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Best FPL replacements for Digne according to FFS Hall of Fame leader Fábio Borges

Fantasy Premier League has become a difficult game in the last few weeks, with managers at all levels of the overall rankings struggling with the unpredictable nature of the 2020/21 season.

I have also fallen foul of the frustration. After an excellent start to the season, my team massively underperformed in the last two Gameweeks. I fell from a place inside the top 10,000 to an overall rank of 177,000 in the span of just nine days, mostly due to a horrible Gameweek 6, in which I only got 35 points.

Even though I have some big decisions to make before Friday’s deadline, I am still eager and ready to prepare my team for Gameweek 7.

My team in Gameweek 6

Even though I never worry that much about rankings this early in the season, I am slightly concerned that my transfers haven’t been working at all. In fact, out of five transfers in so far, only Andrew Robertson (£7.1m) delivered an attacking return and everyone else either blanked, got injured like Kevin De Bruyne (£11.5m) or, in the case of Reece James (£5.0m), fell victim to Frank Lampard’s rotation.

Ahead of Gameweek 6, I decided to use some of my money in the bank to upgrade Michail Antonio (£6.3m) to Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m) and, even though this decision made perfect sense at the time, it immediately cost me seven points.

Antonio scored an incredible goal with his only shot against Manchester City while Calvert-Lewin looked like a shadow of what we have seen in the first five matches of the season in Everton’s defeat Southampton. And, of course, a yellow card in the last minute was the cherry on top of a poor overall performance.

Injury and suspension dent Everton's FPL appeal and expose squad depth issues 1

I bought Calvert-Lewin in because he was a nice set-and-forget option until Gameweek 11 at the very least, thanks to a combination of great underlying statistics and a decent run of fixtures. 

Unfortunately, without Richarlison (£7.8m) in the side, Lucas Digne (£6.2m) suspended and James Rodríguez (£8.0m) perhaps still managing that injury which messed so many of us about last week, Calvert-Lewin’s appeal has already decreased a bit. However, I am sticking to the plan and hoping he still manages to deliver good value over the next five matches.

WHO IS THE BEST DIGNE REPLACEMENT?

As I was writing this, I caught confirmation that Digne’s three-match suspension has been reduced to one. It means he won’t play against Newcastle and will return in Gameweek 8, when Everton host Manchester United at Goodison Park.

Despite the reduction in his length of absence, I still don’t hold out much hope for Digne’s appeal over the next two Gameweeks. Unless something bad happens with my players in midweek matches, I think it is time to part ways with the French left-back.

Fixtures is the first thing i look into when I am comparing defensive options, focusing mainly on the next five or six matches and using longer term fixtures as a tie-break to separate two similar options. 

So, let’s see which teams have the easiest short term fixtures from a defensive perspective.

Teams with the best defensive schedule in the next five matches

From this list, I am going to exclude Crystal Palace (due to uncertainty about how they will shape up with players returning from injuries), West Bromwich (based on their poor showings in the early Gameweeks) and Southampton, since I already own Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) and Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.5m).

Here are the best options from each of the five remaining teams.

EVERTON – Michael Keane (£5.1m) – He has already scored twice this season and seems to be a decent value option if I am to keep trusting Everton’s defence. However, Keane is no Digne and his best fixtures are away from home, which I am not thrilled about. Having plenty of money in the bank, I am probably going with someone else.

CHELSEA – Ben Chilwell (£5.8m) – With great fixtures ahead, an impressive attacking threat and some set pieces in his arsenal, Chilwell seems to be the best Chelsea defender to have and, simultaneously, the logical replacement for Digne. I do worry he could be rotated with Marcos Alonso (£5.8m), Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.9m) or even Reece James (£5.0m) once in a while though, especially with a hectic winter schedule ahead. Nevertheless, his upside seems too good to ignore and I think he is a great candidate, even if he might be rested by Lampard here and there.

LEICESTER – Timothy Castagne (£5.8m) – The Belgian full-back has impressed so far with four attacking returns in just six matches but he does seem a bit too expensive for someone who will have to play against Leeds, Wolves and Liverpool next. I think Castagne will be a great option from Gameweek 10 but right now it is a bit too soon to rely on him.

ASTON VILLA – Ezri Konsa (£4.7m) – After watching Villa’s shocking performance against Leeds, and with plenty of money to spend, Konsa is not someone I’m all that interested in right now but I think he could still provide decent value in a rotation with a West Ham defender, for example. Something I would probably consider if i was Wildcarding this week.

MANCHESTER CITY – Ruben Dias (£5.5m) – He seems to have nailed a spot at the heart of City’s defence but they will play against Liverpool and Tottenham in two of the next three fixtures so, just like Castagne, it doesn’t seem to be the right time to get Dias in.

OTHER PLANS

Werner fails to convince owners as Chilwell impresses for Chelsea

Despite poor performances in the last two Gameweeks, I still think my team looks pretty good and except for Aleksandar Mitrovic (£5.8m), and possibly Timo Werner (£9.3m) if it seems he will lose his starting place, I don’t have plans to sell anyone else for now. 

I still have my Wildcard available, which is great but, unless an injury crisis comes up, I don’t think I will need to use it in the next few Gameweeks.

Not having Harry Kane (£10.9m) has been a bit stressful but it is hard to justify using a transfer to sell Werner with such a great schedule ahead of him. I don’t mind having the German international (plus £1.5m and one spare free transfer) over Kane, even if he still doesn’t look like the goal-scoring machine we saw in the Bundesliga.

Thanks for reading and good luck with your transfers for Gameweek 7.

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1,579 Comments Post a Comment
  1. DagheMunegu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 2 days ago

    I have 2 ft but I really don't know what to do. Would you burn it ?

    Martinez
    Taa Robbo Zouma
    Salah Son Pulisic Trossard
    Watkins Kane DCL

    Button Lamptey Stephens Branthwaite

    1. linkafu
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Money itb?

      1. DagheMunegu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 2 days ago

        0 itb

    2. ajk1211
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Transfer out one of TAA or Robbo?

      I know it’s a good fixture but no assurance of Liverpool CS and frees up funds

    3. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Could lose Tross

      1. DagheMunegu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Who would you get ?

    4. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Trossard > Soucek

  2. StayoutheSpiceZone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Rashford or Bamford likely to rise tonight?

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Rashford possible, Bamford nowhere near.

      But stranger things have happened.

    2. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Outside chance of rashford.

    3. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      neither according to FPLStats

  3. JURGENAUT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 2 days ago

    press conference times anyone?

    1. All Hail K
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      They're listed in the "Tweets" section on the home page.

  4. FDMS All Starz
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    GTG? 1FT & 0.9itb

    McCarthy
    TAA - Justin - Targett
    Salah - Son - Bruno - Podence
    Kane - Adams - DCL

    1. linkafu
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Save

  5. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Lot of trolling going on. Not least, from the author ... 😐

    1. Scrumper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Lol, it was a strange article. Opening with its time to ditch Digne, and then explaining how he's not out for very long and Everton have good fixtures coming up. I was left feeling like some had just tried to sell me tartan paint.

    2. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      +1!

  6. linkafu
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 2 days ago

    What to do with Werner? Do we expect him to start again Saturday?

    1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      I have no idea, Sir. And neither, I suspect, does Lampard ...

  7. DantheManinaPan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Should I play Dallas ahead of anyone in this XI?

    Martinez,
    Robertson, Chilwell, Kilman
    Salah, Son, Grealish, Hamez
    Kane, DCL, Maupay

    1. linkafu
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      First on the bench

      1. DantheManinaPan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        My thoughts too. More attacking potential than Kilman making me doubt a touch

    2. All Hail K
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Listen to the Everton presser tomorrow re: Hamez, may make your decision for you.

  8. Ray In Bruges.
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    McCarthy (Nyland)
    TAA Mitchell Justin (Kilman, KWP)
    Fernandes JRod Grealish Son (ASM)
    Jimenez Ings DCL

    1FT, 2.3ITB

    Any obvious changes or should I save?

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Justin to Chilwell?

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        You feel comfortable without Salah or Mane? Maybe get one of them in.

  9. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Martinez
    Robertson, Chilwell, Semedo
    Salah, Son, Rodriguez, Foden
    Ings, Jimenez, DCL

    Steer; Mitchell, Lamptey, Stephens.

    0 FT 0.4 ITB

    If James is out:

    A) let someone come on from my bench
    B) Rodriguez -> Pulisic (-4)

    1. BeWater
        1 month, 2 days ago

        A

      • Kip
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        I’d play mitchell

      • In Bale We Trust
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Bench definitely unless he's ruled out for multiple matches

    2. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Martinez
      Lamptey Trent Saiss Ayling (Branth)
      Son Salah(c) Sterling Rodriguez (Bissouma)
      Kane Wilson (Brewster)

      Good to go?
      Save transfer?

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Good to go.

      2. In Bale We Trust
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Save

    3. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Thoughts on Saint Max?

      He's dropped to 5.3 I've seen, and in the longer term actually has very very good fixtures. Kind of player who if he scores will find casual buyers in the masses too for price rises. I'm thinking of having him and Brewster as a cheap 3rd striker/5th mid rotation. Thoughts?

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        No end product unfortunately, so lacks any real attraction

    4. Az
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      "All in all, Chilwell does offer decent value when he is on the pitch, as you can see from the table above.

      However, the fact that he has played fewer minutes than those around him shows how it is difficult to say he is completely nailed-on as a regular starter at Chelsea."

      Not buying this, he's as nailed on as nailed on can be. Might get the odd rest over the packed schedule, but can't worry about that too much - anyone can get a breather now and then.

      Don't think we can say his fewer minutes is anything to go by, he was injured after all.

      I'm excited to own the man 🙂

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Yeah don't get that at all. He's played fewer minutes because he missed the first three games of the season. Completely nailed on.

      2. Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Oh fine I’ll get him then

      3. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        I’m definitely getting him before he’s out of reach

      4. LarryDuff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        He has played fewer minutes, yeah he was injured. Do the pundits not research at all?

    5. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Jimenez to Kane for free is a no brainer, right?
      1FT 2.3ITB

      Martinez
      Chilwell Saiss KWP
      Salah(c) Son Grealish Pulisic
      Jimenez Ings DCL
      (Steer Lamptey Bissouma Taylor)

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Yeah, easy transfer.

    6. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      2ft 1m itb - No fires this week so...?

      A Forster/Martin in for Nyland GK
      B Podence to Fornals
      C Podence to McGinn/Barkley
      D Burke to Bissouma

    7. JURGENAUT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Press conference times anyone? thanks

      1. The Gambler.
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Instead of asking 50 times why not check yourself?

        1. JURGENAUT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Couldn't find it, hence why I'm asking. Cheers pal.

      2. All Hail K
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        They're listed in the "Tweets" section on the home page. You might have to scroll down through them a bit.

        1. JURGENAUT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 2 days ago

          I just had a look, but can only find the ones from today. I was interested in the ones for tomorrow, unless they are on there too but can't see it, sorry

          1. All Hail K
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            You're right. Keep checking the Tweets I guess.

            1. JURGENAUT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Thanks for the help mate, appreciate it

      3. TLF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Times will be available tomorrow morning, check around 9ish.

        1. All Hail K
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Thanks bud.

        2. JURGENAUT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Cheers pal

    8. Openboxman
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Martinez
      James - Saiss - TAA
      Pulisic - salah - Son - Foden - Podence
      Watkins - DCL

      Steer - Lampty - Mitchell - aguero

      1FT

      Any suggestions or save?

    9. Chilli Heatwave
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      2 ft, don’t know if to burn one, any changes you’d recommend?

      Martinez steer
      Coady Saiss James lamptey Mitchell
      Salah Bruno Rodrigues son Burke
      DCL kane Watkins

      0.2 ITB cheers

      1. BeWater
          1 month, 2 days ago

          I was going to say Mitchell to Kilman but you already have double Wolves defence! Rodriguez to Grealish maybe. Not sure how much you want to keep JRod.

          1. BeWater
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Actually you can't do Grealish because you have triple Villa!

        • yalala
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          (C) Grealish gang

          1. Chilli Heatwave
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Good shout

          2. Esalman
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            He will (lol) blank.

          3. DAZZ
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Not a bad shout

        • fcsaltyballs
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Martinez
          Robertson Chilwell Saiss
          Salah Son James Grealish Sterling
          DCL Watkins

          Forster Dallas Brewster Ferguson

          2 FT, 0.0 itb

          Best use of 2FT:

          1. Sterling >> KDB (save 1FT)
          2. Sterling Watkins >> Foden Kane
          3. Other

          Thanks.

        • Esalman
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Who would you rather get rid of, A) Maitland-Niles or B) Reguilon? Both seem rotation risks.
          What about keeping 1) Bissouma or 2) Brewster?

        • BeWater
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Martinez McCarthy
            TAA Doherty KWP Taylor Mitchell
            Salah Bruno Son Barkley Podence
            Kane Mitro Brewster

            1FT 0.3 ITB

            I'm thinking Doherty will play Sunday so roll a transfer and then do something about Podence, Mitro and Doherty next week.

          • Jdpz
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Predicted Wolves's lineup:
              Patricio; Boly, Coady, Kilman; Marcal, Neves, Dendoncker, Semedo; Podence, Jimenez, Neto

              what to do with Saiss?

              1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Who’s prediction is that mate??

                1. Jdpz
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    sportsmole

              2. WrightnBright
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Losing patience with Mahrez, not entirely sure why I have him!

                Ditch for Zaha?

              3. circusmonkey
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Talksport breaking news, Antonio out for 4 weeks.

                1. Reeker
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Say it ain't so

                2. BeWater
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    My plan to get him in for Mitrovic up in smoke.

                  • The Gambler.
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    Sounds about right. Got him on Last weeks wildcard.

                  • I Member
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    Really wanted to get him in next week for Fulham at home.

                  • Giggs Boson
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    B*llocks. Was looking forward to buying him next week 🙁

                    Salah (C) looking better now though...

                  • Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    So possibly only two GWs

                3. DAZZ
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  TAA is due a big double digit haul. Might give him the band before i sell. One last hurrah

                4. TheSteel
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Start Leno(mun) or Ryan(tot) in draft

                  1. The Gambler.
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    Ryan

                5. No Professionals
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Antonio our for 4 weeks.

                  Not sure if that’s already been covered.

                  1. No Professionals
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    Ah I can see it has above

                  2. The Mandalorian
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    Thanks didn't know this

                6. You've got red on you.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Should I?

                  a) Trossard ----> Bowen/Barkley/someone else

                  b) Rodriguez ---> Grealish

                  c) -4 Trossard + Rodrigues/Jimenez/DCL ---> Grealish + 6.9mid/7.5for/6.5for

                  d) Save

                7. Bishopool
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Who will I bench?

                  a) Podance
                  b) ASM
                  c) Barkley

                  1. DAZZ
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    ASM