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

    I think it's has been asked a lot today but play one:

    A) Lund
    B) Rico
    C) Soyuncu

    1. Do I Not Like Orange
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      B for attacking potential

      1. Tshelby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Not A for attacking potential?

        1. Ritchies Magic Hat
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 19 days ago

          B because it’s Norwich

    2. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      A

    3. Give Me the Mane
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      I'm playing all 3

  2. ebb2sparky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

    2FT, 0ITB. Which is the better move?
    1) Salah and Haller to Mane and Wilson
    2) Haller, Hayden and Cahill to Wilson, Dendoncker and 4.1 def (3rd sub) for -4
    3) Forget about Wilson

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

      1 or 3 depending on your salah v mane views

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

    With the KDB news final WC locked in! GTG??

    Pope (McGovern)
    Pereira / TAA / Creswell (Lundstram / Rico)
    Mane / KDB (C) / Maddison / Mount (Saka)
    Wilson / Auba / Tammy

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

      Perfect but cresswell is giving me a funny look. Get Boly and you have a winner

    2. Mortal.Swinbat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Quite like this! Template but its nice. Not tempted by someone else over Creswell? Boly? Or change Creswell & Rico into two 4.5's?

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

      Thanks. Think Creswell is brilliant. Loves attacking. Like the old Alonso

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

    Why is KDB still flagged?

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

      FPL Towers employees stranded in traffic due to an Extinction Rebellion protest.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Spot on.

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

    Bottomed
    Bench

    A) soyu
    B) cantwell
    C) digne

  6. dandydonadam92
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

    Mahrez to KDB
    or
    Son to KDB ....

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

      Son

  7. applebonkers
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

    visualise a KDB assist. now look back at all the goals palace have conceded lately. haller's goal (also missed a sitter from a cross from the right), jota's late goal, 3 of the 4 vs spurs.
    i've just relented and risked shipping son and his sexy fixture for him

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

      Big Kev!

    2. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      What if he's benched.

      1. applebonkers
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        no biggie, just a few smashed windows

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

    Any problems? Reasonably flexible WC team that should hopefully improve my rank of 1.3m... 0.9 ITB

    Pope // McGovern
    TAA Soyuncu Dunk // Lundstram Rico
    Mane KDB Mount Maddison // Dendoncker
    Auba Abraham Wilson

    Or Ryan Kelly over Pope Dunk? Had Pope from the start...

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

      What is the plan for the money ITB?

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

        See where it’s needed most!

        No one plan just now, depends how next 1/2 weeks go.

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

          Nice - good luck. Am similar but deciding on Kane/Aguero/Auba/Vardy

  9. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 19 days ago

    Going to mix things up tonight, may as well, my rank is the lowest its ever been.

    1. FOO FIGHTER
        8 months, 19 days ago

        So are you taking hits galore?

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Yeah, have a bit of fun.

          1. applebonkers
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 10 Years
            8 months, 19 days ago

            game should always be fun, good luck

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              8 months, 19 days ago

              Cheers

      • RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Both longstaffs? Two shields make a sword?

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

        Be careful!

        You can easily get a solid rank by playing solidly for the rest of the season, but playing a gamble could leave you worse off.

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

      First Sub...

      A Cantwell
      B Rico

      1. Brakos2k
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        A

    3. Brakos2k
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 19 days ago

      Not much Yarmolenko love? Tempted with him over Maddison...

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

        I’m tempted by that too... idk though. Leicester better team than West Ham and Maddison a better player too I reckon.

        Yarmolenko stats/points more unsustainable?

      2. Zlatanzo
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Madds fixtures too good to ignore

      3. Warby84
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Tim Krul is back massive save bonus haul incoming

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          and a clean sheet

      4. BOATIES FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 19 days ago

        GTG?

        Pope
        TAA Digne Ota
        Sterling KDB Mount Yarmo
        Auba Tammy (vc) Wilson (c)

        Button Rico Lund Cantwell

      5. Rinseboy
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        why are not many going for Sterling captain this week?
        I was all set but most seem on Tammy or Wilson?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          International break is over.

        2. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Guess most are fed up with him.

        3. applebonkers
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          shaky form, shaky fixture

        4. Lord - Blaming it on Rio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Been there and got burned.

      6. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Any Leicester fans on?

        Do you think Periera is worth 1.4m more than Soyuncu?

        I seen him was player of the season last year. Does he play less attacking under rogers?

        Cheers

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

          You’re paying the premium for attacking return potential*

          Could you spend the £1.4m better elsewhere?

          *attacking stats below
          Soy 1A
          Pereira 2G

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 19 days ago

            Tricky. Means Kun over Auba and/or Maddison over CHO. All good players

      7. Don Rogers FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        I Was originally intending to Wildcard this week. However, after making two (-4) initial transfers on first day of Gameweek, I was left with this team :-

        Ryan
        Robertson, Ottamendi, Soyuncu
        Sterling, KDB, McGinn, Son
        Vardy (vc), Haller, Abraham (c)

        Subs: Button, Cantwell, Lunds, Matsuaku 0.0 ITB

        I am tempted to now stick and Keep the wildcard until Liverpool fixture changes or beyond.
        All advice welcome?

        Stick or carry on with Wildcard?

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

          Stick. You’re good to go this week.

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

        A) Pope Dunk
        B) Ryan Kelly

        Rest of backline is TAA Soyuncu Lundstram Kelly so have to play 3 def every week. Kelly has crap fixtures - is he nailed?

      9. TeddiPonza
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        What to do with this?

        Pope (Button)
        Tomori VvD Rico (Lundy Hanley)
        Salah Sterling Yarmolenko Mount (Dendo)
        Pukki Kun Tammy
        0,8m in bank and 1FT

        A. Save transfer and focus on getting KdB in for gw 10
        B. KdB in for Salah
        C. Pukki to Jimenez
        D. Something else

        Thanks.

      10. Erez Avni
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        currently my WC looks like that:

        ryan (button)
        taa soy tomory (lund rico)
        maddison mount mane de bruyne (dundo)
        tammy wilson kun

        very template I know... any maverick thoughts?

      11. Warby84
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Brighton not scored in last 3 away and I have Mings...
        Cantwell is fit to play against a Bournemouth Defence...

        Play Mings or Cantwell (Cantwell 1st Bench atm)

      12. Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Unsure of Salah now since no clear news from Klopp, are you moving him on to Mane?

        1. Warby84
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          No chance

        2. Warby84
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Sky sports reporter at melwood was pretty sure he’s been on a special program, and will play..

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

          Not a bad way to free up £1m for next week.

          1. Warby84
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 19 days ago

            0.8

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

          Salah never misses even if borderline fit

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

            He’s missing every week lately.

      13. Zladan
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        United 0-0 LFC please

      14. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Kevin de Flagged 😎

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

          Oh captain my captain

        2. fr3d
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          I'll have some of that with a price rise thank you

      15. Ritchies Magic Hat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Pukki to Jimenez?

        1. Hy liverpool
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          No

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

        Potentially mental idea, interested to hear opinions...

        My plan was to do Ceballos -> Maddison this week, but given Salah is a potential doubt and looking like he may drop in value (depending what site you’re looking at) I’m considering Salah -> Maddison this week, and then Ceballos -> Salah next week at either the same or lower cost?

        Pros - potentially gain 0.1, swap a yellow flagged player for one that will play
        Cons - Salah could haul this week and I miss it (if so I’d make the swap back before any price rises)

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

          Mental

      17. Pu-li-sick (sic)
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        No word from wolves press conference? Was due at 1. Anybody know the sitch there?

      18. Differential (c)
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        https://twitter.com/SpursOfficial/status/1185179095711145986?s=20

        Spurs to get their own docuseries All or Nothing.

        1. Az
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          might as well drop the "all or"...

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

          Nothing it is then

          1. Lord - Blaming it on Rio
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 19 days ago

            26 part series

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

          Hahahaha I can’t wait for this

        4. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Will they show the Kane punch-up?

          1. Differential (c)
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 19 days ago

            God, they should put that in the trailer. Guaranteed money.

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

        Save FT and Keep Pepe or do pepe to kdb for Free?

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

          KDB all day long

      20. DS29
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Salah to kdb/mane or digne to soy? Feel that Salah to mane/kdb will return more points for me.....

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 19 days ago

          Could also see the real Salah.

      21. Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 19 days ago

        Tomori or Söy? Downgrading Digne to get cash...