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Best replacements for Marcus Rashford in FPL

By The Scout 14 Apr 2023

The Scout looks at top alternatives to injured Man Utd star, who is most-popular Fantasy midfielder

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The Scout is assessing the best replacements for the injured Marcus Rashford (£7.2m) in Fantasy Premier League.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has revealed there is "a chance" the England star could be back for the second leg of the UEFA Europa League tie against Sevilla on Thursday 20 April.

But given Rashford will miss this weekend's trip to Nottingham Forest in Gameweek 31 and then has a Blank Gameweek 32 in FPL, his 50 per cent ownership in Fantasy are looking for alternatives, and 900,000 managers have sold him this week.

See: FPL experts: Keep or sell Rashford?

When pinpointing the best option to bring in for Rashford, managers must first assess their chip strategy.

Those who are playing their Free Hit chip in Blank Gameweek 32 can target the four teams who do not have a match that weekend due to the FA Cup semi-finals.

See: What is the Free Hit chip in FPL?

They can bring in players from Man Utd, Brighton & Hove Albion, Chelsea and Manchester City in the knowledge that they can then temporarily swap them out for Gameweek 32.

Managers without the Free Hit chip available should focus on in-form sides who have favourable fixtures in Blank Gameweek 32, such as Arsenal and Crystal Palace.

Here are the leading candidates.

Jack Grealish (MCI) £7.0m

Back-to-back 12-point hauls have made him the most-bought midfielder for Gameweek 31, collecting 300,000+ new owners.

Grealish has been far more influential for Man City since the season resumed in Gameweek 17, producing four of his five goals this term and seven of his eight assists from that point.

Riyad Mahrez (MCI) £7.3m

The Algerian has recently returned to the starting XI following an injury to rival Phil Foden (£8.0m).

Mahrez’s potential for huge hauls can make him a very handy short-term option, with a Double Gameweek 34 to come against Fulham and West Ham United.

Jadon Sancho (MUN) £7.1m

The England star looks likely to profit from a run of starts on the Red Devils’ left flank in the absence of Rashford.

Goals against Leeds United and Leicester City in his last seven outings, combined with an assist against Everton, suggest Sancho can appeal to those who are keen to reinvest their Rashford funds in the Man Utd attack.

Kaoru Mitoma (BHA) £5.7m

The Brighton winger's average of 6.4 points per start ranks top among all midfielders in Fantasy this season.

Mitoma's remaining schedule gives him the chance to deliver more goals and assists. 

The Seagulls have a Double Gameweek 34 and also have two matches still to be rescheduled, which is likely to lead to more Double Gameweeks during the run-in.

Gabriel Martinelli (ARS) £6.7m

Arsenal’s Brazilian has climbed to the top of the midfield standings on 175 points, thanks to 14 goals and seven assists.

Martinelli has blanked just once in his last eight outings ahead of two very kind matches. 

The Gunners visit West Ham in Gameweek 31 and then entertain Southampton in Blank Gameweek 32.

Michael Olise (CRY) £5.4m

Three assists against Leeds last weekend gave the Palace playmaker his season-high haul of 14 points.

Olise now has the schedule to help the Eagles build on their back-to-back wins under Roy Hodgson.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), seven of their final eight matches score just two.

Harvey Barnes (LEI) £6.7m

The winger is Leicester’s top-scoring player in Fantasy this term, combining 10 goals with two assists for 113 points.

If Barnes recovers from a minor hamstring problem, his output can help the Foxes profit from their kind run-in.

From Gameweek 32 onwards, five of their final seven matches score only two in the FDR.

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