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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3,661 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Kimmich
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    A) Salah - Sterling - D.SILVA - Martial - Perez
    WILSON - JIMÉNEZ

    B) Salah - Sterling - Martial - Perez - TROSSARD
    AUBAMEYANG - INGS

  2. Knallie
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    1 mill over budget. Who do I downgrade?

    Ryan
    Robbo / VVD / Digne / Zinchenko
    Salah / Sterling / Siggy / Fraser / Martial
    Wilson
    (Button / Lundstram / Greenwood / Wickham)

    Options:
    VVD -> 5.5 def, maybe spurs?
    Fraser -> Perez
    Martial - Perez

    1. Monya Meow Meow
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Either Fraser or Martial to Perez

    2. Bakra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Martial to perez

    3. Andrew
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Martial to Perez

    4. fantasyfog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      fraser to perez as you have wilson

    5. Zilla
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Frases to Perez

  3. KneejerkJoe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Hello!

    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)

    1. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      C, but you really need to get rid og Mili. No pens without Zaha

  4. Gol D Roger
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Pope
    Digne Laporte (c) VVD Robbo
    Salah(c) Fraser Martial Sterling
    King Jota

    Heaton DDecker Greenwood Kelly

    Looking to bring in a premium striker post gw2

    1. Gol D Roger
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Salah (c)
      Robbo (vc)

    2. De Gea is GOAT
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Is Laporte good to go?

  5. AnyoneButLiverpool
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Do we think KWP starts the first 2-3 gameweeks???

    1. Leeds2116
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      yes

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Yeah but the 2nd is a write off and then he’s only a transfer waiting to happen.

    3. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Safe until mid sept I reckon

  6. Leeds2116
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Why will KDB outscore B Silva?

    1. Harper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      More expensive innit

  7. UptheBlues
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Final decision. Which option?

    A) Wood

    B) Jota

    1. Leeds2116
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      B

    2. Evil Genius
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      A

    3. Monya Meow Meow
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Jota

    4. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Jotter easily

  8. ninja
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    ***thoughts guys ????

    Pope (Button)
    VVD Digne Zinchenko (Guilbert Rico)
    Sterling Salah Perez Robinson (Dendonker)
    Kane King Wood

    1. Leeds2116
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Very nice

  9. Evil Genius
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Answer me, you fools!

    1) Trossard + Vardy + King - Interesting newcomer punt + Vardy can easily be downgraded + 2nd choice BOU striker?

    2) Fraser + Wilson + Wood - Scottish Messi + weird price point striker + *shrugs shoulders*

    1. Leeds2116
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      shhhh

    2. UptheBlues
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      2 imo

    3. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Don't let the Brighton fans influence you 🙂

    4. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Do you really want the advice of fools?

      1. UptheBlues
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Nice input

  10. Fernando Torres
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    A) TAA + Zouma + KDB + Kane
    B) VVD + Doherty + Sterling + Wilson

    Have Robbo and Fraser. Final decision, first to 2

    1. Evil Genius
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      B with Zouma

  11. Dirty Harry
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Quick vote:
    1. Wilson King Trossard
    2. Jimenez King Perez
    3. Wilson Jota Trossard

    1. charliej66
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 15 days ago

      3

      1. Dirty Harry
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        thanks

    2. fantasyfog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      4

  12. goblin140
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Are players red flagged because they're on loan price protected? Looking for a 4m GK that won't drop in price.

    1. Evil Genius
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Norris is your man.

      1. goblin140
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        So they are protected. Thanks!

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        He’s not ideal with Dendonker and may Jota already in your team.

        Keep the 3rd Wolves spot clear just in case.

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Yes, Woodman for example will stay at 4m.

      1. goblin140
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Yes, would rather go Woodman than Norris due to him not wasting a Wolves spot.

  13. Bloodsweatandbeers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    WHO GETS MORE POINTS OVER FIRST 2 GWs

    SIGG + WILSON
    OR
    KDB + JOTA

    1. Evil Genius
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      S + W

  14. Kizza_10
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Any last minute changes needed or am I good to go ?

    Ederson
    Coleman VVD Robertson Zouma
    Fraser Sterling Salah Tielemans
    Jota Wilson

    Subs: Button, Lundstram, Dendoncker, Greenwood

    1. Monya Meow Meow
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Pretty weak bench but other than that, GTG

    2. fantasyfog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      good team.donkey as first sub pray you dont need him

  15. taylormccormack
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Who else is clicking make transfers and then clicking transfers again?

    a) Laporte, Dendoncker
    OR

    b) Zinchenko & 5.5mid

    1. JurgenRocks
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      A

  16. Freund88
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Would love any thoughts.. 0 ITB

    Pope (Heaton)
    Robbo VVD Cathcart (Dunk) (Lundstram)
    Salah (c) Sterling Moura Fraser (Dendoncker)
    Wilson Wood Murray

    Particularly interested in why no one has glen Murray when he is on pens and cheap!

  17. The Hindu Monkey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    BARNES TRAIN!!!!

    YES. SCOUT.

    1. fantasyfog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      wood surely

  18. Leeds2116
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    how come KDB will outscore B Silva?

    1. Here Comes The Son ★
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Because he will.

  19. merin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    What are you guys doing with Zinchenko? Keeping or replacing him? (and with who)

  20. JurgenRocks
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    A) Pope/Button/Siggy
    B) Pope/Heaton/Milovoijevic

  21. Gol D Roger
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Moura or Martial
    For 1st GW only

    1. GinjaWhinja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Pick someone for 3-4 weeks minimum. 1 GW transfers are just the worst.

  22. The Tinkerman
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    A) Wilson, Jota 442
    B) Jiménez Fraser 451

    1. Ando
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Tough, but I slightly favour A.

    2. PUP02
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Flip a coin, I'd probs go A.

    3. Monya Meow Meow
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 15 days ago

      A

  23. Ando
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    a) Montoya & Targett

    b) Holebas & 4.0

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      a

  24. PUP02
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    On the back of Peps comments on Cancelo, any thoughts on these moves? (Have Robbo)

    VVD + Zinchenko >> Laporte + AWB

  25. MarkvKeulen
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Thoughts?

    Pope(McGovern)
    Digne Robbo VVD Zouma (Lundstram)
    Salah Sterling Perez Moura (Dendoncker)
    King Vardy (Greenwood)

    1. Gol D Roger
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Good , but missing out on peps favoured defence is a potential problem

      Ederson probably only nailed on , but I’m guessing Laporte Is a close second & his fit and expensive

  26. corderz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    A) Vardy + Fraser
    B) Wilson + Perez

    1. Lrf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      B

  27. Lrf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Am I the only one with Murray? 8)

  28. Slitherene
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Last decision

    A) Zinchenko + Jimenez
    OR
    B) Laporte + Jota

    1. Lrf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      B

  29. Eytexi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Considering late changes which I'll probably regret.
    A) Zinchenko, Sigurdsson & King.
    B) KWP, Moura & Fraser.

    A have been in my team for weeks. B are last minute thoughts.

  30. Hig1990
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Thoughts with my ever changing team?

    Pope (Heaton)
    VVD, Digne, Zinch (Montoya, Kelly)
    Salah, Sterling, Perez, Trossard, Mcginn
    King, Kane (Greenwood)