Spot the Differential

Pépé’s positioning could finally unlock Fantasy potential

In a season characterised by highly-owned premium assets disappointing their owners, differentials continue to grow in importance.

In fact, Sadio Mané (£11.7m) was the only player priced over £9.5m to feature among the top 50 points-scorers in Gameweek 8.

This just goes to show that there is still plenty of success available to those prepared to move away from the tried and test options.

Even the popular choices can have off days and you can’t always over-rely on them, especially if they all choose to blank at once. 

So with an international break’s worth of time behind us, it’s time to reset and re-appreciate some differential options for Gameweek 9…

Nicolas Pépé

Nicolas Pépé has been receiving the ball in dangerous positions at Arsenal

Price: £9.3m

Ownership: 3.5%

GW9 Opponent: Sheffield United (away)

It’s probably a hard-sell to champion a player that is priced over £9.0m and has only two attacking returns since Gameweek 4 but I feel that more is still to come from Nicolas Pépé (£9.3m). 

After all, he registered 22 goals and 11 assists in Ligue 1 last season. 

While it is unlikely he will replicate those numbers in his debut Premier League campaign, Pépé has the quality to excel in this attacking Arsenal team so long as he can continue to adapt to life in English football.

So far this season, he has received more passes in the final third (97) than both Mason Mount (81) and James Maddison (79). With a bit of refinement that presence in the most important part of the pitch could be converted into goals or assists.

From a Fantasy perspective, the main concern about Unai Emery’s Arsenal is the inevitable rotation and minute-management caused by the club’s Europa League commitments.

Pépé may have started every league game for Arsenal since Gameweek 3, however, he hasn’t played a full match since Gameweek 6. To complicate matters, Alexandre Lacazette is nearing a return to full fitness which could also have an impact on his minutes in the long term. 

With that said, an opportunity presents itself for him to put in a match-winning performance in Gameweek 9 when the Europa League has had a break and Lacazette might not be risked from the start.

Arsenal have only lost once to Sheffield United in a league match since 1973 while the Blades have only kept one clean sheet at home this season.

Given Arsenal’s attacking play, it could prove difficult for Chris Wilder’s men to keep them out on Monday night.

Wesley Moraes

Wesley is starting to settle into Premier League life very nicely

Price: £6.1m

Ownership: 2.8%

GW9 Opponent: Brighton (home)

Any striker that has scored three goals in as many games can be considered is worth considering for any FPL manager.

After only registering one goal in his first five games, Wesley (£6.1m) is coming to the fore as he continues to settle into life at Aston Villa.

The former Club Brugge forward’s five attacking returns mean he has been involved in almost 40% of his team’s Premier League goals in 2019/20.

Without any other strikers to rival him in the team, it’s relatively safe to say that Wesley free from the risk of rotation. 

With the likes of Jack Grealish, John McGinn and Anwar El Ghazi providing ample support you would expect him to be a threat to opposition teams. 

Up next for Aston Villa will be Brighton who have improved defensively having kept two clean sheets since Gameweek 6. 

However, the Seagulls have at times shown defensive frailty away from home as seen with the Etihad and Stamford Bridge this season, which bodes well for Wesley.

Neal Maupay

Maupay is becoming the established number one centre-forward at Brighton

Price: £6.0m

Ownership: 0.6%

GW9 Opponent: Aston Villa (A)

If it wasn’t enough to have one differential striker from a mid-table team to ponder over, here’s another one featuring in the same match. 

Neal Maupay (£6.0m) started his Premier League debut campaign with a bang after he came off the bench and scored a goal in Gameweek 1. 

Ever since then his minutes on the pitch have become more regular and he’s gradually becoming one of Brighton’s more reliable attacking assets under Graham Potter. 

It’s probably unfair to over analyse his stats from one isolated match, however in Gameweek 8 (among all strikers), he had the most number of touches in the opposition half (44) and the joint-second number of touches in the final third (30). 

All of this hard work proved fruitful as he scored a goal against Tottenham in a resounding win at the Amex.

However, despite his pedigree of scoring over twenty goals in the Championship last season, he has yet to even score back-to-back goals in the Premier League. 

The lack of consistency at present puts a small question mark over him but it certainly doesn’t make him prone to being dropped. 

To put it simply, I can’t see Glenn Murray challenging him any time soon for his berth up top. 

Looking ahead to this weekend, Aston Villa have conceded six goals in their last two games and if there was a moment for Maupay to start the wheels of his future bandwagon this could be it. 

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984 Comments Post a Comment
  1. gooner_112233445566
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 months, 19 days ago

    this week only who scores most points

    aguero
    kane
    auba
    vardy

    1. FOO FIGHTER
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Vardy

      • Super Saints
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Aguero

      • BigBillyBass
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Kun

      • drughi
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        kane
        vardy
        aguero
        auba

      • mrmrscott
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Aguero

    2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Anyone fancy Jimenez?

      1. aapoman
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Tempted to get him in for Pukki

        1. james 101
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Casual attitude towards relationships...

      2. BigBillyBass
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 19 days ago

        He's quite an attractive guy so yes

      3. Super Saints
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        He's not bad looking i guess

    3. jdogg
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      On wc

      A gazzaniga vvd mane
      B allison lowton salah

      Cheers.x

    4. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Play one

      A) Cantwell
      B) Tomori

      1. Relaxing
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        A

        1. Relaxing
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          And I am playing Tomori

      2. MöhÂ
          8 months, 19 days ago

          A

        • mrmrscott
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          A

      3. eamonhegg
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Choose one!

        A - Wilson / De Bryne / TAA
        B - Aguero / Mahrez / Chambers

        1. Relaxing
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          A is much safer

        2. gooner_112233445566
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          8 months, 19 days ago

          a

        3. eamonhegg
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          On a WC so happy to change? Looks better?

          Currently below: (A)
          Pope / Mcgovern
          Pereira / Creswell / Lundstram / Rico / Chambers
          Mane / Mahrez / Maddison / Mount / Saka
          Aguero / Auba / Tammy

          Updated (B)
          Pope / Mcgovern
          Pereira / Creswell / Lundstram / Rico / TAA
          Mane / KDB / Maddison / Mount / Saka
          Wilson / Auba / Tammy

        4. adams_6
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Can't see Chambers getting in the side when Belerin is back properly, which he almost is.

      4. MoManeTaa
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Which player from your team that you never saw them play (or noticed)?

        Pieters for me, who I brought in based on some recommendations here 🙂

        1. aapoman
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          guilbert

          1. MoManeTaa
            • 2 Years
            8 months, 19 days ago

            I dont even know how he looks

        2. Hybrid.power
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          I actually don't watch a lot of football so a good few players in my team, for example, Mount, Abraham, McGinn, Rico, Heaton, Pope

        3. EMERGING STAR
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Pieters and Rico

        4. BigBillyBass
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Lundstram

      5. aapoman
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Pukki to Jimenez for free?

        1. MoManeTaa
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          yeah

      6. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        "Kevin is back" Pep

        1. MoManeTaa
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          feck it

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 19 days ago

            Sellers got shafted

            1. MoManeTaa
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 19 days ago

              I sold him thinking even if he is back this week, he will be injured again like last season...so lets see and hope 🙂

        2. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Also confirms no issue with Aguero after car collision

        3. BigBillyBass
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Palace very tough fixtures for City

        4. Hect.OR 98th
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          excellent. I'll wait to get him back in though. Shipped him for Mahrez for a gamble (had 2FTs) that backfired. Suspect he'll play part of this week's game against a decent defence. Will be straight back in if he gets through that unscathed.

          1. BigBillyBass
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 19 days ago

            Doing the same

      7. ChinaCraig6
          8 months, 19 days ago

          2 Questions

          1. Mings (Home Brighton)
          or
          2. Lundstram (At Arsenal)

          Keep Mahrez & D.Silva this week or change 1 for KDB?

        • gooner_112233445566
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          8 months, 19 days ago

          pick 2 for next 3 games ONLY (got taa and kdb already)

          a) salah
          b) aguero
          c) sterling

          currently on b & c as think city games too appealing

        • dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Now that Farke confirmed Cantwell fit who to play between

          A Rico
          B Cantwell

          1. JariL
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 19 days ago

            A for me.

        • BlueEddy
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Salah and Mahrez to Mane and KDB for a hit?

          1. JariL
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 19 days ago

            I think Salah will start but due to Mahrez --> KDB that might still be worth it

            1. BlueEddy
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 19 days ago

              I have the funds to do Mahrez to KdB...so maybe just do that...and watch Mahrez score a hatty while KdB goes off injured again after 59 mins and a yellow card!!

        • SHOWSTOPPERRR
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Guys news on kdb cantwell

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 19 days ago

            Cantwell available

            1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 19 days ago

              Thanks..saw kdb news..

              1. dunas_dog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                8 months, 19 days ago

                Just seen that too - good stuff

          2. JariL
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 19 days ago

            Both fit

        • Cruz88
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          So looks like things are looking up for Norwich in terms of all the recent injuries, maybe worth hanging on to Pukki for this week after all?

          1. JariL
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 19 days ago

            I think Bournemouth's way of of playing suits Norwich's counter attacks and Pukki's runs behind the line well.

        • JariL
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Which transfer do you prefer? Both for free:

          A) VVD, Cantwell --> Rico, Maddison (switch to 3-5-2)

          B) VVD, Greenwood --> Kelly, Jimenez (switch to 3-4-3)

        • Pedersen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Salah a doubt. Salah -> Mane for a hit before rise/fall ?

          1. JariL
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 19 days ago

            I think he's fine and starts. International break "injury".

            1. Pedersen
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              8 months, 19 days ago

              He did lump off, so he did have injury

        • Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Pep: “Kevin is back”

          Alright then. KDB in for Sterling on WC. Auba Maddison punt over Sterling Jimenez for now... ?

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 19 days ago

            Definitely

        • Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Oh boy what a dream can transfer KDB back and captain whilst all you losers are captaining pooey players

          1. mixology
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            8 months, 19 days ago

            Not sure I’ll captain him as he may only see 65-75 minutes while returning from injury

            1. Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 19 days ago

              He was never injured he wouldn’t have recovered fully from a groin injury that quickly he’s been in full training since Monday. Was just an extended IB rest

        • trinzoo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Yarmolenko > KDB for a hit?

        • mad_beer ✅
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Salah to KDB for free? I have Mane and Sterling.

          1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 19 days ago

            Hmmm - probably not this week.

          2. MoManeTaa
            • 2 Years
            8 months, 19 days ago

            and wats ur full team like

        • eamonhegg
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          KDB Back??? A or B?

          Currently below: (A)
          Pope / Mcgovern
          Pereira / Creswell / Lundstram / Rico / Chambers
          Mane / Mahrez / Maddison / Mount / Saka
          Aguero / Auba / Tammy

          Updated (B)
          Pope / Mcgovern
          Pereira / Creswell / Lundstram / Rico / TAA
          Mane / KDB / Maddison / Mount / Saka
          Wilson / Auba / Tammy

        • Strchld
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Tomori or Boly?

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 19 days ago

            Boly

            1. Strchld
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 19 days ago

              May I ask why

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                8 months, 19 days ago

                BPS magnet, I trust the Wolves defence more, picked up a few goals last year. If Tomori is your third Chelsea player (after Abraham and Mount) it makes getting Hudson Odoi tricky who i think will be the next bandwagon.

                1. MoManeTaa
                  • 2 Years
                  8 months, 19 days ago

                  I think half of his ownership is from your recommendation hehe

                2. Strchld
                  • 3 Years
                  8 months, 19 days ago

                  Thanks. Yes he would be third.

        • Perthite
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Bench & order ok?
          (Could play all 5 defenders)

          Heaton (Pope)
          VVD Robertson Otamendi Lundstram
          Salah Sterling KDB Mount
          Pukki Abraham
          (Greenwood Traore Rico)
          0.1m 1FT

        • SHOWSTOPPERRR
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          So auba and mcgin to kdb and king -4? Have sterling and salah

          1. eamonhegg
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 19 days ago

            Keep Auba. He loves goals

        • BigBillyBass
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 19 days ago

          This whole article dedicated to Pepe. I wouldn't touch him with a barge pole

        • squirrelbean
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 19 days ago

          1. Maddison + Jimi
          2. Traore + Vardy

          1. stu92
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            8 months, 19 days ago

            1

        • stu92
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Ryan
          Robertson - VVD - Ota - Lundstram - Digne
          Salah - KDB - McGinn - Cantwell - Ceballos
          Pukki - Abraham - Haller

          2.2ITB, 2FT

          A) Digne, Ceballos & Haller -> Tomori, Maddison & Vardy (-4)
          B) Same as A but wait until next week for Vardy to avoid the hit
          C) Same as A but wait until next week for Maddison to avoid the hit

          Thoughts on the above? Leaning towards B as not sure Vardy will make up the extra points needed against Burnley, and Haller could easily return against a suspect Everton.

        • AJ24
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Heaton,
          Digne, TAA, Soyuncu, Pieters
          Salah, Sterling, Mahrez, Mount
          Tammy, Pukki

          Pope, Lundstram, Greenwood, Haydon - 1.6m ITB 1FT

          A) Mahrez back to KDB (as I had previously planned)
          or
          B) Mahrez & Greenwood to Maddison & Jimenez = -4 hit

          ?

        • FALSE PROFIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Pope/Gazza
          Soy TAA Ota Lund Rose
          Mount Sterling KDB McGinn Cantwell
          Auba Jimi Abraham

          I am fairly settled with this lot with most in form, bench cover and good fixtures.
          I don't want Rose and Ota but there is no rush to move them. There is a spare 2 mil if I downgrade.
          I want Mane, Wilson, Cho and possibly Perreira in coming weeks but I cannot have them all.
          Doing a spreadsheet over 6 weeks with planned changes has helped me realise weak areas.

          Anyone want to comment.

          1. eamonhegg
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 19 days ago

            Liverpool attack? Madness without one

          2. stu92
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            8 months, 19 days ago

            To what level of detail is your spreadsheet?

        • The Mighty Whites
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          A - What's the craic with Chambers? Is he going to be a regular starter? Got 4.4 for a defender, currently on Lascelles (got Rico)

          B - Pope or Ryan?

          1. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 19 days ago

            A - he's up against a fit again Bellerin, but Chambers has been playing well. No idea if he starts or not.
            B - Short term Ryan, set and forget Pope - your choice.