Following a wildly exciting Gameweek 22 – which was headlined by Manchester United’s nail-biting 1-0 win at Tottenham – Fantasy Premier League is back again with more thrills and unpredictable spills.
The Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 23 starts with Leicester City’s trip to Wolverhampton at 6:00 PM (12:30 GMT) on Saturday, with the final match of the week, which sees Tottenham take on Fulham, set to be played on Sunday at 9:30 PM.
Injuries to a couple of big players are bound to make things difficult for the managers, this week. And here, we hope to make things a tad easier by outlining the players to avoid and their probable replacements.
3. Players to Avoid
Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur – £12.6m
The Tottenham Hotspur ace is one of the sought after forwards in the world and, quite naturally, is one of the most picked players in the Fantasy Premier League. Sadly, the England skipper picked up a nasty ankle injury in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, leaving 30% of managers in despair.
According to Spurs’ medical report, the forward won’t return to training until the first week of March, forcing him to miss at least 6 Premier League Gameweeks. He had been in scorching form, scoring 6 goals and providing 2 assists in his last 5 appearances. So, his replacement also needs to be right up there.
Replacement: Roberto Firmino – Liverpool – £9.3m
Losing Harry Kane is indeed a big blow, but this in-form Liverpool forward could provide more than a solid cover. Roberto Firmino has scored 4 goals in the last 4 Premier League matches and will fancy himself against 14th-placed Crystal Palace.
2. Son Heung-Min – Tottenham Hotspur – £8.7m
The Tottenham midfielder has been in blistering form in the Premier League lately, but will not be available for selection, this week. The wide midfielder has flown out to the United Arab Emirates to help his country, South Korea, in the AFC Asian Cup, and has already provided an assist in his tournament debut.
Before flying off to the UAE, Son had scored 8 goals and provided 5 assists in 17 Premier League appearances, giving a commendable return of 106 points.
Replacement: Dele Alli – Tottenham Hotspur – £8.9m
Truth be told, the England international has not done much to justify his hefty Fantasy Premier League price tag, since the start of the season. However, in Harry Kane and Son’s absence, the youngster is bound to get a more prominent role. So far, he has scored 4 goals and provided an assist in 16 Premier League appearances, but we expect for him to boost his goal tally against Fulham, this week.
1. Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool – £5.2m
On Tuesday, Liverpool confirmed their prized right-back’s unfortunate knee injury. The untimely injury will rule the Englishman out, at least, for the next four weeks. This injury will force Jurgen Klopp to dig deep into his reserve bench as he looks for a suitable alternative.
Liverpool have the best defensive record in the English top-flight, and the youngster has been an irreplaceable part of the Reds’ gritty back-line. Before injuring his knee, the 20-year-old had scored 1 goal and kept 10 clean sheets in 17 Premier League appearances.
Replacement: Matt Doherty – Wolves – £5.2m
Wolverhampton Wanderers were hammered 3-0 by Manchester City, last Gameweek, but they are expected to fare a lot better against an inconsistent Leicester City, this Saturday. Doherty has been one of the standout performers for Nuno Santo’s men, this season, and has a fair chance of picking up crucial defensive and attacking points against the Foxes.