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Who are the best Romelu Lukaku replacements in FPL?

Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m) is poised to miss Gameweek 9 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) after injuring his ankle in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League win over Malmo.

Thomas Tuchel may give us a more exact prognosis on the Belgian’s fitness in Friday’s pre-match press conference but the premium FPL forward is seemingly set to sit out Saturday’s home fixture against Norwich City at the very least, with the Chelsea boss saying Lukaku would miss “some games”.

Over three million Fantasy bosses owned the Belgium international after Gameweek 8 but the mass exodus has begun, with around 400,000 of those having already ditched him at the time of writing.

So who are the best replacements for the injured Lukaku in FPL?

We take a look at the options available to Fantasy managers in the article below.

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BEST LUKAKU REPLACEMENTS: PREMIUM FORWARDS

JAMIE VARDY

Vardy on target again as Man Utd's defensive issues continue in Gameweek 8 2

Top among FPL forwards for transfers in ahead of Gameweek 9, Jamie Vardy (£10.6m) is the go-to Lukaku replacement for many Fantasy managers.

It’s not so much the immediate fixtures – Brentford (a), Arsenal (h), Leeds (a) and Chelsea (h) is a mixed bag over the next four Gameweeks – as the form, with Vardy now the Premier League’s joint-top goalscorer after scoring on five occasions in his last four appearances.

Some of us may have wanted to wait for Gameweek 13 and a ticker-topping four-game stretch for Leicester City but moving for Vardy now at least saves a transfer further down the line, and opposition difficulty doesn’t seem to be much of a barrier to the veteran hitman anyway: last season, for example, he bagged 10 goals and assists combined in 12 fixtures against the ‘big six’ sides.

It’s true that 50% of his attacking returns this season have come against Norwich City and Burnley, two of the weakest defences in the division.

And the return to the starting XI of Kelechi Iheanacho (£7.0m) is also worth monitoring, as the Nigerian was the bigger goal threat of the two when Brendan Rodgers paired them up top towards the final third of last season.

Vardy hasn’t been adversely affected so far, with totals of six shots and five attempts in the box in the last two Gameweeks in keeping with his output in 2021/22 before that, and it has been Iheanacho who has been playing slightly wider and deeper.

Above: Touch heatmaps for Vardy (left) and Iheanacho (right) over the last two Gameweeks

One word of caution for medium-term holders of Vardy is that the 34-year-old striker is currently enjoying midweek breathers in the UEFA Europa League to aid with his recovery between league games. More Premier League matches replace those European nights throughout November and December, with nine top-flight games to contest in the space of 35 days from Gameweeks 13-21. The Leicester striker may not escape a benching or two over that period, then, but the same could be argued for huge swathes of the FPL players in our teams.

HARRY KANE

Kane and Wilson enter FPL differential conversation ahead of Gameweek 9

The August curse extended to mid-October this year, with Harry Kane (£12.1m) only opening his Premier League account in last week’s win over Newcastle United.

As is the case with Vardy, it’s not until next month that Spurs’ fixtures really leap off the page – a four-match period from Gameweeks 12-15 looking like the ideal time to pounce on the Lilywhites.

Kane’s extra cost is the main deterrent considering that Vardy and an alternative route into the Spurs attack, Son Heung-min (£10.1m), can be snapped up for some £1.5m-£2.0m less.

Kane’s underlying stats have really stepped up a gear over the last four Gameweeks, as he’s joint-top among FPL forwards for shots alongside Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m) and Vardy.

While plenty of those efforts are coming from distance, the typically dead-eyed Kane has still had more shots on target than any of his positional rivals – and the same number of big chances as Ronaldo.

Still, Son is outgunning Kane for big chances, shots in the box and expected goal involvement (xGI) even over this four-match period, so justifying that extra £2.0m outlay if it’s a ‘one or the other’ dilemma is not easy.

THE OTHERS

Cristiano Ronaldo dominates his premium peers stats-wise over the course of the season but some stiff fixtures, not to mention United’s iffy form and inability to carve out a single ‘big chance’ for him over the last three Gameweeks, leads us away from the veteran Portuguese.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£9.9m) is arguably the pick of the rest from the premium pool. Having found the net in each of his last three appearances at the Emirates, the Gabon international and his Gunners teammates have four more very favourable home encounters against Aston Villa, Watford, Newcastle and Southampton between now and Gameweek 16.

Trips to Leicester and Manchester United needn’t be feared from a defensive perspective either, with those two hapless backlines on just one clean sheet apiece in 2021/22.

A lack of big chances this season (two, fewer than 17 other forwards) is the main downside and he’s having to rely on his historically strong goal conversion rate to maintain his output. A possible recall for Alexandre Lacazette (£8.3m) would also presumably see Aubameyang shunted to the left flank, as has happened many times before.

Gabriel Jesus (£8.6m) is being routinely overlooked by many of us, with the week-to-week rotation risk and a ‘reverse out of position’ tag cited as the main reasons. And yet, despite registering fewer minutes than 15 other FPL forwards, he is still third among players in his Fantasy position for points.

The no-shows and one-pointers will be as regular as the double-digit hauls, nevertheless still resulting in a decent points-per-match average (Jesus’s is currently 5.90). Strong benches will be needed to negotiate those rests, so with many of us taking punts on rotation risks such as Phil Foden (£8.0m), Reece James (£5.5m) and Ben Chilwell (£5.7m), the Man City man may be one gamble too many.

BEST LUKAKU REPLACEMENTS: MID-PRICE/BUDGET FORWARDS

IVAN TONEY

Toney off the mark as injuries and Covid impact Villa 4

Lukaku’s injury doesn’t just allow FPL managers to move sideways between premium forwards but downgrade to a mid-price or budget option in order to reallocate funds elsewhere, perhaps with a view to recruiting Son, Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) or the man who looks set to lead Chelsea’s line in Lukaku and Timo Werner‘s (£8.6m) absences, the ‘out of position’ Kai Havertz (£8.1m).

One such cut-price striker is Ivan Toney (£6.4m), whose Brentford side sit top of our Season Ticker from now until Gameweek 18.

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3,460 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Podge
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Vardy

    1. GoalsAloud
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Party

    2. Kryptonite666
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Thinking of

      Lukaku, Gray and Perica to Wilson, Toney and Havertz for a -12.

      One return should pay it off ?

      1. jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        No other option to lose other than gray?

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Wouldn’t do a -12 personally

      3. Podge
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Do the Perica to Toney bit next week ?

    3. jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Too left field to capt Ronaldo over mo?

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Yes

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

        No,

      3. im1974
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Same coin flip for me

    4. C_G
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      good to go? 2.2 ITB, no FTs

      Sanchez

      TAA White Livra Alonso

      Salah (c) Son Raph Benrama

      Antonio Vardy

      Steele King Allan Williams

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

      Putting a bet down.
      Man U 1-5 Liverpool

      1. Podge
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Thats ridiculous

        United wont score 🙂

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

          Good point.

      2. Siva Mohan
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        0-3

      3. jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Its the exact type of game ogs pulls a rabbit out of the hat.

        Just when you think he's about to have his knockout blow, he dodges and fights back.

        1. Alexis Nonsense
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          True, but this time they have to "carry" Ronaldo, which is really really bad vs. Liverpool

    6. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Squid Game worth a watch? Any other Netflix series you would recommend?

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        It’s ok, over rated I think - started well but the end was rubbish imo

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I’ve probably just ruined it for you sorry Matt

      2. Siva Mohan
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        worth it

      3. GS456
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        It’s worth a watch.

        Click bait is good too

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

        First few episodes are great imo but the ending isn’t. Watching clickbait right now and it’s very good

      5. jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Watch it with the subs, don't do the dub!

        But I enjoyed it overall, decent show

    7. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Jesus is coming in

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

        What, a sock?

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Grow up

      2. Calculated Risks
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Christians will be happy

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Haha and me

    8. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Evening all.
      2FTs here, 0.4itb. Considering the below…

      Ronaldo+Mount+Shaw >> Vardy+Havertz+Chillwell (-4)? Or no need for a hit?

      Sanchez
      Rüdiger. TAA. Livramento
      Salah. Mount. Raph. Sarr
      Ronaldo. Antonio. ASM
      (Foster, White, Shaw, Gilmour)

      1. Podge
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Looks very nice to me

      2. King Kun Ta
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Worth the hit

      3. Atimis
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Take the hit imho

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Think Mount >> Havertz is worth the -4? Could backfire

          1. Gazza2000
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Not worth it imo

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Just do the Vardy and Chillwell moves mate?

    9. Atimis
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Thoughts on that WC team?

      Any other issues than no TAA?

      Raya/Foster
      Azpi/Cancelo/Chilwell/Livra/Duffy
      Salah/Son/Havertz/Raph/Mbeumo
      Vardy/Toney/Broja

      1. Atimis
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Or just 4.5 instead of Broja and bank the change?

        1. Podge
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Where will he be on your bench ?
          If third then there's probably no point

          1. Atimis
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Could start him this week but will he start?

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Very nice. Dias over Azpi?

        1. Atimis
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Been thinking about him but looking at next 3 fixtures, I would try with double Che at first

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Probably agree for the next 3 tbh. Do you think I should take the hit above?

    10. melvinmbabazi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Thoughts on what to do this week? 1 FT 0.2 itb

      Ramsdale
      Cancelo, Christiansen,R.James
      Salah, Raphinha, ESR,Gallagher
      CR7, *Lukaku, Antonio,

      Subs: Foster, Livramento, Manquillo,D.Luiz

      Thanks

      1. GoalsAloud
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Kaku to Vardy

      2. Siva Mohan
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Ramsdale
        Rudiger | Cancelo | Livra
        Salah | Raph | Benrahma | Saka*
        Vardy | Antonio | Lukaku*
        Foster | Semedo | Duffy | Douglas

        2 FT & 0.4 ITB

        Saka + Lukaku >> Kai + Auba

        do it?

        1. GS456
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Seems Saka has trained

        2. Podge
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Yeh looks decent

        3. Siva Mohan
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          triggered

          cheers both

      3. FCSB
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Ramsdale
        TAA Cancelo James
        Salah Foden Mbeumo Raphinha
        Lukaku Antonio Jimenez

        Foster Livramento Duffy Brownhill

        1FT, 0.4 itb

        1. Toney (get Vardy for Antonio GW11)
        2. Vardy (get Toney for Antonio GW11)
        3. Kane

        Thanks

        1. GS456
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          2

        2. GoalsAloud
            1 month, 13 days ago

            2

        3. Crazy Train
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Lukaku and Doucoure owner looking at a -8 move. Which option?

          A) KDB & Toney
          B) Son & Wilson
          C) Havertz & Auba (have Vardy)

          1. GS456
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            A

            1. Crazy Train
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Thanks. A -12 is also an option with Pogba > Havertz

        4. Jabba12
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Honestly got no idea what to do this week. Got 3.5mil ITB and 1ft. Who should I sell out of
          Jota
          Greenwood
          CR7
          Adam Armstrong

          1. Milkman Bruno
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Jota or Armstrong

          2. GS456
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Benrahma & Lukaku to Son & Toney (-4)?

            Already have Vardy

            1. Podge
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              yep

          3. It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I went with Jimmy as I already have Vardy. 5.6m ITB…

          4. Milkman Bruno
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Antonio and Benrahma rested. May hold and rid myself if Jota instead.

              Any update on Zaha?

              1. Tcheco
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Yes on Jota. Zaha is a troll though

                1. Milkman Bruno
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Yeah but Vieras palace seem to have clicked a bit more in recent games and he is their talisman and on pens. Fixtures are nice albeit City next gw

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

                Toney, Wilson or Ings?

                1. ZeBestee
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Ings is underlooked.

                2. Tcheco
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Toney.

                3. GoalsAloud
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Wilson

                4. Pukki Party
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Sell one:

                  A) Grealish
                  B) Jota

                  1. GS456
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    B

                  2. Tcheco
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    B

                5. ZeBestee
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Is bringing in Alonso and Captaining him a too big a risk?

                  1. Tcheco
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Yes

                    1. ZeBestee
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Best Chelsea defender in your opinion?

                      1. Tcheco
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        If I was wildcarding I’d bring in Chilwell. I went with Rudiger for nailedness though. Bummer

                        1. ZeBestee
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          Have Rud. Need a differential chelsea defender but i guess Azpi is the most nailed on but can see a benching this gw imo

                  2. Podge
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    If you have to ask...

                    1. ZeBestee
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Whom u captaining?

                      1. Podge
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        Mo

                6. Tcheco
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Who would you captain out of these options?

                  A. Vardy (bre)
                  B. Mbeumo (LEI)
                  C. Raphinha (WOL)
                  D. Gray (WAT)

                  1. ZeBestee
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    A

                  2. Podge
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Salad

                    1. Tcheco
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Out of those only. Good time for a differential (C)

                      1. Podge
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        Has to be Vardy then, having the others is enough

                7. thepancakeman123
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Sarr + Lukaku > Son/Havertz + Toney for a -4.

                  Yay or nay?

                  1. Andriy Shevchenko is Back
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Yay! I’d say Havertz for now and then switch to Son when the fixtures turn for both

                8. xHaTr
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Have exact money for this but its a -8. Surely not right?

                  Saka, Lukaku, Dias to Havertz, Vardy, Chilwell

                  1. Milkman Bruno
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Do you need to make the Dias move to afford it? Seems strange selling him

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

                        Yeah im 0.4 short otherwise

                    • Tcheco
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Just Lukaku & Saka out

                      Vardy Havertz

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

                        cant afford im short 0.4 need the extra funds from dias to chilwell

                        1. Milkman Bruno
                            1 month, 13 days ago

                            Dias to Chillwell is not worth a hit. Dias more nailed on too

                    • royals forever
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 12 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Which are the best set of transfers to do this GW

                      Ronaldo & Lukaku > Vardy & Kane (-4)
                      Lukaku > Vardy
                      Lukaku & Odegaard > Aubameyang & Mbeumo (-4) (Already have Toney)

                      Any ideas would be welcomed

                      1. ZeBestee
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        2

                      2. thepancakeman123
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        Is Lukaku & Odegaard > Vardy & Mbuemo not possible?

                      3. Milkman Bruno
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          Lukaku to Vardy

                      4. FCSB
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        Antonio rested? Is Moyes the type to divulge if he’s injured post game?

                        1. ZeBestee
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          Dont think he is. Rested most probably

                      5. The Parrot
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          Ramsdale
                          Cancelo, Rudiger, Apzi, Dias
                          Salah(c), Raphina, Mbeumo
                          Antonio, Jimi, Vardy

                          (Foster)(Saka)(Livra)(D.Luiz)

                          3.1mitb 0ft

                          All good to go here or are there any risky hits that might pay off???

                        • Liastro ⭐️
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          Anyone on WC this week?

                          1. waltzingmatildas
                            • 11 Years
                            1 month, 13 days ago

                            Yup

                        • Going Home
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          Saka to Havertz worth a -4? Fixtures are good, but minutes a doubt going forwards. Norwich alone could pay for it…

                          1. Dynamic Duos
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 13 days ago

                            Werner should be out for a while so he still starts when Lukaku is back

                          2. Tcheco
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 13 days ago

                            Same situation. Went Mbeuemo for that reason.

                          3. Goro Majima
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 13 days ago

                            I'm doing it so hopefully, yep.

                        • drughi
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 12 Years
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          Play 2 out of

                          A. Sarr
                          B. Alonso
                          C. Benrahma

                          1. thepancakeman123
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 13 days ago

                            Alonso probably won't play so you'll end up with Sarr and Benrahma regardless

                            1. ZeBestee
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 13 days ago

                              Reason?

                              1. thepancakeman123
                                • 3 Years
                                1 month, 13 days ago

                                Chilwell?

                          2. ZeBestee
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 13 days ago

                            AB

                        • Dynamic Duos
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          Triple City, Cancelo, Foden and Jesus

                          1. ZeBestee
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 13 days ago

                            Like the Jesus choice. Not sold yet on Foden but not the worst i reckon