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Spot the Differential

Ward-Prowse offering viable alternative route into Southampton attack

Three differentials for Gameweek 16

Differentials were among the key performers yet again midweek – and they can be in Gameweek 16.

This column backed Dele Alli (£8.6m) for a second week running and further attacking returns have now seen his ownership levels soaring high and out of our bracket. 

But fear not, there is still plenty of value to be found elsewhere while still staying below the 5% line. 

Here are three lesser-owned players to consider for Gameweek 16…

James Ward-Prowse

After delivering for this column in midweek, we’ve picked Ward-Prowse again

Price: £6.3m

Ownership: 1.8%

GW16 Opponent: Newcastle United (away)

Having repaid our trust on Wednesday night by delivering a third fantasy return in a row it makes sense to back James Ward-Prowse (£6.3m) again for the weekend. 

As mentioned previously, if it isn’t Danny Ings (£6.2m) being involved with Southampton’s goals it’s almost certainly their midfield creator. 

Over the past four Gameweeks, among midfielders priced at £6.0m or below, Ward-Prowse ranks joint-third for goal attempts and is averaging a fantasy return for every 90 minutes played since Gameweek 11. 

In terms of FPL points, he has scored 24 more than the next highest placed Southampton midfielder, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (34). He has without a doubt been the Saints’ midfield talisman for the season to date.

In the case of Ward-Prowse, his performances are inextricably linked with how his team is doing as a whole. 

It’s no coincidence that his form has stood out over the past three games as Southampton have picked up seven points from a possible nine, and in doing so, lifting themselves out of the relegation zone. 

It remains to be seen if the Saints can keep this up but they’re only one point above 18th place at present. 

Up next for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men is a Newcastle United team that has only kept one clean sheet since Gameweek 8 and has had problems defending set-pieces in recent years.

Gabriel Jesus

Jesus finally delivered on his promise against Burnley

Price: £9.6m 

Ownership: 3.2% 

GW16 Opponent: Manchester United (home)

Gabriel Jesus (£9.6m) finally delivered on his promise with a brace against Burnley on Tuesday night. 

Since Sergio Aguero’s (£11.8m) injury, he is already proving his worth and has even outscored Raheem Sterling (£11.9m) and Kevin de Bruyne (£10.3m). 

Over the last two Gameweeks, Jesus has ranked third among forwards for penalty area touches (17) and is joint-top for shots on goal (eight). 

Some might be asking whether the 2-0 win at Turf Moor was a one-off in terms for Jesus or whether he can carry on his form.

The fact of the matter is that with Manchester City 11 points behind league leaders Liverpool every match is now a must-win for them. 

Up next for Pep Guardiola’s men are a Manchester United team that defeated Jose Mourinho on his return to Old Trafford. That result arguably masked their recent woeful form and their backline remains weak, having conceded in every match since Gameweek 6.

Alexandre Lacazette

Lacazette’s form could be key to any kind of Arsenal revival

Price: £9.3m

Ownership: 2.4%

GW16 Opponent: West Ham United (away)

Arsenal are on their worst ever winless run in four decades so, in some ways, it would make sense to completely avoid all of their assets until they can stem the wave of decline.

However, I’m willing to make an exception in highlighting the merits of Alexandre Lacazette (£9.3m). 

It’s sometimes hard to forget that he registered 25 attacking Fantasy returns last season at an average of one per 100 minutes played. 

That’s no mean feat and had he been fully fit since August we may have seen Unai Emery still in a job and Arsenal higher up the table.

Lacazette has now scored three goals in his last three games. No other player has scored more than that during the same timeframe, Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) and Marcus Rashford (£8.8m) and Ings have all matched, not beaten his tally.

If Arsenal are to jumpstart their season then Lacazette seems the most likely candidate to play a leading role. 

Their next match takes them to the London Stadium where West Ham have the fourth-worst home record in the league this season having conceded 14 goals in seven games. 

Even if Arsenal fail to win again they shouldn’t struggle to score against the Hammers, which leaves plenty of scope for Lacazette to be involved.

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790 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Clark nailed for Newcastle right ? Thank you

  2. Bubbles1985
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Sorry RP!

    Gazza
    TAA Lundstram Soy
    Mane KDB(vc) Mount Alli
    Abra Mousset Vardy(c)

    Button Cantwell Kelly Rico

    2.5m itb with WC still to use!

    GTG? Thanks

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Since you still have wc I'd uograde mousset

      1. Bubbles1985
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Nope, I've just transferred him in. With the fixtures they have he is my pre WC gamble!

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Fair enough gl !

          1. Bubbles1985
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Cheers dude you too

        2. Gaddafi
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Not a valid reason but good luck nonetheless.

          1. Bubbles1985
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            There doesn't have to be a reason for a differential...

            I prefer to break the template and gamble. 😉

            1. Gaddafi
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Believe me, I'm all about differential.

              But if you think MOUSSET is a differential then all I can say is best of luck in life.

  3. Zlatanzo
    1 month, 17 days ago

    OGS said Martial would be out 'a little while', now all of a sudden he's fit to feature against City. Absolute shambles

    1. jason_ni
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      He said he would be out for maybe 1 game earlier in the season, and he was out for about 2 months.. leason learnt.. managers talk a pile of balls, and take what they say with a pinch of salt.

  4. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Captain

    A mane
    B vardy
    C Alli

    Thanks

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      C

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Thanks

    2. mojoindojo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      B

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Cheers

  5. J to the T
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Pope
    TAA Lundstram Dunk
    Sterling Mane Zaha Mount
    Vardy (c) Ings Jimi
    (Button Soy Cantwell Tomori)
    1FT 1.6 ITB

    Good to go?

  6. Gaddafi
    1 month, 17 days ago

    GTG?

    Ryan
    Van Dijk, Tomori, Lundstram, Kelly
    De Bruyne, Maddison, Sterling, Alli
    Vardy(C), Ings

    Button, Wilson, Dendoncker, Mings

    Thanks!

  7. tibollom
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    what you reckon guys?

    WC or use my 2FT?

    Heaton Button
    Rico Lunds Dunk TAA Chilwell
    Mane KDB Son Zaha McGin
    Tammy vardy greenwood

    WC team:
    Henderson Martin
    Dunk Rico Pereira VVD Lunds
    Mane DSilva Alli Zaha Cantwell
    Tammyt Vardy Rashford

  8. Tronity
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Thoughts on Sterling and Martial > D.Silva and Alli plus £3.9m with 2FTs?

  9. Alberto Tomba
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    7.3 ITB

    1. Alberto Tomba
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Not sure where the rest of my team went

      Henderson
      Robertson Soyuncu Tomori Lundstram
      Son Maddison Pulisic Zaha
      Vardy Jiminez

      4.0 Martial, Maguir, Connolly

      Lfc not right time to buy, VsX and playing in Qatar.

      Where do I spend the money?

  10. Gideons Rolling Another One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Sold Sterling for Alli this week, and despite the blanks, I am kind of regretting it! Plus I have no City coverage at all.

    I do have money in the bank to do Tielemans to KDB on a free transfer. Is that a no brainer or is there anyone else out you'd pick?

    Midfield: Mane, Pulisic, Alli, Tielemans, Chantwell
    Forwards: Vardy, Rashford, Jimi

    1. Jon Snow
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Its a yes from me

    2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      If you are desperate for cover then go for it. Personally I wouldn't bother

      1. Gideons Rolling Another One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        No desperate, but I can't really seen anyone else I would swap Tielemans too. Not keen on Spurs double up and i think Tielemans has to go.

    3. The Mandalorian
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      you dont need city coverage youve replaced sterling with an inform player

      1. Gideons Rolling Another One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Yes reasonably happy with the move. Just got 3.8 ITB burning a hole in the pocket and thinking Tielemans to go.

    4. Alberto Tomba
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I'd only be looking to get rid of Leicester if another Leicester coming in. The fixture schedule is about to catch up to most, but hopefully Leicester will be less affected and retain consistency of focus and team sheet.

    5. Gideons Rolling Another One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      All valid points cheers. My thinking for KDB, coverage aside, is he is top for SOT and second only to Pulisic for GA in the last 4. There isn’t really anyone else shouting out at me.

  11. the vanisher
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Pope
    Robbo TAA Lund Kelly
    Salah Son Alli
    Jesus Jimenez Vardy

    Am I gtg? and who to captain??

  12. Daghe Munegu
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Ayew + Sterling to Kane + Grealish for free ?

    Anyone ?

  13. Colby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Afternoon all.
    Does anyone know Tomori was benched for Chelsea during the week? Has he lost his place?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Rotation j assume

    2. golfboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Maybe. We don't know

      1. Colby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Cheers lads - only brought him in 2 weeks ago. Great.

  14. golfboy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    My last headache (this week) Captain Salah or Son?

  15. United10
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Captain
    a)Vardy
    b) Mane
    c) Son

    1. golfboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Similar dilemma. Vardy is the popular pick but gut says Son

    2. F4L
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      A

      1. Colby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I’m backing Son - just thinking Burnley’s defence isn’t as watertight as we think and Spurs looking to bounce back after defeat midweek.

  16. Louis Van Gaalstones
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Have 2ft but don't really want to make any changes, just keep it? Or find something to tinker with:

    Henderson, Button
    TAA, Soyuncu, Lundstram, Rico, Williams
    Mane, KDB, Maddison, Pulisic, Son
    Vardy, Jiminez, Mousset

    0itb

    1. Gaddafi
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I reckon you have the same team as half the people on here.

    2. Turns
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Button -> Martin to get a playing second keeper

    3. Alberto Tomba
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Looks really good mate

      Martin in as second keeper?

      1. Louis Van Gaalstones
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Perfect, thank you!

  17. Jon Snow
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Rashford + Son ➡️ Tammy + Alli?
    Yes or No? (2FT 0itb)

    Front 8:
    Pulisic, Mane, Maddison, Son, Dendoncker
    Vardy, Rashford, Jimenez

    1. Jon Snow
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      *oops I meant :
      Jimenez + Son > Tammy + Alli

      1. The Mandalorian
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        sell Pulisic

    2. Gaddafi
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Why not just go Rashford to Tammy?

      I do agree that Alli might be arguably better than Son. You could use the funds better though, Rashford is probably a better choice this week.

  18. In ole we trust
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Two free transfers but 0itb any ideas? I dont want to take pope out lol

    Pope
    Taa, lundstram, Pereira
    Kdb, maddison, mane, Pulisic,
    Ings, vardy, abraham

    Bench, mcgovern, O'Connell
    Cathcart, cantwell

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      See below 🙂

  19. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Gone cheap at the top with Vardy Ings & Mousset. No easy route to get Tammy :-/

  20. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Cathcart to Kelly ?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Oops reply fail

  21. Gunner1290
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Who to bench out of:

    A) Dunk
    B) Trent
    C) Lundstram
    D) Soyoncu

    1. Turns
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      A

    2. Gaddafi
      1 month, 17 days ago

      B

  22. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Best Newcastle defender ? Thanks

    1. Gaddafi
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Clark.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Thanks

  23. Indalo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Pope
    TAA Soyuncu Lundstram
    Mane KDB Alli Cantwell
    Vardy Jimenez Ings

    McGovern Martial* Mendy Tomori

    1 FT, 0.8 itb.

    Martial out for who? (8.4 to spend)

    A) Maddison
    B) Pulisic
    C) Zaha
    D) Grealish
    E) Other
    F) Save FT, OR Mendy out for someone else?

  24. Gaddafi
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Ryan
    Van Dijk, Tomori, Lundstram, Kelly
    De Bruyne, Maddison, Sterling, Alli
    Vardy(C), Ings

    Button, Wilson, Dendoncker, Mings

  25. Turns
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Bench one:
    (1) Aurier
    (2) Lund (have Henderson)
    (3) Soy
    (4) Perez

  26. HAMMERTIME107
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Henderson
    Tomori | Kelly | Soyuncu
    Mane | De-Bruyne | Son | Pulisic
    Aubameyang | Mousset | Vardy

    Button | Chambers | Rico | Guendouzi

    Anything I can do with this?? 1 free transfer and £0.1 in the bank!

    Do I need Abraham / Rashford / Maddison ??

    1. Turns
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Roll this week. Bringing any of those in would require a hit. Wait

  27. HD7
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Right order of starters and bench?
    Captain? Save a transfer?

    Kasper
    TAA Willems Robbo
    Mane KDB Maddy Puli
    Ings Jimenez Vardy(C)

    Subs: Button, Lund, Rico, Hayden

  28. Hart-ake
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Jimmy to Tammy this week? Yay or nay?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      No

    2. JohnBlack
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      No

  29. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Play Willems or Lund (Hend in goal)?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Tough !! I d say Willems

  30. ajay_kl +42
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Pope
    VVD Soy Lundy
    Mane(C) KDB Maddison Zaha
    Vardy Abraham Jimi

    Button Mount Dunk Rico
    1FT 0.5 in bank, rolling it over to sell Zaha or Mount to get Rashford or Dele in

    Play Zaha or Mount?