One of the finer points in FPL is picking quality differential players. These are key decision points because differential players set your squad apart from your competitions and on the occasion your differential player bags a goal and an assist, no one else have him and it will help you pull away from your rivals.
We dug deep and picked our list of differential players who are worth a second look. We have classified them into 3 categories, according to their Selected by % in FPL.
- Uncommon (1% – 5%)
- Rare (0.2% -1%)
- Epic (<0.1%)
Dusan Tadic (SOU, 6.5m, 4.4%)
Tadic had been a FPL favourite a couple of seasons back but so far, hasn’t shown enough to earn selection. Saints have not been doing well in the league as well, but Tadic has already scored a goal so far. Southampton, however, have some easy fixtures coming up. They play Man Utd on GW06 but thereafter, between GW07 to GW11, have winnable games against the likes of Brighton (A), WBA (H) and Burnley (H). At current price, he is worth a punt in your first XI.
Kyle Naughton (SWA, 4.5m, 4.8%)
It is not easy to predict where Swansea would eventually finish, but it is key to know that they already have two clean sheets in their first 4 games. Paul Clement is a good organiser and the Swans’ defending should continue to improve under him. Naughton is sure starter in the back four and is always good for an assist every now and then. Swansea also have three winnable home games between GW06-Gw09 (Watford / Huddersfield / Leicester).
Lukasz Fabianski (SWA, 4.5m, 4.2%)
There is never a need to spend too much on a goalkeeper and this make Fabianski a must have have a second-choice. An interesting point to note is that The Pole had SEVEN saves against Newcastle in their 1-0 defeat, earning him 2 more points.
Joshua King (BOU, 7.3m, 2.8%)
The darling of the second half of last season has lost his allure so far this season, which selection at less than 3%. Bournemouth are really struggling but you have a feeling that they will pick up at some point and when they do, it will be King or Defoe with the goals. King is also a longer term bet as Bournemouth have a run of good fixtures between GW11 to GW16.
Tomer Hemed (BRI, 4.9m, 0.9%)
Brighton is not expected to win many games this season but against WBA, they proved that they can ruffle the feathers of a few established teams. Hemed scored a goal and provided an assist in that game and with that performance, is likely to be a mainstay in Chris Houghton’s side. At his current price, Hemed is one of the cheapest forwards in the game and having him frees up your kitty for other players.
Jack Stephens (SOU, 5.0m, 0.8%)
Cedric (11,4%) and Bertrand (14.6%) are FPL managers’ favourite when it comes to Southampton but young Jack Stephens can be a good differential. Stephens has already started all games so far and can be a good alternative to have if you want a Saints defender. He has yet to score in the Premier League but as with other central backs, all it takes is for him to go upfront for a corner and you never know what he can do.
Tiemoué Bakayoko (CHE, 5.0m, 0.7%)
Chelsea’s big money signing of the summer has already started two games for the Champions so far, along side N’golo Kante. His role maybe be highly similar to that of Kante but we believe he can prove to be a good differential as he does possess better goal-scoring abilities than Kante. He scored twice last season for Monaco and has already found the net for Chelsea in the Champions League. At his current price he may prove to be a bargain, especially because midfielders get that 1 pt for a Clean Sheet too.
Oliver Burke (WBA, 5.5m, 0.0%)
Burke was easily of the top young players in the Bundesliga last term but his transfer to WBA this summer had largely missed the headlines. The Scottish winger is fast, intelligent and creative and can turn out to be WBA’s wonder buy this season. He has made two substitute appears for his club so far since his move and is expected to get more game time over the next few months. We recommend snapping him up right now before rival managers latch on.
Grzegorz Krychowiak (WBA, 5.0m, 0.1%)
Another epic differential player is WBA’s loanee Krychowiak. The Polish international comes with a huge reputation and has already found success in both Ligue 1 and La Liga. He should play defensive midfielder for the Baggies and it is worthy to note that he scored 10 goals in 112 games playing in that position for Stade Reims just a few seasons ago. He should start regularly under Tony Pulis so like Burke, it is worthy to get him right now.
James Tarkowski (BUR, 4.5m, 0.1%)
Ben Mee is the more popular Burnley defender (6.9%) but Tarkowski is equally as good. He has proven to be a worthy replacement for the departed Michael Keane and worth having as a differential over your rivals who has Mee.
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