Which highly-owned players should you consider moving on from in FPL?

10:49pm Mar 9 2021

It’s crunch time in the Fantasy Premier League season and for those that are chasing other managers and looking to improve their final position, now might be the time to move on from some of the most popular players in the game.

If both you, and your biggest rival, are both captaining Bruno Fernandes each week and have a Manchester City-filled defence, it might be difficult to make up significant ground over the next two months.

Of course, it’s difficult to drop in-form players, and it could end up being costly, but a masterstroke in March could be the difference between you and your fellow managers earning the bragging rights.

Bruno Fernandes – TSB 56.8%

The Manchester United midfielder is both the highest-owned player in FPL this year and the top scorer in the game to date.

With 16 goals and 12 assists, the Portugal international is the favourite, according to betting sites in Canada, to win the PFA Player of the Year award, and there is no wonder that he is so popular not only to roster but also to captain on a regular basis.

Fernandes has not gone more than two games without a goal contribution this term, and as United underlined their excellent form with a win over rivals Manchester City on Sunday, there is little reason to believe he will slow down.

Verdict: Hold

Son Heung-Min – TSB 55.0%

After an awful run from the end of January to the end of February, Tottenham Hotspur have bounced back with three wins on the bounce and are right back in the top four race.

Son has managed three assists across those victories, but it has been the reemergence of Gareth Bale that has stolen the headlines.

With more than half of FPL players having Son in their team and only 4.3% rolling with Bale, now is your opportunity to switch allegiance and get the Welshman on side.

There is every chance that Bale matches or even returns more points than Son between now and the end of the season, so consider making the switch and reap the rewards of the differential.

Verdict: Replace with Bale

Patrick Bamford – TSB 51.9%

Fair play to Patrick Bamford. Nobody expected him to perform this well this term, but 13 goals and eight assists later, and those who rostered him from the very start have been rewarded big time.

That said, 51.9% is a massive ownership figure, and with each of last season’s Premier League top four teams all set to face Leeds United over the next six weeks, he would be forgiven for slowing down as far as goals are concerned.

For £0.2m cheaper, you could pivot to West Ham United’s Michail Antonio who is only 12.5% owned.

The Irons have a friendlier run-in, and Antonio is capable of coming alive at the back end of seasons, as he proved with nine goals in 11 games to finish off the 2019-20 campaign.

Verdict: Replace with Antonio

Ilkay Gundogan – TSB 38.5%

Sadly for his owners, the seemingly never-ending hot streak has cooled down, with the German having just 11 fantasy points to show from City’s last five fixtures.

But with some managers now jumping off-board, you might be best served to stick with the former Borussia Dortmund man.

Despite a blip against Manchester United, City are still odds-on to regain the Premier League title and Gundogan remains a huge attacking threat from midfield.

Even if his ownership remains high, you simply won’t find a better option in his price range.

Verdict: Hold