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Replacements needed for De Bruyne and Vardy in wake of long-term injuries

A large number of Fantasy Premier League managers now have big transfer decisions to make ahead of Gameweek 20.

In the build-up to the FA Cup fourth round, Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) and Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) were both ruled out for several weeks.

The Belgian came off with a suspected muscle problem in Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa.

Guardiola has now confirmed that De Bruyne will miss the next four to six weeks as he recovers from a hamstring issue.

Meanwhile, Vardy has been dealing with pain from a hernia in recent weeks and Brendan Rodgers has seen fit to get him under the surgeon’s knife to correct the problem.

That has ruled him out for “a few weeks” just as Fantasy managers were considering investment in light of Leicester’s appealing short-term fixtures.

With some managers facing two high-profile absentees in the coming weeks, the number of hits for Gameweek 20 is likely to increase.

This is also the sort of development that could tempt some into deploying the Wildcard.

Either way, the Season Ticker and other Members Area tools are sure to help anyone struggling in light of this news.

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  1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    Does injury of KDB increase the minutes play of Foden?

    1. Black Knights
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      Maybe. Hopefully. I have him.

      1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 9 days ago

        yeah seem he more attacking at the left handside

  2. jam
    • 12 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    Gundogan as a differential..?

    Joking. It's such a mess! I'm hoping Ings is back as a Vardy replacement.

    1. Pegboy
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      Ings is who I'm eyeing too. Otherwise I might go 4-5-1. Very few strikers I'm coveting.

  3. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    1FT. Soucek to Gundo worth it or too much of a benching headache?

    Martinez
    Dias Stones James
    Salah Bruno Son Grealish
    Antonio Kane Bamford

    Johnstone Soucek Coufal Dallas

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      Benching headache but good one to have?
      I got Foden in & think he will do really well.

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 9 days ago

        Yeah mate I think Foden will do well but I'd have to sell Grealish to afford him so not sure.

        So glad we didn't fall for the Kane/Son to KDB/Vardy move.

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 9 days ago

          Too right, you are in better shape than me, thinking Robbo & Soucek > Justin/Shaw & Maddy/Barnes

  4. Alisson WondHaaland
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    Sterling or Gundo? Tempted by Sterling

    1. Eddie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      My comment is being moderated cause I mispelled invest.

  5. Bleh
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    9.3 ITB currently, anyone doing better?

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      Haha. Please loan me 1.4M. Will pay you back next season.

  6. Mr.K
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    So I - like everyone else - am thinking of Gundo. But how about Maddison? Worse off with Vardy gone?

    1. Alisson WondHaaland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      His goal threat is never that great. Just a few anomalous weeks imo

      1. Eddie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 9 days ago

        In his last post match interview, in which he came across very well actually, he was saying how he has recently has been working specifically on improving his goal threat. He's on my radar.

        1. Mr.K
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 9 days ago

          This is the main reason I was considering him. But I think he might suffer from Vardy being gone. That said, maybe he'll be utilized in a more attacking role, hard to say.

    2. Eddie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      Someone will have to score their goals. He has been looking good. I think I'll be investing in Leciester defence before attack though.

    3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      I'm taking a week to watch (good bench) and I'm now thinking Barnes is a little better with Vardy out.

      Just a hunch.

      1. Mr.K
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 9 days ago

        Think I might do the same.

  7. fpork
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    Best replacement for Vardy, regardless of price? Already own Bamford+Antonio.

    Thinking of just bringing in Kane

    1. Party time
      9 months, 9 days ago

      Kane

    2. Pegboy
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      Easily Kane.

  8. Infamy, Infamy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    Is it Tielemans on penalties now for Leicester?

    1. Marcin the Pole
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      Likely. Unlikely to win many without Vardy though.

  9. sirmorbach
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    So, lads:

    Martínez / McCarthy
    Dias / Stones / Cresswell / Saïss / Dallas
    Salah / KDB / Bruno / Grealish / Soucek
    Antonio / Watkins / Bamford

    Maddison, Son, Gündogan, or Foden in?

    1. GE
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      Son

    2. tom_p77
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      9 months, 9 days ago

      Son

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      Son

  10. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    KdB to Aubemayang guys, you know it makes sense...

    1. J ⚒ Gimme ur Mané
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      Not at all, he’s rubbish...

  11. GE
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    What would you do?

    1) KDB and Brewster -> Gundogan and Kane (-4)
    2) KDB -> Gundo this GW, and Brewster -> Kane next GW
    3) KDB -> Sterling

    Current team:

    (1FT, 1.4 itb)

    Martinez
    Dias/Cancelo/Coufal
    Salah/KDB*/Bruno/Son/Soucek
    Antonio/Bamford

    Bench: Messlier, Dallas, Targett, Brewster

    1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      Just a straight switch for sure. You have a good bench option in Dallas this week.

      1. GE
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 9 days ago

        1 or 3?

    2. Pegboy
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      1

      1. Pegboy
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 9 days ago

        But depends on the rest of the team.

        1. Pegboy
          • 11 Years
          9 months, 9 days ago

          Sorry, being thick, you listed it. In that case 2 and play Dallas.

  12. Sid07
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    Kdb to
    1) gundo
    2) son
    3) Madison

    1. Party time
      9 months, 9 days ago

      2

    2. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      Son

  13. Babit1967
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    Think I’m going KDB to Auba for something different , can’t be bothered with Salah and Sterling and I already have Bruno and Son

    1. Your Man With The Hair
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      oh boy

  14. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 9 days ago

    Odegaard is such a fantastic player. Should make Arsenal's offense better with his creativity and class. Shame ESR will drop out though

  15. michaelington
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    Getting Gundogan smells exactly like when everyone jumped on Raul Meireles all those years ago (Didn't go very well). A player who doesn't score many goals who is in a bizarre purple patch. I'm not convinced. He has penalties, I'll give him that, although Sterling loves to step up and miss one every now and then.

    1. Eddie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      I cant imagine Sterling will take another any time soon. With Pep continuing to play those in form, i'm happy to wait until a dip in form to get rid. At 5.5 it's hardly a risk. Only issue is how everyone else will have him too.

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      At 5.5m he would be my 8th attacker (although I'd pkay him some weeks) so hardly a big risk at that price.

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      The stats don't agree.

      Maddison is the one I don't like. He's far overperforming his expected returns.

      1. Brosstan
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 9 days ago

        He was due after being the xP King for years with no returns

    4. gogs67
      9 months, 9 days ago

      A 'bizarre purple patch' is exactly the time to have a player, he's not a season keeper, sell him when it finishes

  16. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    Best replacement for KDB?

    Am I mad in getting Sterling?

    He would be a huge diffderntial in my mini league.

  17. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    Benching KDB I think and focusing on getting Cancelo. Leaves me with 4 starting spots and 2 to bench from Leeds/WHam.
    Will play Bamford and Antonio.

    Which 2 to play from the list below?
    A. Coufal
    B. Soucek
    C. Dallas
    D. Rodrigo

    1. ritzyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      Benching for 6 weeks. . . . ?

    2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      No. Plan is KDB+Rodrigo to Kane+Lei mid from 21.

  18. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    Son or Sterling for KDB?

    1. KAALI_DAAL
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 9 days ago

      Son has Liverpool, Chelsea and City in next 5 GWs. Not saying he can't pick up points there, but it feels weird.

      1. Pegboy
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 9 days ago

        Perfect counter-attacking games for him. He's already scored against City, Liverpool, Man U, Arsenal etc this season.

      2. Marcin the Pole
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 9 days ago

        I prefer those fixtures to if it were NEW, SHU, FUL.

        He's scored against 2 of those 3 this season already.

  19. KAALI_DAAL
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 9 days ago

    KDB to Sterling a natural transfer?

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      I'm kinda set on doing it but it would require a -4 to get Kane for Vardy for gw21.

  20. Henning
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    Taa and Vardy out for Dias/Cancelo and Kane?
    If yes who of Dias and Cancelo?

    1. Pepeye
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 9 days ago

      Dias deffo & Gundo deffo pen taker if on field

      1. Henning
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 9 days ago

        Ok.

    2. Eddie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      Dias for those nice reliable stream of points, Cancelo for so many unconverted almost assists.

      1. Henning
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 9 days ago

        Thanx Eddie "the eagle"

  21. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    KDB & Vardy sidelines for weeks, with Grealish's 4 YC and doubtful on Zaha, makes 'new' template possible.

    1. Brosstan
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      Injuries to good players always just cements the template, it doesn't break it up...

  22. Little Red Lacazette
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    15.5% of the top 100K own KDB & Jamie Vardy. Work is cut out for them.

    1. kime67
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      many headaches for sure:/

  23. kime67
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    feels good to do vardy to kane 🙂

  24. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    Another skill based happening with Kdb and Vardy injured. Joke

  25. fpork
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    Who is more essential, Son or Kane?

    I can go Vardy to a sub 8,5 forward (Ings, Watkins, etc.) and Lookman/Soucek to Son. Or I can do Vardy to Kane.

    1. kime67
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      ive had the best success this year owning both.

    2. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      Both if you want peace of mind.

      1. fpork
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 9 days ago

        Yes, an alternative is of course to get both, downgrading Grealish. But I have a feeling Grealish can be a good player to own the next gameweeks...

  26. Danno - Emre Canada
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    Minus 12 bordering on wildcard material?

    1. kime67
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      yeah

    2. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      Yes

      1. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 9 days ago

        Cheers, wildcard it is then

  27. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    Crazy to consider Pogba as a KDB replacement? Slightly deeper position when he's in the pivot but looks a different player when United are winning.

    1. kime67
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      hes done really well and won games for united but bruno is still the main man and i would not double up.

    2. jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      im maybe more tempted by Kdb to Gundo, Wilson to Cavani

      1. Pepeye
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 9 days ago

        Gundo 5 goals in 13 PL appearances

  28. teneighty
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    Son -> KDB for a hit was actually worth it with all the low-scoring premiums this GW. Time to reverse the move for free.

    1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      Yes

  29. HashAttack
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    Captain's poll a bit useless - KDB & Vardy out, Salah is the 5th most sold player, Bruno rested?

    I've given mine to Bamford for now

    1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      Bruno won't be rested.

      1. Captain_Shirokov
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 9 days ago

        yeah no way

    2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 9 days ago

      Whatever about Bruno being rested in the cup but the league? Not a hope.

  30. Alisson WondHaaland
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 9 days ago

    After this GW, which would you sell for Kane?

    A) Bamford
    B) Antonio
    C) Watkins

    Keep in mind Watkins is due a DGW soonish