Holly Shand looks at whether it’s time to sell West Ham’s Said Benrahma from your FPL team and who to replace him with.
Said Benrahma was one of the early bandwagons of the season. Touted in pre-season by the FPL community, he delivered a goal and an assist in each of the opening two gameweeks.
Transfers in for Benrahma gained momentum across the early weeks of the season, and he currently sits in over 30% of fantasy squads, having risen in price to £6.4m.
However, he’s failed to deliver an attacking return in his last two games and suffered an early substitution on 62 minutes against Southampton. Is now the time to part ways?
Is it Time to Sell Said Benrahma?
Despite delivering some excellent points returns over his opening two games, there was always a worry that Said Benrahma was over-performing his underlying statistics and his returns wouldn’t be sustainable. Granted it was a small sample size.
Those concerns have been justified over the last two gameweeks: with our FPL Comparison Tool showing a stark contrast in his performances in Gameweek 3 and 4. His creativity levels remain similar, but there’s been a drop-off in his goal threat.
Benrahma was substituted for new signing Nikola Vlasic (£6.0m) against Southampton, which suggests that this pair could share minutes going forward. The schedule is about to get very busy for the Hammers too as their Europa League campaign gets underway away at Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.
Add into the mix that West Ham will be without their star man Michail Antonio through suspension in Gameweek 5 against Manchester United, and the stars are aligning towards selling Said Benrahma. But who should you replace him with?
Who are the Best FPL Replacements for Benrahma?
We are blessed with a multitude of mid-priced midfielders to replace Benrahma with. Leeds United sit top of the Hub’s FPL fixture ticker for attack over the next four gameweeks. Raphinha (£6.5m) looks to be a great option for this run, with goal and assist threat in equal measure. He’s had 11 shots this season.
If you have funds in the bank, Mason Greenwood (£7.7m) tops the Predicted Points Tool for the next four games. A double up on the Manchester United attack looks promising given their fixtures and form.
He’s top for shots (13) and goals (3) among midfielders priced under £8m.
If budget is an issue, Wolves’ Adama Traore (£6.0m) has the most promising underlying statistics, with 12 shots and 11 key passes across the opening four games. Wolves have just embarked on a promising fixture run which extends all the way into Decemeber.
Is it now Time to Jump off all West Ham Assets?
West Ham were the form team of August, with managers who tripled up on their assets reaping the rewards. However, now seems to be a good time to jump off their assets, despite still sitting within the top three on the Gameweek 5 Fixtures vs Form charts.
Despite strengthening their squad in the transfer window, they aren’t a side who are used to the demands of midweek European football. David Moyes commented that his players who went out on international duty in the break looked tired against Southampton at the weekend.
As discussed in my previous article, Michail Antonio is worth holding onto despite the ban this week, but with fixture swings for Wolves, Everton and Leeds United, it’s now time to say goodbye to your other Hammers assets.
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