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Is it time to sell Antonio and Benrahma in FPL?

We start our Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Gameweek 8 write-ups with analysis of Everton v West Ham United.

For a shorter summary of all of Saturday’s action, click here.

EVERTON 0-1 WEST HAM UNITED

  • Goals: Angelo Ogbonna (£5.0m)
  • Assists: Jarrod Bowen (£6.3m)
  • Bonus (projected): Ogbonna x3, Kurt Zouma (£5.4m) x2, Aaron Cresswell (£5.5m) x1, Ben Johnson (£3.9m) x1

ANTONIO AND BENRAHMA BLANK

After Michail Antonio (£8.1m) and Said Benrahma (£6.6m) failed to deliver an attacking return for their second and third consecutive matches respectively, is it perhaps time to sell the West Ham duo?

Antonio is currently the most-selected forward in FPL, and is also the second highest-scoring player in his position, averaging 7.1 points per match.

However, at Goodison Park on Sunday, the 31-year-old picked up a needless early yellow card for simulation and looked off the pace in front of goal, despite registering three shots in the box.

There is also a demanding UEFA Europa League campaign to navigate, plus a particularly testing forthcoming Premier League schedule (see below). In fact, between Gameweeks 9 and 15, the Hammers’ sit second-bottom of our season ticker for fixture difficulty.

With the likes of Callum Wilson (£7.3m) now back on the FPL radar following his goal in Gameweek 8, plus Ivan Toney (£6.4m) and Raul Jimenez (£7.6m) embarking on kinder runs of fixtures, there is an argument to move on.

Despite that, and as highlighted by Neale in his recent ‘Is Michail Antonio a fixture-proof pick in FPL?’ article, he does have a decent record against the traditional Premier League elite, while his next opponents – Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa – haven’t exactly been watertight at the back in recent matches. 

That does suggest that selling right now probably isn’t a priority, but his performances moving forward should of course be monitored closely.

As for Benrahma, it’s now just one goal in the last six Gameweeks, and during that time he has been outperformed by team-mate Jarrod Bowen (£6.3m), both in terms of FPL points and the underlying numbers.

Said Benrahma (left) v Jarrod Bowen (right) Gameweeks 3 to 8 

With Raphinha (£6.6m) available at the same price, plus cheaper options like Bryan Mbeumo (£5.5m) emerging, moving Benrahma on certainly looks like a viable option right now.

Elsewhere, Tomas Soucek (£5.9m) had a goal disallowed for offside, while Angelo Ogbonna’s (£5.0m) headed winner from a Bowen corner again highlighted how effective David Moyes’ side have been from dead-ball situations since his appointment.

EVERTON STRUGGLE IN THE FINAL-THIRD

In a game low on quality, Everton lost their first home match of the season after three consecutive wins, with the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.0m) and Richarlison (£7.4m) felt up front.

With limited attacking options in reserve, their return can’t come soon enough for the Toffees’, who have now scored just three goals in their last four matches, and worryingly, have registered just nine shots on target and 3.95 non-penalty expected goals (xG) during that time.

In the battle of the budget midfielders, Demarai Gray (£5.8m) put in a couple of teasing balls into the box that Calvert-Lewin would surely have taken advantage of had he been fit, while Andros Townsend (£5.6m) failed to register a single effort on goal, but did whip in 11 crosses, five of which were successful. 

Next up for Everton is a home match against Watford, before their fixtures toughen significantly after, with back-to-back games against Wolverhampton Wanderers (a), Tottenham Hotspur (h), Manchester City (a), Brentford (a), Liverpool (h) and Arsenal (h) right up until Gameweek 15.

INJURY LATEST

Vladimir Coufal (£4.9m) failed to recover from the groin injury that kept him out of international duty, and was replaced by Ben Johnson (£3.9m) in West Ham’s starting XI at right-back.

Prior to the match, Moyes said:

“He’s just had an injury which he picked up in the Cup game against Manchester United, and he’s never really been right since then. He played against Leeds after it, but is just not quite right.” 

As for Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison, Rafa Benitez revealed in his post-match interview that the Brazilian was the closer of the two to making a comeback. 


Everton XI: Pickford, Coleman, Godfrey, Keane, Digne, Townsend, Doucoure, Allan, Iwobi (Gordon 79), Gray, Rondon

West Ham XI: Fabianski, Johnson, Zouma, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Soucek (Dawson 79), Rice, Bowen (Yarmolenko 90+4), Benrahma (Lanzini 87), Fornals, Antonio


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  1. FPLMACKEM
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Ramsdale
    TAA, Azpilicueta, Cancelo
    Salah, Foden, Raphinha, Mbeumo
    Antonio, Lukaku(c), Toney

    Foster, Livramento, Brownhill, Duffy

    0.7 itb

    Early thoughts for next gw.

    A Foden > Mount (triple up for the next three)
    B Roll transfer

    Also considering playing Livramento. But who do you drop for him?

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      B

    2. demob
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      A

    3. We Go Again
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      B.

  2. Lethargio Alcantara
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Ronaldo and McArthur to Toney and Son for free?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Yes!

    2. FPLMACKEM
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      100%

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Yeah that’s how you improve a team in fairness

      If you can wait, do so - but moves look right

  3. Slitherene
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Does Ronaldo (LIV) -> Vardy (bre), for a hit make sense?

    Sanchez ¦ Steele
    Rudiger Digne Azpilicueta
    Salah Raphinha Gray Gallagher Mbeumo
    Ronaldo Lukaku
    ¦ White Dier Dennis

    Will have 2.3 ITB after this move.

    1. Lethargio Alcantara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I'm lookin to ship out Ronaldo asap. I will defo not lose any value because of this fraud.

    2. KunDogan (B.D.)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Not for a hit

  4. Riverside Red
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Simple question..difficult answer: Alonso or Chilwell for Norwich game?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Chilwell.

    2. Lethargio Alcantara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      does it have to be one out of these two or do you consider choosing a nailed Chelsea option? I'd go for Rudiger personally.

      1. Riverside Red
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Rudiger injured...so not a nailed option

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      At this moment - impossible to say for sure but probably Chilwell

      If alonso starts Malmö that probably means Chilwell starts Norwich

      And Vice-Versa

      But then there’s also still the possibility that he subs whoever starts before 60 minutes vs Norwich too

      And always the possibility that Norwich Nick a single jammy goal too

  5. sovietrockettes
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    hmmm.....1.3 ITB for ESR>Raphinha, yet I might be priced out if I don't make that move tonight. Funny enough, this was also the consideration for the disastrous James v Rudiger as James was 0.1 cheaper...........do I go ahead and make the move?

    1. KunDogan (B.D.)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Do it

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      None of the price predictors have Raph up or ESR down for me.

  6. Werner Bros
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Am I reading right that Leicester don't have a midweek Europa game before next GW?

    1. demob
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      no you're reading rong. they play Spartak moscow away on weds PM

      1. Werner Bros
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Ahh I see, I was only looking at Thursday for the Europa games.

        Trying to decide whether I should wait or make the following moves tonight...

        Greenwood ASM > Mbuemo Vardy

        I only have 0.1 to spare so if both rise then I'm priced out. Vardy looking pretty certain to rise but unsure on Mbuemo

        1. shorey143
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Doubt mbuemo would rise?

            1. Werner Bros
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              he's at 98.8 on fpl stats atm

        2. Freshy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          at Spartak?

    2. Bam Saka Laca
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Gtg lads?
      FT gone. Keeping Rom and Ron

      Sanchez
      TAA Cancelo Livramento
      Salah Mbeumo Townsend Gallagher
      CR7 RL9 Antonio

      Steele Jansson Sissoko Williams

      1. demob
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Team looks decent considering forwards. if Kane is back amongst the goals surely better shout than "GOAT" ronaldo. looks more like a donkey from here

        1. Bam Saka Laca
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Cheers

      2. Sterling Malory
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        RL9

    3. Henryyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Would you do this for free?

      CR7 Gallagher to Toney Son

      Cheers lads

      1. shorey143
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Yep

      2. Yes Ndidi
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Just out of interest folks, is there anything drastic to address with this lot please?

        Kaspar Ward
        TAA Cancelo Walker Tierney (Livra)
        Mo Jota Raph Gray (Benrahma)
        Lu(k)aku Antonio (Dennis)

        1FT, 0.0ITB
        Still have WC intact; feels like I should be doing something with it soon, but the above team stacks up well for next GW.
        One more daft question - is it mad to bench TAA (mun) in favour of Livra (BUR)? or play 5ATB and bench someone else?
        Many thanks

        1. BeWater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I would maybe even roll a transfer with that team.

          I wouldn't bench TAA, but for context, I did bench him for his 24 pointer v Leicester on boxing day. Never again.

          1. Yes Ndidi
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Thanks for the reply. Plenty of time to ponder the starting 11, but rolling the transfer is sensible.

      3. BeWater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Last 24 hours:

        Chilwell - 61k transfers in.
        Alonso - 65k transfers out.

        Alonso 18 pointer coming against Norwich.

      4. Freshy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        ?Should be till Friday for any Rudiger news ya think?

        1. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Might hear something before the UCL game.

      5. Werner Bros
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Have to decide now or might be priced out tonight. Pick one

        A: Vardy Mbuemo
        B: Son Hwang

        1. Kay317
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          A

        2. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Yeah A.

        3. Werner Bros
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Thanks guys appreciate it. Just hope Vardy is rested midweek now

      6. RWB_1991
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Do we think Adam Armstrong will start the next game for Southampton?

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          No idea. I like Broja - at 5.0 could be the steal some folks were hoping Hwang might be.
          Burnley, Watford, Villa, Norwich is a delish run of fixtures.

        2. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          who knows! the fact they won without him doesn't bode well
          i'm probably holding but super frustrating

        3. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          no unless Broja is injured.

      7. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Rondon and Iwobi ... these are not professional football players. They make Lukaku look like EPL quality.

        Towsend and Gray can only do so much with Rondon and Iwobi being about 1/2 a decent player combined.

      8. Royal5
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Despite his blanking run, how has Lukaku looked recently? Got lucky picking Vardy over him weeks ago. But thinking Ronaldo > Lukaku this week.

      9. Fpl Richie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Ramsdale
        TAA Dias Cancelo James
        Mahrez Salah Mbuemo
        Toney Antonio Lukaku
        (Foster: ESR Livramento Brownhill) 0.2itb 1FT

        A) Mahrez to Mount
        B) Mahrez to Raphinha
        C) Roll

        Original plan off of the wildcard was to go to Mount from Mahrez, but given concerns over gametime and wanting Raphinha in Gw10, that's also a shout so it's just a case of moving a week early. Getting Son is the priority in Gw11 or 12, which can be done via a defender downgrade or Antonio later on.

        1. Pedersen
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          It all comes down to if you believe he plays or not. So either B or C depending on your gut feelings

      10. FPL Brains
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Is removing Antonio vs a shaky Spurs defence (for a hit) a wise thing to do? I can't see a great deal of upside for anyone who's lower value than him.