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Four Sky Sports Fantasy differentials who can replace injured players

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With injuries mounting, Niall this week reveals his pick of the options under 5% ownership for those in the market for budget-friendly, dependable differential picks.

As attention turns towards a hectic festive fixture schedule for Sky managers, unfortunately too many of us are continuing to face something of an autumn injury and rotation crisis.

In an October-November period where prudence on transfers is so often rewarded later in the season, many find themselves in the unavoidable scenario where dipping into the market is the only option.

That’s why this article seeks not only to highlight the traditional ‘differential’ picks that come with a high level of risk, but dependable, under-the-radar and well-priced alternatives that could serve managers for the medium to long-term – and all under 5% owned.

Aymeric Laporte (9.1) – 4.6% owned in top 1k

I did tell you these were going to be solid picks. Top of the tree is the joint-third highest points scoring defender in the game this season with 58 points from his seven starts. With over 0.9 points per minute per game so far this season, the Spanish centre-back is well inside the top 10 best value players, which really begs the question – why do only 46 of the top 1,000 managers have him in their teams?

Competition and rotation fears with John Stones (9.2) appears likely to be the main reason. However, 10 Gameweeks into this season, it appears the matter is settled in Laporte’s favour. With a 1.5m price saving over his defensive counterpart,, and an equal, if not superior propensity to pick up passing bonus, I think that Laporte could be the optimal route into a double Man City defence, alongside Joao Cancelo (9.5).

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (8.1) – 1.2% owned in top 1k

The holding midfielder is about as safe a pick as they come. Destined it seems to play almost every minute of every game, he’s starting again to show why he was so popular in Sky last season. After a slow start under Nuno Espirito Santo, it may yet be too early to predict with certainty that the Spurs man is back to his best, but if his recent run of form is anything to go by, the signs are visible.

The Dane has picked up passing bonus three times in his last four, adding tackles to that on two occasions. He also seems to be getting into the final third more often, registering a shot on target in each of his last three games. This upturn in output, if sustained, could see Hojbjerg considered in the ‘set and forget’ category of midfielders, where security of starts and consistent, steady points returns prove superior over more sporadic picks who often lead to needless transfers. Another string to the midfielder’s bow is that he could offer an alternative captain cover for single match days where a transfer to Harry Kane (12.0) or Son Heung-min (10.8) could be saved.

Hwang Hee-chan (7.8) – 4.4% owned in top 1k

Probably the highest risk pick of the players in this article, I think Hwang could be the ideal differentialCheaply priced, strong short-term fixtures, playing out of position and in form – with an obvious standalone captaincy – I think Gameweek 12’s Monday fixture versus Everton could be the right time to pull the trigger on him.

So far, the South Korean talisman has scored in two of his four league starts, which included a brace and man of the match award at home to Newcastle. He also bagged off the bench on his debut against Watford. Clearly, he has an eye for goal and despite otherwise limited exposure in front of goal, a generous run of fixtures is (EVE, cpl, WHU, nor, BUR) still to come. For those without a captain for Monday’s individual match-day against Everton, the budget-friendly midfielder could be the ideal replacement for those facing injuries and rotation issues. Like most midfielders around Hwang’s price, he does come with the caveat that he will likely return a relatively high number of two-pointers versus other, more consistent returners like Hojbjerg, Youri Tielemans (8.5) and James Ward-Prowse (8.6). He may also face pressure for his place from Adama Traore (7.9), Francisco Trincao (7.8) and Daniel Podence (7.4) in the longer term.

Lewis Dunk (8.2) – 5.0% owned in top 1k

Dunk sailed under the radar for much of last season and ended 2020/21 as one of the highest points scorers in the game. Already he has raced into the top 10 defenders in terms of points scored despite deflated passing numbers, resulting from the presence of Shane Duffy (6.6) which has seen Dunk pushed out to right centre-back. He’s also yet to pop up with a trademark goal or man of the match award, but his performances suggest neither could be far away, registering shots on target in three of the last five games.

Crucially, with the benching of Duffy, the Brighton captain has moved back into a more central role in one of the league’s sternest defences. If Duffy continues to sit out, then Dunk once again will become one of the best value players in the game. Following the game against Liverpool, the Seagulls embark on a strong set of fixtures (new, avl, LEE, whu, SOT) where clean sheets and passing bonus could be consistently achieved. Dunk also offers the perfect price-replacement for the likes of Andreas Christensen (8.3), Joel Matip (8.4), Marcos Alonso (7.9), Ismaila Sarr (7.8) and Said Benrahma (7.8). 


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465 Comments Post a Comment
  1. DagheMunegu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Benhrama to
    A Foden (have Grealish)
    B Mount (have Havertz)
    C Save ft

    1. ManUtdFan977
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Between A and C for me

    2. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      A

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Foden for me. I think he is more explosive and has the higher ceiling than Mount. Last week was a one-off for Mount imo but he will tick over

    4. acidicleo
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      A

  2. Tonyawesome69
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    What are people's thoughts on Raphinha v Saka? Trying to decide which one to sell for Foden.

    1. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Sell saka

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        What is your reason for Saka over Raphinha?

    2. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      keep raphinha

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I assume just for the Norwich fixture in mind. What do you think of Leeds after that game?

    3. jayzico
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Tricky. Sell Saka

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Agreed. I like Raphinha for the Norwich game but after that I'm not so sure on Leeds. Arsenal have Watford and Newcastle in GW11 and 13 respectively, both at home

    4. acidicleo
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Saka easy.
      Raph has Norwich. If you are concerned about fixtures after that you can sell him after Norwich.

    5. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I've never liked Saka as an asset, not very consistent and liable for cameos or getting subbed early. Raphinha is in a team playing poorly without a good few players but he's central to their attacking play, and has Norwich this weekend followed by Leicester (conceded 9 in last 5), so personally I'd hold him for at least a bit longer and maybe get rid after that, especially if Bamford still isn't back

  3. The Fanous Grouse
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Will Barnes get back into the starting lineup?
    Thinking of replacing him in a draft league and here are my.options:
    A)Saka
    B)Smith Rowe
    C)JWP
    D)Tielemans

    1. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      D

  4. Malinwa
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Suggestions please guys, I have 1FT and £0.1 ITB

    Foster
    Cancelo - TAA - Christensen*
    Salah - Raph* - Mbeumo* - Son
    Toney - Vardy - Antonio

    Raya* - White* - Livramento - Brownhill

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Not much ITB, probably roll FT unless Raya is dropping in price and you have decided which GK you want to go to.

  5. More Cowbell
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Help please, struggling this week:
    1) -4 ASM & shaw > Hwang & Dias (will have no Brentford coverage)
    2) ASM > Toney (will have no city defence)

    Sanchez, Steele
    TAA, James, Shaw. White, Livra
    Salah, Havertz, Foden, Raph, Brownhill
    Vardy, Antonio, ASM

    1. jayzico
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      1.

      Vardy may struggle to play this week though. You probably know that

  6. jayzico
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Morning chaps and happy Friday.

    Bench dilemma:

    Sanchez
    Cancelo - Chilwell - Livra - TAA
    KdB - Salah - Son - ESR
    Antonio - Nacho

    Bench = 4m - Hwang - Manq - Allan
    0.5ITB

    Hwang first on bench? Or ESR/Livra?

    Thanks guys

    1. Bertonian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Would defo play Hwang, just Livra over ESR only because I think Watford will score

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Start Hwang and ESR over Livramento

    3. acidicleo
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      play hwang for livra.

    4. jayzico
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      OK makes sense. And nice to have some MNF to look forward too. `ESR/Livra is a real bugger though

  7. drughi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    With broja out I'm deffo playing foster over sanchez

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Especially if you have Vardy 🙂

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      As a previous Bachmann and Foster owner, I have lost faith in Watford defence. No CS so far this season. I'm going with for the save points in Ramsdale

  8. Jet5605
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    If Raph is ruled out should I take a hit to get Mount in for him or just let Gilmour come off the bench? Have already taken -4 hit this week to get this team.

    Foster
    Cancelo - Chilwell - Rudiger - Livra
    Salah (c) - Foden - Raph - Townsend
    CR7 - Antonio

    Sanchez - Gilmour - Duffy - Perica

    1. Voodoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      He isn’t ruled out, Bielsa said he should be ok.

      1. Jet5605
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Great news ahead of a great fixture - thanks!

    2. jayzico
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Mount won't haul like that ever again this season. Word. Albeit my word

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Raphinha is "likely" to be available this weekend

  9. Catastrophe
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    1.6M ITB, 0 FT.

    Sanchez
    TAA, Chilwell, Cancelo
    Salah, Raphinha*, Gray, Kovacic
    Ronaldo, Jesus, Antonio

    (Steer, Livramento, Manquillo, Mendy)

    A) Stick
    B) Raphinha -> Foden (-4)

    Cheers.

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Not for a hit. Delay the move. I'm considering it but as a FT

      1. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Cheers, just don't want a Raphinha cameo.

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Yeah it is a tough one. Hopefully he is in the training photos/videos

    2. No Kane No Gain
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Just looking at your team has convinced me to play my Gray over Livra too. Cheers lol

      1. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        To be fair I'm torn between the two 😀

  10. lewis274
      1 month, 8 days ago

      start 1/3

      semedo
      smith rowe
      mbuemo

      1. acidicleo
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        esr

      2. Bertonian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Mbeumo

    • Sid07
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      1) james to chilwell
      2) grealish to foden
      3) save ft

      1. acidicleo
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        3

    • internal error
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      kane will be facing easier defences and wont even be considered a punt. What is wrong with him? Has he given up until he is allowed to leave and is seething with Levy for lying to him? or is he suffering mentally and cant pick himself up?

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Combination of looking at greener pastures and Nuno ball.

        1. internal error
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Yeah, Nunos tactics dont help at all but the lack of effort is disappointing

        2. SINGH
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Don't agree - Jiminez thrived under Nuno. Kane just doesnt seem up for it.

          1. internal error
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            I think Jimmy would have struggled last season if fit. Nuno seems to have lost his edge. Spurs look so bad

    • SINGH
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      De Buryne to Raph for -4?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        no

        1. SINGH
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          but it's Norwich 🙁

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            I don't think I would be transferring him in on the basis he is "likely" to be available from a poor challenge on his ankle.

            1. SINGH
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              good point - thanks

      2. Jonny HOW SON?
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        only for -8

        1. SINGH
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          can't transfer KDB twice

      3. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 8 days ago

        lol

      4. tomasjj
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I'd not.
        But I'd consider KDB in 3 weeks.

    • Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      With broja out surely Ralph starts Che and Armstrong again right ?
      Or has redmond impressed too much to keep Armstrong out

      1. internal error
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        i think Redmond starts.

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Boo

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I think Redmond has impressed and it would be harsh to drop him. It will be Adams v Armstrong

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Yeah adams early sub vs chelsea maybe consolidates that but not sure

    • FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Rank swings this GW will depend on which of Foster, Ramsdale and Sanchez keeping a cleanie oh and of course whether you cap Salah or not.

      1. SINGH
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        can't see Watford keeping cleanie

      2. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        None keep a cleanie, Ramsdale and Sanchez make the most saves

    • Flynny
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Hi....Good Good go here? 0.5mitb. Anything for a hit? Not convinced james starts.....

      Foster (ramsdale)
      Taa cancelo dias james (livra)
      Salah foden raphinha (mbuemo normann)
      Vardy Antonio toney

      Thanks

      1. CRO KLOPP
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Gtg,nothing worth a hit

        1. Flynny
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Thanks

      2. Bertonian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 8 days ago

        You could play Mbuemo over James but you would hope Tuchel goes for the attacking option against Newcastle?

      3. tomasjj
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Gtg - i would not do a hit here.

        James is up in the air yes, but that is why you have Livra.
        If you want more security, go Rudiger for James next week.

    • chaser123
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      RMT is suggesting this team/bench. What do you think?

      Foster
      TAA Cancelo Dias Rudiger
      Salah Foden Raphinha
      Antonio Jimenez Aubameyang

      (Ramsdale Livramento Saka Brownhill)

      1. SINGH
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        world class

        1. chaser123
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Lol what do you mean by that?

          1. SINGH
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            as in it's good

            1. chaser123
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              My team is good? Or the RMT tool’s ordering of the bench?

      2. CRO KLOPP
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I agree,Saka first sub only

        1. chaser123
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          You think swap Saka with Livramento?

          1. CRO KLOPP
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            I would,I think Watford will score,and then its down to Livra attacking return. Leicester defence isnt so good

            1. chaser123
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Yeh fair point. Saka could definitely get something out of the game

      3. More Cowbell
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Bench Livra at your peril

        1. chaser123
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Haha but who do I drop?

          1. SINGH
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            you have 4 big hitters at the back. if Livra scores and City concede then you will hate it. I would risk and drop Dias for Livra if I had that back 4

            1. chaser123
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Interesting. Dias against Palace at home though…

              1. SINGH
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                true but Palace looking better under Vieira. Beneke on form and will pose a threat. It is for reasons like this I never doubled up on Chelsea and City defence as it causes issues.

              2. Gazwaz80
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Keep Dias, Livra first on bench IMHO…

    • marcos11
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Best Chelsea defender to replace Digne? Already have Christensen

      1. CRO KLOPP
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Chilwell or Rudiger

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          this

    • Goonerly
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Do I save the FT?

      Ramsdale
      Cancelo - James - Azpi - Livra
      Salah - Grealish - Son - Sarr
      Antonio - Vardy

      Bench: Semedo - Mcarthur - Scarlett

      Only got 0.2 ITB, so can't do Grealish --> Foden

      1. CRO KLOPP
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Save,with almost nothing itb

      2. tomasjj
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        decent team that

    • Steve McCroskey
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Play Foster (SOT) or Sanchez (liv) this GW?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Sanchez - save points, look what happened last GW v City

    • Kante Touch This
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Gray to Mbuemo as a punt? (pending injury news)

      Fixtures are class, he's been unlucky with his chances so could see a turn of fortune over these games

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        We already had Brentford presser yesterday. Mbeumo has a "good chance" of being available this weekend. I would wait until next GW to bring him in

    • ajk1211
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Any changes needed here or save?

      Foster (Ramsdale)
      TAA Cancelo Azpi (Liv/Duffy)
      Salah Foden Mount Townsend (Brownhill)
      Vardy Jiminez Toney

      1.1itb. 1FT

    • FantasyFooty01
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Into Week 7 of last man standing, only 12 remaining. Just wanted opinions on who I should go with this weekend. I’ve listed who I’ve picked below. Who do you think?
      United
      Liverpool
      West Ham
      Leeds
      City
      Chelsea

    • Nightf0x
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Foster (sanchez)
      Matip rudi christensen taa (white)
      Salah raph benrahma (townsend sisoko)
      Vardy jimi antonio

      Which?

      A) g2g
      B) matip -4 to chilwel/henry
      C) beny/townsend -4 to mbeumo