Who to Replace Aguero in Fantasy - Draft Fantasy Football

Gameweek 14 brought a bunch of goals for Premier League Fantasy Football managers with Arsenal and Tottenham in particular being a gold mine of points. There were only 4 clean sheets so defensive points were at a premium, but Palace aside, the other three were fairly predictable. The other big news was the red card and subsequent 4-game ban for Sergio Agüero. Let's take a look at how things are shaping up for Draft Fantasy managers in Gameweek 15 and who could help your squad ease the pain from the loss of the Man City talisman.

Watford v Everton

Watford will be without Pereyra who you could argue has been their best player recently, but the same could be said for Everton as Bolasie has been lost to injury. This is a tough game to call as Watford are at home but Everton have a better team on paper. For Watford, Deeney is struggling to repeat last season's production but this is a week you can hope for a breakthrough. We did learn a something from Everton's 1-1 tie versus Man Utd last weekend, and that is that even with Lukaku on the field and in need of a goal to get him going, Baines is the penalty taker so his value goes up and he can be used most weeks. In attack, Deulofeu should be in line to replace Bolasie and could be a nice pick going forward if he has a good performance and locks down a starting spot. Time for Mirallas to step up too.

Arsenal v Stoke

Sánchez was absolutely on fire and there is no reason to think he won't have another great display as the top fantasy scorer out there. Özil is starting to become more productive and if Giroud begins to crack the lineup expect more assists for the German midfielder. And as Iwobi was relevant earlier in the season, Oxlade-Chamberlain has become so with some impressive displays. Cech and his defense are decent picks at home despite not keeping clean sheets as of late. Bellerín has an outside chance of returning. Stoke's defense has been improved lately but the Gunners were in great form this past week so don't expect much from them. It is hard to back Stoke players in general in this matchup as you are probably looking to get a piece of one goal tops.

Burnley v Bournemouth

Bournemouth produced a stunning comeback over Liverpool but they will find it tough going at Burnley as they have become quite a stubborn team at home, completely different to the poor team seen in their road games. They also tend to score at home so the Cherries defense may be quiet. Wilson is benefiting from pk duty right now so his value is decent but Stanislas has been ruled out which should have King more offensively involved. Burnley have been quiet for a few weeks now but you can envision them seeing this as a game to go for so Vokes, and maybe even Gray may be worth a start. If Heaton makes his return he is a solid play at home along with Keane and Mee on defense. It may not be high on your viewing list but fantasy points could be available if you back the winner.

Hull v Crystal Palace

Hull are in a nose-dive right now and a couple of weeks ago they probably looked at this one as a spot to end the struggles but the Palace offense has woken up so now fantasy managers will be looking to take advantage. Benteke is scoring and Zaha is enjoying a resurgent season. Maybe this is the week for guys like Townsend and Puncheon to start producing? For Hull, Snodgrass is the focal point of their attack with Diomande the only available striker right now so their hopes lie there.

Swansea v Sunderland

Sunderland have been dealt an injury blow with the loss of their workhorse Watmore, but Defoe, Anichebe and van Aanholt are still good picks this week as Swansea were involved in a shootout with Palace last home game. For Swansea, Sigurdsson is the cream of the crop due to his set piece expertise, but Fer and Llorente could be heavily involved too if their last home game is any indication of how this one could go. A home game versus Sunderland is usually a prime time to deploy a defense but can you really trust this Swansea unit right now?

Leicester v Man City

The obvious replacement for Agüero is Iheanacho as he seems to always score when given the opportunity, as he did on Tuesday in their UCL game. Guardiola has been known to deploy De Bruyne as a false nine too, and even if he doesn't, the Belgian will be asked to carry even more of the offensive load, and his risk of rotation goes down. With Fernandinho also suspended, Touré is likely to get a start but in a more defensive role. Sterling is close to returning and Silva should be involved in the attack more. Leicester are struggling right now and it has hard to pinpoint who will help your fantasy team each week other than Mahrez, and that has only been due to his pks. This game should have goals though so don't invest in the defenses.

Chelsea v West Brom

Chelsea return home after that big win over City last weekend and while West Brom are playing better, it is again time to confidently start all your Chelsea players. Assuming Costa shakes off his minor issue, then this team picks its self right now, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. For West Brom, steer clear of their defense this gameweek. Let's face it, this Chelsea team is not far removed from a lengthy shutout streak so even Philips, as hot as he is, may struggle to produce along with Rondón and Chadli, but if you must, those are your best bets to crack that stubborn Chelsea defensive unit.

Man Utd v Tottenham

Spurs are coming off of an impressive display at home to Swansea but traveling to Old Trafford will be a much tougher task. But with that said, make sure you hold onto your borderline starters as after this are home matchups with Hull and Burnley. I think Utd will score at home so stick with Kane, Eriksen, Alli and Son, though Walker and Rose do bring assist potential. For Utd, Ibrahimovic is finding the net regularly and Pogba is a guaranteed starter but the attacking midfield has become in flux again. Rashford, Mata and Lingard were favored, but now Martial, Rooney and Mkhitaryan are in the mix, check the Europa lineup as any players rested/benched could be more likely to get the start on the weekend.

Southampton v Middlesbrough

Southampton are a tough team at home for anyone in the Premier League so Middlesbrough will have their work cut out for them. The defensive group of Forster, van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand and Soares have to be seen as one of the top plays, along with Austin and Redmond in attack. Tadic can be added to this bunch if he finally returns from his broken nose, get the guy a mask already. Most of anything that Middlesbrough does offensively comes from Negredo and Ramírez, and it will be no different in this matchup but it is not a favorable one by any means. The back line could benefit from a 0-0 draw here but I feel the Saints will get at least one.

Liverpool v West Ham

With Coutinho out we got a good luck at how the offense will line up last week in the surprise loss at Bournemouth. The main beneficiary seems to be Origi and he is a solid play against a West Ham defense that got torched at home by Arsenal. He is joined by Mané, Firmino, and Lallana. The other midfielders to be considered are Can, Henderson and Milner. The defense will be bolstered by the return of Matip but with the unpredictable play from Karius I figure they will concede. For the Hammers this is a chance to give Carroll a start and there is no better source of service than Payet, looks for these two to try and link up at every set piece opportunity.

So some good home matchups this Premier League Fantasy Football gameweek could turn it into another offensively explosive one, plus eyes will be on how City line up their offense without Agüero and who benefits from his suspension. Enjoy the calm before the storm as we are about to get into the busy holiday schedule.

Simon Wardle

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