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With so many of the Premier League’s best players in cup action this weekend, Fantasy Football managers are going to be scratching their heads up and down the country as to how to replace the points offered by the likes of Eden Hazard, Alexis Sanchez, Sergio Agüero and Harry Kane.

It’s enough to completely derail your season, but then it’s no secret that fantasy football requires 100% dedication — week in, week out — if you want to even have a slim chance of winning a cash prize at the end of it.

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Here are three players you should pick in your first XI in the absence of the Chelsea, Man City, Spurs and Arsenal stars.


Antonio Valencia, Burnley v MAN UTD — £16

Once simply a converted winger, Antonio Valencia is looking more and more like an accomplished full-back for Manchester United.

Despite his proficiency at the back, Valencia can also offer plenty going forward, providing three assists and creating 27 chances for the Red Devils so far this season.

All of this endeavour will equate to points for your fantasy XI, with 4 points available for an assist, 0.5 for a successful cross and 0.05 for a successful pass. There’s also 3 points for a clean sheet, and considering United have conceded the least number of goals on the road this season — including just one in their last four — they’re a good bet for a shutout against Burnley.


Kamil Grosicki, HULL CITY v Watford — £19

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Hull City might still be very much in danger of relegation at the end of the season — the Tigers are currently in 17th, just two points clear of 18th place Swansea City — but they’re unbeaten at home since Marco Silva took charge, winning five and drawing one since the Portuguese’s appointment.

Watford are the visitors this weekend, themselves without an away win since January and having failed to score in their last three away games.

January signing Kamil Grosicki has bagged three assists in his ten appearances for Hull since his arrival, and could well be key to the side’s success this weekend yet again.


Romelu Lukaku, West Ham United v EVERTON — £28

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With so many of the Premier League’s biggest (and most expensive names) not available for selection this week, you should have plenty of money to spend in your quest to put together the best XI.

At £28 Romelu Lukaku is the most expensive player you could select, but there’s a reason for this.

An accusation levelled at Lukaku at times this season is that he can be a bit of a flat track bully — finding the net against the league’s weaker sides while going missing against the best. Fortunately for the Belgian, it doesn’t come much flatter than West Ham at the London Stadium.

The Hammers have been terrible at their new ground this season, losing seven and shipping 27 goals — the third worst home defensive record in the league. You have to fancy the 23-year-old striker to inflict more misery on Slaven Bilić’s side on Saturday.

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