Deulofeu a tempting FPL differential as an “out of position” midfielder

With the Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 11 deadline less than 24 hours away, we’ve taken to championing the case of three overlooked FPL assets in our regular Friday feature.

Two of our differentials once plied their trade for Barcelona, while the other is a 20-year-old budget midfielder who only made his senior debut in September.

Lucas Digne (£4.8m)

FPL ownership: 1.7%

Having recorded clean sheets in both of their previous home fixtures, Everton look a decent bet for a third successive shut-out at Goodison Park when Brighton and Hove Albion visit in Gameweek 11.

No side scored fewer Premier League away goals than the Seagulls (ten) last season and Chris Hughton’s side have failed to find the back of the net in three of their five league fixtures on the road in 2018/19.

Brighton have also registered fewer attempts on goal and shots on target in away matches than the 19 other top-flight clubs.

What sets Digne apart as a stand-out asset is the left-back’s creativity.

Only two FPL defenders have delivered more crosses and created more chances than Digne this season, with the former Barcelona man prominent at corner-kick situations and taking his fair share of direct free-kicks, too.

Digne has recorded ten attempts on goal in just eight league appearances this season, meanwhile.

Only Burnley have conceded more chances than Brighton from their right flank (i.e. Everton’s left) this season, with just two clubs having allowed more crosses than the Seagulls from that zone.

Gerard Deulofeu (£5.4m)

FPL ownership: 0.5%

Watford’s all-new strike pairing of Deulofeu and Isaac Success (£4.5m) were among the goals last weekend and both have excellent cases as differentials for Gameweek 11.

With Troy Deeney (£5.9m) a major doubt for the trip to Newcastle United, Success looks likely to continue alongside Deulofeu in attack and the Nigerian has understandably been the focus of much FPL transfer activity, attracting over 50,000 new owners.

Success’s long-term first-team prospects are uncertain, however, and it remains to be seen whether he can still keep Deeney out of the side when the Watford club captain is fit and available.

That Andre Gray (£6.0m) continues to sit on the bench is a positive sign for Deulofeu, however, and the performances of the former Barcelona and Everton midfielder over the last two Gameweeks have been eye-catching.

Deulofeu has had as many attempts on goal and shots in the box as Success over the last fortnight and that he has racked up more touches than the Nigerian striker in the final third and opposition penalty box – despite playing fewer minutes – in Gameweeks 9 and 10 illustrates that he is generally playing further forward than Success in this Watford system.

Only two FPL midfielders had more shots in the box than Deulofeu in Gameweek 10.

The Hornets’ opponents this weekend, Newcastle United, haven’t kept a clean sheet at St. James’ Park in 2018/19 and only two Premier League clubs have conceded more goal attempts in their area than the Magpies in home fixtures this season.

Grady Diangana (£4.5m)

FPL ownership: 0.0%

Budget-freeing enablers are always a welcome prospect in Fantasy Premier League and there has been much talk in recent weeks surrounding Isaac Success (see above), Josh Murphy (£4.8m) and Victor Camarasa (£4.5m) as cut-price options in attack and midfield.

We could potentially have another bargain find on our hands in the form of West Ham’s Grady Diangana.

With Andriy Yarmolenko (£6.8m) out long-term and Michail Antonio (£6.8m) delivering an abject performance in midweek, Manuel Pellegrini’s options on the right flank would appear to be limited to Diangana and Robert Snodgrass (£5.3m) – himself a set-piece-taking differential and only owned by 0.1% of FPL managers – for the time being.

Felipe Anderson (£6.8m) is, of course, another attacking midfielder to contend with but with Pellegrini favouring a 4-2-3-1 in recent weeks due to a lack of available options in central midfield, there is room for the Brazilian as well as Snodgrass (who started centrally against Leicester in Gameweek 10) and Diangana behind Marko Arnautovic (£7.0m).

Burnley have conceded more opportunities from the flanks than any other Premier League side this season and no top-flight club has allowed more big chances or shots on goal than the Clarets.

At £4.5m, Diangana would also free up funds to splurge on, for instance, a heavy-hitting defence.

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  1. BigBarn
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 days, 40 mins ago

    Fellow fantasists! I need help.

    Wildcarded to the following two weeks ago, so now have 2FTs to burn but no real plan.

    Patricio Hamer
    Mendy TAA Gomez Doherty Digne
    Salah Sterling Hazard Brooks Obiang
    Kun Wilson Ings

    I was hoping to do Sterling + Ings -> KDB + Arnie, but that's obviously now off.
    I could simply to Patricio -> Fabianski to make playing Doherty every week a bit easier.
    I could do Ings -> Success, but with 0.1itb the saved cash leaves me just short of doing TAA -> Robertson (but doing that this week seems sub-optimal anyway).
    I could do Sterling -> Mahrez and either TAA/Gomez -> Alonso or upgrade Ings to Arnie ...

    Sorry for the long post but, for once, I'm genuinely a bit stuck.

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 23 hours ago

      Pat to Fabs

  2. Maddamotha
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 40 mins ago

    King > Murray or King, AWB > Kamara, Mendy -4?

  3. Drogo
    • 6 Years
    10 days, 38 mins ago

    Kane (C) for differential? 🙂

    1. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 29 mins ago

      God no.

    2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 23 hours ago


    3. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 23 hours ago

      Well, it would certainly be a differential

      1. Drogo
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 23 hours ago

        Well... Hazard isn't starting. Salah is facing Arsenal, Aguero only play 50-60 minutes, Kane is facing Wolves. He has been terrible so far but, once he starts there is no holding back.

  4. Niho992
      10 days, 38 mins ago

      Arsenal-Liverpool score predictions ?
      2:2 for me

      1. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 days, 28 mins ago

        1-3 liv

      2. Freddiebell
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 23 hours ago


    • A message to you Rudi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 38 mins ago

      Interesting Sarri presser. I think theres still a possibility that Hazard starts. Sarri stated he wasnt sure if he will be coming off the bench or starting and that he wants to talk to Hazard first.

      Contradicts his statement about playing only 40 minutes admittedly, however im sure Hazard will be itching to get back on the pitch. Hopefully he can convince Sarri in their talks that he is good to go from the start?

      Maybe just wishful thinking lol.

      1. Niho992
          10 days, 34 mins ago

          he wont start. If in first half be draw or Chelsea lose, he will came in 45.

        • Original Pirate Material
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 days, 27 mins ago

          I think he’ll start. Trained all week, and also said he needs to speak to Haz as well yet. He’ll get limited minutes though.

          1. Totti
            • 2 Years
            10 days, 25 mins ago

            no trained yesterday only

          2. Freddiebell
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 23 hours ago

            He hasn't trained all week sorry.

        • Freddiebell
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 23 hours ago

          Can see hazard starting to be fair

      2. Gentle_Turks
          10 days, 27 mins ago

          2 FT, 0 itb.
          A. Ings > Kamera, Foster > Hamer, Stephens > Barkley (-4)
          The Hamer and Kamera moves are ones I plan to do soon anyway to set up the team for future plans, but doing now allows Barkley in.
          B. Mitro to Arnie
          C. Just Foster to Hamer and roll other FT.

          Mendy, Alonso, Doherty, Robertson
          Salah, Hazard, fraser, Maddison
          Mitro, Kun(c)

          (Foster, Ings, Stephens, WB)

          Thanks and good luck this week.

          1. Original Pirate Material
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 days, 26 mins ago


            1. Gentle_Turks
                10 days, 23 mins ago

                Cheers. You don't fancy Mitro against Huddersfield?

            2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
              • 2 Years
              9 days, 23 hours ago


          2. Totti
            • 2 Years
            10 days, 21 mins ago

            hazard lacazette ings -> barkley aguero vardy for -4

            yay or nay

            1. Gentle_Turks
                10 days, 12 mins ago

                I think yes to the Kun/Vardy moves, but hold Hazard. If you sell him, you'll want him back.

                Please help above thanks.

                1. Nice to Finally Michu
                  • 5 Years
                  10 days, 1 min ago

                  He can’t hold Hazard if he wants Kun I imagine

              • 007 [RoboKlopp]
                • 2 Years
                9 days, 23 hours ago

                Just Laca and Ings imo

              • Freddiebell
                • 2 Years
                9 days, 23 hours ago

                Could pay dividen's

            2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
              • 2 Years
              9 days, 23 hours ago

              Hi, Sterling for C anyone?

              1. Freddiebell
                • 2 Years
                9 days, 23 hours ago

                Close between him and Ageuro. On pens gives Aguero the edge.

            3. Freddiebell
              • 2 Years
              9 days, 23 hours ago

              I got rid of hamer weeks ago so yes he's got to go.

            4. MMN
              • 4 Years
              9 days, 23 hours ago

              1 FT, 1.4m ITB. Any thoughts?

              Pat (Hamer)
              Alonso, Robbo, Mendy (Doherty, AWB)
              Hazard, Mane, Bilva, Richa, Fraser
              Aguero, Arnie (Kamara)

            5. Gramps
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              9 days, 22 hours ago

              Please help!
              Fabianski (Hamer)

              Alonso Mendy Robo (Bennett WanB)
              Mane Fraser Salah Richarlison (Hughes)
              Aguero Mitrovic Arnie
              0.2 itb

              I NEED Hazard. How would you guys do it?

              1. Rhodes your boat
                • 2 Years
                9 days, 21 hours ago

                Downgrade hughes and upgrade Mané work?

                1. Gramps
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  9 days, 21 hours ago

                  still one mill short

            6. 1justlookin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              9 days, 22 hours ago

              Right, I have 2 FT's with 0.0 in the bank. What to do?

              Foster. Fabianski.
              Mendy, Robbo, Doherty, Cedric, AWB
              Salah, Hazard, Maddison, Richarlison, Fraser.
              Aguero, Mitro, Ings.

            7. Hermanos FC
                9 days, 11 hours ago

                Robertson Alonso Mendy
                Maddison Fraser Hazard Mane
                Aguero Laca Jimenez

                Patricio WB Billing Cedric
                I have got two FTs please suggest some changes

                How about this?
                A) Laca to Arnie
                And Billing to Richarlison?

                B) Laca to Arnie
                And Jimenez to Wilson
                But two Bournemouth players against united can be risky right?

              • EL tridente
                • 1 Year
                5 days, 5 hours ago

                Who to captain?
                A) Mane
                B) Kane
                C) Hazard