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

    Walker owners - what are your plans following Pep's following comment?

    Guardiola on Cancelo and Kyle Walker: "I think for Kyle it's important to have good competition. Both have to fight for the same position. Cancelo can play on the left as well."

    1. Rocky.007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Wait and see as it is for all city defenders except for maybe Laporte. Walker and Zinchenko should start first 2 games atleast.

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

      I think there's another quote where he literally says something along the lines of "Walker is first choice".

    3. Hits from the Bong
        1 month, 11 days ago

        I get the impression Walker is going to nail down a spot and have the season of his life. Looks on it to me. Think Zinchenko owners should be worried

    4. MikeLowrey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      A) Pope & Stones
      B) Ederson & Soyuncu

    5. LevonCD
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Pick 2

      Mcginn, Trossard, Fraser, Pérez.

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

        Fraser, Perez

      2. Steiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Last two

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

        Fraser & Perez without doubt. The other 2 have to prove themselves

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

          Thank you lads, appreciate the help.

      4. Kung Fu Football
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Price order!!

    6. BigRedRom
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Hi, slightly different RMT here. 5 at the back (understand the risks). Nonetheless, think it's the best optimised of my drafts.

      What do you think:

      Pope
      Robbo // VVD // Digne // Coleman // Stones
      Salah // Sterling // Perez // Robinson
      Aubameyang

      £4m // Dendonk // Greenwood // £4.5m

      Would love to know your thoughts

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

        Looks very good! I've almost the same team, but have gone 4-5-1 instead, with Fraser and Hayden instead of Coleman and Robinson, with a 4,5 sub instead of Stones. Tomatoes/tomatoes.

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

      A) King
      B) Wood

      Other strikers are Wilson and Wesley with Wesley to be benched GW1.

      Thanks!

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

        B

      2. Victor6359
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        A

    8. HaffNanner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Spent about 5 weeks with heavy back 4. Bottling it with 4 hours to go. Any thoughts on my first 3x heavy hitter draft?

      Ryan
      TAA Digne Taylor
      Salah Sterling Perez Trossard
      Kane King Jota

      Button Targett Dendoncker Lundstram

      1. tikka mo'salah
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Taylor apparently unsure to start.

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

          Oh really? Thanks for the heads up

        2. Brimble82
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Taylor>Montoya
            Ryan>Pope

            It's actually pretty enticing.
            Trossard could easily become Barkley if he looks to be in an 'un-trolly' type mood.

      2. mattyb09
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Final RMT out of 10 please.

        Pope (4.0)
        Robbo VVD Digne Zinchenko (Lundstram)
        Salah KDB Perez Barkley (Dendoncker)
        Kane Wilson (Greenwood)

        1. Kung Fu Football
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Strong & stable seven!!

        2. Bayern Eunuchs
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          ballsy going without sterling.... looks good though!

      3. BenDavies
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Hey everyone! Opinions pleasee 🙂

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

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

          B

        2. Will
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Walker-Peters not as risk with Aurier back?

          1. BenDavies
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Aurier isn't back yet

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

              Latest press conference just now mentioned he's back in training

      4. Polar_Bear
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Barkley or Robinson?

      5. davies
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Last few decisions...

        1) Kane vs Auba (potential hokey-cokey)
        2) King vs Jota
        3) Heaton vs Pope

        Thoughts?

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

          Pope

        2. cravencottage
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Auba, Jota, Pope

      6. Please Answer Me
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        anyone betting for the weekend? I'm putting £15 on Tottenham, Liverpool, Bournemouth and Manchester City to win. Surely that can't go wrong

        1. Kung Fu Football
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Should be in the bag?!! I've done similar but with extra : Spurs, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Man City the same + Arsenal & Leicester vs Wolves OVER 1.5 goals. £30 to return £300!! GL.

          1. Please Answer Me
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            very good odds. Hopefully Newcastle doesn't park the bus

            1. Kung Fu Football
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              What bus?!! haha, shame Pepe unlikely to start but still fancy the Gunners to nick it tbh, 1.95 so almost even money seems good odds to me?

      7. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        So Kelly (CP) is starting it seems?

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

        Team is almost done, just not sure about one position...

        A - Zinchenko + King with 0.5 itb
        B - 5m (e.g. Zouma) + Wilson with 0 itb

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

          B

        2. Steiger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 11 days ago

          B

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

          Alright, Wilson it is... Do you think Zouma is the best def for 5m and below?

      9. King Kun Ta
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        King & Martial/Pulisic

        Or

        Wilson & Barkley?

        Last dilemma...ta!

      10. ng259
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Please pick one option, been changing all day:

        (a) Pope, Zinchenko, Digne, Norwood
        (b) Pope, Zinchenko, Coleman, McGinn
        (c) Ederson, Dunk, Coleman, Norwood
        (d) Pope,Digne, Dunk, Barkley (no Man City defensive cover makes me nervous!)

        Please put me out my misery

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

          C

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

          d.

          Who is norwood?

          1. ng259
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Sheffield Utd captain! CM - on most set pieces

      11. AFBS_1991
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Best combination:

        6.5 MID + 6.0 FWD (like Perez/Tielemans + Ings/Murray)

        OR

        6.0 MID + 6.5 FWD (like Trossard/JWP + Jota/Wood)

        Pick 1 please!

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

          Prefer the first option. Perez with ings

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

          B for me because Perez's first 2 fixtures aren't as good as people are thinking.

          1. AFBS_1991
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 11 days ago

            There is a better 6.5 MID option than Perez?

      12. Men in green tights
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        What's the best way to premium goal keeper or one at 4.5 m, I know cheap goal keeper released funds for better defenders and money into mid/forwards but in seems for city safest way into defence is gk
        Any thought welcome
        Ps site is crazy for rmt's at the moment

      13. cravencottage
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Panic time now. While trying to be helpful, recognize that it is unlikely that you will get quality feedback. Past several weeks have been good on here, and likely will be again next week.

      14. Yer Dad
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Just a quick one. Do not join a league if the administrator is Ben Appiah from Canada. He will take your £€$ and you end up on the street smoking crack cocaine.

        1. VAR Star
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Oh no

        2. tikka mo'salah
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          As long as it keeps Ben off the streets, and I get to partake in drug use, I'm fine with that.

      15. Kunai red army
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        (A) kdb and Bsilva (3-5-2)

        Or

        (B) Sterling and king (3-4-3)

        Thanks

      16. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        A) Wilson and Lucas Moura
        B) Aubameyang and Montoya

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

          A

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

          A

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

        Rico or Kelly for the occasional bench option?

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

          Neither one will likely to play in long term but I'd go with Rico between the two. Daniels is getting older and Rico might get some minutes if he does well in the first 1 or 2 games that he plays.

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

            daniels is fit.

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

          Kelly

      18. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Is there any possibilty that FFS can send a reporter to some of the pressers? Then he/she could ask some fpl related questions...

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

          Send Granville

        2. Jarvish
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Not sure Pep will know who the most likely 4.0 starting defenders are.

      19. Ben Marlin
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Wood or Ings?

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

            The former

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

            Wood

        • sirmorbach
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          All set! Wish me luck, lads.

          This is the squad, with 0.5 in the bank in case (a) anything goes wrong with the more risky options (Coleman/Robinson/Adams) or (b) anyone really stands out.

          Heaton / 4.0
          TAA, VVD, Laporte, Coleman / 4.0
          Salah, Sterling, Fraser, Robinson / 4.5
          Vardy, Adams / 4.5

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

          Start Greenwood this week or banish him to B2?

        • Greasy
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          V late this year so apologies. Have we 2 rotation material keepers for 4.5 each or who is the stand out 5.0 choice?

        • KGFC
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Cannot afford Wilson, so which combo?

          1. King + McGinn
          2. Greenwood + Fraser

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

            2

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

            2

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

            2

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

          When will the scout picks be out?

          1. VAR Star
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Not sure

        • 2hotty
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Which one???

          Auba and wilson
          Auba and king which would allow barkley to moura
          Laca and wilson which would also allow barkley to moura

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

            Auba and wilson