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. steven8991
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Trossard or baRKLEY GUYS?

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

      Trossard

    2. FISSH
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Barkley

    3. Lucky_2010
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      barkley

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

      I think I'll start with Trossard and see who the most attacking CHE mid is. Their two first fixtures aren't the easiest anyways, so might as well wait n see.

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

    Lund and 5 mil mid

    or norwood and Rico

    anyone home ahha

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

      As bench fodder?

    2. Farke4sure
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      A

    3. CranberryBoat
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Isn't that just "Lund or Rico"?
        Anyway... Rico for now

    4. F0oTBall GuRu
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 15 days ago

      pens down.....

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

        tahts what she said

    5. Arteta
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Haven't seen Vardy in many drafts. How come? What happened?

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

        better cheaper options

      2. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Price and the Leicester midfield options are cheaper

      3. Tmel
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        I'm torn between him & Wilson. It's either Vardy & VVD or Wilson & TAA...

      4. F0oTBall GuRu
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 15 days ago

        9 % body
        as fast as a train..

        1. F0oTBall GuRu
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 15 days ago

          9 % body fat

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

        Idk, but I have him and think he is better value than Kane and Auba.

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

        Perez/Tielemans + £2.5

      7. Lucky_2010
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        probably many choice to choose from and cheaper ..... wilson, jiminez, king, rashford etc

      8. thomashl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Have both him and Perez, am I crazy?

    6. Tmel
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

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

      1. Gazza2000
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        2

      2. Jam0sh
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        1 or 3

    7. Ser Bronn of The Blackwater
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      ALMOST GAME TIME! PLEASE RMT!

      Allison
      TAA, Walker, Ake
      Salah, Sterling, Grealish, Zaha
      King, Jimenez, Kean

      Subs: Ryan, Dunk, Dendoncker, Lundstram

      1. FISSH
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Don't think kean will start.. If he does it may take time for him to settle. Get Wilson if u can

      2. F0oTBall GuRu
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 15 days ago

        kean zaha not nailed

      3. SAY MY NAME
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        sorry, but I'd start again except for salah/sterling/king/taa

      4. Ser Bronn of The Blackwater
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        thanks guys!! back to the drawing board then!! have a few more hours to go

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

        Avoid walker grealish zaha Kean

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

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

      1. FISSH
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        B

      2. Foogle
          6 months, 15 days ago

          A

      3. Gerbs
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Ok I think I’ve finalized the team. Any input would be greatly appreciated

        Pope (button)
        Digne TAA KWP (Montoya Simpson)
        Salad KDB Rich Barkley (dendon)
        Auba Wilson Origi

        Will move Auba to Firm and Origi to Kean I’m a couple weeks

        1. Ped doggy woof
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Knowing Klopp..... he might start Mane

      4. Ruinenlust
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        VVD or Robertson?

        1. Gazza2000
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Robertson

      5. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        who would you pick?

        a. Aubu

        b. Kane

        c Vardy

        cheers

        1. FISSH
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          A

        2. Gazza2000
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          a

        3. the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          thats who i am on currently.

          cheers

        4. Lucky_2010
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          (b) kane

      6. Tauruspt
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Is Tielemans a good shout?

        Got him in but thinking of upgrading to Martial as seems hes set to start up top

        I already have Vardy

        1. Pad Randa
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Go with Marty.

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

        Coleman or Zinchenko??

        1. FISSH
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Coleman

        2. theboijones
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Zinchenko 100%

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

        Best 5.5 MID or FWS that can play every game?

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

          I’m potentially punting Robinson - should start the season

          McGinn next best for security

      9. Mee and the Boys
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        What's the consensus on best MID at £5.5m or under? I was considering Schlupp before I realised he's not likely to start, now he's injured anyway. Considering either McGinn, Trezeguet or Ceballos.

        1. FISSH
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Robinson

          1. Mee and the Boys
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Good shout actually, forgot about him, if he can nail down a regular starting role up front he could be great value.

      10. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        Play:
        Soyuncu(WOL)
        Or,
        Montoya(wat)

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

          Montoya

        2. Foogle
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Soyuncu, Wolves are on a 5000 mile round trip after Europa.

        3. Heskey
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Think I have finished now what your thoughts on this team:

          Pope (Ryan)
          TAA Digne KWP (Mings) (Rico)
          Salah (c) Sterling Perez Robinson (Trossard)
          Aubameyang (vc) King Greenwood

          Any advice would be appreciated.

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

            Like it. Pope and Heaton rotat better for the first 10 GW's but then I'd swap mings to montoya/dunk. I think you're gtg either way

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

          Lund and 5 mil mid

          or norwood and Rico

          As bench fodder

          (1)

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

            not this again.

        5. 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. Gazza2000
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            nice, gl.

        6. Judeksi
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          My gut says Kean will start tomorrow. Anyone else picking him for GW1?

        7. tyron
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          who would have thought on the last day of tinkering this would be the boring dull decision i have to make.

          please help

          A holebas and 4.0 def

          B two 4.5s maybe smith and guilbert

          1. Gunners n' Roses
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            B

          2. Pad Randa
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            B

          3. tyron
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            thanks guys

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

            B

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

          Help a struggling human out please
          Martial Hayden KWP. Or Already got dendoncker
          Perez Trossard Montoya

          1. Gravy_Davey
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            B

        9. Hits from the Bong
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 15 days ago

          451?

          Heaton (Button)
          VVD Digne KWP Duffy(Rico)
          Salah Sterling De Bruyne Fraser Perez
          Wilson (Greenwood, Wickham)

        10. Gunners n' Roses
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Just a thought,
          Is it wise to get one of Kane/Auba in for this week, so that you can make a swap if one of them goes really big?

          Having a front line of 2-3 midpriced forwards (Jota, King, Jimenez, Wilson, Wood) forces you to make 2 transfers to get one of these in.

        11. KLOPPTOMANIA
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Cheap budget mid or forward to play every week?

          1. FISSH
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Robinson, adams

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

          Been tinkering all day and down to two teams

          Team A
          Pope Heaton
          KWP Digne Alexander-Arnold Zinchenko Lundstram
          Salah Sterling Perez Barkley Dendoncker
          Kane Jota Greenwood

          Team B
          Pope Heaton
          Dunk Digne Alexander-Arnold Zinchenko Lundstram
          Salah Sterling Perez Siggy Dendoncker
          Wilson Jota Greenwood 1.5 ITB

          Which one would you go for?

          1. Isaac.m94
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            A

          2. Gunners n' Roses
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Currently on a similar team as 1 but struggling w the same decision

        13. Isaac.m94
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          12.5 for ST and MID.
          A) Abraham and Robinson
          B) Jota and Trossard/Barkley
          Already have King and Leicester Midfield

          1. FISSH
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            B with Barkley

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

          As bench fodder just need one person haha

          Lund and 5 mil mid

          or norwood and Rico

          1. F0oTBall GuRu
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 15 days ago

            A

          2. Gunners n' Roses
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            A

          3. Isaac.m94
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Why not Norwood and Lun?

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

          Please help rmt

          Ryan Pope

          Diop Lascelles Dunk Cathcart Egan

          Salah Sterling Moura Barkley dendoncker

          Kane Rashford wood

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

            I wouldn't double up on Spurs. Change Moura to Barkley/Trousard then upgrade your defence with the extra 1.5.
            Liverpool or a City defender is a must

        16. TheDragon
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Which do you prefer:

          A) Zinchenko (City) or
          B)Robinson (Sheffield Utd)

          Yes, I know they play different positions.

        17. Lukakwho
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Moura or Martial?

          1. Pad Randa
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Marty, esp. if long-term.