Spot the Differential

Martial could make mockery of £7.5m price tag this year

Wish the summer and your weekend afternoons goodbye, as it’s that time of the year again… Fantasy Premier League is back.

As we hurtle towards the Gameweek 1 deadline, Fantasy Football Scout has all the information, advice and tips you need to help you with your team.

Our best XI for the opening weekend comes out later on Friday but for now, we have something for you mavericks out there.

If you want something slightly different to the crowd, here are three players with low ownership that may be worth considering for Gameweek 1…

Anthony Martial

Martial could do well for Manchester United this year if he gets a run in the team

Price: £7.5m

Ownership: 5.0%

GW1 Opponent: Chelsea (H)

There is no denying that Manchester United did not finished the 2018/19 season on a high. As soon as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was offered the manager’s role on a permanent basis things began to take a turn for the worse as the Red Devils agonisingly missed out on a coveted Champions League spot. 

If there’s one person who could help turn things around with a run in the side, it is Anthony Martial

He averaged an attacking return every 115 minutes in the Premier League last season.

Despite being listed as a midfielder he often plays in advanced positions, such as a centre forward on three occasions during pre-season.

His record of scoring 34 goal in 113 Premier League games is very reasonable, especially when considering his FPL price tag (£7.5m) and position. 

Historically, a combination of injuries, rotation and being subbed off often limited his game time. 

With that said, he is one of United’s most experienced attacking players and, fitness permitting, he should start matches regularly and will be relied upon to perform at his best on a consistent basis. 

Manchester United will be up against a transitional Chelsea team on the opening weekend. 

Interestingly, the last time Martial featured against them he scored a brace in a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. Meanwhile, Chelsea’s defence has not looked too solid in pre-season and they have just lost David Luiz (£6.0m) to Arsenal.

After last season’s woes, Manchester United will want to get off to a good start and players like Martial will need to make more of a difference with improved motivation.

Kyle Walker-Peters

Kyle Walker-Peters (left) in action for Spurs this summer

Price: £5.0m

Ownership: 3.03%

GW1 Opponent: Aston Villa (H)

Kyle Walker-Peters was far from being one of Tottenham’s firstchoice full-backs last season, but a unique opportunity has presented itself to the youngster.

The departure of Kieran Trippier to La Liga and the injuries to Serge Aurier and Juan Foyth have unexpectedly brought him to the fore. 

Walker-Peters has only featured in nine Premier League games during his entire career and yet averages an assist for every 112 minutes played. 

Moreover, last season, 32% of his touches were in the final third of the pitch. 

Of course, three of Walkers-Peters’ assists came from one game, but it provides an evident glimpse of attacking capabilities.

In fact, you won’t get many other starting £5.0m defenders from last season’s top four, espcially not at wing-back.

The transfer window has now closed and Tottenham’s did not sign any new right-sided defenders. 

Walker-Peters may not be a hugely long-term option and may need transferring/wildcarding out when Foyth or Aurier comes back but we don’t know exactly when that will be yet. 

Tottenham kick start their campaign against newly promoted Aston Villa in Gameweek 1, a favourable fixture.

Walker-Peters has a chance to establish himself in the team and with a few good performances he may prolong his presence as a regular starter.

Ashley Barnes

Burnley’s strike force could enjoy their Gameweek 1 opener against Southampton

Price: £6.5m

Ownership: 0.9%

GW1 Opponent: Southampton

Ashley Barnes was a great differential last season, registering 12 goals and 3 assists. 

This attacking output alone was responsible for 33% of Burnley’s goals, which shows you how important he is to the team. 

There are many other strikers currently priced at £6.5m with similar contributions, such as Josh King, but Barnes has an extra edge. 

For every season that he has played in the Premier League he seems to be progressively scoring more goals:

14/15 Premier League season 5 goals in 35 games
16/17 Premier League season 6 goals in 28 games
17/18 Premier League season 9 goals in 36 games
18/19 Premier League season 12 goals in 37 games

The former Austria Under-20 international’s performance trajectory clearly shows that he is getting better at the top-flight level.

He is at the peak of his powers and there isn’t anything stopping him, even if they’ve signed Jay Rodriguez as an additional forward to add to the mix. 

Sure, Barnes won’t end the season with 20+ goals, but would it be hard to reject him for your third budget striker spot when he could exceed last season’s points tally? 

Burnley start the season with Southampton at Turf Moor. Barnes has scored two league goals in his last two starts against the Saints and he should be more than capable of causing havoc to their backline once again.

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  1. Scotty84
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Any advice would be appreciated

    1) Robertson/TAA + Digne + KWP
    Or
    2) Robertson/TAA + Digne + AWB

  2. Stu-dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Taking into account fixtures, over the first four/five gameweeks only, would you go for:

    1. Firmino + Fraser, or
    2. Aubameyang + Perez

  3. sirmorbach
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Coleman surely starts ahead of Sidibe at least for now, right?

    1. KAR
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Pretty sure colemans starts

      1. sirmorbach
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Thanks, mate! Good luck!

    2. drilsby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Thats what people say

      1. sirmorbach
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Cheers!

  4. sovietrockettes
    1 month, 11 days ago

    A) Wilson+Perez
    B) King+Bilva

    1. Maneonthemap
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      A

    2. Wolfman180
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      A

  5. KAR
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Thoughts?

    ryan (button)
    coleman, vvd, walker (rico, lundstram)
    salah, kdb, LUCAS, trossard (dendoncker)
    AUBA, wilson, wood

    A. auba + lucas moura
    B. kane + fraser

  6. drilsby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Final hour total scramble here. Can I get some feedback?
    Boils down to:

    A: Robbo, Ake, Diop, Trossard
    B: 5.5 DEF, Cathcart, Dunk, Bilva

    Ends up like this:
    Heaton, (Button)
    VVD, e.g.Coleman, Cathcart* (Dunk*, Lunds)
    Salah, KDB, Bilva*, Perez (Dendo)
    Kane, Wilson, Salah

    1. sirmorbach
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      A for me. Good luck!

    2. drilsby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Trossard allows for easy Barkley/Mount.
      And Robbo --> 5.5 def is a big step down.
      Bilva is going to be playing even more with Sane out for 7 months though.

    3. Lord.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Can't fail with 2xSalah

      1. drilsby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Haha didn't notice that! Would be great. Thats Jota though.

  7. Leeds2116
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    is barkley nailed

    1. sirmorbach
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      I think he starts, but nailed is a stretch

    2. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      We'll know when team announced

    3. paulfantham
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Let me WhatsApp Lamps and find out

    4. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      I'm not trying to be sarcastically funny. Actual truth

  8. sulav11
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 11 days ago

    GTG?
    Pope
    Robbo TAA Montoya Digne
    Salah(C) Sterling(VC) KDB Perez
    Jota King

    Heaton Greenwood Lundstram Hayden

    1. sirmorbach
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Solid. Like it a lot.

  9. migas2k7
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    best 4.5 keeper and why?

    1. sirmorbach
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Pope and Heaton by miles.

      I like Heaton better but I think it's a toss up at this point really

      1. drilsby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Agreed. Pope and Heaton. Pope slightly more risky IMO with him back from shoulder injury and Hart on bench. But Hart sucks, so not sure how much risk it induces.

    2. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Heaton is 1st choice by miles so Heaton for no doubts

    3. Swanremainsthesame
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      The one who hasn't been transferred, or plays for a promoted team, or plays for a team that wasnt that good at clean sheets & now seems to think it can play from the back.

      1. Regin
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        why not ryan?

      2. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Give your head a wobble

      3. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Check record after Mings joined Steer came in along with Elmo for Hutton and Tuanzebe back from injury. Idiotic thinking

  10. The Fantasy Doctor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Can’t afford to get Laporte as 0.5 short. Don’t really want to lose any other players. I’ve upgraded 4 defender to Dunk. Want a Man City defender for 5.5. Stones or Zinchenko to get more game time?

    1. The Fantasy Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Dunk will be sub.

    2. Regin
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      zinchenko can get assists.

      1. The Fantasy Doctor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 11 days ago

        I think i just want the one who will play most.

  11. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Should I become member?

    A) Yes
    B) No

    1. Lord.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      What member did you have in mind?

    2. drilsby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Paid today as well. Rejected it all pre-season. But they got me. I caved.

  12. The Yorkshire Pirlo
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Currently on A. Thoughts?

    A) KDB + Montoya
    B) Moura/Fraser + Laporte

    Heaton
    TAA, VVD, Digne
    Salah, Sterling, Perez
    Wilson, Adams

    4.0, Greenwood, Dendoncker, Lundstram

    1. JJeyy
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      b

    2. luk46
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      B with Fraser (if Laporte is fit, get a replacement and save money)

  13. Merc with a goalmouth
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Heaton
    Van Djik / Walker-Peters / Zinchenko / Coleman
    Pereya / Salah / Sterling / Perez
    Wilson / Kane
    (McGovern / Dendoncker / Lundstram / Wickham)

    Looking OK? Think of switching Pereya to Barkley after the first game

  14. JonnyOnionRings
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Thoughts?
    Pope
    AWB-Zinc-Robbo-TAA-Digne
    Salah (C)- Sterling- Perez
    Wilson-Jota

    Barkley-Dend-Greenwood

  15. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 11 days ago

    A guilbert

    B target

    C montonaya

    1. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Not B or C but D Mings will be good option

  16. adstomko
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Triple captain Sarah, anyone?

    1. adstomko
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Salah

    2. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      1k 11k 7k last 3 from not wasting TC on or BB in non DGW punts. Could pay off though

  17. Gaz_b
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Where can I find the summary of anytime goalscorer odds?

    1. NapalmDeath (Northern Chaos…
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Oddschecker do anytime goalscorer, but its on a per-match sheet. You'd have to switch between matches.

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

    Spurs player Tanguy Ndombele (6.0 MID) discuss

    1. Reckoner.
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Defensive / deep lying midfielder, move along.

    2. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Not fantasy relevant

    3. fayons
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      thanks, really struggling to find a decent 6.0 mid without totally restructuring my team. Any ideas?

  19. JJeyy
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    MOura and Mina (short-term)

    OR

    Jota and Digne (safe)

    safe or short-term?

  20. KGFC
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Is getting Maitland-Niles worth it?

    1. JJeyy
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      is he nailed at rb?

      1. KGFC
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Looks like it atm

    2. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      As long as not Arsenal defender

  21. DR0GBA
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    To fit in VVD + Robbo

    A) Digne to Coleman
    B) Zouma to 4.5m

  22. tjostolv
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Fraser, Martial or Lucas Moura ???

    1. Stu-dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Lucas Moura for gameweek one. Have a look at Martial first week or so - he stung me last year.

  23. gmando2011
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    its safe to say Iwobi has sent me into meltdown...

    do i

    A) pick Coleman & Perez.. then in gw 4 - upgrade Perez to a £7.5m mid (martial or pulisic)

    or

    B) pick VVD & Iwobi from start - with £0.5 in bank to upgrade team in gw4

    please help! thanks in advance

    1. JPSpurs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Have just taken Perez out (for Martial), will monitor Iwobi

    2. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Started with Iwobi one season. Never again

    3. adams_6
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Just forget about Iwobi. As an Arsenal fan I implore you.

      1. gmando2011
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        this is good advice thanks.... but surely they arent going to spend £35m on him not to start?? is Perz that much better than him?

        1. gmando2011
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          *perez

  24. JPSpurs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    First and only RMT (no Salah):

    Pope (Heaton)
    Digne, Robertson, Zinch (Dunk, Lundstam)
    Sterling, BSilva, Moura, Martial (Dendocker)
    Kane, Jota, King

    Leaves me £0.5m to play around with in GW2

    1. paulfantham
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      I’d be watching tonight’s game from behind the sofa

  25. Winners900
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Help please

    A) Siggy
    B) BSilva

    Cheers

    1. Karzan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Siggy

  26. El Muñeco
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    KWP + 4.5 mid

    or

    Robinson + 4.0 def?

  27. KneejerkJoe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    1,5m itb, how to spend them?

    A) Save
    B) Button and Kiko to KWP/Zinchenko and Heaton
    C) King to Wilson
    D) Milli to Siggy
    E) Bilva to KDB
    F) Other?

    Pope (Button)
    TAA VVD Kiko (Montoya Rico)
    Salah (C) Bilva Fraser Milevojevic Perez
    Auba King (Greenwood)

  28. Sarri ball
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Why is there not much love for Deulofeu?

    Is capable of hauls and opening fixtures are Brighton (H) Everton (A) W Ham (H) and Newcastle(A)

  29. Pepe Le Pukki
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    A. Firmino and Moura
    B. Kane and Robinson

    1. Swanremainsthesame
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      C for me

  30. Leeds2116
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    B silva decent option?

    1. Swanremainsthesame
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      always