Spot the Differential

Promising Raphinha can exploit Digne absence as Leeds visit Everton

The Gameweek 10 deadline is now upon us which gives us the opportunity to have a look at some other differential options.

This time, we’ve got routes into Manchester City and Leeds United’s attacks, plus Manchester United’s defence.

As always, to qualify, the player must have an ownership of 5% or less at the time of writing.

Raphinha

  • FPL ownership: 0.1%
  • Price: £5.4m
  • GW10-14 fixtures: eve | che | WHU | NEW | mun

Raphinha (£5.4m) has had to be patient since his deadline day move from Rennes, but finally made his first start against Arsenal last time out.

Operating on the right of Leeds United’s 4-1-4-1 setup, the Brazilian looked lively throughout. 

Though he lacked an end product, he showed his quality in flashes and provided some eye-catching moments, producing four shots, four penalty area touches and the highest expected assist (xA) total of any player on the pitch. It was an impressive full debut for the 23-year-old who saw out the full 90 minutes and almost capped the day with a late winner.

His performances in France certainly suggest he can thrive in England, as he helped Rennes to qualify for the Champions League last season, contributing a combined eight goals and assists in 22 Ligue 1 appearances. 

Whites head coach Marcelo Bielsa will know, of course, that he may be able to target Everton’s left-flank this weekend, knowing that Lucas Digne (£6.2m) will sit out after suffering an ankle ligament injury in training. That could mean the inexperienced Niels Nkounkou (£4.0m) steps into a defence which has now conceded two or more goals in six straight Premier League matches, which further boosts Raphinha’s appeal. 

Leeds could count themselves highly unlucky not to have scored against Arsenal last weekend, but will take encouragement from their performance. The signs are good though, and Raphinha should only get better as he settles into his new surroundings.

Raheem Sterling

  • FPL ownership: 4.7%
  • Price: £11.5m
  • GW10-14 fixtures: BUR | FUL | mun | WBA | sou

England forward Raheem Sterling (£11.5m) has gone from strength-to-strength during his time at Manchester City, netting 31, 25 and 23 goals in his last three seasons.

He is yet to hit those heights this term, but has enjoyed a reasonably productive start, scoring five times in all competitions despite the Citizens’ well documented troubles in front of goal.

Against Olympiakos on Wednesday night, Pep Guardiola made several tactical tweaks in an attempt to rejuvenate his faltering attack. The wingers, who played on their stronger footed sides, were positioned closer to Gabriel Jesus (£9.3m) with the full-backs providing the width. It resulted in them looking sharper than they have done in weeks, with Sterling providing the assist for Phil Foden’s (£6.5m) winner. 

We’ve seen the wingers playing on their natural sides in Europe on a couple of occasions now, is the Premier League next?

Saturday’s opponents Burnley were dealt a huge blow earlier this week with the news that influential keeper Nick Pope (£5.4m) looks set to miss out. With home games against Fulham and West Bromwich Albion to follow, either side of the Manchester derby, City now have the opportunity to kick start their season, and if they are to find that rhythm their assets have the potential to rack up huge individual hauls.

Sterling is an intriguing differential ahead of City’s fixture swing, and is perhaps an overlooked pick for the armband in Gameweek 10.

Alex Telles

  • FPL ownership: 1.6%
  • Price: £5.5m
  • GW10-14 fixtures: sou | whu | MCI | shu | LEE

After making his first Premier League start against West Bromwich Albion last weekend, Alex Telles (£5.5m) is at long last ready to make his debut in this column.

The Brazilian completed his move from Porto to Manchester United in the summer, but has had a stop-start beginning to his Old Trafford career after testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) last month.

However, the 27-year-old has now started back-to-back matches for his new club and impressed in both, particularly with his delivery from wide areas. Against the Baggies, Telles served up seven crosses in total, which was more than any other player on the pitch. He also had the second highest number of touches in the final third and registered two shots, which are encouraging numbers. 

He then built on that performance against Istanbul Basaksehir in midweek, which is where he really caught the eye. One of the standout performers on the night, Telles created four goalscoring chances and was instrumental in The Red Devils first two goals.

In the absence of Luke Shaw (£4.8m), Telles is expected to get an extended run in the starting XI, and could become a major asset down United’s left-flank. Given how focused they are down that side, he has the potential to be one of the best defensive assets in the game, and could be a huge differential for those willing to invest early.

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1,464 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rinseboy
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Good luck all!

    How she looking for the weekend GTG?

    Martinez
    Robbo Chilwell Dias
    Son Grealish Bruno Ziyech Jota
    Vardy (c) DCL (vc)
    Brewster Mitchell Lamptey

    1. Maddamotha
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Thicc

    2. gunner79
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Jota will play half the game. No SALAH

  2. Gunner Boy
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Kane + Zaha > Wilson + KDB (-4)

    Yes or No?

    Already have Son

    1. Rinseboy
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Not sure I like Wilson. Have you got Bamford?

      1. Gunner Boy
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Don’t have Bamford.

        But I like Wilson’s fixtures more.

    2. The Alli Way
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      No, if you don't have Vardy you could do Kane > Vardy free instead

      1. Rinseboy
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        this too

      2. Gunner Boy
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Already Have Vardy.

    3. Szczajuszka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Bamford a better option with Digne out?

    4. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I hate Wilson

  3. The Alli Way
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Kane > Vardy (C) for a -4? Have Son, currently on Bruno (C)

    1. Rinseboy
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I would think its worth over next 4 or 5 games if you captain Vardy in some

    2. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Not for -4

  4. n-doggg
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Son to Kdb for free

    Yay or nay?

    1. Rinseboy
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      for free I would do it if KDB captain. Upside is big this week

      1. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        And for a -4?

        Alternative is no KDB this GW...

  5. faux_C
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Wilson to Bamford, or no?

    1. faux_C
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      (got 2 FTs and need to use one!)

      1. Rinseboy
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        rest of team?

        1. faux_C
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          McCarthy, Martinez
          Ayling, Robertson, Bellerin, Chilwell, Masuaku
          Salah, Mane, Son, Grealish, Soucek
          Wilson, DCL, Brewster

    2. Rinseboy
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Wilson is back now so may as well keep

    3. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I have both I guess at least keep Wilson for this GW

    4. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Yes. Wilson to anyone is a yes from me

  6. Rhodes your boat
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Start Mitchell or kwp?

    1. tim
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Starting Mitchell w KWP first on bench

  7. Marty McFly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    My plan for this weekend had always been Bruno > Salah but I’ve now got Digne and Zaha out injured. Which of these do you like:

    A) Zaha > Jota, play Kilman (ars)
    B) Zaha + Digne > Jota + Laporte (-4pts)
    C) B plus Bruno > Salah (-8pts)
    C)

    1. NETFLIX & CHILWELL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      A.

      Arsenal haven't scored in a while and Wolves' defence looks pretty solid.

    2. Kannbury
        1 month, 20 days ago

        B.

    3. El Copo
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Zaha to Jota for free? Also thinking about Wilson to Bamford, but don't want to both for a -4.

    4. Return of the FF
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Thoughts gang?

      Mccarthy
      Chilwell KWP Dallas
      Bruno Grealish Zaha Ziyech
      Bamford DCL Kane

      1 FT, 5.2 itb.

      1. Zaha to Salah? Only just sold him so feel a little silly...
      2. Or Zaha to Jota which leaves space for KdB / Sterling next week.
      3. Worth a -4 to get Vardy in?
      4. Captain Bruno?

    5. Kingtekkerz
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Which one do you prefer?
      A) Zaha—> Jota
      B) Zaha, Son—> KDB, Jota (-4)
      C) Zaha, Kane—>Jota, Vardy (-4)

      1. insertcomedyname
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Probably A, B, C in order of preference

      2. NETFLIX & CHILWELL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        A

    6. Moves Like Agger
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Any thoughts on this WC team?
      Trying to get in as many decent captaincy options as I can so defence is a bit light.

      McCarth
      James, Masuaku, Targett
      Salah, KDB, Bruno, Jota
      Vardy, DCL, Adams
      Button, Lewis, Riedewald, Douglas

      0.3 in the bank to get Antonio for Adams once he's fit

      1. n-doggg
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Nice. Adams is gold if you ask me. Had him all season

        1. Moves Like Agger
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Yeah I got him in a couple of weeks ago as a punt before the wildcard but his form made it too hard to sell.

    7. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Kdb or sterling?

      1. tim
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        I have Sterling, gut feeling.

      2. insertcomedyname
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        KdB

      3. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        KDB but if chasing, like I am doing, Sterling.

      4. Big Hands Barry
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Kdb. Both are differentials which is madness

      5. lespaul
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        KDB but only because of penalties

      6. Moves Like Agger
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Pens is a decent tie breaker here I reckon. KDB

    8. BENOIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Who is the priority transfer this week?

      KDB, Sterling or Vardy?

      1. insertcomedyname
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        City coverage

      2. tim
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Vardy for me. Have Sterling too.

      3. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Vardy

      4. n-doggg
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        City

      5. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        no one knows but i have gone for Sterling

    9. TyroneGAA
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Mc carthy

      Justin konsa cancelo

      Kdb Bruno grealish Barnes

      Vardy(c) dcl Kane

      This a 80pts team plus game week .. I hope

    10. lugs
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      really need City to deliver, on a -8 for this week, i did
      Havertz, Kenny Killman out
      Cancelo, Torres, Dias in

      plan is to rotate my premium defenders depending on fixtures, so Chilwell misses out this week which could backfire, but might work too 🙂

      Martinez
      Cancelo, Dias, Bellerin
      Bruno, Rashford, Son, Torres, Grealish
      Kane, Dcl(c)

      Forster, Brewster, Chilwell, lamptey

    11. insertcomedyname
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      A) Kane and Jota (3-4-3)
      B) Wilson/Antonio and KdB (3-4-3)
      C) KdB and Jota (3-5-2)

      Ta

    12. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Lets goooo, good luck guys, feels with a spread of premiums its set to be an interest week with point swings and vairance

      McCarthy
      Lewis Dias Chilwell
      Sterling KDB Ziyech Grealish
      Bamford DCL Vardy(c)

      Forster, Soucek Coufal Targett

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Good luck!

    13. Bennyboy1907
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Captain :
        A) Kane to Vardy -4
        B) Bruno
        C) KDB

        1. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Hmm, I think B

        2. Thewonderfulgame
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          A

        3. In a Rush
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          B or C for me would probably go kdb if I owned him

      • waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Help would be appreciated, please 🙂
        A) Kane and Grealish - Vardy and KDB (-4)
        B) Kane and Bissouma - Watkins and KDB (-4)
        C) Kane - Vardy

        McCarthy
        Chilwell James Ayling
        Mane Bruno Grealish Soucek
        Kane DCL Bamford
        (Button Bissouma CTaylor Mitchell)

      • In a Rush
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        How am looking here please?
        0ft 1.5itb

        Martinez
        Kilman Zouma Cancelo
        Salah(c) Grealish Ziyech eze bruno
        Dcl(v) Kane

        Button Brewster kwp Lamptey

        Anything worth a hit? Cheers all good luck

        1. NETFLIX & CHILWELL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Looks good!

          Only take a hit to do Kane > Vardy if you Captain him this week.

          You have Salah though, which is already a good captain pick.

          1. In a Rush
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Cheers I have contemplated that for a hit but it feels too risky removing Kane at the moment for me. He loves a London derby

      • Jimbo-Jones
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Would you do Son to Salah for -4?
        Would mean downgrading Konsa/KWP to fodder...

        McCarthy
        Chilwell Justin Konsa
        Son KDB Bruno Grealish Soucek
        Werner DCL

        Brewster KWP Mitchell

        1ft, 2.6itb.

      • DagheMunegu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 20 days ago

        TAA Ziyech Kane to Coufal KDB Vardy -8 ?
        Yes or no ?

      • n-doggg
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Captain

        A. Mane (bha)
        B. Kdb (BUR)
        C. Bruno (sou)

      • Olee
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        WC G2G?
        McCarthy
        Chillwell-Telles-Cancelo
        Salah-KDB(c)-Bruno-Grealish
        DCL-Watkins-Bamford

        Forster-Targett-Bissouma-Kilman
        0.5ITB

        1. Big Hands Barry
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          10/10

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Do something Sterling

        1. Bavarian
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          He will do nothing 🙂

        2. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Moving nicely against the Dollar

        3. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          yeah I am hoping for atleast two goals

      • maditass
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Current team is like this:

        Martinez -
        Robbo - Chillwell - Cresswell - Dunne - Braithwaite
        Salah - Son - Grealish - Bissouma - Ziyech
        Kane - DCL - Bamford

        I really want jota in and i might fall into the penalty united force, but to do that i need to take a hit.

        Son, Martinez and Grealish to Jota, Mccarthy and Fernandes.

        But the big question is if this is worth it or not for a -4 and as so many people has grealish (and he can be randomly explosive) in reluctant to remove him and i kinda hate the penalty bonanza that united are dependant on (liverpool supporter ftw)
        I have 2 FT and 0.8 itb

      • The Red Devil
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Guaita
        Robertson kilman zouma
        Son Fernandes Ziyech grealish
        Watkins DCL Vardy

        Nyland Taylor burke dunne
        0 FT 3.8 ITB

        Which one

        A- son to kdb (-4)
        B- Ziyech to kdb (-4)
        C- None

      • Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Nice article AVFC, best of luck to everyone this GW.

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Good luck mate

        2. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Thanks mate, Raphinha is definitely punty, but that is what this column is all about. GL!

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Must be tough to find options under 5% every week. Can't believe Sterling is so low though.

      • Babit1967
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Gtg ?

        Mendy

        James Zouma Bellerín Dias

        Sterling Son Bruno Hamez

        Vardy (C) DCL

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Very nice team - good luck but you are willing Son to blank there

          1. Babit1967
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Yes, definitely need a Son blank

      • Bavarian
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        G2G?
        Martinez
        Robertson-Kilman-Coufal
        Son-KDB-Grealish-Jota
        Kane-Vardy(c)-DCL

        Steer-Mitchell-Bissouma-C.Taylor
        0.4itb