Differentials

Guardiola rotation could allow Mahrez a Gameweek 15 haul

As we hurtle towards the Gameweek 15 deadline, we must not forget about the differential options on show.

With Spurs’ fixtures turning there are still some key assets owned by less than 5% of Fantasy managers.

And a slight insight into Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy has also thrown up an opportunity.

Riyad Mahrez

Price: £8.5m

Ownership: 2.8%

Now that we are moving into the congested period of Christmas fixtures it means that Guardiola will have to use all of the players available to him. That’s why Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m) looks set for a start against Watford on Tuesday night.

The Algerian has been used only as a substitute in the last two matches which means he should be fresh for the trip to Vicarage Road.

When he has started matches, Mahrez has been delivering points. In fact in his last three starts for Manchester City, he has two goals and one assist, for an average of 8.67 points per game.

The fact that he has not been a nailed on option in recent months has seen Mahrez’s ownership drop as low as 2.8%, turning him into a potentially powerful differential.

Christian Eriksen

Price: £9.2m

Ownership: 4.9%

Christian Eriksen (£9.2m) just about creeps into the Differentials article this week with his ownership at 4.9%. We suspect that after Gameweek 15 he will push over the 5% threshold.

That’s because we are expecting Tottenham to emerge as comfortable winners over managerless Southampton on Wednesday night.

With a bigger role in set pieces than usual this season, Eriksen has three assists in his last two matches since returning to the starting line-up. Over the last two Gameweeks, he has scored 16 points.

His impeccable delivery of late may have even pushed himself back above Kieran Trippier (£6.1m) in the set pieces pecking order.

The English right-back has been declared fit to face Southampton so it will be interesting to see how he shares dead-ball situations with Eriksen.

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez

Price: £6.2m

Ownership: 1.7%

Three goals in his last four Premier League outings have put Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez (£6.2m) back into the conversation for starting West Ham United players, and maybe on our Fantasy radars too.

In the last four Gameweeks, the Mexican has had more shots in the penalty box, more big chances the same shots on target compared to the popular Marko Arnautovic (£7.2m). That’s all despite playing just 199 minutes to the Austrian’s 339 in that time.

Chicharito has only started once in that time, but his recent form could allow him more pitch-time. If he does claim a place then given his more advanced position than Arnautovic and cheaper price, he could act as a decent alternative.

Given the run of matches the Hammers still have, with Cardiff (home), Crystal Palace (home), Fulham (away) and Watford (home), Chicharito is sure to get more returns in the coming weeks.

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2,044 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Pegboy
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    For one week only:

    a) Keane (NEW)
    b) Foyth (SOU)

    1. The_Bucc
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Keane

      1. Pegboy
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Thanks. Leaning that way for goal threat.

  2. The_Bucc
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Surely if there was ever time to play WC with names like Kun, Mane, Robbo out - IT'S NOW?

    1. Jules Rimet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Relax. The cool kids dont have these players.

    2. yakirh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I transferred Kun and Mane out, job done

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Nope.

    4. the Penman
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Wildcard? No, they’ll be back. Free hit? Sure.

  3. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Which 1 to start (and bench order) from:
    A: AWB
    B: Schindler
    C: Doherty

    - already have patricio in goal
    - currently have jimenez as 1st sub and two of the above defenders will be 2nd and 3rd sub respectively.

    1. The_Bucc
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Still think Doherty

    2. antis0cial
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I'd start A. Wouldn't want double Wolves def vs Chelsea.

  4. AXE17
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Which one of these to bring in for Mané??

    Son
    Eriksen
    Allí
    Felipe Anderson
    Hazard
    David Silva (already got sterling + Sane)

    1. Totally !rre!evant
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I like Son personally.

      1. EgyptianKing
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Same

    2. ClothedinSun
      1 month, 18 days ago

      F Anderson - WH are so dependent on him and he is on fire atm.

  5. 5os
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    I have a defense of Alonso, Robbo, Doherty, AWB, Balbuena. What are my chances of having 3 playing defenders this week?

    1. Royal5
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      50/50 but you will have to play your worst 3 probs.

    2. Webbinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Decent. I'd say Doherty ad AWB for sure, so you only need 1 of 3 to be fit.

    3. Pegboy
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I think you'll just make it.

    4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      very unlikely

    5. antis0cial
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I think Alonso, Doherty and AWB start

    6. The 5% Team
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I think Alonso will play...and a small chance Robbo might as well

    7. 5os
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Thanks for the replies. I'll take my chances I guess and avoid any hits to take anyone out.

    8. Wilbrahamovic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Doherty and AWB for definite.

      I'd still expect at least one of Balbuena, Alonso or Robbo to play at least some part (in that order).

      I think you'll be fine, but don't quote me.

  6. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Captain who?

    A. Kane.

    B. Salah.

    Cheers

    1. teriyaki 69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      kane

    2. Jules Rimet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 18 days ago

      A

    3. Wilbrahamovic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Kane. But there's nothing to suggest Salah won't have a high-scoring game, too.

    4. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Cheers lads

    5. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 18 days ago

      This is my dilemma also... asked yesterday and it was 5:4 in favour of Kane.

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        So Harry it is then?

        1. Tempestic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 18 days ago

          I just don't know! You made a decision?

    6. donlobatto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I am going Salah. I have held him until now and this is a great fixture and I am likely to drop him on WC so it's my parting gift to him 😉

  7. teriyaki 69
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Am I crazy captaining son over Kane? I have both.

    1. The 5% Team
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Bit risky...what if he doesn't start and gets a 15 min cameo?

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      both are as risky as each other

    3. rnrd
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      what's the logic behind it?
      although I like the prospect of Son, I don't see the point of captaining him. Very high variance.
      Not guaranteed 90. Not on pens. Well..

      1. teriyaki 69
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Differential, I'm chasing and I need a big OR boost.

    4. Pegboy
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I wouldn't do it, but it's not totally bonkers. I'm confident he'll start, and you do get extra points for clean sheets and goals.

    5. La Roja
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Son has Lucas lurking in

      Kane is nailed on for this game especially as they lost to Arsenal

  8. shearer9
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    How TAA is still managing to evade the watch list is beyond me.

    1. teriyaki 69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      doesn't make any difference whether he is there or not. If you think he'll haul her him in. if you are scared of rotation avoid.

  9. JamieC180
    1 month, 18 days ago

    On a WC guys, any tips?

    Ederson
    Alonso - Robertson - TAA
    Sterling - Richarlison - F.Anderson - Sane
    Auba - Wilson - Arnie
    (Hamer, Balbuena, AWB, Camarasa)

    0.5 ITB. Could do Doherty in for Balbuena, but feel like Wolves defense is leaky and West Ham have the fixtures.

    Could feasibly drop Alonso, Robertson and Ederson to get Kane in for Arnie..

    Thought would be appreciated!

    1. Pegboy
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I'd probably do the changes you mention to get Kane.

  10. The Tinkerman
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Any mid 6.1m or under you’d consider starting every week?

    I’m struggling. But having one in for Mane would enable me to get Auba alongside Kane up top next week...

    1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      U should know ur players better mr.tinkerman.Schrulle for me

    2. Geoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Schurrle maybe?

  11. Wakanda
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 18 days ago

    With Mane unable to play in flip flops, should i ?

    a) Mane -> Son
    b) Mane, Rudigier -> Son ,Trippier
    c) Mane -> D.Silva
    d) Mane -> Ali
    e) Mane -> Sane
    f) Suggestions ?

    I have Salah, Hazard, Murphy, Sterling , Mane at the moment.

    1. Wilbrahamovic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Sane.

  12. Reedy
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    @Geoff: is there a Wisdom of the Crowd article in the pipeline, by any chance?

    1. Geoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Editing it now 🙂

      1. Reedy
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Much obliged! 🙂

  13. Wolfman180
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Fraser or Shaqiri??

  14. Niho992
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Mane OUT
    Anderson or Son IN ?

    1. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Eriksen

    2. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Anderson

    3. La Roja
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Anderson

  15. EgyptianKing
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Any news from Poch relative to Son? You consider he’ll start tomorrow?

  16. KingOllie
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Robbo is a lil bish, gets rotated as much as Trent.

    Robertson -> VVD (-4) confirmed

    1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      wait a week and get beelerin

  17. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Gotta be unlikely Robbo plays this GW right? No need for Klopp to flog him if he can just play Moreno. Or is Moreno so crap that he will want to play Robbo if hes able?

    1. madame shelly
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      moreno is crap. but klopp is stubborn. i expect moreno to play 🙁

    2. Eric Banternaaa
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Think Robbo be dropped. Big Xmas period coming up

    3. Wilbrahamovic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Robbo is the defender I have the least confidence in making an appearance out of all the defensive unknowns this GW.

  18. madame shelly
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    On a -4 to have this

    Steklenberg (Patricio)
    alonso, robbo, digne (wba, bennett)
    salah (c), richy, fraser, sterling, anderson
    auba , arnie (success)

    Worth a WC ? would put me 4 points up bit concerned a lot won't play at all

    1. Eric Banternaaa
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Don’t think need to WC

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      WC when?

      1. madame shelly
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Right now

  19. Eric Banternaaa
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Bottomed. Thinking WC. 1FT 1.8ITB

    Ryan / Ptricio
    Robertson / Laporte / Bennett / Alonso / Balbuena
    Salah / Sand / Richarlison / Fraser / Billing
    Arnie / Aguero / Jiminez

    To

    Fabianski / Hamer
    VVD / TAA / Alonso / Balbuena / Schindler
    Salah / Sane / Richarlison / Son / Billing
    Auba / Jiminez / Arnie

    Thoughts?

    1. Pegboy
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I'd want Kane and Sterling on WC.

  20. St. Joseph
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Aguero to rondon
    To allow gudmundsson to sterling at the weekend.
    Thoughts...?

    1. teriyaki 69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      no

  21. steamingeddy
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Current Team (2FT - 1.6M ITB):
    Leno (Hamer)
    Laporte TAA AWB (Doherty) (Shaw)
    Mane Martial Hazard Sigurdsson Masuaku
    Aguero Wilson (Jimenez)

    Thinking for GW15
    Aguero > Kane
    Mane > Sane

    Any other suggestions?

  22. g40steve
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Best defender upto 5.1, need to lose a Wolves player?

    1. FPLGraham
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Kolasinac, Schindler, Digne, Balbuena (outside of Wolves)

  23. tibollom
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    no transfers left, do I need Kane (-8ts) or do I just get rid of Kun for Wilson or someonelse?

    Patricio
    Robbo Laporte AWB Alonso Bennet
    Haz Rich BSilva Fraser Hogjberg
    Kun Arnie Auba

    1. Garra Charrua
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      not worth the 8 points

      1. tibollom
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        cheers mate - who would you get for Kun? Wilson ?

  24. Joedahla
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Salah, robbo and a striker out to get auba in? Would potentially bring in TAA or doherty, Sane or son.

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      ridiculous.

      1. Joedahla
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Why? Is it because of the Salah risk, or do you consider robbo to be a so much better option than TAA?

  25. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Mane possibly out. Good or bad thing for Salah?

    Not sure if I should captain Kane instead but Burnley are so poor atm.

    1. Prisoner B5160-8
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 18 days ago

      He's had his foot stitched. Can't see him making the squad.

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Bad.

  26. Strchld
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Mane out, dont think also that Trippier and Alonso will start. Would you do this for a hit.
    Mane > Dilva
    Y or N?

    If no, Martial and AWB is coming off the bench, but atleast one of Alonso or Trippier have to play.

  27. Tempestic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 18 days ago

    I feel like there’s potential for me to only get 1 or 2 defenders out this week.
    Alonso Laporte Digne Balbuena Bennet
    Slightly concerning...

    1. Rains of Castamere
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Same. Although the fact that Neves is suspended could be good news for Bennett owners as Saiss could move into midfield.

  28. Linvoy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    How's this WC team look?
    Silly to go without Sterling on WC? I'm thinking Sane will more or less cover him until Mendy is back then I will drop one of Kane or Auba to fit him in after Christmas.
    Would you do Alonso & Rich to Luiz and Son?

    Fab, Hamer
    Alonso, TAA, Digne, Doherty, AWB
    Sane, DSilva, FAnderson, Rich, Billing
    Kane, Auba, Arnie

    Thanks.

    1. Rains of Castamere
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Lovely.

  29. pls
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Have robbo and alonso who potentially wont play. Bennet and Doherty on the bench. With Bennet potentially out of the starting 11 would you do bennet to charlie Daniels for free?

  30. sunnyh
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Who to cap:

    a) Hazard
    b) Auba

    1. TaiwanHC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Hazard out of those