and I suspect he will be hitting the 60/70 benchmark for bonus points as the fixtures ease.  

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212 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Daghe Munegu
    • 5 Years
    9 days, 13 hours ago

    I really like Jiménez for the coming fixtures but you all seem to prefer Bamford.

    Can you explain to me why you think he is a better bet ?

    Have a feeling Jiménez is due with all the chances Wolves create

    1. LikeItLoveIt
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      Same dilemma - Bams stats have been better but Wolves have created more chance. Either or Neither could score big both have decent fixtures - so pick your favourite or get both

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      Kind of want both tbh

    3. Stimps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      I went Bamford purely cause I have Traore

      Both great options

    4. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      I feel there is could a psychological barrier for Jimenez, thats why waiting for him to break the deadlock.

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 13 hours ago

        *there could be a*

        sigh!

    5. Ruud van Basten
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      I’ve been mulling over this and have decided to go with Wolves, only problem now is that I can’t make my mind up whether to go Jimi or Hwang as Hwang had a great game when he came on at weekend! Any thoughts gents, and ladies?

    6. Khark
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      Jimenez is playing like Harry Kane. He's dropping deep and essentially Traore and Trincao are the strikers with Jimenez as 10, massively puts me off. It could change but the heat maps and stats lean towards Jimenez having a slightly different role under the new mananger. Where as Bamford you just know what you're gonna get, the only issue is Leeds have had a weird start to the season

      1. Ruud van Basten
        • 10 Years
        9 days, 13 hours ago

        What about Hwang then, is he likely to be on bench u reckon?

        1. Khark
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 13 hours ago

          I imagine to start with he will be, but he will be putting pressure on Traore and Trincao.

          Ive had a little look on wikipedia about Hwang for a striker his goalscoring record for club isn't that great apart from at Salzburg, which is the Austrian league and he did have a certain Haaland as his striking partner. Im a wait and see on him, but he could be a very good option if Traore and Trincao carrying on being scared of the goal.

      2. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 days, 2 hours ago

        yep good summary. Similar role to Firmino as well
        bamford is the talisman it's whether the team starts clicking into gear

    7. tangtastic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      I went for Jiminez. Better stats and from what I've seen, registered higher on the eye test, individually and team wise.

      It is a psychological barrier that is preventing others, which motivated me more to get. If it comes off he is a major differential.

      In more than one game he could have double digits, and I think it's more likely than not we will see a correction in his underperformance during those nice set of fixtures.

      1. Ruud van Basten
        • 10 Years
        9 days, 12 hours ago

        Nice one gents, I’m going Jimi

  2. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    9 days, 13 hours ago

    Wildcard decisions

    A) Lukaku, Gray, Gallagher
    Or
    B) Jota, Bamford, Jiminez

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      B

    2. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      A

    3. FPL Laurenzo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      B

    4. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      I predict B out scores A but with Lukaku captaincy it makes it hard. Maybe still B

    5. tangtastic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      A

    6. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 days, 12 hours ago

      I think you've summed it up well and I'm yet to decide on this one.

      Am I right to say A is with Ronaldo and B means neither Rom or Ron?

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        9 days, 11 hours ago

        A is with the Salah, Rom and Ron.

        B is with Salah and Ron (so still 2 good captaincy picks)

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          9 days, 2 hours ago

          My gut feel is Salah and Rom interchange for the most part re captaincy for the next 10 gw with Ronaldo a better choice maybe 2-3 times. can someone like pogba offer better value without captaincy?? Allowing to interchange that price point and the 8m strikers

    7. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 11 hours ago

      Cheers for the replies. Basically a bit of a headscratcher.

  3. chelseabrad
    • 6 Years
    9 days, 13 hours ago

    Bachmann
    TAA AWB Coufal
    Salah Bruno Raph Benrahma
    Antonio Toney Ings

    (Foster Veltman Williams Brownhill)

    A) Bruno Toney > Ronaldo Doucore -4
    B) Wildcard
    C) Other

  4. FOMFF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 days, 13 hours ago

    1. FT Antonio > Bamford
    2. WC, 0.9 ITB - new signings in ()
    Sanchez, Steele,
    TAA, Shaw, (Rudiger), (Marcal), Manqullio
    Salah, Jota, Greenwood, (Gray), (Gallagher)
    Ronaldo, (Bamford), (4.5)

  5. Mahjongking
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 13 hours ago

    Do you think esr will start for arsenal or bench again??

    1. Thinkering like a Boss
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      bench again

  6. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    9 days, 13 hours ago

    What I am noticing about most teams being posted is heavy at the back, Ronaldo and Lukaku up top and Salah plus the budgets in midfield.

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      Seeing this also, that’s why if you’re not going with a Ronaldo, Lukaku & Salah side, nailing your more expensive midfield picks will be so important because they may end up as differentials

    2. Thinkering like a Boss
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      I'm still think captaining on Premium mid will always the best unless you predicted the attackers gonna get 2 goals or more

    3. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      yep. better value for the 5-6m defenders long term plus it saves you making defender transfers (hopefully), so if you decide to downgrade one of rom/ron you put that money back into midfield.
      my concern is a lot of wildcard teams will be quite similar starting from this week

  7. dbeck
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 13 hours ago

    Bruno and Scarlett to Bamford and who?

    I have up to 8m to spend on a mid spot. Do I back the fixtures and get Raphina in, Newcastle are 20th for Xgc conceded and a double up with Bamford could be good. Do I go off pure stats, Pepe maybe is edging this but can we trust Arsenal? Or do i keep it obvious and go with Jota?

    1. Thinkering like a Boss
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      Why you wanna get rid of Bruno and not getting Lukaku at least?

      1. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 13 hours ago

        I have lukaku and mo already. I am on a 3 premium team plus trent and I dont like the balance. The plan was to give Bruno the newcastle game and then downgrade to spread the funds. Moving also allows me to bench Antonio this week

        1. Thinkering like a Boss
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 13 hours ago

          What is your full team? 2 FT?

          1. dbeck
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            9 days, 13 hours ago

            yeah, 0itb

            Sanchez
            Shaw Trent Coady (Webster, Livra)
            Mbeumo Bruno Mo Sarr Benrhama
            Lukakau Antonio (Scarlett)

            Bruno and Antonio to Ronaldo and Rahpina is on my mind

            1. Thinkering like a Boss
              • 4 Years
              9 days, 13 hours ago

              Sound good to me tbh. I do that

  8. Thinkering like a Boss
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 13 hours ago

    Which option is the best FWD under 6.3m?

    1) Pukki
    2) Adams
    3) Welbeck
    4) Hwang
    5) Dennis
    6) Wait for Toney price to drop

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      1 is worth a punt

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      anyway you can go with Dennis for the next 3 then look for Adams when the fixtures turn from GW8?

    3. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      Adams is 7.0

    4. PocketZola
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      i had pukki in on my draft wc

    5. Thinkering like a Boss
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 12 hours ago

      I can go Pukki/Dennis, and if that not turn up great, can always go Lukaku -4 of couse

  9. Thomas Magnum
    • 6 Years
    9 days, 13 hours ago

    Not worrying about them taking up a spot for an attacking player from their side, would you rather Matip or Christensen @ 5 million?

    1. Thinkering like a Boss
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      Christensen

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      Chelsea's fixtures looks better on first glance, so I would go for Christensen.

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      Matip is a threat when LFC have set plays as well as corners. Matip for me. Plus, as long as he stays fit, he will start every match.

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 days, 13 hours ago

        at some point soon klopp will rotate him, he simply can't play 3 times a week but maybe he's first choice for PL when fit

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 13 hours ago

          Cup games Gomez and Konate will feature.

    4. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 13 hours ago

      Thanks all, I like both @ 5, I think they’ll tick along with 6 pointers nicely but it’s just tough to differentiate between the two

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 days, 12 hours ago

      Christensen.

  10. PocketZola
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 13 hours ago

    What is the best plan here? wc or roll the tf?

    sanchez
    taa shaw ayling
    salah benrah grealish raph
    toney ronaldo ings

    subs, livra, brownhill, 4.0

    1. Boxwoods
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 12 hours ago

      No need to WC

    2. CAVEAT KING
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 days, 12 hours ago

      Let us look at marks out of 10 per player considering form fixtures rotation etc. (5 or above no need to change)
      5
      9 7 6
      9 4 4 6
      5 9 4
      6 4 0
      Now on a WC can you increase values to an average of 7 with those who are below that point
      Ben Gre Ings Tony can be improved but to what extent? Subs not so critical.
      For me the answer is no. Maybe make 1 FT to someone you want to go to.

  11. chelseabrad
    • 6 Years
    9 days, 12 hours ago

    Bachmann
    TAA AWB Coufal
    Salah Bruno Raph Benrahma
    Antonio Toney Ings

    (Foster Veltman Williams Brownhill)

    A) Bruno & Toney > Ronaldo & Doucoure for -4
    B) Toney & Antonio > Jiminez & Bamford for -4
    C) Toney, Antonio & Bruno > Ronaldo, Jiminez & Gray for -8
    D) Wildcard to this:

    Sanchez Foster
    TAA Marcal Ayling 4.0 3.9
    Salah Raph Gray Doucoure 4.5
    Ronaldo Lukaku Jiminez

    1. chelseabrad
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 12 hours ago

      Swaying towards B

    2. Boly Would
      • 5 Years
      9 days, 12 hours ago

      I'd keep Antonio so probably A for me

  12. Mahjongking
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 12 hours ago

    Sanchez
    Taa coady james
    Salah pogba raphinha townsend esr
    Auba luk

    Subs steele shaw dennis livra

    Gtg? Will u start shaw and bench esr or?

    1. Bartowski
      • 11 Years
      9 days, 12 hours ago

      I wouldn't bench Shaw no, perhaps Townsend given they have Pool away.

      1. Mahjongking
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 12 hours ago

        Townsend vs aston villa not pool

        1. Bartowski
          • 11 Years
          9 days, 12 hours ago

          Ah forgot he moved from Palace for a moment there. Esr then.

  13. Bartowski
    • 11 Years
    9 days, 12 hours ago

    On Sky Fantasy, would you rather:

    A: Antonio & Shaw to Lukaku & Duffy

    B: Antonio & Benrahma to Bamford & Gallagher

    C: Antonio & Benrahma to Bamford & Duffy (Play 4-3-3)

    Ta.

  14. Mahjongking
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 12 hours ago

    Anybody starting dennis?

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 12 hours ago

      Currently yes … depends if I make a transfer this week. If not, it’s between Dennis … or defenders white and Williams.

    2. Mo Mane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 8 hours ago

      Yes, playing against Norwich.
      For me it is either that or Livra or Williams, Dennis has good shout against Norwich!!

  15. dmansfield6
    9 days, 12 hours ago

    Thoughts on Vardy in a WC?
    And Matip to double Liverpool defence with TAA?

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 12 hours ago

      Avoid Vardy.

  16. Pedaso Pirates
    • 8 Years
    9 days, 10 hours ago

    Wildcard draft, would really like feedback please:

    Sanchez, Steer
    James, TAA, Shaw, Semedo, Livra
    Salah, Jota, Raphinha, Gray, Bissouma
    Ronaldo, Bamford, Edouard