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. Crystal Ball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 15 days ago

    Appreciate some help, cheers guys

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

      ?

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

    Thats it! Going template, turning it off and hitting the pub. Good luck!

    Ryan
    Robbo, AWB, TAA, Digne
    Salah, Sterling, Fraser, Perez
    Wilson, Deulofeu

    Button, Greenwood, Kelly, Dendonker

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

      gtg good luck

  3. AnyoneButLiverpool
      6 months, 15 days ago

      I think Liverpoo will concede tonight

      1. H-SF
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 15 days ago

        So do I

    • Lalrota
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Is Trossard worth it?

    • H-SF
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 15 days ago

      Is Zouma nailed?

      1. Foogle
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Definitely until Rudiger is back from injury at least. Would expect Christiansen and Zouma as the CB pairing to start with. Only other CB is Tomori really.

      2. AnyoneButLiverpool
          6 months, 15 days ago

          Liverpool vs Norwich score prediction?

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

            3-1

        • THE CHOSEN SOUL
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          What is the template now? i have no draft yet help 🙂

          1. H-SF
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            just captain Salah and you’ll probably do fine

        • Tcheco
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          A. AWB & Wilson

          B. Jota & King

        • L9
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 15 days ago

          bilva/sigy/martial/moourchose 2.
          currently on marial+bilva.
          i reckon bilva playing as a left attacking mid and not deep like last season (due to sane inj)
          also martial will likely start up front
          i like siggy too but everton has not scored many goal in preseason

        • The Man With The Plan
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 15 days ago

          G2G?

          VVD AWB Digne Dunk

          Salah Sterling Perez Fraser

          Kane Jota

          Button Greenwood Denocker Kelly

          Any changes to Perez/Fraser you could make upgrade any of the defenders?

          1. The Man With The Plan
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Pope in goal

            1. Foogle
                6 months, 15 days ago

                Fraser to Robinson and stick Alisson and Walker/Zinchenko. Or Perez to Robinson and upgrade Dunk to Zinchenko.

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

            Wilson or King?

            Whichever I pick will fail 🙁

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

              Pick King then please

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

              go king then

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

                whichever I pick will fail and Im 1005 on Wilson

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

              If money no object has to be Wilson. But if funds are right King is a good alternative

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

                Cash is always a part of this

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

              I will probably pick both so doesn't matter

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

              Can you pick Wilson then?

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

              Wilson probably the better choice but for 1.5 less King is a very tidy option

          3. Crystal Ball
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Appreciate some help, cheers guys

            A) sterling, Barkley, van Dijk
            B) de bruyne, bilva, Robertson

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

              A

          4. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            A. Barkley and fodder defender (343)
            B. Zinchenko and 4.5 mid (433)
            C. 4.5 defender and Robinson (343/442)

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

            So Which do you prefer:

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

            Yes, I know they play different positions.

            1. Tcheco
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 15 days ago

              I'm playing both

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

            holebas
            or two 4.5s if so who

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

              Holebas the player of the gw HEARD IT HEAR FIRST

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

                lol ok

          7. A Team Of James McCleans
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Will Rico start GW1?

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

            Is this bangers or mash? RMT

            Heaton
            Robbo KWP Digne VvD
            Salah(c) Sterling Trossard Perez
            Vardy Wilson

            (Button - Greenwood Dend Lundstram) 0itb

          9. Sponge-worthy
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Zouma or KWP?

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

              I'm starting with KWP. Chelsea's two first fixs aren't super easy, plus then I can wait n see who the first choice defensively is while cashing in on Spurs (at least) one clean sheet.

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

            Is it really risky to rely on no price rises to stop SIGG+WILSON turning into KDB+JOTA after gw 2????????????????

          11. Polar_Bear
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Robinson or Barkley?

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

              Barks

          12. ameenkw
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Can you rmt this lot?
            Ryan
            Zinchenko / vvd / taa / digne
            Salah / sterling / bilva / Perez
            Wilson / king
            Button / Rico / dedoncker / greenwood

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

              not too far from my below - good to see another Bilva.

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

            My RMT:

            0.5 in bank for flex

            Pope
            Digne Zinch VVD
            Salsah Sterling Bilva Robbo
            King Vardy Jota
            (Ddoncker Lundstram Kelly)

          14. The Man With The Plan
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 15 days ago

            G2G?

            Pope
            VVD AWB Digne Dunk
            Salah Sterling Perez Fraser
            Kane Jota

            Button Greenwood Denocker Kelly

            Any changes to Perez/Fraser you could make upgrade any of the defenders?

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

            Reposting since I badly need assistance.
            Hey guys pls do help me with my team below. Thanks in advance.

            Team 1:
            Heaton, Ryan
            AWB, Zinchenko,Coleman, Lund, Targett
            Perez, zaha, salah, sterling,Den
            Kane, King, Ings

            Team 2:
            Heaton, Ryan
            AWB, VVD,Dinge, Lund, Targett
            Fraser, zaha, salah, sterling,Den
            Wilson, King, Ings

            0.5 in Bank.

          16. Sturridge Wars
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Thoughts? If Rico doesn't play I will just play 3-4-3
            Would of like to get VVD in for Dunk but really don't want to get rid of Salah, Sterling or Kane

            Pope
            Ake /Robbo / Rico / Dunk
            Salah / Sterling / Perez
            Jota / Kane / Wilson

            Bench: Heaton, McGinn, Dendonker, Lund

          17. JasonG123
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Why is everyone going Montoya over Dunk? Different role this season?

            1. EmreCan Hustle
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 15 days ago

              wing back, 3-4-3

              1. JasonG123
                • 6 Years
                6 months, 15 days ago

                Did he not play as a wing back last season?

                1. EmreCan Hustle
                  • 7 Years
                  6 months, 15 days ago

                  He was competing with Bruno plus I think they played 4 at the back

          18. Henning
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            1 or 2

            1. Pope

            Robertsson VVD Digne

            Salah Sterling Fraser Perez

            Jota King ings

            Heaton KWP Montoya Dendoncker

            2. Pope

            Robertsson VVD Digne KWP

            Salah Sterling Fraser Perez

            Jota Wilson

            Heaton Montoya Dendoncker Greenwood

            1. EmreCan Hustle
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 15 days ago

              King and Ings over Wilson and Greenwood

          19. EmreCan Hustle
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

            Robinson or McGinn?

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            • 4 Years
            6 months, 15 days ago

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