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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. 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. DV8R
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Hart to Guaita

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

      Same below. Ings > Barnes possibly

      1. SirT83
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 10 days ago

        This. I just did this move. Feel good about it!

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

      thanks guys

  2. ShaunGoater123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    G2G?

    Lloris
    Wan Bissaka / TAA / Digne
    Salah (C) / Richarlison / De Bruyne / Pogba
    Auba / Kane / Kamara

    Button / Snodgrass / Bednarek / Doherty

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

      Kamara is awful. Play snoddy?

      1. ShaunGoater123
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        do you think? Appreciate Kamara is awful btut figured he'd probably got a better chance or returning against BUrnley then snoddy vs Arsenal.

        Snodgrass will become Redmond next week

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

          That solid Arsenal defence 😆

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

            I would play Kamara

            1. ShaunGoater123
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 10 days ago

              i still think i will. Purely as i'd rather have a striker playing then a midfielder when they are both as likely to return nothing, just feels like slightly more potential for upside

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

    Might just burn my FT for the first time ever! 😎 RMT saying my small moves are pointless 🙂

    1. Amey
        6 months, 10 days ago

        If there was a provision to trade FT amongst others 😮
        Ghost team's issue completely takes out that option though as everyone will create one after every gw.

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

          Yeah true haha. I wish you could roll to 3

          1. Amey
              6 months, 10 days ago

              I'd never achieve that though as a very impatient manager 😀

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

          Nooo, just do the bednarek one imo

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

            RMT says it’s an awful move haha 🙂

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

              Haha guess it thinks he's not nailed!? It's a solid move

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

                Must be. Cheers for the help pal and GL

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

          How many points does RMT for you next 6?

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

            With my team?

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

            361

        4. ShaunGoater123
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          don't burn it, there must be something you can do to improve the squad or simply release money for future transfers

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

            Got a few ideas, what you think?

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

            1. ShaunGoater123
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 10 days ago

              I mean yeah there is nothing glaringly obvious but if it were me i'd be tempted to take schindler out for bednarek.

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

                Yeah, that was one of my options. Probably my slight preference too. I’ll do it, thanks for the input mate and GL

                1. Flapjack ✅
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  6 months, 10 days ago

                  That’s the obvious move to me too. It really makes sense.

                2. ShaunGoater123
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 10 days ago

                  no worries. you too pal.

        5. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Do the bednarek one mate

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

            Possibly. Just RMT put me off there. Worse prediction than Schindler

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

          RMT suggest me to bench Alonso for 3 of next 5! I will sell him after this week though.

        7. FPLGraham
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Thought about it myself but have managed to find a transfer (below) which gives me 0.1ITB so going for it

      • barters
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 10 days ago

        Son for Pogba now or as soon as next week's are available?

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

          Next

        2. Gregor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Next GW.

        3. Runaway
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Next

      • DV8R
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        Got these 2 transfers lined up... Have exact cash.
        Son + Tripper -> Salah + Bednarek (2FT)

        Fabianski
        Robbo, Digne, AWB
        Salah, Hazard, Richarlison, Pogba, Anderson
        Kane, Jimmy

        Button, Kamara, Doherty, Bednarek

        Good moves?

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

          Believe I would do it.

          1. DV8R
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            Losing Son is my only concern but will be priced out next week if I don't do it

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

              Yeah. This week Son-Salah could go either way. But gotta think long term.

        2. Runaway
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Very good good move, normalizing the value in defense and getting Salah for a player playing against ManU and unavailable afterwards.

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

        Richarlison or Fanderson? This gameweek only.

        1. Gregor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Richy.

        2. Runaway
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Richarlison

      • Boxwoods
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 10 days ago

        Kamara or AWB 1st bench with Guaita in goal?

        1. Gregor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          AWB.

        2. DV8R
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          AWB

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

          AWB

        4. Flapjack ✅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Kamara

      • dr.No88
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        Thoughts on this WC

        Etheridge, Button

        Digne , TAA, , David. L, Bednarek, Bennett

        Pogba, Salah , Hazard , Richarlison , Camarasa

        Aubameyang ,Jimenez , Rashford

        I have 1.7 m in bank . Next week Aubameyang for Kane

      • HellasLEAF
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        How nailed is Bednarek?

        On WC, looking for cheapest 5th d that starts..

        1. DV8R
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Heard he's nailed. Brought him in 2 weeks ago on WC

        2. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Very very nailed

      • FPLGraham
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 10 days ago

        About to make the most boring transfer in my ~10 years of FPL.

        Button -> Speroni.

        Welcome, 0.1m!!

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

          Haha, button plays though and speroni doesn’t

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

            Yeah... got Fabs though who is pretty nailed so would be pretty unlucky to need my 2nd keeper!

      • Rash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        Question.. why would RMT start kiko over digne after next gameweek with a lower points prediction?

      • Unai Emery
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        What do you think about Son out for Richarlison? I have Kane from Spurs.

      • Jones Town
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        I've got 2 free transfers but can't really see anything I want to do? Anything obvious? 0.2 ITB

        Lloris
        AWB - Kola - Digne - TAA
        Salah - Hazard - FAnderson - Pogba - Richarlison
        Kane
        (Speroni - Kamara - Ings - Chambers)

        I can only sort out Kamara/Ings if I drop one of the midfielders, and I feel like should give each of them another week?

        Thanks! 🙂

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

          Maybe just Chambers to Bednarek to free up some cash?

          1. Jones Town
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            Thanks - was just reading this suggestion above and is probably a good shout!

      • Inazuma X1
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 10 days ago

        Son to Sane?

        Have Kane and no City cover.

        Or wait till next GW

        1. Chester Bennington
            6 months, 10 days ago

            Yes if it does not involve hit

          • Duka
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            go for it

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

          Any obvious moves with 2FT and 0.4 ITB? I'd like to turn Son in Salah next week, but I cant see any obvious way to set this up. Leaning towards just letting FT go...

          Fab
          Robbo, Digne, Wan Bis
          Sane, Haz, Pog, Son, Rich
          Kane, Jimmy

          (Hamer, schindler, Doherty, Kamara)

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

            Readin above, maybe Shcindler to bednarek to free up cash?

        3. La Roja
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Which option?

          A) Martial Son Auba ➡ Hazard Salah Kamara -4

          B) Martial Wilson* ➡ Hazard Kamara

          C) Martial Auba ➡ Salah Arnie

          1. XABI 15
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            C but not sure on Arnie maybe Jimenez

        4. Hazardous1983
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Sterling and rashford or sane and firminho on wc?

          1. La Roja
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            Former

          2. XABI 15
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            Option 1

        5. Manani
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          pretty happy with my team, but have 2FT, 0.5mITB

          Fabianksi Button
          AWB Dohetry TAA Digne Holebas
          Salah Hazard FAnderson Richarlison Pogba
          Kane Jimenez Kamara

          should I let the FT go to the bin?

          1. XABI 15
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            Lovely team, maybe downgrade Holebas?

        6. JariL
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          I'm struggling to see how to use a FT. Ideas? 2FT 0.1ITB

          Fabianski / Speroni
          Robertson / Digne / Holebas / AWB / Bennett
          Salah / Hazard / Pogba / Richarlison / Deulofeu
          Kane / Rashford / Kamara

          1. XABI 15
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            Bennett to Bednarek?

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

              Yeah, I guess I could take the 0.2 that way. Thanks!

        7. XABI 15
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          after way too much tinkering this is my final WC. thoughts?

          Etheridge
          Digne Pereira TAA Robbo
          Sane Salah (C)Sterling Pogba Richarlison
          Jimenez

          Guaita Rashford Bednarek Kamara

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

            would prefer a big hitter as forward for flexibility

            1. XABI 15
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 10 days ago

              just fancy midfield in v short term. Will save transfer next week and then will have 2 so can downgrade one of expensive mids

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

            Big fan

            1. XABI 15
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 10 days ago

              cheers

        8. ShaunGoater123
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          De Bruyne to start for city do you think? Man City forums seem to think he will....

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

            Yeah

        9. Bubz
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Instead of Sane ----> Salah

          ...would you do Hazard ----> Salah?

          1. La Roja
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            I wouldn’t do either

            1. Bubz
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 10 days ago

              Go Salahless?

              1. La Roja
                • 7 Years
                6 months, 10 days ago

                I never said that 😛

                But perhaps for this week because both Sane and Hazard are capable to bring bacon home this GW

        10. Evasivo
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          2FTs and £0.0itb.

          Fab
          Alonso AWB Digne
          Haz Son Rich FAnderson Pogba
          Wilson Kane

          Steke Boly Jimenez Dunk

          Any suggestions?

        11. TLF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Bench one:

          A. Martial
          B. Camarasa
          C. AWB

          1. XABI 15
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            AWB

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

            B

        12. mogadishu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Thinking about wildcarding... hows this?

          Foster Guaita
          TAA Pereira Doherty Bamba AWB
          Salah KDB/Sane Pogba Richarlison Fraser
          Kane Rashford Kamara

          Its clear this season this value is in midfield. Whether cheap defence or cheap attack. With Kane's upcoming fixtures and (c) potential he's a shoo-in.

          Thoughts?

          1. XABI 15
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            Reply fail see below. I agree with midfield

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

              Cheers mate, yep midfield is the clear trend. Want to pull the trigger on that WC early to reshuffle funds to midfield and hopefully make a gain pre-blanks/doubles

        13. XABI 15
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          i have a very similar team but Jimenez instead of Kane and Sterling instead of Fraser

        14. Shteve
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Need some advise on this one. Have 2 free transfers.

          A. Martial + Auba to Salah + 5.9m striker
          B. Martial + Hazard to Salah + 5.4m midfielder
          C. Wait at least another week before getting salah in because of favourable arsenal and chelsea fixtures this week.

          1. Lyonnais
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            I wouldn't sell Auba/Hazard this week.

            1. Shteve
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 10 days ago

              Yeah, i'm finding it hard to justify selling either of them so was leaning towards option C

        15. Giggs-Tosun Particle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Liverpool defenders - yay nor nay?

          (Who do we think will partner VVD at CB, btw?)

          1. Berbinho's Forehead
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            Yay.

            Matip trained today but could be Fabinho tomorrow.

        16. Lyonnais
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Would you rather play Fabianski (ARS) or Button (LIV)? 😀

          1. Shteve
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            I think Button has more chance of a clean sheet