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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. big_fat_ARSEnal
      2 months, 20 days ago

      I know I'm probably in the minority here, but no pressing issues besides Salah's poor form. Is anyone thinking of dumping him? I have a feeling I would regret it if I did, but just wondering what players people are even considering bringing in for him. Already have bruno and son in midfield.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Oh mate get rid ASAP.

      2. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Downgrade. Take a punt. You can afford any midfielder

      3. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        You could go with the same players people are getting in for KdB,

        But the thing is, a lot of people have KDB, so removing him will be the main priority. So, Salah will stay at least for 1/2 weeks. If he gets going anf you've reshuffled your funds, it might be tough to get him back. So, there's that risk.

        Spurs and West Ham are the 2 games I would give him. If he scores, he stays, otherwise, he is out for the City and Leicester games. Can get him back when I WC after that.

      4. Team Bobcat
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        I think you have to keep.

        Especially as kdb is out for city. I imagine you have bruno and son already.

        Those witb kdb vardy or both are sinking much faster than salah owners

    • ZAWAd25
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Do I survive a price drop for KDB? Sell value is 11.7, and he’s 11.9 at the moment.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Need to know what you bought him at.

      2. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        If you got him at 11.5, no!
        If you got him at 11.6, yes!

        1. ZAWAd25
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Got him at 11.6. Thank you

    • Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Does Villa needs to play 19 games in order to allow the suspension limit to be extended?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Not just Villa, every team.

      2. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Yes

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

        Yup

    • Maddamotha
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Who would you get rid of first?

      A) Salah
      B) Robbo

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

        B

      2. JBG
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        B

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

        B

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

      Where to next with this team?
      I don't rate a lot of players right now, making it hard to know what to do with my team.
      Any essential players missing here?

      Martinez (McCarthy)
      Dias Cresswell Stones (Justin Ayling)
      Salah Bruno Son Maddison Foden
      Kane Bamfore (Brewster)

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

        I don't see anything wrong in this team, yes, some players aren't in form, but they are a great value.

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

          Cheers pal!

    • Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Thoughts on Pep allowing Foden to play centrally now KDB is out?

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

        Watch this space, but Foden is the future!

      2. LE CHARO
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Think he'll keep playing in the front 3 as he's been great there, and Bilva will play in midfield

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

      Drop:

      A) Justin
      B) Ziyech
      C) Raph

      1. LE CHARO
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 20 days ago

        B

    • Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Does my team need Salah?

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

        No idea but my team certainly does.

      2. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Since you already have Gundo, I wouldn't get any other City mid.

        So, really if it were it would be between Maddison and Salah. I would go with Salah.

    • JBG
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      This Kdb injury messed up my plans for getting Robertson out for a cheaper defender so I can get Son and Kane in :/. Oh well.. This season has been weird and unpredictable to say the least.

      1. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        I'm still doing TAA + KdB to Cancelo + midfieder.

        It's tough with Roberston though. He's looked better of the two. I would hold for this week and assess. If Liverpool find their mojo back with wins vs United (in the cup) and Spurs, Robbo can be a good differential. Just get Son for KdB.

    • Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      WC team set! Any changes or suggestions?

      Martinez (Areola)
      Chilwell Cancelo Stones (Coufal Mitchell)
      Salah Bruno Maddison Grealish Gundogan
      Kane Antonio (Brewster)

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

        Very nice!
        I think I'd personally swap out Grealish and Gundogan for Bamford and Foden.

      2. NoSalah'd
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Very similar to mine, but I can't decide on Cancelo and DCL or Stones and Ings!

        • La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          I like it except Chilwell

        • UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Liking that PR

        • WE GO FOR IT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Love it. Can't really fault anything.

          Grealish 4yc is a worry and maybe lack of Son. But you can't have them all. And if I had to pick between Son/Kane, I would pick Kane as well. Many good options available in midfield. But not that many consistent strikers available, espeically with Vardy out.

        • Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Cheers everyone!

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

        KdB to Rodwell the obvious move this week?

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Rather Michael Johnson.

          1. Hooky
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Too much of a card magnet.

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

          Fernando better

        3. Saka_me_sideways
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Surely Stephen Ireland is the obvious choice?!

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

          Taa and Vardy out for Dias and Kane?
          Or drop Salah for a City mid?

          de Gea Martinez
          Stones Taa Coufal Justin Dallas
          Son Barnes Salah Fernandes Soucek
          Vardy Antonio Bamford

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

            First option

            1. Henning
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Thanx

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

          Gundogan or Maddison?

          Rate this move:
          KDB+Raphinha/Soucek >>> Madison+Son

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

            Maddison for me.

            Very good transfers.

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

            Maddison first.

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

            *I forgot - for a hit

            1. potatoace
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Still good

          4. Bury94
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            I prefer Gundogan tbh, Maddisons stats aren't great when it comes to scoring potential

            1. Saka_me_sideways
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Will gundo not revert back to his deeper role with KDB out?

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

            I’m going to wait to make my moves but considering a -4 to replace KdB and double up on City defence.

            Which do you think?

            A) KDB + Zouma > Sterling + Cancelo (-4)
            B) KDB + Zouma > Gundogan + Cancelo (-4, leaving funds to bring in Kane next week)

            1FT 0.2ITB
            Martinez McCarthy
            Stones Zouma Coufal Justin Holding
            Salah KDB* Bruno Son Soucek
            Bamford Antonio Watkins

            Thanks!

          6. Bennyboy1907
              2 months, 20 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??

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

                Seems a good move. When might that double be?

            • Fred the Red
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              KDB out for

              A) Rashford
              B) Son
              C) Sterling
              D) Someone else?

              Already have Salah and Fernandes

              1. EmreCan Hustle
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                C

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

                I’m tempted by C

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

                B

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

                B

            • Hooky
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              KdB, Vardy and Liverpool assets to get rid of now. Should be less of a template over the next few weeks

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

                But also slim pickings

            • EmreCan Hustle
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Any idea when KdB might drop in price next? Don't trust FPLstats.

              1. potatoace
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                That's the best source we have tbh. Its decent.

                1. EmreCan Hustle
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  In that case, he might drop tonight.

                  1. potatoace
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    Looking likely

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

                    Yes, just sell if you eventually will as long as your bench is strong too

                    1. EmreCan Hustle
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      Cheers.

            • potatoace
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Which two would you prioritise first.

              A. Gundo
              B maddison
              C kane (for the Kaneson doubleup)
              D. stones (for a def doubleup)

              1. EmreCan Hustle
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                D

                1. potatoace
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Cheers. And the second...

                  1. EmreCan Hustle
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    Sorry, misread the question.

                    CD

                  2. EmreCan Hustle
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    Unless you need a KdB replacement, then C and D may not be ideal

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

                C

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

                  * CD

                  1. potatoace
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    Cheers

            • MikeS
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              FFS vardy, took a -4 to get that bum in for Kane. Now I need a -8 to get Kane back and this bum vardy out.

              1. potatoace
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Snap

                1. onceuponatyne
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  You guys are mad.

              2. jammie26
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  You took a - 4 to do Kane to Vardy? Thats one of the strangest moves I've ever seen!

              3. Shark Team
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Cancelo or Gundogan a better asset to trust?

                1. potatoace
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Well you can at least trust cancelo with probability of clean sheets.

                2. JBG
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Gundogan more safe if that is what you are asking.

                3. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Cancelo

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

                  Joao

                5. MikeS
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Gund

                6. Saka_me_sideways
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    If you like solid returns go gundo.
                    If you like watching Man City games on the edge of your seat whilst your player sends shots and crosses flying all over the place to no avail, then Cancelo is your man.

                7. Corona is not good 4 U
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    What to do with this horror show? I really do not know?

                    Mc. Carthy, Johnstone
                    Dias, Stones, Robertson, Coufal, Dallas
                    Fernandes, Salah, Foden, Soucek, Raphinha
                    Kane, Bamford, Adams

                    1 free transfer and 1.3 in the bank.

                    Thank you!

                    1. potatoace
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      Adams to Antonio

                    2. Rupert The Horse
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      What a state you’re in you poor thing. First thing I’d do is get rid of KDB and Vardy.

                      1. Corona is not good 4 U
                          2 months, 20 days ago

                          But they are not on my team and this is one of the few positive things.

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

                        Robbo to Mitchell, Soucek or Raphinha to Son

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

                      a) KDB >>> Sterling
                      b) KDB >>> Son
                      c) KDB + Raphinha/Soucek >>> Sterling + Gundogan (-4)
                      d) KDB + Raphinha/Soucek >>> Son + Madison (-4)

                      Besto move?

                      1. NoSalah'd
                          2 months, 20 days ago

                          D

                      2. NoSalah'd
                          2 months, 20 days ago

                          Which is better?
                          a) Ings and Barnes
                          b) DCL and Maddison

                          1. EmreCan Hustle
                            • 8 Years
                            2 months, 20 days ago

                            B

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

                            Well if Ings is the king, why is this even a question?

                          3. WE GO FOR IT
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 20 days ago

                            A, especially if Soton lose to Arsenal in the cup and get DGW23.

                        • potatoace
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 20 days ago

                          Feksake.
                          Was Vardys hernia knowledge until now.
                          Five weeks I've kept faith, now this info.

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

                          Cancelo starts 95%? Thinking capping him. Thoughts?

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

                            Interesting, maybe.

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

                            I have him and Gundo and my hope is he takes Gundos place while Gundo is pushed up to KDBs position.

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

                            Worth a punt. Not like any of the big hitters are ripping it up right now (maybe still kane , bruno)

                          4. WE GO FOR IT
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 20 days ago

                            Good punt. But with Spurs facing Liverpool and KdB out, Bruno is going to be captained by pretty much everyone who owns him. So, I feel this is not the week to punt.

                            Having said that, with PP in the team, Bruno's output has reduced and he may not hurt as much.

                        • DagheMunegu
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          2 months, 20 days ago

                          Martinez
                          Robbo Dias Coufal
                          Salah KDB Raphina Bruno
                          Bamford Werner Watkins

                          Would you do KDB Zouma to Son Cancelo -4?

                          1. DagheMunegu
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            2 months, 20 days ago

                            Bench is Zouma Fodder fodder

                          2. NoSalah'd
                              2 months, 20 days ago

                              yes

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

                            What's all this of Grealish 4yc worry. When does the reset to 10 happen.

                            1. Rupert The Horse
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              2 months, 20 days ago

                              Once they play half their PL games.

                            2. WE GO FOR IT
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              2 months, 20 days ago

                              19 games.

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

                            Everyone getting Kane/Son in before they play Liverpool. Would say "how the mighty have fallen" but one season wonders can hardly be called mighty...

                          5. WE GO FOR IT
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 20 days ago

                            Going to remove KdB for some mid for sure. Not which. It's between City mids and Maddison/Barnes. Have Salah, Bruno and Son already.

                            Worth doing TAA to Cancelo for a hit? I own Dias. Also, would it be better to get Stones if it lets you strenghten the bench? I look at Cancelo and it looks like he could get a 20 pointer every week but he's got just 1 assist so far.

                            My bench is as week as it gets. Forster (but he's second choice. So if for any case the McCarthy misses, he will still play but no GK if Southampton game gets postponed), Alioski (risk to go out of the team?), Ferguson (Don't ask why. Worst decision to of my FPL career to stick with him instead of getting Mitchell when I WC) and Brewster (the definition of a 1 pointer).

                            If I go for anyone apart from Sterling (very unlikely), I will have funds to strengthen the bench anyway though. So, yeah! I guess pretty much answered my second question but thoughts appreciated on whether it's worth taking an extra hit for TAA to City defender.

                            tldr; TAA to Cancelo worth a hit if I am already replacing KdB with my FT.

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

                              I'd wait and see what kind of nature is Walker's injury. If it's long term, get Cancelo. With the rest, strengthen that bench. But yeah, I'd take a hit for a City def.

                              1. WE GO FOR IT
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                Cheers! 🙂

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

                              Cancelo in for a hit yes. Cancelo + Dias is the best def double up.

                              For the KDB. I think its between, Barnes, Gundo and maybe Sterling.
                              Hard call.

                              1. WE GO FOR IT
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                Cheers! 🙂

                            3. jammie26
                                2 months, 20 days ago

                                Not sure why you'd take a hit, just wait a week surely?