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Differential options on offer among budget midfielders

We have gone fifth-midfielder-crazy when it comes to differentials this week.

There are now a wealth of potential options around the £4.5m mark in the middle of the park ahead of Gameweek 22, all of which are owned by less than 5% of Fantasy managers.

With some looking to create the perfect Wildcard squad for the second half of the season, and others looking to restructure, these cheaper options could offer decent value this weekend and further ahead.

Dwight McNeil

Price: £4.4m

Ownership: 0.1%

Owned by just 0.1%, Burnley midfielder Dwight McNeil (£4.4m) is about as differential an option as you will ever see in Fantasy Premier League.

The 19-year-old winger has recently broken into the Clarets’ team starting the last two matches. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.6m) and Aaron Lennon (£4.9m) are still facing injury struggles which means he should keep his place on the left, especially with Robbie Brady (£5.4m) now suspended for the next three matches.

McNeil has not wasted any time in making himself useful to Sean Dyche scoring against West Ham in Gameweek 20 and assisting at Huddersfield last time out.

Those attacking returns have come from some impressive underlying statistics too, suggesting he could sustain his form.

The Burnley man has had a shooting chance every 25.5 minutes in his two starts so far, registering more efforts in the penalty box than Mohamed Salah (£13.3m), Eden Hazard (£11.1m) and Raúl Jiménez (£6.4m) in that time.

With the obliging Fulham defence up next for the Clarets, McNeil will have a strong chance of more attacking returns in Gameweek 22. With Watford and Southampton also coming up soon for Burnley, there is long-term appeal and his price makes him benchable when facing Manchester United in Gameweek 24. Furthermore, if Spurs beat Chelsea to earn a place in the League Cup final, then McNeil won’t have a fixture in Gameweek 27, again less of a problem because of his price.

Víctor Camarasa

Price: £4.6m

Ownership: 2.8%

Cardiff City midfielder Víctor Camarasa (£4.6m) was close to being chosen for the Scout Picks this week but we erred on the side of caution considering his current yellow flag.

However, he could still provide plenty of value as a differential over the next few weeks as Neil Warnock believes the Spaniard’s problem is not serious.

If Camarasa does play against Huddersfield this week he is likely to be deployed through the middle, where the Terriers are most susceptible to conceding chances.

David Wagner’s men have allowed more big chances in the last four Gameweeks than any other side, and only three have conceded more opportunities through the centre.

Camarasa looks likely to be involved in any goals scored against Huddersfield as he has created seven chances in the last four Gameweeks and tried five shots of his own. His role in set pieces and the fact he is designated penalty-taker for Cardiff mean he has several aspects to his appeal.

Matches against Newcastle, Bournemouth, Southampton and Watford, are all on the horizon too, all of whom have struggled with clean sheets of late. Even the Gameweek 24 trip to Arsenal could yield attacking returns considering the Gunners’ defensive problems of late.

Alex Pritchard

Price: £4.8m

Ownership: 0.1%

Sticking with the Gameweek 22 clash at the Cardiff City Stadium we’ve also picked out Huddersfield midfielder Alex Pritchard (£4.8m).

Neil Warnock’s Cardiff have seriously struggled to defend set pieces this season, with no side allowing more chances from such situations in the last four Gameweeks than them.

Eight of Huddersfield’s 13 Premier League goals in 2018/19 have come from set plays, which is a whopping 61%, more than any other club. For that reason, Wagner will surely use them to his advantage.

With Aaron Mooy (£5.1m) still out, those duties will likely be handed to Pritchard once again, giving him the chance to punish Cardiff on Saturday afternoon.

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614 Comments Post a Comment
  1. anish10
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Who to captain

    a) Hazard
    b) Son
    c) Mane
    d) Kane

    1. mattyb09
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 10 days ago

      A

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      A

    3. SPorting
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      A

    4. Differential (c)
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      B

    5. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      All good options. D for me

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        Or A. Tough haha

    6. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      A

    7. French Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      E) Salah

    8. Simon Says...
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      A, and I own the other three...

    9. 2hotty
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      A will make u angry when he blanks I'm going b fancy son to give the fans a going away present

  2. glufs
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    According to fplstatistics and fffix, it looks like Salah is NOT rising tonight. Can it really be? Cant afford him if he rises before deadline.

    1. SPorting
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      He will. He always does.

    2. SuperMario
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Surely

    3. Nuno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      The transfers are always busiest the night before the deadline. I'd say 95% chance that he rises

  3. Fantasyamateur
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Fabianski
    Bissaka - Digne - Robertson
    Salah - Felipe - Hazard - Pogba - Camarasa
    Kane - Rashford

    Bench: Button, Jimenez, Doherty, Yoshida.

    1M ITB and 2FT. Any suggestions on what I should do here?

    My thinking is Fabianski and Felipe out. Maybe Alisson and Richarlison as replacements, but usually I'm not a big fan of expensive goalies.. Guaita is a good alternative I think, but already have AWB and not too keen on double Palace.. Also no City is a bit worrying, although it went okay over the Christmas period..

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      tough spot... I'd give (I am) Anderson another few games before shipping.

      Maybe just the Fabs out & bank 2nd FT

      1. Fantasyamateur
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        Don't fancy the upcoming fixtures for WH.. Also Arnautovic is back which will be stealing points of Felipe.

    2. Teddy Brewski
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Isn't Yoshida going to away now for the next few games. Are you ok with that?

      1. Fantasyamateur
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        Yeah, will be sitting in that last bench spot. Don't see that I would be needing that spot in a while.

    3. Teddy Brewski
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Yosh to Bednarek this week.
      Then Robbo and Felipe to TAA and Sane week?

  4. kennethrhcp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    1 week only gamble...

    A: Aguero (WOLVES)
    B: Auba (westham)
    C: better option? please do tell

    1. SuperMario
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      B

    2. anish10
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      B

      1. Daniel - The Veteran
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        Has to be a striker?

        1. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          ya. It's an ol hokey/cokey for 1 week as I've an FT going to waste other wise

    3. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      cheers lads!

  5. SuperMario
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Afternoon all, how are we fixed for GW22?

    Salah captain for the majority over Hazard??

    1. SPorting
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Yes please.

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      I've been on Salah since last deadline... talk of travel affecting him had me worried earlier but still on Salah

      1. Daniel - The Veteran
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        I am lately considering Sterlo boy instead of Hazard

  6. SPorting
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    GTG?

    Lloris
    Robbo, TAA, Digne
    Salah(C), Pogba, Rich, Fraser, FAnderson
    Kane, Rahsford

    Button, Jimenez, Holebas, Doherty

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Jim over Fraser? isn't his hamstring playing up?

      1. SPorting
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        I think so, that's why Jimmy is first on the bench.

  7. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    2FTs and 0.4itb. Best option?

    Likely to save 1FT to get Salah next GW for Son.

    A. Fab >> Guaita
    B. Schindler >> Bednarek
    C. Kola >> TAA

    Fab
    Kola • Digne • AWB
    Haz[vc] • Rich • Son • FAnders • Martial
    Auba[C] • Kane
    (Button / Schindler / Doherty / Kamara)

    1. SPorting
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      C.

      Or Fab -> Etheridge, is quite popular

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      I like C

    3. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Are you doing Auba and Son to Rash and Salah next week Rafa or something else?

      All the transfers look sound. Schindler is your weak link - but TAA is the best upgrade.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        Yeah, the first two will allow Auba+Son >> Rash+Salah but if Salah rises tonight I’ll be short by 0.1 anyways. A and B raise funds and give me one more week to decide on Kola/Digne/Doherty to TAA. But I agree TAA is a nice move, just Kola is a decent pick this week perhaps. Hmm

        Lots to think about 🙂 probably over thinking things

  8. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Which looks preferable?
    A) Fabs to Guaita. Next week: Hazard and Son to Salah and Richarlison (no hits, keep Martial).
    B) Fabs to Guaita. Next week Son and Auba to Salah and striker 7.1 or below (Wilson/Arnie etc) (no hit)
    C) Fabs to Guaita and Martial to Richarlison. Next week: Son and Auba to Rashford and Salah (-4).

    1. K-Ala Ber-Bala
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      both A and C are good options! C even for a hit looks promising as both Rashford and Richarlison are going to be essential for the next 4 to 5 GWs. Good luck!

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Depends who impressed out of Haz and Auba this week! Same boat as I am in

  9. Differential (c)
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    #thfc Pochettino on Eriksen: "It’s his right to wait, to sign this week or in six months, to have different dreams and challenges. Christian is a very special person & you need to give him freedom, like on the pitch. You need to give freedom & trust him, like my dog, in the park"

    1. Daniel - The Veteran
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      So Erriksen is a dog? Wow

      1. Differential (c)
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        I can already imagine he tabloid headlines
        Eriksen called Lap Dog by Pooch!

      2. PastaFasul
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        Maybe Poch really likes his dog...backhanded compliment.

    2. Mysterion
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 10 days ago

      It's like a cow that sees the same train for 10 years

    3. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Did he really compare the mercurial Dane to his dog? Or did you add it for shits and giggles?

      1. Differential (c)
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        Check twitter haha. He actually did!

      2. Mysterion
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 10 days ago

        Compared the great Dane to his dog

  10. Trilogist
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Is Son available this week?

    1. Differential (c)
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Yes, he is. Leaves straight after for Asia though.

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Yes, last game. Parting gift hopefully

  11. Millie7
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Foster - (Hart)
    AWB - Robbo - Digne - Holebas - (Doherty)
    Hazard - Sane - Pogba - Anderson - (Masuaku)
    Kane - Jimmy - (Ings)

    2FT and 2ITB

    Really Struggling to see where to use my transfers to better my team...any help is much appreciated.

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 10 days ago

      allison

  12. barcaa7
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Which option is better??
    a-Martial and Kamara
    b-Rashford and Camarasa for -4

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 10 days ago

      b but not for -4

  13. Nuno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    For Draft, pick one:

    A. Davies
    B. Rose
    C. Vertonghen
    D. Maguire
    E. Chilwell
    F. Tarkowski
    G. Bellerin
    H. Kolasinac

  14. COLLIN QUANER
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    I'm going to captain Sterling this week with Hazard as my vice captain.

    1. barcaa7
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Good luck

    2. Daniel - The Veteran
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Hoot boy. I might follow u

    3. britzdubb
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      ok

  15. Simon Says...
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Mane or Sane - who would you like for the next few gameweeks? Bringing one in this week. No Salah (will have him next week).

    Have some sneaky feeling Mane will hit form, but having no City is an issue.

    Your thoughts, fears and wild guesswork welcomed.

    Cheers

    1. Daniel - The Veteran
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Mane for me

  16. Lignja
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Gtg?

    Fabianski
    Taa, Digne, Wb
    Salah, Sane, Pogba, Richaelison, Camasara
    Kane, Auba

    Hammer, Kamara, Kiko, Doherty

  17. barcaa7
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Which option is better???
    a-Martial and Kamara
    b-Rashford and Camarasa for -4

  18. sirmorbach
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Guys, I could really use some help here. How would you lads fill iin the remainign spots?

    Fab / Guaita

    TAA / Pereira / Doherty / Duffy / *

    Salah / Hazard / Sané / Fraser / *

    Rashford / Jimenez / *

    A. Auba, Camarasa, AWB
    B. Firmino, Richarlison, AWB
    C. Firmino, FAnderson, Bednarek

    I'm leaning towards A, but I'd love to hear your thoughts.

    1. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      A

      1. sirmorbach
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        Cheers, mate

    2. Daniel - The Veteran
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      C

    3. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 10 days ago

      b

    4. sirmorbach
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Ok, now I don't really know what to do.

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 10 days ago

        sorry lol

        1. sirmorbach
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Hahaha, don't be. I really do appreciate it.

          (Might as well flip a coin though. :p)

  19. baps sniffer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Gunnarsson at 4.4 is one differential also for those who cannot afford Camarasa. One goal, certain starter and has some attacking threat. I guess he has longest throws in PL, so set piece threat is there.

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      I had both for a while, both are pretty turd tbh 😀

    2. Nuno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      More set-piece threat, attacking player and PK's for 0.2m seems like a no-brainer

  20. The Mighty Whites
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    1FT, 1.5 ITB, thoughts?

    Allison - Hamer

    Robertson - Doherty - Keane - Holebas - AWB

    Sane - Pogba - Richarlison - F Anderson - Stephens

    Kane - Aubameyang - Jimenez

    1. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Roll the FT, you look good for this week. Captain Auba presumably?

  21. Trentminator
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    A Mitro + Pereyra
    B Firmino + McNiel,

    Who you recon score most point?

  22. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    GK situation an obvious mess, Boruc to Etheridge/other?
    Or would you just save?
    Would also like to deal with Lowe but nothing stands out. I'm keeping Wilson for now on the (dangerous?) assumption that if he's fit he'll start, and if he's not he won't play at all and I get AWB.

    Any advice at all would be most welcome

    Boruc
    TAA Digne Chilwell
    Haz Salah(C) Pog Rich
    Kane Wilson Mitro
    (Pat | AWB Lowe Hoj)
    1FT 0.6ITB

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 10 days ago

      i’d get etheridge in

      1. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        Cheers, I've just done it

  23. Hail Hydra
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    which one?
    A. Salah + Rashford
    B. Kane + Pogba

    1. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      A I think. Salah more trustworthy with the armband, and I'm worried about Kane without Son. OGS seems to love Rashford

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 10 days ago

      a

  24. 4zim
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Ederson Hamer
    TAA Alonso Pereira AWB Doherty
    Salah Hazard Pogba Fraser March
    Jiménez Lacazette Wilson

    Thinking of Laca + Wilson —> Aguero + Barnes

    Thoughts?

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 10 days ago

      is march + laca to richy + rashford possible?

  25. barcaa7
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 10 days ago

    a-Martial and Kamara
    b-Rashford and Camarasa for -4

  26. fc_skrald
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    If I use the rate my team tool what is then a good 6 round total score? 380-400?

    1. Teddy Brewski
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      65 per week average over the season would get you bloody close to winning fpl overall

  27. Gassemannen
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Choose 1:

    A: Martial + Jimenez
    B: Mcneil + Firmino (bench Jimenez) -4

    1. barcaa7
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 10 days ago

      a

    2. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      a

    3. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 10 days ago

      a

  28. Gamer18
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Going into Week 1 of Last Man Standing who should I pick? Comment below

      1. Daniel - The Veteran
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        Chelsea

      2. Amey
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Burnley

          1. Annie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            this, you want Chelsea in GW27

        • Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          No idea what you are talking about

          1. Annie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            Sounds like where you pick one team in the GW to win and if you're right you proceed to next week. The key being you can only pick a given team once.

      3. HAMMERTIME107
          6 months, 10 days ago

          How's this please?

          Etheridge
          Pereira | Wan-Bissaka | Digne
          Mane | Sane | Richarlison | Martial
          Kane | Rashford | Aubameyang

          Speroni | Billing | Dunk | Targett

        • EMERGING STAR
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          I dont see Sterling in any of the teams here.
          Surely because of other premiums? He is too good to ignore.