Holly Shand looks at whether or not FPL managers should replace Antonio ahead of Gameweek 5.
Michail Antonio has had a sensational start to the FPL season, but unfortunately picked up a red card in Saturday’s goalless draw with Southampton.
This has left FPL managers with a headache on what to do with the West Ham striker for FPL Gameweek 5. He was the most owned player in the game last gameweek.
The August player of the month is currently the top transferred out player for FPL Gameweek 5, with plenty of incoming transfers for the in-form premium forwards Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m) and Romelu Lukaku (£11.5m).
How Long Will Antonio be Suspended for?
Michail Antonio was sent off against Southampton on Saturday for a second bookable offence in the dying moments of the game.
As a result, Antonio will be suspended in Gameweek 5 for West Ham’s home clash against Manchester United, with the striker set to return for Leeds United on September 25.
He will still be eligible to play in West Ham’s Europa League group stage game against Dinamo Zagreb on September 16 and in the EFL Cup against Manchester United on September 22.
How will Antonio’s FPL price be impacted?
As the most transferred out player, Antonio’s price is set to fall from his current £8.0m price tag. A player’s price can fall by up to £0.3 million per gameweek, but with the next deadline coming on Friday, this seems unlikely.
For managers who have owned Antonio since Gameweek 1, a £0.1 million price fall will leave team value unaffected. He has risen £0.5 million in price already this season, with each £0.2 price increase netting fantasy managers £0.1 in value.
Should FPL Managers Keep Antonio or Sell him?
I would personally keep Antonio and use your bench this week, as it’s likely you’ll want him back very soon.
Antonio has been suspended for perhaps the Hammer’s toughest fixture in their next six games. On his return, Antonio faces Leeds United, Brentford, Everton, Spurs and Aston Villa, which is a good run of games for a player in his form.
Transferring out a great value player who could well be a season keeper and then bringing him back in again at the expense of eight points doesn’t seem worth it.
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