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My best replacements for injured De Bruyne ahead of FPL Gameweek 20

Fantasy Premier League managers are now frantically searching for a viable replacement for Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) ahead of Gameweek 20.

I recently signed the Manchester City midfielder for Double Gameweek 19 and, considering he is our for four to six weeks according to Pep Guardiola’s last estimate, he is going straight back out again.

But who to replace him with? That is the key question, which I will look to answer in my latest article about how my team is faring in 2020/21.

BEST DE BRUYNE REPLACEMENTS

I excluded Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) from my shortlist of five possible candidates since I already have them in my team but I think both of them are clearly the best choices if you are a non-owner. Despite modest performances in the Double Gameweek, we all know what they are capable of and both of them are set-and-forget picks for me right now.

RAHEEM STERLING (£11.4m): Manchester City plays against West Brom and Sheffield United in the next two Gameweeks so it is tempting to make a direct switch from De Bruyne to one of his teammates. Having started seven of the last eight Premier League matches, Sterling is probably the most nailed and explosive option among City’s midfielders, in my opinion. Looking at his numbers, if we split his season in half, it becomes clear his expected goals and assists per 90 minutes increased a lot in the past few months.

Sterling’s expected Goal Involvement xGI) per 90 minutes (Gameweeks 1 to 9 on the left and Gameweeks 10 to 19 on the right)

Regardless of this improvement, I think he is clearly overpriced this season, especially if we compare him with the likes of Fernandes, Son or even Grealish. Coupled with the ever-present possibility of a random benching in an easy fixture, I doubt Sterling is the best available option to replace De Bruyne.

SON HEUNG-MIN (£9.7m): After selling Son last week, I was fairly settled on Salah, De Bruyne and Fernandes as my heavy-hitters of choice going forward. But unfortunately, injuries cannot be predicted and so, Son is back on my plans once again.

At first glance Spurs’ fixtures seem really tough which may scare potential investors in the South Korean superstar. They do play against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City in three of the next five Gameweeks, which is far from ideal. On the bright side, however, three of the next four matches are at home and it seems to be the perfect moment to play against Liverpool and Chelsea, given their recent poor form.

All in all, I think Son is definitely one of the best (if not the absolute best) options to replace De Bruyne. His attacking numbers are great, his finishing is second to none in the Premier League and his pricing seems fair considering what he offers.

JACK GREALISH (£7.7m): With just one attacking return in the last four Gameweeks, Grealish has been underwhelming as an FPL asset lately, which will possibly deter further investment from non-owners like me. It’s important to note, however, that he played against Chelsea, United and City and yet, he still managed to create the second most chances among all midfielders, only behind Mason Mount (£6.8m).

I think Grealish is still a great option going forward. He is at the heart of an impressive Aston Villa team and he is nailed to play 90 minutes in every single match, which is a very important factor these days. Even without spot-kick duties, I think he offers an impressive mixture of safety, attacking threat and price.

PHIL FODEN (£6.3m): With five shots inside the box and six chances created against Aston Villa, Foden immediately positioned himself as an appealing option for those on the market for a midfielder.

However, even after De Bruyne’s injury, Guardiola has a lot of attacking options at his disposal and I think it’s highly unlikely Foden will suddenly become a nailed starter, regardless of how many goals he scores or how many chances he creates.

I’m sure he will be worth £6.3m, even with the odd benching but, with so much money available right now, I don’t feel like sweating City’s lineup every Gameweek when there are several more reliable and safe options to pick from.

ILKAY GUNDOGAN (£5.5m):Having scored five goals in the last seven matches while playing at least 70 minutes in every single one of them, Gundogan looks like an absolute bargain, especially now that there is an extra-spot available in City’s midfield.

If we add spot-kick duties and two amazing fixtures to the equation, Gundogan becomes really hard to ignore. The only downside I can think of is the possibility of a rest very soon, given how much he has been playing lately and his history of long-term injuries.

CONCLUSION

At the moment, I managed to discard Sterling and Foden and it seems like my decision will most likely be between Son and Gundogan (although Grealish is still in the mix).

If you are looking to upgrade someone for a hit or even for free next week, I think the decision is fairly easy. Gundogan offers insane value right now with great attacking numbers, decent expected minutes and penalty-duties for just £5.5m.

For the rest of us, who are looking to buy the best possible option regardless of price , I think it’s really close between Son and Gundogan. It’s actually quite possible I get Son for De Bruyne this week and Gundogan for Soucek next week but, with three days still to go until the deadline, I am waiting a bit more before making my final decision. 

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1,673 Comments Post a Comment
  1. OrmskirkFC
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    The manager in our draft league who just rocketed ahead of everyone by 50 points had all three highest scoring players in Stones, Pereira, and Antonio, but captained Salah.

    1. Messiah Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      I thought there is no captain in draft game

      1. OrmskirkFC
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        I didn't know that, we're doing our own spreadsheets using points from the FPL website. So captains are a thing, 20-man rosters, and you can claim players from other leagues based on transfer rumors.

  2. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    0FT, 7.5 ITB.

    Do Adams -> Kane now for a hit or wait till after GW?

    Martinez
    Dias Stones Coufal
    Gondogan Bruno Salah Son
    Bamford Antonio Adams

    Johnstone Bednarek Dallas Bissouma

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      It's tempting to take the hit but most will say wait

    2. Bennyboy1907
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Debating this myself

      • Marcin the Pole
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Boils down to if you think Kane scores ateast 4 more than Adams this week. Personally I'd wait.

    3. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      114p (-8) all 4 chips waiting to get consumed...

      1. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        You missed the boat

      2. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        I got only 122 (-8) and my brother 150 with BB and climbed above me. Hope we both have better score soon! No need cry.

    4. Prince of Persia
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Should I do Dier to Mitchell and Vardy to Kane for -4?
      I prefer to bring Kane next week but I only concern about the Kane and Vardy price changes.

    5. mlm
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Play one:
      Wilson
      Saka
      Raphinha
      Coufal

      Play DDG or Martinez?

      1. Prince of Persia
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Tough choice. Between Wilson and Coufal imo.
        DDG

      2. thepuntmaster
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Saka

        Martinez

      3. dylano21
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Raphina

        DDG

    6. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      It's been tough season hoovering 0.95-1.1M OR in GW11-16. Decided to WC18 BB19, think 60+ pts swung from my original team entering GW18. Plus team are ready-ish for next few.

      Was really nervous triggering WC this early as last year all my chips were dreadful. It turns out to be climbing 950k > 260k during BGW18 DGW19 for me, well at least there is hope and luck out there! I know plenty of you will have your turn DGW26, so enjoy when it's coming!

    7. Dannyb
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Is Vardy to Cavani a good shout? Have Antonio and Bamford.

      1. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Depends on minutes tomorrow, could be but probably not long term

      2. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Kane for a hit?

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Vs Liverpool?

    8. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Squad looking solid now! Got to get into too 100k soon.

      Martinez Johnstone
      Stones Justin Dallas KWP Coufal
      Salah Bruno Son Grealish Gundogan
      Kane Bamford Antonio

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        I really like this, in fact. I don’t think I’d change anything.
        Great coverage too, just benching headaches!

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Thanks mate, if Leeds keep up there current form that will make the benching decisions a lot easier, also I imagine Antonio will be a doubt regularly and KWP will rarely if ever score big.

    9. NETFLIX & CHILWELL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      KDB to Grealish or Gundogan?

      (Already own Son)

      1. thepuntmaster
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Gundo

      2. Manani
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        i am thinking doing to Gundogan. I already have Grealish though (not Son)

      3. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Madison.

    10. Garam MOSALAH
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Which will you pick

      A) Son + Antonio
      B) Kane + Gundogan

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        A

      2. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        A

    11. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Who do you think scores more in week 20? Wondering if free transfer on Mané to Son worth it or carry transfer

      A Mané
      B Son

      1. Buck The Trent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Carry for better flexibility the next gw

    12. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Evening gents, thoughts on the starting 11 for GW20? Not 100% sure on Werner and Ziyech as starters but could be points there vs Wolves side in poor form... Too risky?

      Martinez

      Cancelo, Maguire, Chilwell

      Fernandes, Foden, Maddison, Ziyech

      Werner, Antonio, Bamford

      Subs: Button, Coufal, Soucek, Mitchell

    13. thepuntmaster
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Final decision coming down to Son or Sterling?

      All rivals have Son, but I'm chasing, so tempted by the Sterling upside

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Son.

    14. konrad.sygula95
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Which option is best?
      A) Kdb to Son
      B) Kdb to Gundogan
      C) Save and play KWP/Dier
      D) something else?

      Martinez
      Coufal/Justin/Cancelo
      Kdb/Fernandes/Salah/Grealish
      Watkins/DCL/Bamford

      Bench: Forster/KWP/Anguissa/Dier
      1ft 1.6 itb

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        A

    15. Manani
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      play Soucek or Coufal?

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Coufal

      2. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Coufal.

      3. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Coufal

    16. boroie
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Is this worth a -4?

      KDB & Soucek -> Sterling & Gundogan

      1. The Tinkerman
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        I would

      2. tbos83
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Just do one this week and one next

          1. boroie
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Ideally I would do that. But I only have exactly the right £ to do it. After tonight I won’t be able to. Would you do it?

        • noahzark22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          not for a hit

          1. boroie
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Ideally I would do that. But I only have exactly the right £ to do it. After tonight I won’t be able to. Would you do it?

        • Avery
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Go for it

      3. The Tinkerman
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        TAA > Cancelo (-4)?

        Had to take -4 already as I owned KDB and Vardy...

        Martinez
        Justin, Stones, Coufal, _____
        Salah, Son, Bruno, ESR
        Kane, Bamford

        McC; Soucek, Ayling, Brewster

        1. SharkyT
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Not for a hit imo

          1. The Tinkerman
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Should add it frees cash to upgrade Soucek to Grealish for free next week - so I am sort of taking the hit in advance, and getting a better fixture out of it.

            1. Baps hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Just postponing the hit is not the best idea either, so better bite the bullet now.

      4. boroie
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        KDB to who?

        Have Bruno, Salah and Son...

        1. The Tinkerman
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Sterling, or downgrade to upgrade a striker

      5. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Tielemans on pens with Vardy injured?

        1. SharkyT
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Maddison

        2. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Yes has been taking them well when Vardy off pitch

      6. Oldie99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        126 points net and a climb from 2.4M to ~1.3M ish after the first good week all year!

        Now help with this pls:

        A. Salah & Vardy —> Fernandes and Kane
        B. Sterling & Vardy —> Fernandes & ?? (10.2 itb)
        C. Vardy —> ?? For free - have Antonio and Bamford but this would mean no Fernandes

        1. SharkyT
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          B with potentially Antonio. If u want to keep City coverage Jesus

          1. Oldie99
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Have Antonio, you think Jesus will play much?

            1. SharkyT
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Hard to say going off form maybe not but KdB and Aguero out must increase his chances

      7. SharkyT
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        A) Play Bellerin
        B) KdB > Salah (-4)
        C) KdB > Sterling (-4)
        D) KdB > Rashford (-4)
        E) KdB > Gundo

        *Own Bruno, Son & Grealish

        1. rubberdignerapids
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Play Belly and do Gundo or Salah for free next GW

      8. ShaunGoater123
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Is this worth a -8?
        Kdb, coufal & wood > gundogan, cancelo & Kane?

        Current team with no transfers is:
        Johnstone
        Stones, Dallas, Maguire
        Salah , son , soucek, Fernandes
        Wood , bamford , Antonio

        McCarthy, kdb, coufal, targett

        1. MikeS
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Yes

          1. SharkyT
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Feed the goat

      9. MikeS
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Vardy, soucek and ederson to Kane, gundogan and 4.5 keeper -12?

        I'd capture price rises

        1. SharkyT
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          No way

        2. noahzark22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          nope

      10. dopellganger
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        What result u expect for Spurs-Liverpool?

        1. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          0-0

        2. rubberdignerapids
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 18 days ago

          1-0 Liverpool. I have a feeling things might turn around for them- although I think it could easily be 0-0...tight game nevertheless

        3. SharkyT
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          1-1 with Spurs to continually catch Liv on the counter with Son. Burnley did it we zero pace

      11. gogs67
          2 months, 18 days ago

          So in the top 10K BB outscored all the other chips

          NO CHIP 48.91% 86.27
          BENCH BOOST 25.36% 106.21
          TRIPLE CAPTAIN 15.98% 94.87
          WILDCARD 7.19% 101.09
          FREE HIT 2.56% 102.49

          1. Buck The Trent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            No chip 109 (-4) here

            1. gogs67
                2 months, 18 days ago

                I'm surprised at these stats actually, just goes to show what happens when one or more of the big hitters doesn't haul

                1. gogs67
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    All the big hitters I shoulda said

                  • Buck The Trent
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Top 5 owned players in 10K only returned 2 assists between them.. haulers like Stones, Antonio, Diaz not that highly owned

            2. dunas_dog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Who would you transfer out for Gündogan?

              A Raphinha
              B Soucek

              Would be easier if Leeds were not playing Newcastle - thinking Soucek

              1. noahzark22
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Soucek seems to suffer when Antonio plays, so likely the better option

              2. SharkyT
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Soucek

              3. rubberdignerapids
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Soucek from those two- poor attacking stats ever since Antonio returned and a change of formation.

                He will likely sit deep and focus on defensive duties rather than offering the set piece threat since Antonio

            3. noahzark22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              14K OR!

              Used FH and BB the past two weeks. 113 after hits, stupid Salah.

              Hit me up if you want some advice!

              1. Buck The Trent
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Need better history

                1. noahzark22
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Why?

                2. rubberdignerapids
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  I have 3 top 5k finishes from 8 seasons and never have finished outside of the top 100k...yet this season I’m currently 500k

                  Not sure this is the season for any consistent advice- everything I’ve learnt from past seasons is now out of the window due to cancellations, positive tests and injuries

                  However nice rank at this stage. Good luck to you

            4. mlm
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              DDG (Martinez)
              Dias Cancelo AWB Cresswell (Coufal)
              KDB Bruno Son (Saka Raphinha)
              Kane Bamford Wilson

              0.0 ITB, 1FT

              Just do KDB to Gundogan?

              1. rubberdignerapids
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Yep looks good to me

            5. leon77
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Raphinha to Gundogan?

                1. rubberdignerapids
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Yes

              • gart888
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                A) Gundo + Kane
                B) Son + Adams

                1. rubberdignerapids
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  A

                  1. gart888
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Thanks.

                    Even if it's a 2 part move, where I only get Kane in next week?