Differentials

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. CAPTAIN CRESPO
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Start one of these:

    A) AWB vs WAT (H)
    B) Jiminez vs MCI (A)

    1. Jᴀʀᴠish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      The eternal question! I would play AWB personally.

    2. Tcheco
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      AWB even though I've benched Jimi vs. top 6 sides to my detriment before

    3. F_Ivanovic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      glad I don't have the choice. Playing both.

  2. Tcheco
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Do prices freeze when you activate Wildcard?

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Nope.

    2. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      No, wildcards are good to be played right after a gw starts so you can get players into your team earlier doors to catch price rises or even double price

    3. Tcheco
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Thanks lads. Will do so after this GW. So many fixture swings

  3. Daghe Munegu
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Cap?

    A Hazard
    B Salah
    C Kane
    D Sterling

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Raz.

    2. Tcheco
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Haz.

    3. Jᴀʀᴠish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      B if you have him

    4. rocco10 - AMERICAN DYCHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      B

  4. T96
      2 months, 13 days ago

      G2G?

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

      Hamer - Kamara - Doherty - Kiko.

    • The Legend of Casiraghi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I have a mad impulse to buy Aguero. For Auba. At -4. I need talking down from the ledge.

      1. Gregor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        For a hit? Na, crazy talk, I would captain Aubameyang if I had him.

      2. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        i'm stuck between Augero & Auba for this week only... I wouldn't sell Auba & def not for a hit!!!

      3. Super Saints
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I'd rather Auba

      4. Slumdog-Mignolet
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Mad. And Pep said he has been ill. Auba a good captain pick this week.

        1. The Legend of Casiraghi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Thank you for saving my fantasy sanity. Crazy idea... until he scores a hat trick on Monday!

          Still fancy Kane as captain. Expect him to score against utd at least once.

    • dee_top
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Start one vs CRY away
      A) Holebas
      B) Deeney

      1. Gregor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Deeney.

      2. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        B

    • Slitherene
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A) Trippier + Luiz + Doherty + Kamara

      OR

      B) AW-B + Bednarek + Bennett + Aubameyang/Aguero?

      Rest of the defence being Digne & TAA.

      These moves, over the next 2 weeks with a hit will enable me to have Salah, Hazard, Kane and Aubameyang/Aguero.

      1. Fantasydreamer
          2 months, 13 days ago

          B - all three of the defenders have decent enough fixtures coming up that you could play one or two each week

      2. La Roja
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Is this worth -4?

        Son Martial Auba ➡ Hazard Salah Kamara

        1. Super Saints
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          No

        2. Tcheco
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Yes & captain Hazard

        3. Slitherene
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Not this week

      3. Super Saints
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Would you change anything here or G2G?

        Foster
        Alonso TAA AWB
        Salah(c) Dilva Pogba Brooks Camarasa
        Kane Aubamayang
        Lossl Jimenez Bednarek Bennett

      4. Solanke
          2 months, 13 days ago

          What to do? 1.1m, 2FT

          Fab
          Kol | WanB | Rob | Digne
          Siggy | Salah (c) | martial | richa
          Rash | Kane

          Bench: Hammer | Wilson | Doherty | Elneny

          1. Roll
          2. Fab> Guita/Etheridge
          3. Wilson>Jiminez (who i'll bench against city, but get transfer in before wilson price drop + injury)

        • Frasmac
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Hi all,

          Thoughts on Fabianksi and Fraser to Allison and Camarassa?

          Allison set and forget for rest of season and Camarassa as 5th mid

          1. Super Saints
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Sounds good

        • Drum8888
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          If money was no object, what would your ideal FPL team be right now?

          1. Daniel - juuuhuuu
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Auba Kane Kun
            Hazard Salah Sterling
            Alonso Robbo VVD
            Kepa

            I have questions about 11th member

            1. Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Pogba surely

          2. Holmes
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Alisson
            Robertson, Alonso, Luiz
            Salah, Sterling, Sane, Son
            Kun, Kane, Aubameyang

          3. PurpleMonster
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            We need a new chip with those conditions 🙂
            It could be interesting...

          4. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Alison
            Robbo Alonso Trippier
            Salah Hazard Sterling Son
            Auba Kun Kane

        • OO
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          diop to arnold worth it for a hit?

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            can you get 3 decent defenders out there? if yes then I wouldn't. do it for free next week

        • RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Might play Button over Fab :cool/

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            #coolfail

        • #FPLBhuna
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Bench order correct?

          Jiminez - bednarek - doherty

          1. Super Saints
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Yep

        • Slitherene
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Who to play?

          A) Trippier (MUN)

          B) Camarasa (HUD)

          1. Tcheco
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            B

        • AFC49
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Hazard or Salah captain?

          1. dee_top
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Very tough, I’m going Haz probabl

            1. dee_top
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 13 days ago

              y

          2. PurpleMonster
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            I think Hazard but Salah is very tempting

          3. Super Saints
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Salah has been so much better + the stats

        • Main Stand Fat Arse
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Latest on Fraser?

            If risk, who to replace with?

          • CRO KLOPP
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Fabianski
            Alonso Digne AWB
            Hazard Son Pogba Richarlison
            Kane Auba Jimenez
            Hamer Doherty Lovren Hojbjerg
            0.1 itb 1 FT

            Really don't know what to do here,no pool and City, should I save? Don't mind taking a hit

          • Monkey Hanger
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Auba captain.

            Guess that pretty much means I will know my GW22 fate by 2.15pm tomorrow.

          • Nightf0x
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            A) capt.? Salah haz auba
            B) bench 1? Doherty kamara holebas

          • #FPLBhuna
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Hazard cappers where we all at?

            o/

            ‘Hazzaaaaaaa..’

            1. Holmes
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Never got excited so much for 2pts 😮

              1. kennethrhcp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                *4pts 😉

                1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  YC? We won’t be scoring haha!

            2. TheSteel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Here

          • TheSteel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Need a little help, please

            A) alonso anderson > bednerak salah -4
            B) kane anderson > firmino salah -4

          • aidmata
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Son to Sterling? Own Kane but no City.

            1. CRO KLOPP
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Yes

            2. Slumdog-Mignolet
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Good move

            3. MASTER ROSHI
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Yeah

          • OneDennisBergkamp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Would you WC?

            Etheridge (Fabianski)
            Wan-Bissaka - Robertson - Kolasinac - Alexander-Arnold (Bednarek)
            Brooks - Salah - Pogba (Puncheon - Hudson-Odoi)
            Agüero - Aubameyang - Kane

          • Whats the Mata?
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Pereyra or WanBissaka 1st sub?

            1. Gregor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              AWB.

              1. dr.No88
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                AWB

          • Typo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Worth saving ft and keeping Snodgrass one more week.

            Or upgrade to siggy/ downgrade to Camarasa?

            1. kennethrhcp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Yes to part A & need to see full team re: part B

              1. Typo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Thanks

          • Pigsinblankets
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            How does she look?

            Fab
            Alonso TAA Digne AWB
            Hazard(c) Richarlison Pogba Son
            Auba Kane

            Button Kamara Snodgrass Doherty

            Saving one FT to do Son and someone else to Salah and someone else next week.

          • greggles
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Only 34 points and plummeted in the ranks last week.1 FT and £1.1m ITB. Where to begin?

            Fabianski
            TAA / AWB / Digne
            Richarlison / Salah / Martial / Hazard (c)
            Ings* / Aubameyang / Jimenez

            Subs: Hamer / Shaw / Doherty / McTominay

            Ings has to go but who can you get for £6.7m that's decent for this week?

            1. dr.No88
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Wood

            2. ImPasta
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Barnes...Burnley vs. Fulham...not a bad enabler moving forward either

          • dr.No88
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Thoughts on this WC

            Etheridge, Button

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

            Sane , Salah , Hazard , Richarlison , Camarasa

            Aubameyang ,Jimenez , Rashford

            1. kennethrhcp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              look at Spurs after United... I'd want Kane in there