Spot the Differential

Wood’s aerial presence could cause problems for Arsenal in Gameweek 25

Gameweek 24 saw double-digit returns for 17 players, 10 of whom have ownership of 5% or less – encouraging our search for effective differentials.

Options such as Jack Stephens (£4.4m), Nathan Redmond (£6.2m) and Aaron Mooy (£4.8m) all delivered for those willing to think outside of the box, while two of last week’s selections, Joe Gomez (£5.3m) and Sébastien Haller (£7.0m), returned eight and seven points respectively.

This time, we focus on three low-owned picks who we like for Gameweek 25 and beyond.

Chris Wood

Ownership: 1.5%

Price: £6.2m

GW25-29 fixtures: ARS | sou | BOU | new | TOT

Chris Wood’s (£6.2m) goal in the recent win over Manchester United took him to 10 for the campaign, which means he is now one of only 12 players to have scored 30 or more Premier League goals since the start of the 2017/18 season.

The New Zealand international has been a model of consistency since joining the Clarets from Leeds United in August 2017, with his latest goals helping to deliver back-to-back wins for Burnley, who now sit 13th in the table, just four points behind fifth.

His tally could be even higher this season, with his 24 big chances only bettered by Jamie Vardy (£9.9m). That points to a player who more often than not, is getting into good positions in front of goal.

With Arsenal, level with Burnley on 30 points, due at Turf Moor on Sunday, Wood’s aerial ability could be key.

His five goals from set plays are more than any other player this season, whilst only Newcastle United have conceded more attempts from dead ball situations than the Gunners.

Sean Dyche’s team appear to have moved up a gear when it comes to attacking in recent weeks, with more confidence on the ball, and given Wood has scored in his last two games, more could be on the way.

Harvey Barnes

Ownership: 0.9%

Price: £5.9m

GW25-29 fixtures: CHE | wol | MCI | nor | AVL

In recent weeks, Harvey Barnes (£5.9m) has established himself as one of Leicester City’s main offensive threats.

The 22-year-old winger has scored three goals in five appearances during January, netting against Burnley and West Ham United in the league, with his performance in the 4-1 win over the Hammers arguably the best of the season to date.

Barnes’ ability to create has caught the eye, too.

He has assisted seven goals for the Foxes so far this season, which is two more than James Maddison (£7.6m).

Whilst rotation is a slight concern, he’s now started 16 of the last 21 league matches, and seems to be finding his feet at the top level.

Leicester currently sit third in the Premier League table and look well-placed to finish in one of the Champions League spots. They have an opportunity to move 11 points clear of their opponents Chelsea, who sit fourth, this weekend, while it’s also worth noting Frank Lampard’s men have struggled to keep clean sheets away from Stamford Bridge this season, with just one in 12.

Under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers, there aren’t many hotter prospects than Barnes right now in the English game.

Martin Dubravka

Ownership: 1.6%

Price: £5.0m

GW25-29 fixtures: NOR | ars | cry | BUR | sou

Since arriving on Tyneside in January 2018, Slovakia international Martin Dubravka (£5.0m) has firmly established himself as Newcastle United’s number one.

In a season where the Magpies have often struggled in front of goal, Dubravka has produced a number of key saves.

In fact, his total of 97 is the best of any goalkeeper in the league, six more than second-placed Bernd Leno (£5.0m), which combined with six clean sheets, has seen him rise to fourth in the overall goalkeeper standings, on 92 points.

Newcastle boast one of the best home defences in the league this season, conceding just 12 goals in 12 games – only Liverpool (9) and Sheffield United (11) have conceded fewer.

They have also improved their form in recent weeks, having drawn at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton and won 1-0 at home against Chelsea.

Surprisingly, only 1.6% of FPL managers own Dubravka ahead of his home match against Norwich City.

A clean sheet is a real possibility with the Canaries only scoring six Premier League goals on the road all season. They’ve also created the fewest amount of Big Chances (seven) over the last six Gameweeks.

With a kind fixture run, Dubravka could be a major influence in the second half of 2019/20.

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1,630 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Who's a better option on a WC?

    A. Maddison
    B. Martial
    C. Neither

    1. yakirh
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      B

    2. caldracula
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      A

    3. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I have both in my team, probably b.

    4. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      C

    5. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      B

  2. EL tridente
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Start?
    A) Ings
    B) Rico

    1. caldracula
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Ings

    2. Tony Moon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      A

  3. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Anyone tempted to go for Bruno Fernandes at 8 mil?

    1. GoonSquad
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Not without a striker to put it in the net.

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Martial?

      2. Cruz88
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Doesn't he score his own goals?

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Not yet

  4. Ed
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Best mane replacement?

    Have KDB, Salah and Traore already.

    1. SheBangsTheDrums
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      In same position. Thinking Son at the minute but not totally convinced.

    2. JabbaWookiee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Most people in your position seem to be downgrading and investing up front. Have you looked at that?

      1. Zenith UK
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Right here ^^

    3. Root
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Martial or Son

      1. yakirh
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        This

    4. GoonSquad
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Son or Alli....or Perez and invest rest in Kun.

  5. JabbaWookiee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Fernandes transferred in 5603 times already. And out 50 times... Hmmm

    1. Rashford FC
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Mad

    2. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      He's not even in the game for me.

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Ah right, page 2.

      2. Calderano FC
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Try page two of United's squad

    3. Salads
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Hopefully people on WC’s tinkering, maybe not thou

      1. Baganuva Hatty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Start
        A- Henderson v Cry Pal (a)
        or
        B- Fabianski v Brighton (H)

      2. JabbaWookiee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I don't think it shows on WC - not sure. It certainly doesn't affect price changes.

    4. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Mane replacement for me. On all set pieces, should be involved in goals by default.

      1. JabbaWookiee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Goals? Remember this is United...

  6. Rashford FC
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Any United fans around. Thoughts on Josh King joining?

    1. JamieNumber4
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Would’ve preferred Cavani but with owners as stingy as ours what can you do? Still another body I suppose

    2. Budweiser
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      He'll be on the bench if he does

    3. Bruno BaNani
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Better work ethic than martial. Scores about the same amount of goals.

  7. Budweiser
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Bruno Fernandes has scored 20 penalties and missed 2. Could be the new taker!

    1. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      All set pieces.

  8. eamonhegg
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Mane basically confirmed to be back 15th Feb (losing out on 1 GW).

    Any other Mane holders here? Mid alternatives not so attractive (excl de bryne,salah and son but got all 3)

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Yup. Don't have Son or Salah but think I'll still keep. His SP is 11.9m would rather the 0.7itb and one more ft

    2. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Nope. Think I fancy the defensive double up instead.

      Cashing in on profit.

    3. XabiAlonso
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Yep I'm holding, would like to have 2 frees after the break

    4. Darlo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I'm keeping, probably bigger problems needing fixing between now and GW28 blanks.

  9. D.Glynn
      1 month, 27 days ago

      What do ye think, G2G? Bench right?

      Ryan
      TAA Lund Kelly Holgate
      (S)alah KDB Grealish Son
      Aubu Jimmy
      4.0 Cantwell Soy Ings

    • Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Zivkovic signs! Lightning fast striker 🙁

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 27 days ago

        🙂 *

      2. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        He's been good for Serbia, don't know how he's been in Portugal..

        1. Tsparkes10
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Wrong one :p

      3. Bruno BaNani
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Since Berge can play both dm and cm, who do you reckon will lose his place to fit Berge in the Xl?
        Wilder seems like an old school manager, so presume Berge has to earn his place.

        1. Tsparkes10
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 27 days ago

          It'll take time but lundy in the long run

          1. Bruno BaNani
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Norwood and Fleck obviously better players?

            1. Long ago I drew a walrus
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Wilder made a point of keeping Fleck for life or something today, and Norwood is the captain I believe

      4. Jarvish Scott Talent
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Toilet record, but same could have been said about Mousse T.

    • Mané money
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Bottomed:

      O'Connell (4.6) vs Egan (4.5) vs Basham (4.5)

      Which one should I choose to eventually double up with Henderson?

      O'Connell has one assist so far and the other two have none.

      I've read someone posting that Egan has more attacking threat, is that right?

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Nah. Egan probs most dangerous from set plays but Basham and JOC are the ones who overlap and get forward. I'd go JOC but personally will be doing Lund to Stevens as defo worth the extra 0. 5

    • Boris Bodega: Holly's …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      RMWC

      Henderson (Pope)
      Lundstram TAA AMN (Rico Baldock)
      KDB Salah Son Grealish Traore
      Aubameyang Jimenez (Martinez)

      1. Zladan
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Lundstram out on WC I’d say.

      2. Freddiebell
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Yeah I agree. If WC Lund must go

    • unitednations
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      My current plan is to do Zaba + Mane >> Robbo + Martial + 1.8m but not fully sold on Martial. any other transfer ideas?

      Ryan
      Taa Lundy Rico -- Aurier Zaba
      Salah Grealish Kdb Mane
      Vardy DCL Ings

      A: Stick to current plan and use remaining funds to upgrade DCL > Jimmy in gw27
      B: Zaba + Mane >> Lascelles + Sterling
      C: Mane + DCL >> Traore + Aguero

    • quayle99
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Struggling with who to bench over

      Ings
      Traore
      Fleck

      1. Cheesyzoot
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Start Traore

        • Bruno BaNani
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Fleck

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        0FT 1.0ITB Gtg folks?

        Henderson
        TAA Soy Lundstram
        KdB Maddison Salah(C) Traore
        Vardy Firmino Ings

        McCarthy Cantwell Rico Kelly

        1. Cheesyzoot
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Looks good except wondering who’s the better option out of soy kelly and Rico

            1. Little Red Lacazette
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Cant figure that out myself.

        2. Cheesyzoot
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Start two:

            A) Rico
            B) Kelly
            C) lundstram
            D) Söyüncü

            1. Bruno BaNani
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Rico and Lord. Kelly first sub. Be aware that Rico is only in contention of making it.

            2. Dosh
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              AC

          • Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            anyone feeling punty enough to get fernandes right in ?

            1. Cheesyzoot
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Nah see how he slots in first

                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  ok

              • Zladan
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Yep

                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  i m very tempted and could easily afford it with mane's cash. could be another depay though

            2. Tsparkes10
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Alli, Cantwell to Traore, Grealish? Then Lund to Stevens next gw :p

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                i dont like this move to be honest. cantwell still a bargain at 4.8. alli doing well for spurs. grealish missing gw28.

                is that for free ?

                1. Tsparkes10
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  Cantwell fixtures turn and Norwich are poo. Alli first haul in a while and also poor fixtures... Bergjwin may also affect his attacking position. Gw28 is 3 gws away so doesn't bother me too much

                  1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 27 days ago

                    go for it then 🙂

              2. Root
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Mane -> Salah, and save the other FT

            3. DS29
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 27 days ago

              1.Vardy to Auba bench mane
              2.Mane+Maupay to Bruno/Grealish + Kun/Auba keep Vardy
              3.Keep Vardy and Mane?
              Have 2ft
              Thanks

            4. Bruno BaNani
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Chelsea, Wolves and city are amongst the teams having best defensive numbers.
              Burnley and Newcastle have some of the worst.

              Makes sense doing Vardy ➡ Auba now, and reconcider in gw 29?

            5. STONEROSES
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Best Def for 4.5 or less?
              Ta

            6. Dosh
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Start three:

              A) Rico
              B) Pereira
              B) Aurier
              C) Lundstram
              E) Maddison

              1. The Cisco Kid
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Maddison, Pereira, Rico, Lundstram, Aurier is probably the order I rank them this week. Chelsea don’t worry me as much as their brand tends to suggest. I think Rico is a little safer to start. Aurier is a liability at the best of times, and playing against City is far from the best of times.

                1. Dosh
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  Thanks! Leaning towards the 3 you said as well. But just got a feeling about Spurs this week.

            7. wulfranian
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Wood or Maupay?

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                wood

                1. wulfranian
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  cheers

              2. The Cisco Kid
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                For this week? Probably Wood, but either seems fine. For the next 6 gameweeks, I might go Maupay.

                1. wulfranian
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  cheers.For the long term.

            8. The Cisco Kid
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              I have Lundstram and Rico to start, Ings and Aurier off the bench. Worth the transfer to bring in someone more secure in a starting spot? If so, any targets for an Aurier downgrade?

              1. JohnRoss
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                I would defo start Ings ahead of Rico

            9. Zenith UK
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Some straight forward options here I think...

              Hendo
              TAA, Robbo, Digne
              Mane, KDB, Maddi, Grealish
              Vardy, Ings, DCL

              Button, Lund, Soy, Cantwell

              1. Zenith UK
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                A) Mane & Maddi > Salah & Traore (-4) leaves my 1.5M in the bank
                B) Mane, Maddi, Vardy > Salah, Traore & Auba (-8)
                C) Mane & Soy > Salah & Williams (-4)

            10. LIARS POKER
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Thoughts on the below for a -4?

              Mane, DCL, Soyuncu to Auba, Traore, VVD

              1. Zenith UK
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Do you already have Salah?

                1. LIARS POKER
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  Yep

                  1. Zenith UK
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 27 days ago

                    Then do it, nice transfers

              2. Dosh
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Good moves.

            11. Niho992
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 27 days ago

              GtG fellas ?
              McCarthy Soy-TAA-Lund
              Salah(C)-Madd-Grealish-Son
              Auba-Firmino-Wilson
              Button-Kelly-Tomori-Nakamba

              Thinking to sell Tomori for a hit and bench Soy

              ?

            12. Shardlow
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              McCarthy (Button)
              TAA,Soy,Lund,Holgate (Kelly)
              Salah, KDB, Grealish, Maddison (Mane)
              Vardy, Ings (Greenwood)

              A. Mane, Greenwood > Aguero,Dendo (-4)
              B. Save

              Normally I wouldnt consider A for a hit since will lose loads of value on Mane, who is potentially back soon. And Aguero blank in GW28. But going to spurs v city as a neutral....

            13. Long ago I drew a walrus
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              If nothing else happens today, think the wildcard team is finally ready.

              Henderson McCarthy
              TAA Robbo Stevens Lascelles CTaylor
              Salah KDB Mahrez Grealish Hayden
              Auba Jimenez Ings
              0.2 ITB

              Mahrez out GW27 to someone, Auba to Vardy GW28, bench Stevens KDB and Grealish

              1. Pat Bonner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Looks great. Decent team value there. I am 2.5m short of that so looking at Gomez instead of robbo and getting a cheapo keeper for Henderson

                1. Long ago I drew a walrus
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  Thanks! Nuked my team value this week by getting rid of Mane, Vardy and Lundstram in one go, but oh well. If you've got Pope might be worth keeping alongside McCarthy

            14. OldBenKenobi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              B.Fernandes at 8.0 interests me.
              Problem is I own Martial who could very well benefit from him arriving....