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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.

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  1. bros
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Defo move now do you think or a better alternative?
    Thanks

    Vardy to Kane
    Soucek to Gundogan
    For -4pts

    Cheers

    1. Pegboy
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Without seeing the rest of your team, yes.

      1. bros
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Ederson McCarthy
        Stones Coufal Zouma Alioski Justin
        Salah Mount #Soucek Fernades Son
        Bamford Antonio #Vardy

      2. bros
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Thank you

  2. Rinseboy
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    who is the full guys to raise 1m to fund Vardy to Kane?

    A - Sterling to Foden/Gundo/Son
    B - Salah to Son
    C - Justin to Mitchell
    D - Raphinha to ESR
    E - Maguire to Lowton

    Thanks

    1. Rinseboy
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      *fall guy

    2. Captain_Shirokov
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Oof. Not great options, maybe D.

    3. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      C

    4. Rinseboy
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      leaning to C regrettably with a backline of Stones Dias Coufal and Maguire

      1. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        C seems fine if you are playing 3 at the back

    5. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      C

    6. bros
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      D for me

    7. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      C.

      Your defense balance is better if you do it that way.

    8. the snazzy viking
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      D

    9. Rinseboy
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      thanks all yeah defense is a bit stacked!

      Just need to decide who to keep Maguire or Justin!

  3. Captain_Shirokov
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    I think I may go for Foden over Son as my KDB replacement.

    I think Foden is one of the best options in the entire game when given minutes, which is now more likely to happen given KDB's injury.

    Thoughts?

    1. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Go Gundo

      1. Pjanić! at the Džeko
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        I don't expect Gundo's role to change in KDBs absence, but Gundo's current performances are looking quite good. I wouldn't expect Gundo to be moved farther up the pitch in KDBs absence and see 'dinho and Rodri paired as holding mids . . . that just seems to be overly cautious.

        I'm expecting KDBs minutes to go to Foden, Bilva, Ferran Torres, and Mahrez with Foden getting pretty regular run.

        1. Pepeye
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 6 days ago

          Sound analysis St Stephen

    2. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 6 days ago

      "One of the best options in the game" is stretching it way too far. Foden doesn't compare to Kane / Son / Salah / Grealish. He has hot games but also has many games totally invisible, hooked off at 60, long way to go. At this current stage I'd call him a "wild punt"

      1. Captain_Shirokov
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        he averages above 7 points per 90min this season with limited gametime

    3. Pjanić! at the Džeko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      I follow City carefully and think Foden is going to be the one plugged in to the KDB role. I guess you could see Bilva there, but I think it's Foden's time for regular minutes while KDB is out.

      1. Pjanić! at the Džeko
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        but if I had the cash I'd go with Son ten times out of ten.

      2. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Foden has never played kdb's role? Plays on the wings. I can see Foden still being benched regardless of kdb injury or not.

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 6 days ago

          He played it vs Bournemouth in the Carabao.

        2. Pjanić! at the Džeko
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          He's played in the middle before. In fact, he's always looked more suitable for that role to me. Pep basically said that City wasn't going to replace David Silva because Foden was the replacement.

          I'm betting you will see Foden sitting in the KDB role with the advanced roles being filled by Ferran Torres and Mahrez.

          1. Alberto Tomba
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 6 days ago

            Hot Topic worthy analysis. It'd be great to see an article comparing city mids for a bit o' analysis to back this up

  4. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 6 days ago

    If Grealish gets booked vs Newcastle, imagine owning kdb+vardy+grealish. Incoming -8

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      surely you bench grealish then

      1. ivantys
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Yeah was gonna transfer him out before this random vardy injury lol.

    2. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Prefer him to get a direct red!

  5. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Kdb to Auba with Ødegaard supplying him

    1. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Could work even without Oodegard. Aubam is a class player and the worst is behind him

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Ødegaard could maby be Arsenal’s Fernandez, the piece who gets the potential out of the team

    3. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Still lol

  6. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    KDB, Vardy to Son, Kane for -4 before LFC at home stupid?

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      liverpool looks lost atm

    2. Captain_Shirokov
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Not sure I would want both.

    3. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Who knows anymore. How lucky do you feel?

    4. Brosstan
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Not sure the -4 is worth it.. depends on bench

  7. Pepeye
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Well Grealish managed to take out Walker & KDB in 1 match so 5th yc a posso lol

  8. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    @FFS

    Can you reset the C poll due to injuries?

  9. linkafu
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Is WBA the game we are all waiting for Cancelo to go BIGGG?

    1. Captain_Shirokov
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      he'd need to score 30 points to make up for the last three games

    2. Pepeye
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Hope so as Cancelo has had most shots without scoring a goal of all City players this season

    3. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      If Bruno plays in the cup, I am considering Cancelo captain as a punt.

  10. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Son is a captain option this week.

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Agreed.

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 6 days ago

      My VC in case Bruno misses out

  11. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 6 days ago

    WC this week might actually be worth thinking if Grealish misses next game.

    1. Jdpz
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Is Grealish may miss next game? Why?

      1. ivantys
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 6 days ago

        If he gets booked next game yes. He's up against Burnley anyway not sure if he would even get anything in the game lol.

  12. Pepeye
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 6 days ago

    I think Silva will take KDB role but Foden is now nailed for me

    1. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Haha, good one

    2. Champions League Varane
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Agree

  13. marcos11
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Whos likely to take Leicester penalties now? Tielemans or Maddison?

    1. Netters2018
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Youri has in the last when JV not on pitch

  14. drughi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    A or B this week in isolation ?

    A. Soucek +4
    B. Son

  15. hullcityfan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Think I’m just going to bench Vardy and play Coufal.

    Then Vardy -> Kane in GW21 as part of 2 FTs.

  16. DannyDrinkVodka
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    I’m bringing in Gundogan AND Foden

    1. Champions League Varane
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Don’t you have x2 City defense ?

    2. Brosstan
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Imagine not owning 2city defs!

  17. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Tielemans or Maddison?

    1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Madderz

    2. poulteren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      you thknk they will do well without vardy creating space for them?

  18. Champions League Varane
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    1.3 ITB any suggestions would be great thank you 🙂

    Martinez Foster
    Stones Cancelo Targett AWB Mitchell
    KDB* Salah Soucek Burke Bruno
    Kane Antonio Bamford

  19. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    How about Mahrez instead of Gundog?

    1. Champions League Varane
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Just don’t man

  20. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    FYI Leicester players in the last 4 GWs this season and last where Vardy didn't feature:

    *Goals
    Perez 1
    Gray 1
    Iheanacho 1
    Maddison 1
    Choudhury 1

    *Assists
    Perez 3
    Ndidi 1

    * Total shots on target
    Perez 9
    Iheanacho 5
    Maddison 5
    Barnes 5

    * Penalty area touches
    Perez 26
    Iheanacho 17
    Barnes 16
    Gray 8

    * Expected goal involvement
    Perez 2.8
    Gray 2.0
    Iheanacho 1.7
    Maddison 0.9

    Only a small sample size though and two different seasons, so pinch of salt required!

  21. Bennyboy1907
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 6 days ago

    1FT 0.5ITB
    Martinez
    Chillwell Stones Cancelo Coufal
    KDB Salah Bruno(c) Grealish
    Bamford Antonio

    Johnstone Raphinia Dallas Adams

    Think I’ll keep the Leeds and Southampton boys till their DGW?
    KDB>>> Son?
    Anything else?

  22. gellinmagellan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Leno
    Robertson Cancelo Coufal Taylor Strujic
    Salah Son Soucek Fernandes Raphinha
    Vardy Bamford Antonio

    1 FT 0.9 ITB.

    A. Taylor > Stones?
    B. Raphinha > ESR ; Vardy > Kane -4
    C. Soucek > ESR ; Vardy > Kane -4

  23. Winston.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    A. Gundogan or
    B. Grealish ?

    1. gellinmagellan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      B

  24. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Anyone consider Ziyech?
    Who is better - Ziyech or Pulisic?
    Do you prefer Maddison?

    1. gellinmagellan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Maddison

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Worry about Leicester without Vardy. He's been toothless but he's a massive distraction for defenses which has allowed Maddison and Barnes free runs. Chelsea look totally out of sorts.

    3. tom_p77
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 6 days ago

      I put Ziyech in for the double and he got 2 points.

      I’m looking to move him out now as it just doesn’t seem worth owning a Chelsea attacking player now

  25. AnfieldLad
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Have Salah and Mane. Mane to KDB would’ve been the obvious move. Son probs better long term but doesn’t seem worth it this week. Sterling another option

    Mane ->
    A) Son
    B) Sterling
    C) Keep for now

    1. gellinmagellan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      C

  26. 3 A
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Its so easy to decide when u become a member. Sometimes a player who got a goal is overperforming. So pick the one who get many goals and support by stat. Done. Goodnite...

  27. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Kdb to

    A) Maddison
    B) Gundo
    C) Son

    1. Pjanić! at the Džeko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Son

  28. gibson1314
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    If you forget to hit wildcard and do transfers for hits, can you activate it later and get hits back?

    1. Pjanić! at the Džeko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Yes

    2. Neo-Viper
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      yes

  29. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Gundogan or Son to bring in?

  30. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Benching KDB for one week while I take a watching brief (on who to switch KDB to) and focusing on getting Cancelo. Leaves me with 4 starting spots and 2 to bench from Leeds/West Ham (already playing Bamford and Antonio).

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