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. KGFC
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Any clarity if Barkley will start or Mount?

    1. asquishypotato
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Assume bark but mount likely to steal minutes

    2. Pepe Le Pukki
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      No but when Barkley played in preseason, Mount was always subbed on for another player.

      So Barkley seems safer to me.

  2. Evasivo
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Thoughts on these guys?

    Ryan Button
    Taylor Digne TAA VVD Diop
    Mili Salah Sterling Moura Dendo
    Murray King Jota

    £0.5itb

    1. Polar_Bear
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I like it. Mili to Pulisic though?

  3. RohanVaswani
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Zouma kwp?

    1. JJeyy
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Going KWP and may switch to zouma in a week or two - him or chris

  4. manutd99
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Is wesley a good option

    Wesley or Ings?

    1. Fring
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Ings to begin with, even though AVL have decent fixture after GW1.

    2. asquishypotato
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I’d go for Ings out of those two

    3. Stu-dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I think Wesley might have more upside, but he's an unknown quantity. I am going Wesley because need a 6.0 striker.

      1. Lord.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Both are £6.0M

  5. asquishypotato
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Murray to start?

    1. Lord.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      My guess is he starts GW1 but the heat is on.

  6. Fernando Torres
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    A) KDB + Kane + Digne
    B) Sterling + Wilson + Digne
    C) Bilva + Wilson + Kane

    Which is best. I have Fraser

  7. Ben Marlin
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Who should I take?

      1. Montoya

      2. Diop

      3. Guilbert

      1. Kung Fu Football
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Depends who you need to rotate with? Guilbert may favourite of the 3 though.

      2. 404_FC
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Targett

    • The Red Devil
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Last 2 spots-
      TAA + 5.5 Mid
      Or
      VVD + 6.0 mid

      1. asquishypotato
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Second option, six million offers loads more then the 5.5 option

    • Leeds2116
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B Silva ok for cheap option?

      1. Regin
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        i put him

      2. CranberryBoat
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I'd say at 8.0 a bit of a luxury rather than cheap. Good options at 7.5 (Fraser, Martial) with a bit to upgtade bench, say, or even 6.0-6.5 options with a bit more to improve first XI

      3. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        G2G?

        Pope (McGovern)
        TAA VVD Digne KWP (Zouma)
        Salah Sterling Perez Fraser (Dendo)
        Wilson Deeney (Greenwood)

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          GTG

      4. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Best max 5.5 mid who plays every week (or Dendo 4.5 or 4.0 Lundstram needs to play)?

      5. tikka mo'salah
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Noone considering Eriksen in midfield? I know he's 9m, but he's completely overlooked in most teams, and could well be in it for some points.

        1. Regin
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          no. kane, son or spurs defender.

          1. tikka mo'salah
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Son out for two matches. Could well bring him in if Eriksen leaves for Spain before the month is over.

        2. 404_FC
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          just kane or moura for me

      6. EMEA
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Last check before 1st game

        Ake+King or Rico+Wilson?

      7. Tactical Focus
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Any love for Richarlison?

        1. Leeds2116
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          shouldbe

        2. Marmalade Forest
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Basically no.

          Ideas are Gilfi is a better pick at 8m.

        3. Kroos Kontrol
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          There wasn't as much due to his lack of preseason/no pens/Everton lack of goals in preseason - and the fact Fraser and Moura are 0.5 less. Great fixs, nailed and starts the season super well though.

          I just want De Bruyne in that slot so made funds for that

          1. Tactical Focus
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Good point, thank you.

      8. Steadmania
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Keep 0.5 in the bank or upgrade VVD to TAA?

        1. jaywills
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Keep. Can always do this later

        2. 404_FC
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          i'll go for TAA

      9. DR0GBA
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        To fit in VVD + Robbo:

        A) Digne to Coleman
        B) Zouma to 4.5m

      10. jaywills
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        A) Pickford, VVD Kelly
        B) Ryan, TAA, Diop
        C) Ederson, Holebas, Diop
        D) Fabianski/Leno/ Schmeical, VVD, Diop?
        Cheers!

      11. TyroneGAA
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Just logged in and before that report on martial was done I actually had this team but was logging in to completely tear it apart and change ..

        but what are your thought on this kane sterling salah team including martial?? and may the odds be ever in your favour!! 🙂

        Pope

        TAA VVD Digne KWP Rico

        Salah Sterling Martial

        Kane King

      12. Streetad
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Too much money in defence/Gk?

        Ederson/Button

        Robertson/VVD/Laporte/Digne/Gibson

        Salah/KDB/Perez/Martial/Dendonker

        Wilson/Kean/Greenwood

      13. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        All set?

        Ryan
        Robertson, van Dijk, Digne
        Salah, Sterling, Sigurdsson, Perez, Barkley
        Wilson, Jota

        Button; Rico, Greenwood, Lundstram.

        1. jaywills
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          G2g

      14. semiconductor
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        worth downgrading VVD (I have Robertson) to have a back 4 of top 6 teams.
        1. Robertson-Zinchenko/stones-Zouma-KWP

        2. Robertson-VVD-Montoya-Diop

      15. 404_FC
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        first post for this season

        Pope
        TAA, Zinchenko, Rico, Dunk
        Sterling, Salah, Martial, Moura
        Auba, King

        Button Targett Hayden Greenwood

        too weak for defender?

        thanks for advice

      16. steven8991
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Is Murray position safe?

        1. Cheshire Duck
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          no, he rotated a lot last year

      17. sirmorbach
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Che Adams sure is nailed, right?

        1. Kroos Kontrol
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Yes, might play on the right of a front 3 however if Ings is playing (though he looks pretty attacking from there too)

          1. sirmorbach
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Thanks! Thanks indeed.

            I have high hopes on this lad.

        2. cravencottage
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Should be, yes

          1. sirmorbach
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Thanks for taking the time. Your posts here are always helpful. Cheers!

      18. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        A King Martial or
        B Wilson Trossard or Barkley

      19. BenDavies
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        A) Robertson and Femenia
        B) Van Dijk and Walker-Peters

      20. shiffo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Is there a 4.0m defender who is a starter for at least a few games? Kelly and Rico might start but is there anyone else I am missing? Thanks.

        1. Kroos Kontrol
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Lundstram maybe

          1. shiffo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            thanks

        2. 404_FC
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          no just rico and kelly

      21. Kroos Kontrol
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        what's the argument against double liverpool defence again? Top fixtures. Robertson/TAA could be like the wingback equivalent of sterling/sane (less goals but more set pieces)

      22. WildLingz
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Would appreciate some help, tearing my hair out over this decision:

        A) Ederson, Walker-Peters, Martial, 1M ITB
        B) Ryan, Robba, Bilva, 0M ITB.

        I like the flexibility of 1M ITB but nervous taking Robbo out. I have VVD so could take him out instead.

      23. ShaunGoater123
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Kane or Auba?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Auba

        2. 404_FC
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          toss coin

          but i go auba + moura