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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  1. LM00091
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Thoughts on this line-up?

    (3-4-3)
    Ryan / (Button)
    TAA, Periera, Tomori (Kelly, Lund)
    McGinn, KDB, Salah, Mount (Cantwell)
    Aguero, C.Wilson(v), Abraham (c)

    1. InterUranus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 23 days ago

      I have:
      Ryan (Heaton)
      TAA, Soyuncu, Tomori (Montoya, Lundstram)
      KDB, Mount, Mane, McGinn, (Cantwell)
      Aubameyang, Vardy, Abraham (c)

      So go for it.

      1. LM00091
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 23 days ago

        lol not a bad line-up! Good luck in GW9 mate

        1. InterUranus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 23 days ago

          Haha i'm jealous of the Salah/Aguero/Wilson combo not gunna lie.

  2. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 23 days ago

    Chances KDB rises before deadline?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Double rise tonight knowing FPL.

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 23 days ago

        Would be great, casual sellers punished

    2. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 23 days ago

      Who on earth has been transferring KDB out this week?!

      1. Zlatanzo
          8 months, 23 days ago

          Wilcarders

      2. Zlatanzo
          8 months, 23 days ago

          Approximately -0%

        • FOO FIGHTER
            8 months, 23 days ago

            Going to be a mad rush to get him in.

          • Corgzzzz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 23 days ago

            169,000 out and 112,000 in so I would say no price rise tonight............Pep didn't sound exactly positive but who knows with Pep.....

        • davies
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          On wildcard...

          A) Son (WAT)
          B) KDB (cry) + 1FT

          1. Dr. Agabuse
            • 7 Years
            8 months, 23 days ago

            B

          2. Sailboats
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 23 days ago

            B.

          3. TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            8 months, 23 days ago

            B x infinity

          4. Tempestic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            8 months, 23 days ago

            B ofc

        • In Bale We Trust
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 23 days ago

          Bottomed.

          Best 5m defender available you reckon? Soyboy maybe?

          Also any chelsea fans want to shed some light on tomori? Seen christensen is out, presumeably him and rudiger are first choice when back?

          1. FOO FIGHTER
              8 months, 23 days ago

              Rather go Boly. Higher points ceiling.

              1. In Bale We Trust
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                8 months, 23 days ago

                He was also on my mind. Initially wanted jonny but then saw they priced him at 5.5 this season!

            • Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              8 months, 23 days ago

              Soy has 0 attacking threat and Leicester dont do cleans. Don't see the appeal

              1. Zlatanzo
                  8 months, 23 days ago

                  They are top of the defence fixture ticker

                  1. Brosstan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    8 months, 23 days ago

                    Now look at where man city is at the attacking ticker

                • In Bale We Trust
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  8 months, 23 days ago

                  Unbelievable fixtures means there's a hope they'll squeeze out a few. I'm not too keen on him either which is why I'm asking.

              2. InterUranus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                8 months, 23 days ago

                I think the faith Lampard is showing in young English players means we can expect Tomori to continue to feature unless there's any sudden dip in form.

            • dunas_dog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 23 days ago

              Start 1

              A Rico (NOR)- on corners so assist potential

              B Cantwell ( bou) assisting Pukki

              1. Lexi2014
                • 5 Years
                8 months, 23 days ago

                Cantwell for me

            • Lexi2014
              • 5 Years
              8 months, 23 days ago

              Best Digne replacement?

              1. Iceball
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                8 months, 23 days ago

                Im wondering Tomori og Söy? Söy maybe more nailed?

              2. Zlatanzo
                  8 months, 23 days ago

                  Down to Boly

                  1. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    8 months, 23 days ago

                    or Abbey

                    1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                      • 4 Years
                      8 months, 23 days ago

                      Thinly veiled tory propaganda?

                • ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                  • 5 Years
                  8 months, 23 days ago

                  I'd probably keep for now

                • fr3d
                  • 2 Years
                  8 months, 23 days ago

                  TAA

                • dunas_dog
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  8 months, 23 days ago

                  Keep this week but I think Tierney could be great option going forward

              3. Trophé Mourinho
                  8 months, 23 days ago

                  Ugh all this talk about Son not starting is really starting to grind. I’m sure he starts but now the doubt creeps in when so many think not.
                  We just aren’t going to know until it happens are we.
                  If I knew he was out I would do Son>Alli, (yes no joke)

                  1. Tempestic
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    8 months, 23 days ago

                    Is Alli back?

                    1. Trophé Mourinho
                        8 months, 23 days ago

                        Played 70 mins in that Bayern game so yes he is fit ready to go and had no internationals, Eriksen and son both doubts.

                        1. Trophé Mourinho
                            8 months, 23 days ago

                            Just to clarify I wouldn’t recommend any one get Alli because it’s just a crazy move, but I myself may do it.

                      • Brosstan
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        8 months, 23 days ago

                        Great game to give Moura a start, the talk of Son being benched is warranted

                      • I Member
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        8 months, 23 days ago

                        Don't worry about it. He either starts or he doesn't but you can't sell Son before such a good fixture. He can get a return even if he doesn't start and if he doesn't play at all you have a bench.

                        1. Trophé Mourinho
                            8 months, 23 days ago

                            Yea true I said this to myself last night

                      • Tempestic
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        8 months, 23 days ago

                        Son to Mount this gw or next?

                        1. Lexi2014
                          • 5 Years
                          8 months, 23 days ago

                          This week

                      • Sc007
                        • 5 Years
                        8 months, 23 days ago

                        Is son to kdb worth a -4?

                        1. Brosstan
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          8 months, 23 days ago

                          No brainer

                        2. I Member
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          8 months, 23 days ago

                          Nope. Do it next week for free.

                          1. Brosstan
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            8 months, 23 days ago

                            But next week is the one he's likely to play. It's just pure nonsense to wait. If you want to keep of course keep. But if the plan is to sell anyway there's no point waiting

                      • La Roja
                        • 8 Years
                        8 months, 23 days ago

                        Start one:

                        A) Lundstram
                        B) Rico
                        C) Cresswell

                        1. Corgzzzz
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          8 months, 23 days ago

                          New FFS rule....never bench Lundy

                        2. Rainer
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          8 months, 23 days ago

                          Lundstram when it’s that close.

                          Think it’ll be painfully viewing for benchers on Monday night.

                        3. I Member
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          8 months, 23 days ago

                          B

                      • RAFA THE GAFFA
                        • 4 Years
                        8 months, 23 days ago

                        Can see everyone wanting Martial in a few weeks. Should return this weekend

                        1. I Member
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          8 months, 23 days ago

                          I've already added him to my watchlist. If he gets minutes this weekend I'll be very tempted to get him in for the Norwich game.

                        2. Rainer
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          8 months, 23 days ago

                          Mark one step ahead of the game again...

                          1. Rash
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            8 months, 23 days ago

                            Has mark kept hold all this time? Would love to know the reasoning behind that.

                            1. I Member
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              8 months, 23 days ago

                              Madness.

                        3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                          • 4 Years
                          8 months, 23 days ago

                          Maddison to Martial rage transfers look likely

                          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                            • 4 Years
                            8 months, 23 days ago

                            😆 not selling Maddison after a double digit

                        4. Do I Not Like Orange
                          • 7 Years
                          8 months, 23 days ago

                          Staying well clear of United forwards until they get a new mamager.

                        5. teneighty
                          • 5 Years
                          8 months, 23 days ago

                          Surely he must be down to like 7.2 now given how long he's been out. Great price!

                          1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                            • 4 Years
                            8 months, 23 days ago

                            You will be disappointed

                      • I Member
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        8 months, 23 days ago

                        It's fine to prioritise Wilson over De Bruyne this week isn't it? Won't stop me from getting Kev next week.

                        1. Pieterke30
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          8 months, 23 days ago

                          Indeed

                        2. The Dance
                          • 8 Years
                          8 months, 23 days ago

                          Prioritise KDB over Wilson any day, but don’t even know the KDB situation yet.

                          1. I Member
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            8 months, 23 days ago

                            So why would I prioritise someone who we don't know the situation about over someone who could be the best captain this week?

                            1. The Dance
                              • 8 Years
                              8 months, 23 days ago

                              Well now that i am certain he would start from the comments, i’d say KDB is the far more important one to bring in over troll Wilson.

                              1. I Member
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                8 months, 23 days ago

                                I just don't see him outscoring Wilson this week. Palace capable of frustrating, Norwich have the worst defence in the league.

                                1. The Dance
                                  • 8 Years
                                  8 months, 23 days ago

                                  Just really concerning how Bou weren’t even able to knock one past Arsenal, i’ve just never had good experiences with Wilson, i personally will never be bringing him into my team so may be bias, but could see Norwich pulling off a good game.

                      • arkom
                        • 3 Years
                        8 months, 23 days ago

                        Start:

                        A) Aurier (wat H)

                        or?

                        B) McGinn (bha H)

                        1. InterUranus
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          8 months, 23 days ago

                          B - Spurs are all over the place

                      • Karhumies
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        8 months, 23 days ago

                        Play Cantwell or Saka?

                      • Monya Meow Meow
                        • 1 Year
                        8 months, 23 days ago

                        Please choose:

                        1) TAA, Boly, McGinn/CHO
                        2) Robbo, Guilbert, Maddison

                        Thanks!

                      • Ronnies
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        8 months, 23 days ago

                        How nailed is Rico, Could Adam Smith play LB when he's back or do we think Rico is "safe" until Charlie Daniels is back ?

                        Thanks guys.

                        1. FOO FIGHTER
                            8 months, 23 days ago

                            I am doing Rico to Robbo after the deadline.

                          • Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                            • 4 Years
                            8 months, 23 days ago

                            He'll eventually lose his spot imo

                        2. squirrelbean
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          8 months, 23 days ago

                          RMWCT please as I thought I was settled but basically ripped it up today and now doing my head in.

                          Pope
                          TAA / Boly / Fredericks / Lund / Rico
                          Mane / KDB / Maddison / Mount / Cantwell
                          Kun / Tammy / Wilson

                        3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                          • 4 Years
                          8 months, 23 days ago

                          Newcastle, Brighton or Rico for the final defensive spot?
                          Particularly interested in finding out who's the go to options for the former. No clue on nailedness etc.

                          1. Trophé Mourinho
                              8 months, 23 days ago

                              Newcastle interests me

                          2. Bumbaclot
                            • 9 Years
                            8 months, 23 days ago

                            Firmino and son out

                            Aubs and mount in?

                          3. The Dance
                            • 8 Years
                            8 months, 23 days ago

                            Last couple pages i’m hearing KDB is a doubt, and then KDB must be brought in and plays.

                            Which is it? Is he fit and ready to play? What’s Pep said?

                            1. Miguel Sanchez
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              8 months, 23 days ago

                              "Kevin is back"

                              1. The Dance
                                • 8 Years
                                8 months, 23 days ago

                                Is that all he said? How are people taking away from that he doesn’t start then?

                                1. Miguel Sanchez
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  8 months, 23 days ago

                                  Pretty much

                                  1. The Dance
                                    • 8 Years
                                    8 months, 23 days ago

                                    Ok sorted thanks, looks a likely starter then i reckon.

                                2. Sailboats
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  8 months, 23 days ago

                                  He trained with Man City this week

                            2. aapoman
                              • 6 Years
                              8 months, 23 days ago

                              Said he is back

                          4. Monkey Hanger
                            • 6 Years
                            8 months, 23 days ago

                            FPL about to hit seven million accounts in the next week or two. Who apart from Mark 🙂 could have envisaged that. Just how big can this phenomenon become?

                            1. The Dance
                              • 8 Years
                              8 months, 23 days ago

                              People love to be disappointed so it’ll keep growing in numbers 🙂

                          5. bigdip
                            • 8 Years
                            8 months, 23 days ago

                            To WC or not to WC? That is the question (changes in CAPS)

                            Current Team
                            Ryan /Button
                            TAA / Otamendi / Digne / Lundstram / Rico
                            Salah / Sterling / Maddison / Mount / Dendocker
                            Pukki /Abraham / Haller
                            (0.2 ITB, No FT)

                            WC Team
                            Ryan / McGovern
                            TAA / SOY / DUNK / Lundstrom / Rico
                            MANE / KDB / Maddison / Mount / Cantwell
                            AUBA / Abraham / WILSON
                            (0.4 ITB)

                          6. FOO FIGHTER
                              8 months, 23 days ago

                              Vardy and Pukki party incoming...

                              1. The Dance
                                • 8 Years
                                8 months, 23 days ago

                                Oh yes, gonna be a rave

                              2. Rainer
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                8 months, 23 days ago

                                Pope to deny party?

                            • aapoman
                              • 6 Years
                              8 months, 23 days ago

                              Good to go? Still got 1ft and 0.1itb.

                              Pope
                              TAA Otamendi Soyuncu
                              Salah Sterling (c) KDB Mount Tielemans
                              Abraham Jimenez

                              4.0; Guilbert, Lundstram, Greenwood

                            • TeddiPonza
                              • 9 Years
                              8 months, 23 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

                            • Mackans
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              8 months, 23 days ago

                              Thoughts on my WC team? (0.0ib)

                              Pope (McGovern)
                              Trent Tomori Söyüncü (Rico) (Kelly)
                              Sterling Mané KDB Maddison Mount
                              Wilson Abraham (Connolly)

                            • Deulofail
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              8 months, 23 days ago

                              How would you have this team line up (currently benching Norwich away)?
                              And who would you captain (currently on Abe)?

                              Gunn
                              TAA | Digne | Rose, Aurier (WAT)
                              Sterling (cpl) | CHO (NEW) | Son (WAT)
                              Abraham (NEW) | Auba (shu) | Haller (eve)

                              Button | Buendia, Cantwell (bou), Rico (NOR)

                              Does Son need a benching?

                            • C_Manan
                                8 months, 23 days ago

                                Keep or sell Son ? Is he worth 9.8m ?

                              • Bury94
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                8 months, 23 days ago

                                Tempted by a cheeky Jimenez captain

                                1. La Roja
                                  • 8 Years
                                  8 months, 23 days ago

                                  But you won’t...

                              • Miguel Sanchez
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                8 months, 23 days ago

                                A) Kane (WAT) and then FT Aguero (AVL, SOT)
                                B) Start with Aguero (cpa) and be able to save the FT next week

                                1. MoManeTaa
                                  • 2 Years
                                  8 months, 23 days ago

                                  A