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. Leeds2116
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Lund and 5 mil mid

    or norwood and Rico

    1. Costa in Wengerland
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      So basically lund or Rico

  2. simong1
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    A or B?. Already have Sterling

    A) KDB & King
    B) Fraser & Wilson

    1. Leeds2116
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

  3. rrcmc
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Folks
    i cant fit Kane in so do i go for Lamela, Moura or Ndombele?
    currency on Moura but considering Ndombele
    anyone seen Ndombele play, is he attacking or not?
    Cheers

    1. Leeds2116
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      no he's deeper than anything

      1. Ha.
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        An assist and SOT in his first two minutes of football...that’s not deeper than anything

    2. My neck my back my Saed Kol…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Moura

  4. Farke4sure
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Anybody care to vote, please:-

    a) Jiménez; Wilson; Trossard

    or

    b) Aubameyang; King; Dond.

    1. Leeds2116
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      AAAAA

    2. Superbadhine
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

    3. FISSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

    4. CranberryBoat
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

  5. AnyoneButLiverpool
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Has Mark posted his team yet?

    1. De Gea is GOAT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      This! How do we see it?

  6. gmando2011
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    going to double up on a Defender...i already have TAA, Digne, KWP, Zinchenko

    i got £5.5m to spend please vote who best to double up on...

    A) Liverpool - Gomez
    B) Everton - Coleman
    C) Spurs - Vertongen
    D) City - Stones

    thx

    1. Harper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

      1. gmando2011
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        interesting

  7. mixology
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Suddenly mahrez is back on the radar, maybe this is the season he can integrate himself in pep's system with sane out. definitely one to monitor

  8. jimbo_smells
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Last minute doubts over Coleman..

    A) Coleman + Trossard + Vardy

    B) Digne + Perez + Wilson

    ?

    Rest of squad:

    Ryan Button

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

    2. FISSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B because Perez and Wilson are good pics. I like Coleman though

  9. YEAH PITCH!
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Choose 1, just 1.

    A) TAA

    B) Robbo

    C) VVD

    1. Orion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

    2. FISSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

    3. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      C

    4. 404_FC
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      a for explosive

  10. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    thoughts on Zouma??

    think he will be a good FPL asset?

    1. SAY MY NAME
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I'm starting with him, seems best bet for a 5.0 atm, depends on Lamps defensive attitude, but worth a gamble I think

  11. theboijones
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    5 AT THE BACK! What you think?

    Lloris,
    Van Dijk, Trent A-A, Zinchenko, Walker-Peters, Wan- Bissaka,
    Lucas Moura, Salah, Sterling, Fraser,
    Wilson

    Button, Greenwood, Guendouzi, Wickham

    ...

    1. Leeds2116
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      nah not a fan of 5 at the back. never works

  12. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    would you rather Haller in a 433 (save 0.5) or Sig/Rich in a 442 (other striker is Wilson and jota)?

    If the mids, which one?

  13. Georgeyboy33
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Here we go...advice please!

    Ederson
    Robbo TAA Laporte
    Salah Siggy Fraser Moura Mili
    Wilson Deeney

    Button Lund Hanley Greenwood

    0.0 ITB

  14. 404_FC
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    pick one

    a) TAA + Coleman + Zinchenko + Perez
    b) TAA + VVD + Zinchenko + Robinson
    C) TAA + VVD + Coleman + Robinson

    thanks

  15. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Sooo confused on my backline and 1 attacking spot...thoughts on this?

    A: VVD + Zincheko/Shaw
    C: Martial + Montoya/Diop rotation
    D: Perez + Zincheko/Shaw

  16. konrad.sygula95
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Siggy or Pulisic ?

    1. CtodaG
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Siggy for me, Pulisic on watchlist

    2. Foogle
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Siggy until Pulisic can prove he has fantasy potential. One to watch.

  17. KLOPPTOMANIA
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Front line of

    Wilson Jota Wood

    Gtg?

  18. Zilla
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Unnecessary punts galore

  19. Bexster90
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Thoughts and feelings before 38 weeks of sweat, fear and tears take hold. Be kind !!

    Pope
    VVD, Digne, Walker
    Sterling, Maddison, Salah, Barkley
    Wood, Vardy, King

    (Ryan, Dunk, Dendoncker, Reid)

  20. adstomko
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Best 6.5m player?

    1. Differential (c)
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Perez

  21. HerrPep
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    A) Pérez and Robinson
    B) Trossard and Robinson

    1. Leeds2116
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

    2. Xopher
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

  22. Leeds2116
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    anyone?

    Lund and 5 mil mid

    or norwood and Rico

  23. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Any chance of a rate of this team - I’ll be forever grateful

    Ryan (Button)
    Robbo, TAA, Digne (Guilbert, Lundstram)
    Salah, Sterling, KDB, Perez, Robinson
    King, Jota (Greenwood)

    Robinson vs Zinchenko is my main decision but I think Eobinson is nailed and Zinchenko is only short term

    Good to go?

    1. Leeds2116
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      8

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        What would make it a 10?

        An 8 to start the season is fine with me though

    2. Uncle Gamst
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Solid

  24. The Pep Revolution
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Who is the best cheap forward to start with in your opinion?

    1. Leeds2116
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Deeney

  25. Tmel
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    1) VVD, Vardy & King
    2) TAA, Wilson & Jota
    3) TAA, Wilson & King

    1. Xopher
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      2

  26. jimbo_smells
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Last minute doubts over Coleman..

    A) Coleman + Trossard + Vardy

    B) Digne + Perez + Wilson

    ?

    Rest of squad:

    Ryan Button
    TAA Robertson [XX] Zinchenko Rico
    Salah Sterling Fraser [XX] Dendonker
    [XX] Jota Greenwood

  27. RangerMouse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Got 5.5 for a defender, which do I choose? Looking for at the first 5 games primarily.

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      To Zinchenko or not Zimnchenko that is the question

  28. Georgecarter37
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Thoughts?

    A) Trossard, Vardy
    B) Siggy, Jota + 0.5m itb

  29. GUSFRING
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    B. Silva OR Richarlison?

  30. Uncle Gamst
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    My 1st RMT of the season 🙂

    Constructive comments most appreciated my fellow scouters

    Pope
    Robertson, VvD, Zinchenko, Walker-Peters
    Salah, KdB, Pérez, Doucouré
    Kane, Wilson
    Heaton, Dendoncker, Montoya, Greenwood

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      It’s good but I’m not a fan of doucoure

      1. Uncle Gamst
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Have you an alternative by any chance?