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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. the vanisher
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Cant decide who to start

    A. Brooks (eve)

    B. Kamara (bur)

    thanks

    1. Rhodes your boat
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      A

    2. Duka
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Brooks ofc

    3. Bragazeti
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Brooks

  2. Maddamotha
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    What to do with this lot? 1FT. 1.8 ITB.

    A) Save
    B) Fabianski > Alisson
    C) Auba, Anderson > Arnie, Salah (-4)
    D) Kane, Anderson > Rash, Salah (-4)

    Fabianski
    Laporte, TAA, Digne, AWB
    Hazard, Pogba, Anderson, Rich
    Kane, Auba

    Hamar, Kamara, Høibjerg, Doherty

    1. Rhodes your boat
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Fab to Guaita and haz to salah next week?

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

      Roll the transfer.

  3. Rhodes your boat
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Gtg?

    Foster
    Alonso robbo Digne awb
    Hazard(vc) martial siggy f.anderson
    Kane auba(c)

    Hamer success guendouzi balbuena**

    1FT 0.8 itb

    Next week haz/Alonso to salah/taa?

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 6 days ago

      GTG & good plan

      1. Rhodes your boat
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Thanks mate

  4. Alli
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Fabianski - Hamer
    Robertson - Luiz - Digne - Doherty - W.Bissaka
    Salah - Pogba - Richarlison - Snodgrass - Stephens
    Aubameyang - Kane - Jiménez

    2 FT - 0.3 ITB

    A) Hamer > Guiata
    B) Fab > Etheridge
    C) Other?

    1. JollyGoodYellows
        6 months, 6 days ago

        A so you have two playing keepers

      • Rhodes your boat
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        A

      • Alli
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Why is everybody so sure Guiata is going to be picked over Hennessey?

        1. JollyGoodYellows
            6 months, 6 days ago

            Can't be sure but based on Palace's recent clean sheets and Guiata's performances he's definitely the favourite

      • JollyGoodYellows
          6 months, 6 days ago

          A) Fab + Lingard + Son (next week) > Etheridge + Richarlison + Sane (next week)
          B) Fab + Lingard + Son (next week) > Alisson + Richarlison + Dilva (next week)

          Thanks guys

          1. Kanchelskis
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 6 days ago

            A

        • unitednations
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 6 days ago

          couple of quick questions:

          1) Best option from NEXT gw (gw23) onwards:
          A: Fanderson (bou, wol, LIV, cry) + 8 points
          B: Martial (BHA, BUR, lei, ful) + 4 points
          C: Rashford (BHA, BUR, lei, ful)

          2) Hazard or Sterling from next gw (gw23)?
          - sterling has slightly better fixtures, better form
          - hazard higher goal involvement but chelsea struggling alot

          1. Kanchelskis
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 6 days ago

            1. Multiple hits don't sound good. WH fixtures not too bad.
            2. Sterling?

        • Mysterion
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 6 days ago

          Harvey Barnes (LEI) added to the game at 5.5m

          Onto the watchlist for GW27...

          1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

            hmm 9 goals, 6 assists

        • No Pirlo No Party
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 6 days ago

          Fabianski
          Robertson - Doherty - Holebas - AWB - Bednarek
          Salah - Hazard - Pogba - Anderson - Richarlison
          Kane - Ings - Kamara

          2 FT to use but 0.0 ITB

          A) Ings --> Barnes
          B) Holebas + Anderson ---> TAA + Camarasa (Leaves enough to do Ings --> 7.9 max next GW)

          1. Kanchelskis
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 6 days ago

            B sounds better in the long run

        • KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 6 days ago

          Roll the FT?

          Fabs
          Digne, Kola, TAA, AWB
          Pogba, Salah (c), Anderson
          Kane, Auba (vc), Wilson

          Hamer, Deulofeu, Doherty, Camarasa

          1. Kanchelskis
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 6 days ago

            Yep

        • HAMMERTIME107
            6 months, 6 days ago

            Only way to get Salah is I would have to take out Kane or Auba, is it worth it ?

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

            Speroni | Billing | Dunk | Targett

            1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              hold imo

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

            (c)ap this week:
            A) Hazard
            B) Salah

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

              I'm going Haz

            2. Deeney-is-a-god
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              Haz

            3. Kanchelskis
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 6 days ago

              Was on Haz until today. Now confused.

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

                Why?

                1. Kanchelskis
                  • 1 Year
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  Lots of Salah love on here and Chelsea just do not seem very good.

            4. Slumdog-Mignolet
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              Salah. Chelsea have scored once in last four which doesn't inspire confidence.

          • Bubz
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

            Would you start Kamara (bur) or Snoddy (ARS)?

            1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              Snoddy, Arsenal have no defence

          • aborg
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

            I have brought in DCL 2 weeks ago to free up funds for my midfield. For just this GW anyone thinks I should play DCL instead of Jimenez, since he plays Man City and DCL plays home against Bournemouth although he might not play the full 90 mins?

            1. Deeney-is-a-god
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              Would play dlc

          • Deeney-is-a-god
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

            On a wildcard. Is it better to downgrade some defenders and a striker to fit one more permium player in? Been wondering about kane, deulo, jimenez, luiz, digne -> auba, hazard, kamara, jonny, bednarek +0,4itb

            Would leave me without a premium defender, but will have another premium midfielder

            1. Kanchelskis
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 6 days ago

              Not sure how essential Hazard is. On thin ice with me (only brough him back a couple of weeks ago after selling before 2 recent hauls).

          • Catastrophe
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

            1 FT, 0 ITB - any suggestions please chaps?

            Fabianski
            Digne, AWB, TAA
            Salah, Hazard, Richarlison, Pogba, Fanderson
            Kane, Jimenez

            (Speroni, Kamara, Doherty, Lovren*)

            Cheers

            1. wulfranian
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              Save imo or Lovren->Bednarek.

          • ididnt
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

            What s the consensus on Son? Keep for this one last week or ship now if there's a good option?

            1. The 5% Team
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 6 days ago

              probably keep, good chance he'll get points this week.
              Unless you have 2 FT and really no other issues.

              1. ididnt
                • 7 Years
                6 months, 6 days ago

                that's my position but even then not sure it's worth it

          • SheBangsTheDrums
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

            Is Gunn nailed for saints?

            1. Grievez
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              I haven't seen or heard 🙂

              1. SheBangsTheDrums
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 6 days ago

                Haha nice mate!

          • Grievez
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

            City at home on a Monday night is such a balls when you don't any of their players.

            1. Pep Pig
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              Oh I know mate. Monday evening will be grim 😀

              1. Grievez
                • 7 Years
                6 months, 6 days ago

                Thinking of swapping Hennessey for the other Palace keeper and Pogba -- Silva -4

          • Sloppytackle
              6 months, 6 days ago

              Have 2fts...
              Play boring . .Lovren to Digne

              Or...

              Gamble - Aubama and Lingard to Salah and Arnautovic?

              Currently..
              Pogba - Son - Lingard - Paterson - Masuaku
              Kane - Jiminez - Aubamayang

              Cheers

              1. Kanchelskis
                • 1 Year
                6 months, 6 days ago

                Would steer clear of Arnie.

                1. Sloppytackle
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Would rather Rashford but 0.1 short!!

                    1. Kanchelskis
                      • 1 Year
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Go boring then.

                      1. Sloppytackle
                          6 months, 6 days ago

                          Could do Sterling + Firmino?

                2. That Posh Bloke
                  • 2 Years
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  Any suggestions for any striker and midfielder for a total of 14.4 mill?

                  Not Bournemouth or United.
                  Preferably from the same team for autistic reasons.

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

                    Anderson and Arnautovic.

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

                    Arnie/Anderson?

                3. The Red Devil
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  Fab button
                  Digne TAA kolasinac AWB Bennett
                  Hazard Pogba Anderson son holbgerb
                  Jimenez Kane aubameyang

                  1 FT, 0.6 ITB
                  Suggestions?

                  1. Kanchelskis
                    • 1 Year
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Save. A fab button sounds nice.

                    1. The Red Devil
                      • 4 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Lol, which keeper would you start?

                  2. Kanchelskis
                    • 1 Year
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Both likely to concede, but Brighton probably concede fewer. I am going Fab based on saves (and Button really not very good at football).

                4. Rinseboy
                  • 7 Years
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  Is Son to Sane/Sterling worth a transfer this week?

                  Or save?

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

                    I probably would.

                    1. Rinseboy
                      • 7 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      which one?!

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

                        Sterling if you’ve got the funds.

                5. The Red Devil
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  Captain hazard or aubameyang?

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

                    Aubameyang.

                    1. Pigsinblankets
                      • 3 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Also between the two, any solace in the numbers that point to Auba being the better choice?

                6. Rushford
                  • 1 Year
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  Foster

                  AWB Trippier Robertson

                  Hazard(C) Sane Pogba Richarlison

                  Kane Rashford Chicharito*

                  Hennessey Cedric Doherty Hojbjerg

                  1FT 1.2 ITB

                  Have to get rid of Chicharito before I loose even more value..

                  A) Chicha -> Arnie (is he really going to China?)

                  B) Chicha -> Zaha

                  C) Haz + Chicha -> Salah(C) + Kamara (-4)

                  1. Kanchelskis
                    • 1 Year
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Chich to Barnes?

                    1. Rushford
                      • 1 Year
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Yeah, have considered him. He is quite boring tho

                  2. Westfield Irons ⭐️
                    • 9 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    Chicharito to Barnes?
                    Save some cash for moving Hazard to Salah next week (and moving some cash out of defence)

                7. Ibra
                  • 1 Year
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  Which one to start:

                  A) Kamara (BUR)
                  B) Jimenez (MCI)

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

                    Jimi.

                8. The Red Devil
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  Start Fab or button
                  Start AWB or Jimenez
                  Captain hazard or aubameyang

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

                    Button.
                    AWB.
                    Aubameyang.

                9. George James
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  Always a pointless but fun question....

                  Points prediction for this lot

                  A) Auba
                  B) Haz
                  C) Kola
                  D) TAA
                  E) Salah
                  F) Sane

                  1. George James
                    • 4 Years
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    A) 12
                    B) 10
                    C) 4
                    D) 6
                    E) 8
                    F) 8

                    1. Grievez
                      • 7 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      12
                      10
                      4
                      6
                      8
                      8

                  2. Kanchelskis
                    • 1 Year
                    6 months, 6 days ago

                    A. 10
                    B. 3
                    C. 5
                    D. 6
                    E. 10
                    F. 8

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

                    6
                    7
                    2
                    6
                    13
                    5

                10. Daghe Munegu
                  • 2 Years
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  Captain this gw?

                  A Hazard
                  B Salah
                  C Kane
                  D Sterling

                  1. Benteke Fried Chicken
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      D

                    • Tcheco
                      • 2 Years
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      Hazard

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

                    If it is true that Chelsea refused 55m and Malcolm from Barcelona, that's absolute nuts and ridiculous decision.

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

                      Sounds like Chelsea to me.

                  3. T96
                      6 months, 6 days ago

                      G2G?

                      Guaita
                      Alonso - Robbo - AWB
                      Haz - Eriksen - Pogba - Sane - Rich
                      Aub - Jim

                      Hamer - Kamara - Doherty - Kiko