Agüero Alternatives – Gameweek 4

With the international break over, Fantasy Premier League managers around the globe finally get the chance to sink their teeth into Gameweek 4. With some impressive performances over the break we pick out some players to mull over and see if its time to play our Wildcard like over 230,000 other managers.

The big game of the weekend is the Manchester derby, with Sergio Agüero (£13.0m) out for two games it is a case of stick or twist for FPL managers. Bench him and wait it out? Or take a chance on some front men with favourable fixtures? Here are some Agüero alternatives:

Romelu Lukaku (£9.0m) 

Two goals in Belgium’s 3-0 victory over Cyprus and Everton’s next four fixtures looking like offering up some points for Ronald Koeman’s men mean we fancy Lukaku to kick start his season and bag some goals and if we are lucky some bonus points. Owned by just 7.6%, Lukaku is essentially a differential, who if he starts scoring has a tendency to go on a run.

Diego Costa (£9.7m)

The Chelsea striker also grabbed a brace for his country in a routine 8-0 victory over Liechtenstein. Costa is the most transferred in forward in this game week and with two goals and an assist in the first three games he is an obvious choice up front. Chelsea travel to Swansea where Costa could do damage, However back to back games against Liverpool and Arsenal follow which could prove more miserly.

Costa scored his first Chelsea hat trick against the Swans in 2014

Marcus Rashford (£6.8m)

The youngster scored a brilliant hat-trick on his England Under-21’s debut and will be pushing for a starting place on Saturday afternoon. Rashford already seems to be a natural finisher and has the coolness in front of goal of a seasoned veteran. More likely to be deployed from the bench, Rashford is not the most popular choice with just 2.9% ownership but if Mourinho’s men are losing with 20mins to go, be ensured he will be thrown on and don’t be surprised if he grabs the headlines with a goal.

Rashford scored the only goal in a win over rivals Manchester City last year.

Two former Manchester City strikers make up our other options, Álvaro Negredo (£6.9m) and Wilfried Bony (£7.3m) both could be solid acquisitions for your team. The Spaniard has a return of 21 points so far, grabbing a goal, two assists and five bonus points in three games. Bony on the other hand hasn’t played any football so far this season and may take time to settle in at the Britannia Stadium, but with the Potters favourable run of fixtures coming up it may be worth giving the former Swansea man a chance.

Time will tell if keeping Agüero is worth it. If you are going to make some transfers now is a good time to get some big point scorers into your front line to make up for the loss of the ‘Kun‘. Now you just need to decide who will be your captain instead of the Argentinian maestro.

3 thoughts on “Agüero Alternatives – Gameweek 4

  • 9 September 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Zlatan no?

    Next most expensive striker, in a good run of form and didn’t play internationals so he’s primed to go

    Get tae fuck with Rashford Castle, won’t start so no point in putting him in the fantasy team. I’d say the best bet is Sterling, City will play him as a false 9, he’s down as a midfielder though so not an easy swap.

    • 9 September 2016 at 11:13 pm

      Interesting thoughts Matrix, yeah Ibra is a given. Sterling I’m not so sure about. Big boots to fill, don’t think he has the bottle for it. If, and it’s a big if, Rashford does start I think he will trouble that City back line with his pace, Zlatan is a bit more stationary .

  • 10 September 2016 at 8:25 am

    Costa is a great shout actually, he fairly put the bakers, butchers and candlestick makers of Liechtenstein to the sword the last day. Looks to be up for it this season. Wish i thought of him before immediately putting Zlatan in.

    Less sure about Lukaku, clearly doesn’t want to be there and he scores 80%+ of his goals against teams containing Ciaran Clark.


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