Spot the Differential

Rested Silva could be excellent City differential in FPL Gameweek 36+

Michail Antonio’s (£7.0m) 26 points in Gameweek 35+ may be one of the best Fantasy Premier League differential hauls ever.

We first alerted readers of this column to his ‘out of position’ potential back in February, when he was owned by just 0.7% of FPL managers, and again last week.

If you missed Saturday’s haul, it isn’t too late to invest either – he’s still owned by just 3.0% of squads, with a schedule that suggests further attacking returns may be on the way.

However, it wasn’t just Antonio who delivered in Gameweek 35+.

Recent column favourites Gabriel Jesus (£9.8m), Oliver McBurnie (£5.5m) and Ismaïla Sarr (£6.0m) all registered attacking returns at the weekend, confirming there is still time to find some effective differentials for the run-in.

This time, we focus on three low-owned picks who we like the look of for Gameweek 36+ and beyond, all of whom have an ownership of 5% or less.

Jay Rodriguez

  • FPL ownership: 0.6%
  • Price: £5.7m
  • GW36+ – 38+ fixtures: WOL | nor | BHA

Jay Rodriguez (£5.7m) now has nine goal contributions in 14 starts in 2020.

The Burnley-born forward has deputised brilliantly for the injured Ashley Barnes (£6.1m), and is a major reason why the Clarets sit an impressive 19 points above the relegation zone and just nine off of fourth place.

One of Rodriguez’s best attributes is his clever movement and ability to drop off the front, but whilst his average position tends to be a bit deeper than that of his strike partner, his goal threat since the restart can’t be matched at Turf Moor.

Amongst teammates, Rodriguez leads the way for shots and shots in the box, and although he isn’t a huge creator, his two assists this year, against Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield United, have helped earn valuable points.

During the 30-year-old’s run of starts, Burnley have only lost once, to Manchester City, winning six and drawing five.

In fact, they’ve lost just one of their last 13 Premier League games and are now unbeaten in five. Only Manchester United (11) are on a longer current unbeaten run.

With games against Norwich City and Brighton and Hove Albion, who rank 18th and 19th respectively for expected goals conceded since the restart, to see out the season, Rodriguez has an opportunity to finish strongly and stake a claim for a regular starting spot ahead of the next campaign.

David Silva

De Bruyne and Foden unlucky as Silva and Sterling score big for Man City
  • FPL ownership: 4.8%
  • Price: £7.3m
  • GW36+ – 38+ fixtures: BOU | wat | NOR

David Silva (£7.3m) will depart Manchester at the end of the season as a club and Premier League legend.

Despite this, the 34-year-old shows no sign of slowing down, having produced a midfield masterclass in Manchester City’s recent 5-0 home win over Newcastle United, where he registered his biggest points haul (17) of the season so far.

Since the restart, and bearing in mind he’s been limited to just four starts, Silva has had more opposition half touches than any other teammate. He also sits top for successful passes in the final third, and second for chances created and big chances created behind you know who.

Minutes is always a concern for City’s outfield players, but having logged less than half an hour off the bench in his last outing at Brighton, the Spanish playmaker’s chances of a start against Bournemouth on Wednesday night look good.

He also looks certain to make the starting XI in Gameweek 38+, in what will be his final match at the Etihad Stadium.

A key figure in City’s recent success, and arguably their greatest player of all time, Silva is one of the most creative, technically gifted midfielders the Premier League has ever seen, and could be a potent differential for those looking to make a late surge up the rankings.

James Ward-Prowse

  • FPL ownership: 1.6%
  • Price: £5.7m
  • GW36+ – 38+ fixtures: BHA | bou | SHU

Saints’ new skipper, James Ward-Prowse (£5.7m), has been one of the heroes of their season so far.

The 25-year-old has started every league game this term, highlighting his importance to the side, and scored his fifth goal of the season against Watford in Gameweek 32+, beating Ben Foster (£4.9m) with one of his trademark free-kicks that curled into the top corner.

His ability from dead-ball situations is key to his FPL appeal.

Since the restart, he’s taken 26 of Southampton’s 27 corners, whilst no player has scored more than his five direct free-kick goals since the start of the 2017-18 season.

He may also be on penalties too, despite missing from the spot in last week’s 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.

In his six appearances since Gameweek 30+, Ward-Prowse ranks first amongst teammates for opposition half touches, successful passes in the opponents’ half and crosses.

He’s created nine chances and has now registered 14 shots. That’s just one behind Danny Ings (£7.5m), whilst they’re tied on big chances, with three apiece.

Ward-Prowse is one of Southampton’s most important players, and now settled in a central role where he can dictate play and have a bigger influence on games, could be an effective mid-price differential for the run-in.


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973 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Who is more likely to start this week?

    a) Dilva

    b) Sterling

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      a)

    2. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      A for sure

    3. JBG
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      A

    4. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      A

    5. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      A

    6. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      a

    7. HUATSHOOTER
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      A for sure but B too!

    8. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      B, renowned recovery & fitness levels, wants another hatrick ala interview

  2. Rinseboy
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    KDB my only City attacker.

    A - Play KDB no hits
    B - take a hit for KDB to Dilva or Foden?
    C - take a hit for Vardy to Jesus

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      i think you need at least 2 because they could run riot. I'd go C).

  3. Bobby_Baggio
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    If alonso is starting would you go with Azpi and Alonso (Willian is my other Che)

    1. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      just 1

    2. Free Hat
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Rather willie puli and one def

      1. Bobby_Baggio
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        My mid is packed with people i like

        Sterling - DSilva - Bruno - Antonio - Willian

        1. Free Hat
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Yeah, I know the dilemma. If they both start and no room for mids then Id def would pick Azpi and Alonso.

  4. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Why no mourinho presser today?

    Need an update on auriers availability

    1. HUATSHOOTER
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Aurier wont play.

    2. Free Hat
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Would amaze me if he plays. Cant imagine his mind is set on football now

  5. Invincibles
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    A) Sterling Antonio Jesus
    B) Dilva Foden Giroud

    1. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      A

    2. bravery_d
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      B

    3. Free Hat
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      For sure starters and bit more differential I like B

    4. Saro0808
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      A is super strong.
      but i dont think sterling would start.so its "b"

  6. Aaa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Which is better here:

    A - Saint M and Vardy -> D Silva and Ings (-4)

    B - Saint M -> Foden (free)

    C - Roll the transfer to sort BB for 37

    Pope (Button)
    Doherty/Azpi/Mendy (Taylor/Lasc)
    Mane/Fernandes/KDB/Pulisic
    Rashford/Greenwood

    If Alonso starts tempted with Mendy -> Alonso and Mane -> Sterling for -4

  7. Dynamic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Who is better for one-week only?

    A) DSilva (BOU)
    B) Foden (BOU)

    1. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      A

    2. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I actually think Foden for some reason is best punt this week. Dsilva close second though probably. I think Pep will still want to use silva in the cup game more than foden who I think will get 90'

    3. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      B

    4. Free Hat
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I would like both. So coin toss really.

      1. Forgetmeknot
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Yeh I am taking both on my FH this week even with all the other options in mid available.

        1. Free Hat
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Same here

  8. Pickle juice
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    bench one

    A.giroud
    b. ings
    c. jesus
    d. Bruno
    e. Foden
    f. Dsilva

    1st to 5 wins

    thanks

    1. Shanksthered
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Foden

      1. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Lol

      2. DandyDon
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 9 days ago

        lol see post above. can I say bruno!? I wouldn't do that though as its been costing me for weeks not having him! Probably jesus as I think he is more important to pep being his only striker fit and he won't get many minutes in this game

        1. Pickle juice
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          do you think sterling will get more minutes than jesus

  9. Cahill
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    someone told me kane is due! are they winding me up? havent seen any spurs games

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Kane looks awful but he could get 2 pens like Deeney

    2. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      no but the postman always delivers eventually. Spurs lucky win against Arsenal may spur them on

  10. Shanksthered
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    FH team, G2G?

    Pope
    Azpi/Maguire/AWB
    Dilva/Sterling/Salah/Pulisic/Fernandes
    Giroud/Jesus

    Subs : martinez/Stevens/Holgate/connoly

    Hoping for a Man Utd CS!

    thoughts?

    1. Saro0808
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      sterling myt be rested.he played 90 mins.
      otherwise the team looks solid.

      1. Shanksthered
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        cheers mate, i think so too.

        i dont think KDB will play either.

        here we go again at the Pep's Roulette table!

        1. Saro0808
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          he will play for 60 mins and will be rested for the arsenal game (fa cup) or else he can come off as a sub play for 20-25mins get a brace.

  11. Ronnies
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    DDG
    TAA - Doherty - Taylor
    Salah -:KDB - Bruno - Pulisic
    Vardy - Jimenez- Greenwood

    Button, kiko, Lascelles, Guendouzi

    Both are for minus 4, which is better option

    A) Guendouzi to Foden
    B) Jimenez to Jesus

    Thanks guys.

  12. Saro0808
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    keen on getting jesus? who do i drop. can do -4.
    my current team
    lloris
    holgate awb aurier
    kdb sterling(c) martial foden
    vardy auba rashford
    bench: reina baldock basham d.luiz
    bank - 0.3m
    chips left - free hit and bench boost (when to use them)
    any other suggestion.

    1. Shanksthered
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Aurier is sitting out,

      KDB & Sterling is a gamble,

      No Chelsea cover - probably FH would be a good idea.

      If not, auba > Jesus + kdb/sterling for Dilva

  13. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Pulisic (C) a trap?

    1. HUATSHOOTER
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Hmm i dont think a trap but really i feel it shld be smth like 1-0?

      1. HUATSHOOTER
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        haha spot on 1-0

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I don't think he's better than Fernandes or Martial.

      Would rather captain one of them against a Palace team who DGAF and are already on the beach. But I'm going to roll the dice on City.

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        which city player you going for?

    3. Invincibles
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      No I think it’s a great move

  14. gers23
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Anybody keeping Auba?

    1. Saro0808
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Me, last two gameweek is must for him.he is the closest one to vardy for golden boot.he my score against Liverpool from a penalty too but I don't arsenal would win.

      1. gers23
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Interesting mate thanks

  15. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Who would rather have thiss week?

    A)Son or

    B)KDB

    Need to decide who to sell

    1. JT11fc
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      B

    2. gers23
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Son i think

  16. ryacoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Any changes on FH?

    Ederson
    TAA Doh Azpi
    Salah Bruno Martial Puli (C) Foden
    Jesus Ings

    1. Pickle juice
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      if you free hitting ,,,,,,would get dsilva and maybe another Chelsea attacking in (giroud/willian)

      1. Invincibles
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Should I do KDB > Silva? Chasing and on FH

        1. ryacoo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          I prefer Foden to Dilva personally but good move either way I think

    2. gers23
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      great team

  17. bravery_d
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Chasing leader by just 7 points.

    Leader has sterling, KDB and Foden

    1FT 0.6ITB

    Would you:

    Salah -> Sterling/Dilva
    or
    KDB - > Dilva (not enough ITB to go to Sterling)
    or
    both for -4

    McCarthy
    Azp / AWB / Doherty
    Fernandes / Salah / KDB / Foden / Pulisic
    Rashford Ings

    (Hendo / TAA / Gayle / Soy)

    Cheers!

  18. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Bottomed

    Pope
    TAA AWB Saiss
    Salah(c) KDB Fernandes Foden
    Greenwood Ings Vardy

    Henderson Mahrez Lascelles Lundstram

    0FT, 0.0itb

    Is this GtG ??

    Thanks

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      GTG

  19. Pickle juice
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    bench two :

    a.TAA
    b. Robbo
    c. digne
    d. Alonso
    e. bertrand/bendarek/KWP

    Thanks

    1. Free Hat
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Robbo and south

  20. wilson007
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Pope
    TAA Doc AWB
    Sterling KDB Foden Pulisic (B)runo
    Vardy Greenwood

    Martin Jimenez Kilman Simpson

    G2G?
    Right captain?
    Correct to bench Jimenez?

    Thanks all.

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      G2G, safe captain choice and probably yes

    2. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I’d bench Greenwood
      I’d captain sterling

      But your choices are perfectly reasonable

    3. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      looks good.

    4. wilson007
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Thanks all 🙂 best of luck for the week!

  21. Kiwivillan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Keep or sell Salah

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      keep

    2. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Keep

    3. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      got to feel like a Liverpool performance is due. Arsenal are making so many errors i expect Liverpool to score 3.

  22. Tonyawesome69
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Who will score the most the GW
    a. Foden
    b. D Silva

    Start 1
    1. Greenwood
    2. Jimenez

    1. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      A and 2

    2. The Man Pastore
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      A1

  23. No Professionals
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    keep getting bottomed (yikes).

    Pope
    TAA Saiss Taylor
    Salah KDB Fernandes Mahrez
    Vardy Jimenez Greenwood

    McCarthy Saka Egan Tanganga
    1.6m ITB

    A) Salah and Mahrez to Sterling and Pulisic (-4)
    B) Vardy and Mahrez to Giroud and Sterling (-4)
    C) Vardy and Mahrez to Jesus and Pulisic (-4)

    C) feels the safest, but siding with B)?

    Any advice? Chasing 50pts in bragging rights league, top of 2 money leagues.

  24. gers23
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    If leading mini league and rival has Azpi,would it be stupid to go Alonso over him or just get Azpi?

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Just get Azpi

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Wait until Rockstar gives the lineup.

      1. gers23
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        And if both start would you go Alonso?

  25. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Thinking of just putting the armband on Mo?

    Foden, Pulisic, KDB, Salah, Fernandes
    Greenwood, Vardy, Jesus

    1. gers23
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Yeah think that will be a very open game.

  26. Tinmen
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Which move is best folks?

    A) Mane and Mahrez to Dilva and Puli

    B) Mahrez and Vardy to Puli and Jesus

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      B

  27. Taegugk Warrior
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    D. Luiz + Jimenez to D.Silva + Giroud for -4 hit...?

    1. gers23
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Not a fan of hits,but that looks a good one lol

      1. Taegugk Warrior
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I can afford D.Luiz to Foden without a hit actually

  28. kysersosa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Anyone see the Brandon Williams injury? Was it a clash of heads, elbow, boot? Only reason im asking is trying to determine if concussion protocols will be applied.

    1. Free Hat
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Didnt give it in replay where I watched it

    2. JBG
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Clash of heads, think Williams was bleeding from the side of his head.

  29. HUATSHOOTER
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Pope
    Vvd doherty awb
    Dsilva sterling(C) pulisic bruno
    Calvert jimmy rash

    Subs: button aurier saka lascelles

    Gtg? Or shld i also do calvert to ings/jesus?

  30. rnrd
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    It’s funny to see how obsessed we are about who is starting for MCI although main hauls generally happen during the last 30 min of city games