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FPL experts: Martial threat to Richarlison and Fraser

12 Nov 2018
Richarlison, Anthony Martial and Ryan Fraser

Scoring form of Frenchman has sparked debate in FPL panel over whether Man Utd star should be drafted in

The form of Anthony Martial (£7.6m) is beginning to challenge the perceived wisdom concerning Manchester United midfielders among Fantasy Premier League managers.

The FPL panel of experts discussed whether the Frenchman is a worthy replacement for rivals such as Richarlison (£6.9m), Ryan Fraser (£6.2m) and Bernardo Silva (£7.5m) or even premium-priced midfielders.

What the experts say

Mark McGettigan (@FPLGeneral): Martial has a very good chance of being in my squad for Gameweek 13. He’s got the form and the fixtures. Richarlison is another mid-priced midfielder on my "most wanted" list.

Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg): I like Martial a lot but am a bit stuck fitting him in. I don’t want to lose Richarlison or the cheaper Fraser. If Martial keeps scoring like a premium midfielder, he could force a question mark over Eden Hazard (£11.3m) in my thinking.

Paul Gee (@fplPaulGee): Martial is a great pick but his goal against Man City was a penalty and Paul Pogba (£8.0m) will likely be back after the international break to take over duties. I have gone with a Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.5m) double-up because I don’t think they will be rotated over the congested fixture list.

Josh, Always Cheating #FPL Podcast (@hailcheaters): There’s been a strong aversion to having any midfielder from Jose Mourinho’s Man Utd over the last couple of seasons, so the biggest hurdle right now might be a mental one.

Based on his recent results, and that we know he’s a talented player capable of this level of performance, he’s a great option. Plus, his fixtures are better than Richarlison’s.

WGTA (@WGTA_FPL): We’re in team structure, "Can’t have ’em all" territory here. If you can fit him smoothly in, he’s looking a great pick at £7.6m, but if it requires squad surgery, give it careful thought.

Neal Thurman (@nealjthurman): He could be a good replacement for Fraser, as AFC Bournemouth have tough fixtures ahead and Man Utd have a fairly easy run until mid-December. I’d go with Martial for the next month if the money works for you.

Ash (@FPLHints): Despite United's indifferent start, Martial has shown his proven pedigree. He’s still something of a differential who is becoming a must-have.

Holly Shand (@FFCommunity): Martial’s form and fixtures mean he cannot be ignored. I have Richarlison and Fraser, though, and can’t see an easy way to fit him in.

Sam, FPL Family (@FPLFamily): I was wary of picking Martial through fear of rotation. Although he is a good option, there are strong alternatives: Felipe Anderson (£6.9m) and Fraser are both cheaper and seem just as good for points. For just under £1m more, David Silva (£8.5m) looks excellent for free-flowing Man City.

FPL Ben McNair (@drbenmcnair): Martial’s had eight shots on target over the past four Gameweeks. I’m not yet convinced he’ll maintain this consistency, though, as Man Utd’s form still looks fragile.

Lee, FPL Family (@FPLFamily): Rarely does a player come along with the perfect FPL storm of form and fixtures. With three of their next four at home and only a trip to Anfield to fear until January, he’ll be in my team for Gameweek 13.

See: The Scout's panel of FPL experts

Also in this series

Part 1: GW12 Lessons: Form and fixtures point to Martial
Part 3: GW12 Lessons: Alonso cheap at the price in Fantasy

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