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Best replacements for Luke Shaw in FPL

By The Scout 7 Apr 2023

The Scout looks at alternatives to Man Utd defender after he was ruled out through injury

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Managers' chip strategies for the upcoming period in Fantasy Premier League can help refine their search for a Luke Shaw (£5.2m) replacement.

The Manchester United left-back is currently the second most-popular defender in Fantasy, found in over 22 per cent of squads.

However, at best, he will now feature in just one of the next three Gameweeks, after being ruled out through injury on Friday.

Shaw will miss a home match with Everton this weekend, while the Red Devils have a Blank Gameweek 32, along with Brighton & Hove Albion, Chelsea and Manchester City, due to their involvement in the FA Cup.

Managers’ tactics for Blank Gameweek 32 can help determine the best Shaw replacement for their squad.

Those who are planning to play their Free Hit chip for the reduced round of matches can now consider strong picks from the other FA Cup semi-finalists, knowing they can swap them out temporarily. 

However, managers who are without the Free Hit chip must look at the overall schedules in order to avoid having too many players without a fixture in Blank Gameweek 32.


John Stones (MCI) £5.4m

A recent move into central midfield could boost the attacking potential of Man City’s centre-back.

Pep Guardiola's side also have a Double Gameweek 34 against Fulham and West Ham United to come, lifting Stones’ potential as a long-term buy.

Ben Chilwell (CHE) £6.0m

A goal, an assist, two clean sheets and four bonus points in his last five highlight the Chelsea wing-back’s many routes to returns.

Chilwell should be handed plenty of freedom to attack under Frank Lampard and has the potential of huge returns over the run-in.

Pervis Estupinan (BHA) £4.8m

Brighton’s left-back has blanked only twice in his last 10 outings, thanks to three assists and six clean sheets.

The Seagulls have a Double Gameweek 34 and still have two matches to be rescheduled, which could lead to further Double Gameweeks later in the campaign. 

Ben Mee (BRE) £5.1m

Three goals, an assist and nine clean sheets have helped the Brentford centre-back match his best-ever total of 110 points in a Fantasy campaign. 

Mee’s upcoming home schedule looks particularly appealing, with Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and West Ham United among his next four visitors.

Alex Moreno (AVL) £4.4m

The Aston Villa left-back hosts two promoted sides in the next four Gameweeks, starting with a match against Nottingham Forest this weekend.

Moreno has blanked only once in his last six starts, supplying two assists and keeping three clean sheets. 

Joachim Andersen (CRY) £4.5m

Crystal Palace have one of the kindest schedules over the rest of the season, with eight of their final nine matches scoring only two in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR).

Andersen has recorded 15 shots in the box this season, at least seven more than any other Eagles’ defender, suggesting he can be their go-to pick at the back under Roy Hodgson. 

Don't forget, the GW30 deadline is 11:00 BST on Saturday 8 April

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