Pro Pundits - Simon

Are differentials always the most effective route to FPL success?

In his latest Pro Pundits column, former Fantasy Premier League champion Simon March talks us through how effective differentials can be for the season run-in.


If you spend any time on Fantasy Football sites and forums which, if you’re reading this, you do, you’ll have noticed people talking a lot about ‘differentials’.

A ‘differential’, is a low-owned player, be that in overall FPL terms or in the context of a mini-league. There is no universal definition of what constitutes a differential in overall FPL, but it usually applies to players with sub-20% ownership with a ‘true differential’ being a player with sub-5%. Within discussions of differentials, a player becomes ‘more of a differential’ the lower his overall ownership.

What I’ll call; ‘differential theory’ refers to the idea that, if a low-owned player scores well they will, by virtue of their low-ownership, have a positive effect on the ranks of those managers that do own them.

The inverse of this philosophy is the apocryphal ‘Template’ which argues that, if your team resembles too many other teams, you won’t be able to advance up the ranks, strengthening the case for differentials. 

Discussions of differentials intensify toward the end of the season when people are making last-gasp attempts to move up the overall ranks or win their mini-leagues. But does differential theory actually work in practice?

Do Differentials Work?

Differential theory can work. Logically, if you own an otherwise low-owned player who has scored well, the likelihood that this will, when looked at in isolation, translate into a net benefit for you rank-wise should be quite high. Everyone has, at some point, benefitted from a differential and FPL is littered with examples of them paying off, so it’s something we tend to believe quite strongly in.

However, owning even a high-scoring differential won’t pay off on its own. For this to happen, the higher-owned alternatives also have to score fewer points. In other words; if a 5% owned player and a 50% owned player both score 10 points, their ownership percentages become less relevant. The differential has to outscore the more popular alternatives to have a net-positive effect.

As bookies and weathermen will be all too familiar with, when formulating the probability of an outcome, the more variables that you have to insert into the formula, the lower the probability of that outcome occurring typically becomes.

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The likelihood of your differential delivering a net positive score is, therefore; the probability of your differential scoring offset against the probability of a higher-owned player also scoring. Given that highly-owned players often score well (which is often why they’re highly-owned) and low-owned players often don’t (which is often why they’re low-owned), this is not a formula you would expect to pay off regularly and, maybe, not even very often.

You often see mention of “high risk, high reward” options on FPL forums but you will sometimes get the impression that, actually, they’re looking at ‘risk’ and ‘reward’ as if more risk equals more reward. Of course more risk may result in more reward on occasion, but your expected payoff will always be reward divided by risk so, on average, more risk will equal less reward.

Of course, differentials may be differentials because they’ve just come into the team or come back from injury. In such cases, their prospects might be much better, though these types of players naturally carry their own inherent risks.

Does ‘The Template’ Exist?

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So how do you move up the ranks then? Surely you can’t do it just by owning the well-owned players? Well, yes and no. If you take a look at my current team below, there aren’t many players who you would call a ‘true’ differential. In fact, only Mason Holgate (£4.3m) and Todd Cantwell (£4.6m) are under 15% ownership (13% each). In other words, it’s fairly ‘template’.

It might surprise people to learn therefore that not a single other manager in the top 10k has the same combination of players. Even if you remove my three lowest-owned players from the equation (the above plus Ings at 21%) only 0.11% or 11 people have the same team as me in the Top 10k.

While this isn’t conclusive proof that the ‘template’ is, in fact, a myth, it definitely suggests that we exaggerate its significance. This, of course, is less likely to apply to mini leagues with relatively few entrants, but I’m afraid that scenario is for another article.

Impact on FPL Strategy

What does this all mean for FPL strategy? Well, to me it suggests that focusing on differentials and ownership percentages won’t be as beneficial to your success as focusing on which players will score the most is likely to be. So, yet again, however complicated we make FPL, it ultimately still comes down to picking the players who will score the most points. There is a potential benefit to a good differential, but it’s important to ask yourself; are they ‘good’, and not just ‘different’. Will they really outscore the more popular alternatives?

In conclusion, while I wouldn’t rule out the benefit of a good punty differential, and there is definitely a time and a place for them (e.g. when you’re desperate or when you’re a bit drunk), placing yourself at the mercy of them too frequently will almost certainly not pay off over time.

The better option, I believe, is not to focus on ownership percentages at all but, instead, focus only on expected points. Over the course of a season, consistency, I believe, will always be the best differential.

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1,031 Comments Post a Comment
  1. King Kohli
    • 7 Years
    4 days, 7 hours ago

    Best move here?
    Need to cover up 40pts on ML rival.

    2 Ft,0.4 ITB. BB left. Plan to use it this week

    Pope Hendo
    TAA Doherty Gomez Taylor Basham
    Salah KDB Bruno Son Cantwell
    Dcl Jimenez Jota

    1. King Kohli
      • 7 Years
      4 days, 7 hours ago

      Considering
      A. KDB + Cantwell + Jota > Mahrez + Martial + Nketiah
      B. Bruno + Cantwell + Jota > Martial + Pulisic + Nketiah

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 days, 7 hours ago

        a easy

        1. King Kohli
          • 7 Years
          4 days, 7 hours ago

          Cheers

      2. FOO FIGHTER
          4 days, 7 hours ago

          I like A

      3. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 days, 7 hours ago

        A

      4. Garam MOSALAH
        • 6 Years
        4 days, 7 hours ago

        Kholi fan bhai
        Considering KDB fixtures, I won’t get rid of him

      5. WALOR
        • 11 Years
        4 days, 6 hours ago

        Crazy to drop KdB - would drop Salah before I dropped him.
        Watch Son - if he blanks again, there's your funding for Mahrez/Martial.

        1. FOO FIGHTER
            4 days, 6 hours ago

            Why is it crazy to drop KDB at this point when he will be rotated. I bet Salah racks up more points from now till the finish.

      6. Fuddled FC
        • 8 Years
        4 days, 7 hours ago

        Next gameweek going forwards

        Choose a mid

        a) Bruno
        b) Martial

        Choose a forward

        c) jimi
        d) Rash

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 days, 7 hours ago

          Bd

        2. SADIO SANÉ
          • 5 Years
          4 days, 7 hours ago

          BC

        3. SHOOTER MCGINN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 days, 7 hours ago

          bd

        4. Patron
          • 1 Year
          4 days, 7 hours ago

          Well BD for now, lete see after tonight.

        5. Little Red Lacazette
          • 3 Years
          4 days, 7 hours ago

          BC

        6. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 5 Years
          4 days, 7 hours ago

          In 5 hours time Man U will either be touted as being as good they were under Fergie, or totally crap. Nothing in the middle.

          1. Fuddled FC
            • 8 Years
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            Yep I agree, although it changes like the wind in the medias eyes.

            1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
              • 5 Years
              4 days, 7 hours ago

              And on here. Man U win and they all come out of the woodwork gushing how amazing they ars, and if they do badly the hardcore come on here with essays about how it is the Glaziers' fault, while everyone else lols at them.

          2. Amey
            • 1 Year
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            Ahem ahem ...
            I can see this article already 😉

            "Which triple up we should consider from Manchester United, after their thumping victory over seagulls last GW"

          3. FOO FIGHTER
              4 days, 6 hours ago

              Fergie will be smashing his tv screen with a tea cup tonight if UTD lose. Easy replacement in the morning.

          4. Klaren
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            BD

        7. SHOOTER MCGINN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 days, 7 hours ago

          Which City defender do you think is the best option, excluding Laporte and Ederson?

          Garcia could be a bargain if he gets some games like Foden.
          Otamendi not much more expensive.
          Mendy potentially the best, but rotation.
          Walker most likely to start but poor attacking threat.

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            Wouldn't bother mate.

          2. SADIO SANÉ
            • 5 Years
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            Garcia probably

          3. Ini
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            There are much better and cheaper defenses that you should consider.

        8. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 days, 7 hours ago

          Suggested moves?

          A) Guendouzi to Saka
          B) Holgate to Aurier
          C) Son to Mahrez
          D) other move
          E) Save

          Martinez (Martin)
          TAA, Doherty, AWB (Lascelles, Holgate)
          Kdb, Martial, Salah, Son, (Guendouzi)
          DCL, Jimenez, Rashford

          0.6 in the bank

          1. Patron
            • 1 Year
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            Lol thats a perfect team for me. DCL I dont know who u can sell for honestly. Just monitor the games and then decide if a transfer is needed.

            1. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              4 days, 7 hours ago

              Well, would like Ings or Jesus for frustrating dcl. But will need to downgrade a mid then.

              And would like Mahrez or Bruno for Salah or Son, maby

              1. Patron
                • 1 Year
                4 days, 7 hours ago

                I wouldn’t do anything rn. You dont know how will those big hitters preform in this gw yet so...

          2. FOO FIGHTER
              4 days, 7 hours ago

              B

            • jimski
              • 9 Years
              4 days, 6 hours ago

              B seems a no-brainer to me.

            • Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 days, 6 hours ago

              DCL blanks for one game and all of a sudden you want him out?

              The team looks very good. Just hold here.

            • RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              4 days, 6 hours ago

              Cheers and good luck!

            • Pep bites Kun
              • 3 Years
              4 days, 6 hours ago

              B) Holgate to Aurier

          3. Patron
            • 1 Year
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            Finally a decent FPL game tonight.
            Dont expect many changes except Bruno, but not that worried about him either.
            You think MUTD might drop some points tonight? Wouldn’t be surprised.

            1. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              4 days, 7 hours ago

              Think they’ll win

              1. Patron
                • 1 Year
                4 days, 7 hours ago

                Me too, but just wouldn’t be that of a shock for me if they dont.

          4. drughi
            • 10 Years
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            prediction for tonights game ? I go with 0-2

            1. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              4 days, 7 hours ago

              0-3

            2. DF
              • 6 Years
              4 days, 7 hours ago

              1-2

            3. Patron
              • 1 Year
              4 days, 7 hours ago

              Ye 0-2 for me
              Might be 1-0 tho lol

            4. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 days, 7 hours ago

              Boring 0-1 or 1-2, tight affair. Especially if Bruno is benched for the first 60

              Brighton arent pushoevers

            5. fc_skrald
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 days, 7 hours ago

              1-1

            6. Wild Card this...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 days, 7 hours ago

              2:2

            7. FOO FIGHTER
                4 days, 7 hours ago

                5 -2 UTD win

                1. drughi
                  • 10 Years
                  4 days, 6 hours ago

                  yes please

              • Traction Engine Foot
                • 2 Years
                4 days, 7 hours ago

                2-0 Murray brace

              • Amey
                • 1 Year
                4 days, 6 hours ago

                1-3
                OG for Lindelof
                Rashford brace
                Bruno Pen

                Martial AWOL

                1. drughi
                  • 10 Years
                  4 days, 6 hours ago

                  rashford brace would be dreamy

                  1. Amey
                    • 1 Year
                    4 days, 6 hours ago

                    He's due. Wasted few chances. Hopefully he settles down quickly. Can't rely on Tony every GW at all to score

                    1. drughi
                      • 10 Years
                      4 days, 6 hours ago

                      hope so have the armband on him so just not a blank please

                      1. Amey
                        • 1 Year
                        4 days, 6 hours ago

                        GL
                        He's my vice with Pulisic as © so i may be joining you by tomorrow on © points 😀

            8. Corgzzzz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 days, 7 hours ago

              just backed Draw at half time Brighton win FT @11/1

              1. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 days, 6 hours ago

                I respect a man who discloses what he bet on before the outcome. But wave goodbye to that money

                1. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  4 days, 6 hours ago

                  😀

                2. Corgzzzz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 days, 6 hours ago

                  thank you.......I called a few bets this wknd on here which came in............I called yesterday game 0-0 at HT but only at 5/6

              2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                • 5 Years
                4 days, 6 hours ago

                Good luck!

              3. DF
                • 6 Years
                4 days, 6 hours ago

                Will you be able to cash out of that if you're good at half time?

                1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                  • 5 Years
                  4 days, 6 hours ago

                  Just bet on a draw at HT if you are going to do that?

                  1. DF
                    • 6 Years
                    4 days, 6 hours ago

                    I'm with Brostan on this. Bad bet. Just wondering if he can rescue his stake if Albion have something after 45.

                    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                      • 5 Years
                      4 days, 6 hours ago

                      Wut

                    2. Brosstan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      4 days, 6 hours ago

                      "rescuing his stake" at half time is moronic mate...

                2. Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 days, 6 hours ago

                  Just bet on half time then...

                  1. Corgzzzz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 days, 6 hours ago

                    The odds at 11/1 tell you its a long shot, however Brighton have beaten Man U at home three times in the last four meetings..........

                    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                      • 5 Years
                      4 days, 6 hours ago

                      It's a fair bet at fair odds mate - don't listen to Man U fans who always vastly overestimate their chances (just look at some of their score predictions further up the page as an example :lol:)

                      1. Corgzzzz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        4 days, 6 hours ago

                        Its OK, I posted pre match Man City v Burnley last week that City would win by 3 clear goals, and stuck £350 ( check my post ) I got a lot of nonsense about how tight the game would be and how good Burnley defend........5-0

              4. DF
                • 6 Years
                4 days, 6 hours ago

                How much?

            9. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 days, 7 hours ago

              Mahrez vs Foden (since restart)

              Goals: 2 vs 3
              Assists: 2 vs 0
              Mins: 216 vs 104
              Mins per Goal Attempt: 43.2 vs 26
              Mins per Chance Created: 54 vs 52
              Xg Non Penalty: 0.49 vs 0.49

              Very small sample size but if Foden is expected to get more mins he could be a better option than Mahrez. Thoughts?

              1. ritzyd
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                4 days, 6 hours ago

                Very small sample size.

              2. FOO FIGHTER
                  4 days, 6 hours ago

                  Would still go Mahrez. Reckon he will be the main man in attack with Aguero out.

                  1. Pep bites Kun
                    • 3 Years
                    4 days, 6 hours ago

                    Jesus will get the major mins over Foden in attack - no?

                • ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                  • 5 Years
                  4 days, 6 hours ago

                  Foden has been sub so has faced tireder legs?

                  1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 days, 6 hours ago

                    He was subbed on against Arsenal and he scored. He was in the starting 11 against Burnley and scored a brace.

                    1. Amey
                      • 1 Year
                      4 days, 6 hours ago

                      That goal against Arsenal was pathetic ! Hated it as a Kun non owner 😀

                • Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 days, 6 hours ago

                  Mahrez will continue to get consistently more minutes than Foden. Rather double up if you really want FOden

                  1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 days, 6 hours ago

                    I have KDB. Want to get either Foden or Mahrez for Richarlison this week.

                • Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  4 days, 6 hours ago

                  That price difference is distracting man. I just can't bring myself to sell KDB and buy foden for some reason. 😮

                  1. FOO FIGHTER
                      4 days, 6 hours ago

                      Capping KDB and seeing him on the bench your worst nightmare and bound to happen a couple of times before the season ends.

                      1. I Member
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        4 days, 6 hours ago

                        Just don't captain KDB.

                      2. Amey
                        • 1 Year
                        4 days, 6 hours ago

                        After a rest vs plum opposition can be great

                        1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          4 days, 6 hours ago

                          Yes this a good strategy have to lookout for these big hitters being rested and then put the armband on them for the next game if it's good one.

                          1. Amey
                            • 1 Year
                            4 days, 6 hours ago

                            You can hope so 🙂

                      3. Would Ed Woodward
                        • 1 Year
                        4 days, 6 hours ago

                        I wish that was my worst nightmare.

                        1. Amey
                          • 1 Year
                          4 days, 6 hours ago

                          Sanchez 😛

                    • Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      4 days, 6 hours ago

                      Can't sell KDB it will only result in red arrow I've tried it twice this season. And now he's on pens too.
                      I want get either Foden or Mahrez for Richarlison this week.

                      1. Amey
                        • 1 Year
                        4 days, 6 hours ago

                        I'm also quite afraid of selling him.
                        Maybe I'll sell Son to get Mahrej. Let's see

                  2. I Member
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 days, 6 hours ago

                    Mahrez will get more minutes and more points but the price difference is huge. Foden looks like gold to me at 5.2m.

                    1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      4 days, 6 hours ago

                      Yes I agree Foden if he starts getting more mins is going to be a bargain.

                      I'm looking to get one of them for Richarlison this week. Foden does allow me to upgrade my 8th attacker (Nketiah) to Ings/DCL when their fixtures improve from GW36 or Jimenez to Jesus if needed.
                      But not sure if that is enough of a reason for me to choose Foden over Mahrez as there could be other ways to free up funds later.

                • Garam MOSALAH
                  • 6 Years
                  4 days, 6 hours ago

                  Ings or DCL ?

                  1. DF
                    • 6 Years
                    4 days, 6 hours ago

                    Neither now
                    442 or 451 I reckon

                  2. Hakim Ziyech
                    • 1 Year
                    4 days, 5 hours ago

                    Sweet s Danny

                • Ógie
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  4 days, 6 hours ago

                  Fantastic article.

                  Noting like getting on a player early with sub 1% ownership and watching him blossom.

                  Playing aggressively like this will not always go your way but when it does you almost grow some kind of bond with the player that delivers the goods for you.

                  It also makes the game more exciting to play which is what it should be all about.

                  1. JohnnyRev7
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    4 days, 5 hours ago

                    Absolutely. Three or four seasons ago Dilva had been out for three weeks but was now fit. He was my FT in and I gave him the (c). Scored a brace and an assist and maximum bonus. 3-0 WBA if I remember correctly? Dilva personally outscored 50% of my ML rivals team scores (low scoring GW) and shot me up the rankings. But I agree, it's always a shot in the dark. But great fun when it comes off.

                • sunnyh
                  • 6 Years
                  4 days, 6 hours ago

                  Thoughts on this:

                  A) Auba + Doucoure --> Rash + Pulisic
                  B) Auba + Doucoure --> Ings + Martial
                  C) Henderson + AWB + Auba + Doucore --> Martinez + Aurier + Rash + Martial (-8)
                  D) DCL + Auba + Doucoure --> Nketiah + Rash + Mahrez (-4)

                  1. Fuddled FC
                    • 8 Years
                    4 days, 6 hours ago

                    A

                  2. Uncle Gamst
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    4 days, 6 hours ago

                    Prefer A if Pulisic is fit:

                    Lampard: "Christian Pulisic felt a bit of tightness in his calf as he came off vs Leicester. I haven't got an answer yet but we will see how it feels tomorrow.

                • RubeRx
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 days, 6 hours ago

                  Assuming LEI v CRY will be suspended, will we have another potential DGW? If so, which GW will be affected?

                  1. Fuddled FC
                    • 8 Years
                    4 days, 6 hours ago

                    I'm not sure it will be suspended

                  2. Would Ed Woodward
                    • 1 Year
                    4 days, 6 hours ago

                    Not sure that I want either of those teams players, I suppose 4 points are better than 2 though.

                  3. Uncle Gamst
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    4 days, 6 hours ago

                    ATM it sounds like it will go ahead

                  4. Major League Shocker
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    4 days, 6 hours ago

                    Would have to be GW37 with an empty midweek on the 21st-22nd.

                  5. Wolves Ay We
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 days, 6 hours ago

                    It's going ahead.

                • LewanGOALski
                  • 8 Years
                  4 days, 6 hours ago

                  A bit different approach - what do u guys think of this WC team?

                  Pope - Foster
                  Doherty - AWB - Maguire - Aurier - C.Taylor
                  Salah - KDB - Son- Pulisic - Foden
                  Jimenez - Rashford - Nketiah

                  *BB the only remain chip

                  1. Easy Cheesy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    4 days, 6 hours ago

                    When you gonna bb?

                • JohnRoss
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  4 days, 6 hours ago

                  Any tips here on what to improve guys?

                  Pope (Button)
                  TAA VVD Doc (Saiss Holgate)
                  Salah KDB Bruno Martial Foden
                  Rash DCL Nketiah

                  Thanks! 🙂

                  1. FOO FIGHTER
                      4 days, 6 hours ago

                      Looks good

                      1. JohnRoss
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        4 days, 6 hours ago

                        Cheers. Bit worried by Mahrez tbh

                        1. FOO FIGHTER
                            4 days, 6 hours ago

                            He is the City asset to own right now IMO.

                      2. Uncle Gamst
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        4 days, 6 hours ago

                        How much do you have in the bank?

                        Which chips do you have?

                        1. JohnRoss
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          4 days, 6 hours ago

                          That's my WC team for this week. Still have fh left...!

                          1. JohnRoss
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            4 days, 6 hours ago

                            Nothing in the bank...

                            1. Uncle Gamst
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              4 days, 6 hours ago

                              Looks good, would prefer better than DCL but, for the money, there isn't anyone.

                              Plenty on the bench for projected rotation and Nketiah/Foden should get some game time. They are both in my squad as differentials

                              1. JohnRoss
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 9 Years
                                4 days, 5 hours ago

                                Cheers best of luck

                    • Fuddled FC
                      • 8 Years
                      4 days, 6 hours ago

                      Really tough one for you.
                      Rank the following in order of preference ?

                      a) Bruno
                      b) Mahrez
                      c) Martial

                      1. Uncle Gamst
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        4 days, 6 hours ago

                        It is!

                        Depends on which position Martial and Bruno play.

                        Mahrez is on fire ATM but there's also Pep rotation to consider.

                        On current performance FF wise:
                        c)
                        b)
                        a)

                      2. Soto Ayam
                          4 days, 6 hours ago

                          Cba

                      3. Wolves Ay We
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        4 days, 6 hours ago

                        Doing forward planning for FH GW38. What do you think of this team?

                        Pope
                        TAA, Doherty, Aurier
                        Salah, KDB, Mahrez, Richarlison
                        Jesus, Jimenez, DCL

                        Martin, Saka, Taylor, Simpson

                        1. fr3d
                          • 2 Years
                          4 days, 6 hours ago

                          Pointless

                          1. Wolves Ay We
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            4 days, 6 hours ago

                            I don't think so

                          2. Amey
                            • 1 Year
                            4 days, 5 hours ago

                            Team or post ?
                            😉

                        2. Would Ed Woodward
                          • 1 Year
                          4 days, 6 hours ago

                          Bored?

                        3. Major League Shocker
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          4 days, 6 hours ago

                          Everton will probably be on the beach, and Bournemouth might need a win to stay up. Richarlison + DCL -> Martial + Ings (if still in contention for golden boot) for me.

                          1. Wolves Ay We
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            4 days, 6 hours ago

                            Good Point, but thought Martial may be rested after the mid-week semi-final and Bournemouth may already be down. But something to think about. Thanks.

                      4. mattyb09
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        4 days, 6 hours ago

                        Would you bench boost this next week?

                        Henderson (bur)
                        TAA (AVL), Alonso (WAT), Gomez (AVL), Maguire (BOU)
                        Salah (AVL), KDB (sou), Bruno (BOU)
                        Auba (wol), Ings ( MCI), Jimi (ARS)

                        Martinez (wol); Foden (sou), Lascelles (WHU), Hayden (WHU)

                        1. fr3d
                          • 2 Years
                          4 days, 6 hours ago

                          Yes, great bench

                          1. mattyb09
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            4 days, 6 hours ago

                            Cheers. Wouldn't go as far to say "great", but I don't see myself getting any better matchups.

                        2. DF
                          • 6 Years
                          4 days, 6 hours ago

                          Yep

                        3. Uncle Gamst
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          4 days, 6 hours ago

                          I'm considering using BB:

                          Can't see Hayden and Martinez picking up many points and depends whether Foden plays. But imagine that your bench are going to get easier fixtures. Have you checked out other remaining GWs?

                          1. mattyb09
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            4 days, 6 hours ago

                            Yes, not as enticing. I am going to wait to hit the button since the GW starts in a few days, but this is probably Newcastle's best fixture left to get pts from Lascelles and Hayden.

                        4. BOATIES FC
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          4 days, 6 hours ago

                          isnt Gomez out for the season with a foot injury? according to the mail anyway

                          1. Leo10
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            4 days, 5 hours ago

                            Matip

                            1. BOATIES FC
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              4 days, 5 hours ago

                              Yes sorry. You are right.

                        5. bench boost for every gamew…
                          • 3 Years
                          4 days, 5 hours ago

                          with that bench, good reason to do it imo. Foden good for bb this game, Newcatsle soon becomes bad run, so might as well play them now while you can hope for something. Gomez and KDB might dissapoint but that is another matter.

                      5. Nomar
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        4 days, 6 hours ago

                        Martial.

                        If I buy him this week, I pretty much know what happens next.....

                        If I don’t, though, I also know what will happen instead.

                        I hate FPL sometimes!

                        1. Brosstan
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          4 days, 6 hours ago

                          I already bought him so he will revert to Lazy Tony tonight. No worries

                        2. Uncle Gamst
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          4 days, 6 hours ago

                          Brought him in for GW32, watch him do naff all 😉

                          1. Nomar
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            4 days, 6 hours ago

                            He’s waiting for me to join the party before he crashes. He’ll haul for you guys.

                        3. FOO FIGHTER
                            4 days, 6 hours ago

                            If you buy him now, keep him. Very consistent with his points.

                          • bench boost for every gamew…
                            • 3 Years
                            4 days, 5 hours ago

                            Started last 16 league games, so what do you expect?

                        4. Hits from the Bong
                          • 1 Year
                          4 days, 6 hours ago

                          A. Play Ings
                          B. Bench Ings
                          C. Sell Ings + DCL for Rashford and Nketiah

                          1. Istanbul 05
                            • 4 Years
                            4 days, 6 hours ago

                            A

                          2. Uncle Gamst
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            4 days, 6 hours ago

                            Depends, who you have on the next for next 3?

                          3. DA Minnion
                            • 7 Years
                            4 days, 5 hours ago

                            Play always. He's in great form.

                          4. Soto Ayam
                              4 days, 5 hours ago

                              He's my captiaa

                          5. dunas_dog
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            4 days, 6 hours ago

                            If Nketiah goes up in price tonight ( quite possible as at 97% on fpl stats would scupper my plans on Jota to him and Barnes to Mahrez. Would you make Jota to Nketiah move now before Arsenal game? Can hold off Barnes to Mahrez for now as no immediate price rise/ fall

                            1. Wolves Ay We
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              4 days, 6 hours ago

                              Do it.

                              1. dunas_dog
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                4 days, 6 hours ago

                                Thanks

                            2. FOO FIGHTER
                                4 days, 6 hours ago

                                Sensible move and bank cash for your next transfer.

                                1. dunas_dog
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  4 days, 6 hours ago

                                  Cheers!

                              • bench boost for every gamew…
                                • 3 Years
                                4 days, 5 hours ago

                                i would wait for games to be ended on thursday but i see your point on price. If you do that and mahrez plays 90 vs Liverpool, wil you still be confident that this is the move you want to make now?

                                1. dunas_dog
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  4 days, 5 hours ago

                                  I don’t know but if played full 90 think I would bring in Foden if he doesn’t start City game or Pulisic if fit and bench Jota!

                                  1. bench boost for every gamew…
                                    • 3 Years
                                    4 days, 4 hours ago

                                    Mahrez played 60+ in all games and full 90 in the cup game. If he starts and gets 60+ vs Liverpool i can guarantee you he won´t start sunday. Anyway, point is at this stage of season waiting for games to be finished is even of more importance than usual as the game time itself is more indicative because of the short turnarounds which never stops.

                                    1. dunas_dog
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 4 Years
                                      4 days, 4 hours ago

                                      Thanks- sensible advice

                            3. My heart goes Salalalalah
                              • 3 Years
                              4 days, 6 hours ago

                              Holding thumbs for a Martial benching...

                              1. Amey
                                • 1 Year
                                4 days, 6 hours ago

                                I'd like that, but not happening

                              2. FOO FIGHTER
                                  4 days, 5 hours ago

                                  Ban 😀

                                • Hakim Ziyech
                                  • 1 Year
                                  4 days, 5 hours ago

                                  Your thumbs will get tired eventually

                              3. Ronnies
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                4 days, 6 hours ago

                                Is Fplstats the best for price changes ?

                                Cheers.

                              4. FOO FIGHTER
                                  4 days, 6 hours ago

                                  After this GW it is either Son to Mahrez

                                  Or

                                  Patricio to Alisson, Mane to Mahrez and Connolly to Ings/Jimenez

                                  Just depends on how the results pan out.

                                • Iceball
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 5 Years
                                  4 days, 6 hours ago

                                  All I need today is cs for DDG and AWB and blank for Rashford and Martial. Too much to ask for?

                                  1. Rolls-Royce
                                    • 6 Years
                                    4 days, 5 hours ago

                                    No, you can ask.

                                • Rolls-Royce
                                  • 6 Years
                                  4 days, 5 hours ago

                                  Going Patricio over Pope has been costly. When is he going to stop keeping clean sheets? :/

                                  1. Traction Engine Foot
                                    • 2 Years
                                    4 days, 5 hours ago

                                    Patricio keeps clean sheets too, he just seems to be averse to baps.

                                  2. el polako
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 2 Years
                                    4 days, 5 hours ago

                                    Some of us went Foster over everyone else so zip it... 😉

                                  3. DA Minnion
                                    • 7 Years
                                    4 days, 5 hours ago

                                    Got him in two weeks ago on wildcard . 19 points in two games is just lovely.

                                  4. Amey
                                    • 1 Year
                                    4 days, 5 hours ago

                                    I went for Ederson
                                    Still think he'll do me proud

                                • potatoace'scott talent
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 8 Years
                                  4 days, 5 hours ago

                                  So, what's the rumour mill saying about tonight's line up.

                                • Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  4 days, 5 hours ago

                                  Leroy Sané to Bayern Münich, here we go! As reported by @cfbayern total agreement has been reached between Bayern Münich and Manchester City. Paperworks time for the player - he’s going to sign until June 2025.

                                  1. Amey
                                    • 1 Year
                                    4 days, 5 hours ago

                                    Bayern
                                    Juventus
                                    Chelsea

                                    These clubs makes signings without any fuss !!
                                    And if it's related to United. Bloody hell. All drama 😀

                                    1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 4 Years
                                      4 days, 5 hours ago

                                      Seriously man!
                                      I don't why all our transfers take so much time.

                                      1. Amey
                                        • 1 Year
                                        4 days, 5 hours ago

                                        Stupid people dealing maybe 😀

                                        I mean do you remember any transfer made by Ed Woodward without any knowledge of press(in press for 2 month's i mean)

                                        Also, paying over the odds. At least we're improving now. AWB James Bruno Ighalo all good deals.

                                        Slabhead was pathetic but i guess we needed him.

                                        This whole system needs a revamp though

                                        1. thegame983
                                          • 3 Years
                                          4 days, 5 hours ago

                                          Agents can see that rube Woodward coming a mile away.

                                          They milk him for every drop of sweet milk that his teet are capable of producing before allowing signage.

                                • DA Minnion
                                  • 7 Years
                                  4 days, 5 hours ago

                                  Looking forward to see if Martial can back up his last games heroics.Doesn't usually so could this be the new norm.

                                • Hakim Ziyech
                                  • 1 Year
                                  4 days, 5 hours ago

                                  Brighton 1 vs 5 Man utd. Let’s go!

                                • Brosstan
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 5 Years
                                  4 days, 5 hours ago

                                  Reminder Martial lives near the stadium so might not be spotted with the team before the game