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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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888 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Free Hat
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    I think someone wants Pierrick to drop @fplstatistics 😀

    1. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Lol, almost - 6000

    2. Tango74
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Pierrick Crystal Palace M
        -5926.2

        I thought it’s normally 100%

        How they get 5k ^

    3. The Big Fella
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      I brought in Dias for Taylor a couple of days ago to avoid the price fall/rise. I am now debating a -4 for KDB to Gundogan. Is it worth taking a hit for?

    4. Big Dunc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Anyone else considering B Silva as a direct replacement for KDB?

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Are you ready for the rotation?

        1. Big Dunc
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Argh maybe. I figured with KDB out he would play false 9 every week

      2. Dybala10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Not a chance, he isn't the player of 2 years ago.

      3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Would rather have Foden

    5. Mufc202020
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Start 1
      A) Coufal
      B) Dallas

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        A

      2. Dybala10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        A

      3. Apwilkin
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 20 days ago

        A

      4. Aster
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Dallas

      5. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        People picking Sterling over Gundssoto just because they have the funds? I went with Gundo even though I could afford Sterling. Hope it was the right call!

        1. moz_1983
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Would Gundo now drop back deeper with the lack of KDB?

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            This is where I see him, Foden to fill in for KDB with Silva & Mahrez

        2. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Sterling is an overpriced lump of garbage

        3. Threat Level Midnight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          I would rather have Kane/Son/Auba and Gundo than Sterling and anyone else in Gundo's price bracket. Easy choice

        4. Pumpy Pro
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Can only presume you haven't watched him play this season and you are taking a very expensive punt on what he is/was capable of.

        5. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Value chasers always end up picking garbage players with their extra funds just because they can. Saw some guy bragging about his team value but then check his team out and hes wasting it all on Sterling and Firmino lol

      6. Ady87
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Can I go without a city attacker this week if I bench Vardy and do KDB > Rashford?

        I was looking at Soucek > Gundogan also.
        Could do both of those moves this week for -4 and then Vardy > Kane next week?

        Leno (Johnstone)
        Dias Stones Coufal AWB (Dier)
        KDB Son Fernandes Saka Soucek
        Bamford Wilson (Vardy)

      7. doher.ty
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Thoughts on triple City defense? I know it's a bit much but the next three look very good for CS.

          Thinking KDB and TAA to Rash and Cancelo banking the $

        • Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 20 days ago

          If you could only have one... Son or Kane?

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Son

          2. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Son

          3. doher.ty
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Kane but depends on what you could do with the $

            • FPL-(VAR)dy
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Kane atm

            • aleksaa2
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Kane

            • Dybala10
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Kane because I never pick Son at the right time.

            • Baines on Toast...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Kane convincingly.

              There are far fewer good forwards in this game than mids.

            • Pumpy Pro
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Kane is more consistent. Fancy Son with the upcoming fixtures

            • NateDogsCats
                2 months, 20 days ago

                I asked this an article or two back and most said Kane, I was feeling it too but the move to Son was easier but Vardy injury meant I could go to Kane more easily

            • Kudo Warrior
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Hi guys, when are the next possible DGW before 26?

              1. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Anything is possible, GW23 is looking like a DGW depending on FA Cup results.

                1. Danno - Emre Canada
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Hey TM, sorry to hijack, am I out of LMS, Grealish to play and a miserly 75 - 8 cheers

            • Vjm6891
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Is Iheanacho worth a punt? Leicester have fairly decent fixtures. Appreciate Barnes and Maddison could be better options but at 5.6 could step up?

                Also, Pulisic, is he playing well? Seems to have played most games recently (hard to tell who will play with Chelsea and some other teams!) and Chelsea have decent fixtures.

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Pulisic is playing poorly and should be dropped but probably won’t.

                  Wouldn’t bother with Iheanacho personally.

                2. moz_1983
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Not 100%. They have put Perez up front previously, and Barnes. Nacho may feature a bit more now but it's a big risk.

                  1. Vjm6891
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      Ok Thanks. I think i'll scrap both those ideas! haha

                3. Dybala10
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Bottomed

                  Appreciate KDB and Vardy out is flavour of the day, but are Salah owners holding?

                  Not only is he/Liverpool in awful form, they are bottom of the fixture ticker.

                  Contemplating a move to Son or punty with Sterling considering the good fixtures for City.

                  1. doher.ty
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      Holding Salah - I probably won't move him out + have other things to do!

                    • IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      The only thing that happens when I sell Salah is that I end up bringing him back in asap.
                      Keeping Salah.

                    • Danno - Emre Canada
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      Liverpool tend to do better against the better sides regarding fixtures but something sure isn’t right at the moment. I’m thinking if getting rid of Salah for a few weeks

                  2. FPL-(VAR)dy
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    No KDB and Vardy for me. Should i get them out for hits or should I play Saka and Holding vs Southampton from the bench instead?

                    1. doher.ty
                        2 months, 20 days ago

                        I'd transfer one out and play one of Saka or Holding

                        1. aleksaa2
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 20 days ago

                          +1 with Saka

                      • Miguel Sanchez
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 20 days ago

                        Play Saka and Holding rather than taking hits

                        1. FPL-(VAR)dy
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 20 days ago

                          Thanks all.

                        2. PL Ball
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 20 days ago

                          That's a lot of money of the bench though.. I'd be tempted to do one transfer.

                          1. FPL-(VAR)dy
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 20 days ago

                            Got players from Bench boost

                      • Baines on Toast...
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 20 days ago

                        Think of Saka as an 8.5 mid. Great stats and form, always start him.

                        1. Threat Level Midnight
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 20 days ago

                          Bold statement, you truly believe this? Not disagreeing and I have owned for weeks now.

                    2. HuthTheMagicDragon
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      Rate my team:

                      Martinez
                      Dias Cancelo AWB
                      Salah Fernandes(C) Son Foden
                      Antonio Bamford Kane

                      Forster, Dallas, Coufal, Smith Rowe

                      0.6m ITB

                      Any tweaks?

                      1. Apwilkin
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 20 days ago

                        Looks good. Hold the transfer.

                        1. HuthTheMagicDragon
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 20 days ago

                          Cheers

                    3. El Fenomeno R9
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      Who played next to D.Silva when KDB was injured 2 season ago?

                      D.Silva------???
                      ---Fernandinho---

                      1. Party time
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 20 days ago

                        Bilva & Ilkay

                      2. Vjm6891
                          2 months, 20 days ago

                          B SIlva (I think) but not sure that has any relevance now though!

                        • El Fenomeno R9
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 20 days ago

                          Yeah forgot it was B.Silva,he could be good pick now nailed and can play in front three too.

                      3. Alisson WondHaaland
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 20 days ago

                        The 2 times KDB didnt start earlier this season, Sterling did look a lot more innvolved than usual. Small data set to go off but Im tempted

                        1. doher.ty
                            2 months, 20 days ago

                            I've never ever caught Sterling at a good time. I'm just going to stay clear. I'm sure he'll pop off now that I'm not getting him lol

                          • THFC4LIFE
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 20 days ago

                            Tempted by Sterling but hes frustrating to own imo

                        2. Party time
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 20 days ago

                          Gw 21 captain?

                          1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 20 days ago

                            City or Spurs will be popular

                            1. ivantys
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                Spurs cap is a trap just like they were when they vs Leicester. There're man united and city this week

                            2. doher.ty
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                Spurs player if you own one

                              • aleksaa2
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                Kane, maybe a punt on Cancelo

                              • FPL-(VAR)dy
                                • 3 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                penandes, bamford

                              • PL Ball
                                • 9 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                Kane or Son.

                                Maybe.. sterling?

                              • THFC4LIFE
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                City or Spurs

                              • Neevesy
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                I'm going Fernandes C, Rash VC.

                                Also have Kane, but feel it will be a low scoring game.

                                1. aleksaa2
                                  • 4 Years
                                  2 months, 20 days ago

                                  Never captain players from the same match.

                                2. Clay Davis
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 10 Years
                                  2 months, 20 days ago

                                  Not advisable to captain and vice-captain player from same team just incase fixture gets cancelled

                            3. Mr. Mystic
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              2 months, 20 days ago

                              2FT: KDB/Wilson -> Gundo/Kane?

                              1. FPL-(VAR)dy
                                • 3 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                Wilson could score against Leeds.Why not use 1 FT Kdb to gundo

                                1. Mr. Mystic
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 10 Years
                                  2 months, 20 days ago

                                  True, but I just fancy Kane v Liverpool

                              2. THFC4LIFE
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                Definitely

                            4. THFC4LIFE
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 20 days ago

                              Evening all, I have 2 questions for you.....

                              KDB to who?

                              A. Son
                              B. Sterling
                              C. Gundogan
                              D. Maddison

                              Play 2 of these

                              A. Holding
                              B. Coufal
                              C. Mitchel
                              D.Adams

                              Cheers all

                              1. aleksaa2
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                Son, BD

                                1. Apwilkin
                                  • 1 Year
                                  2 months, 20 days ago

                                  This

                                2. RamaJama
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 8 Years
                                  2 months, 20 days ago

                                  This

                              2. Bobby Digital
                                • 3 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                A
                                AC

                              3. Little Red Lacazette
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                A, BD

                            5. tom_p77
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              2 months, 20 days ago

                              KBD>
                              A) Foden
                              B) Gundo

                              1. RamaJama
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                B

                              2. g40steve
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                A

                            6. RamaJama
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              2 months, 20 days ago

                              Kdb to

                              KDB to

                              A) Son
                              B) Sterling
                              C) Gundogan
                              D) Grealish

                              1. aleksaa2
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                Son

                            7. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
                              • 1 Year
                              2 months, 20 days ago

                              pick one mid and get rid of one att?
                              a) Gundo
                              b) Maddison
                              c) Foden

                              1) Watkins
                              2) Bamford
                              3) Antonio

                              1. RamaJama
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                A2

                              2. highsguy
                                  2 months, 20 days ago

                                  B1

                                  Bamford double should be coming up soon

                              3. jbenny1107
                                • 6 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                Would you wildcard this group?
                                All the competition in my ML used their wildcard this week and I took a -8 to keep mine.
                                Already did Zouma to Mitchell. Or, just play everyone else and get them out next week with a -4.

                                Martinez
                                Cancelo Stones Justin Dallas (Mitchell)
                                Salah Bruno Soucek Raphinha (KDB)
                                Antonio Bamford (Vardy)

                                1. HuthTheMagicDragon
                                  • 5 Years
                                  2 months, 20 days ago

                                  Value is going to drop on KDB and Vardy.

                                  I would bring Kane and Son in for KDB and Vardy.

                              4. youneedmorecavaleiro
                                • 6 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                Do I WC this mess of a team?

                                McCarthy - Johnstone
                                Robbo - Cancelo - Dias - Balbuena - Mitchell
                                Salah - KDB - Fernandes - Raphinha - Soucek
                                Watkins - Bamford - Adams

                                1.4 ITB, 1 FT

                                1. THFC4LIFE
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  2 months, 20 days ago

                                  No way, just sell KDB

                                2. aleksaa2
                                  • 4 Years
                                  2 months, 20 days ago

                                  No, use transfers.
                                  Either downgrade KDB and Robbo or downgrade KDB and bring Spurs players.
                                  KDB to Gundo and Adams to Kane is what I'd do.

                                  1. iCon
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 10 Years
                                    2 months, 20 days ago

                                    /\ Good advice /\

                              5. Woy_is_back
                                • 3 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                Foden over Gundo surely?

                                1. Threat Level Midnight
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  2 months, 20 days ago

                                  I went Gundo but I do think Foden may play in KDBs advanced role. It worries me a bit.

                                2. g40steve
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  2 months, 20 days ago

                                  Same here, the crowd are going Gundo

                                3. Brosstan
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 6 Years
                                  2 months, 20 days ago

                                  Gundo for penalties

                                4. tom_p77
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  2 months, 20 days ago

                                  Foden is more risky IMO due to possible limited minutes but definitely more attacking potential.

                                  Gundo is cheaper, more nailed and should be on pens for now.

                                  1. thegaffer82
                                    • 9 Years
                                    2 months, 20 days ago

                                    Like a microcosm of the KDB v Sterling debate

                              6. Rhodes your boat
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                Kdb to foden worth -4?

                                1. g40steve
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  2 months, 20 days ago

                                  One’s going to play the other is out for six weeks, Yes.

                              7. FootieFan77
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 9 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                Why are people contemplating replacing KDB for a City player? No other attacking player in their team is nailed. The best replacement is simply Son.

                                1. RamaJama
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 8 Years
                                  2 months, 20 days ago

                                  Sounds reasonsble

                                2. The Train Driver
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 5 Years
                                  2 months, 20 days ago

                                  Not if you already have Son...

                                3. MoeZe3bi
                                  • 4 Years
                                  2 months, 20 days ago

                                  More than half of FPL players own Son so they have to get someone else for KDB

                              8. iCon
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 10 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                Anyone gonna take a punt on Cavani as an option for Vardy? MU have decent fixtures and he looking the only real striker who might get some goals at the minute

                                Also who to swap KDB for (have Son, Bruno, Gund & Soucek)

                                A) Grealish - AV got to start getting some DGWs soon
                                B) Foden - Should play most games with KDB out
                                C) Salah - Form awful, but it's still Salah
                                D) Rashford/Pogba - Again decent fixtures for MU

                                Cheers and happy Friday!

                                1. Danno - Emre Canada
                                  • 6 Years
                                  2 months, 20 days ago

                                  I’ve just been debating this myself. What’s the Martial situation?

                                  1. iCon
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 10 Years
                                    2 months, 20 days ago

                                    Just looks totally impotent in front of goal ATM...started last two on left and likely due a rest given Rashford got one in last game

                                    1. Bluejays and Horseplay
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 2 Years
                                      2 months, 20 days ago

                                      What seems like way back in BGW 18 I was considering Cavani as thought he might get a good run up front after his ban. Pogba is interesting too - has a history of going on run for a few games when he hits form.

                                      1. Bluejays and Horseplay
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 2 Years
                                        2 months, 20 days ago

                                        Although another part of me is screaming "just get Kane and Son back you fool!"

                              9. acidicleo
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                Gundo likely to keep pens?

                                1. aleksaa2
                                  • 4 Years
                                  2 months, 20 days ago

                                  Yes

                              10. Bluejays and Horseplay
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                And here was me thinking I'd roll a transfer this week!

                                1. iCon
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 10 Years
                                  2 months, 20 days ago

                                  Me too - both KDB and Vardy to sort now!

                                  1. Bluejays and Horseplay
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 2 Years
                                    2 months, 20 days ago

                                    Same. All part of the fun and games! I'll lose some team value doing this but I'm going to wait until after the FA cup matches to make my moves. This really ain't the season for going early.

                              11. SomeoneKnows
                                • 5 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                Martinez (Forster)
                                Cancelo, Stones, Dallas (Bednark, Douglas)
                                KDB*, Salah, Bruno, Grealish (Soucek)
                                Kane, Antonio, Bamford

                                With the latest news KDB > Son is a no brainier right? or should I consider someone else?