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. JelliedSpark968
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 9 days ago

    I'm stuck. Really want Vardy, what would you do?

    Meslier/Steer
    Chilwell/KWP/Justin/Coufal/Mitchell
    Salah/Sterling/Son/Soucek/Bissouma
    Kane/DCL?Maupay

    2FT, 0.7ITB

    Currently thinking Sterling + Maupay > Ziyech + Vardy

    1. Dave Dreamer
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Kane > Vardy???

      1. JelliedSpark968
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 9 days ago

        I'm actually considering captaining Kane, I prefer him to Son. Was thinking maybe Son > Walcott to fund Vardy

    2. Chris_H
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Surely one of the Spurs players is best, how much for a mid if you sell Son+Maupay?

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

      Kane ain't scoring this weekend

  2. DK_13
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Who scored more over the next 2?
    A) bruno
    B) sterling

    1. Dave Dreamer
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      KDB IMO

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Is he A or B?

        1. DK_13
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Lol. This. I only need help between these 2. I already have KDB

          1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            It's like phoning Directory Enquiries asking for Pizza Hut's telephone number, and them giving you McDonald's number instead.

    2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Sterling - I'm a Bruno owner.

  3. Dave Dreamer
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    99th wildcard team

    Mendy
    Bellerin, Diaz, Cancelo
    Jota, Bruno, Son, Salah
    DCL, Vardy, Wilson

    Bench: Kilman, Taylor, Bissouma

    1. Decent Bench
    2. Vardy > Aguerro, option next week
    3. No Robertson

    1. cruzex
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      no kdb?

      1. Dave Dreamer
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        I could do Salah > KDB or Vardy> KDB or go for Foden?

        1. NETFLIX & CHILWELL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Don't go for Foden.

          It is an emotional roller coaster owning him. Stick with someone like Jota.

    2. HugoSimpson2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Bruno > KDB and downgrade 1 defender.

      1. HugoSimpson2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 9 days ago

        I'm actually WC this week too and my team is

        McCarthy
        Zouma Justin Balbuena (Kilman Taylor)
        Grealish KDB Salah Son (Bissouma)
        DCL Vardy Bamford

  4. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Good to go?

    McCarthy
    Chilwell, Cresswell, Regulion
    James Rod, Bruno, Son, KDB
    Bamford, Vardy C, DCL

    Meslier, Kilman, Romeu, Struijk

  5. Klaren
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Has Bernard ever played LWB?

    I'm trying to assess what options Carlo has in that position other than Nkounkou.

    1. @FPLMason
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Don't believe he has the capabilities to defend at that high of a level tbh.

    2. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I suppose Delph could play there

  6. DagheMunegu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Litterally bottomed

    Who score more ?

    A: Ziyech Kane +8
    B: KDB Vardy
    C: Salah Jesus

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

      A is off to good start

    2. Jordan.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      B cos i imagine one would be (c)

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

      A looks good with the +8
      B & C look like extremely tempting moves

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

    Zaha to?

    A Maddison

    B Mahrez

    C Take the fall

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

      Neither of those 2 - must be better options even if involves a hit

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

        I maybe have better option, this is 4/5 mid.

    2. Calculated Risks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      C

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

    How crazy is this move?

    Zaha, Maupay, Kane -> KDB, Bamford, Wilson for a -8

    1. cruzex
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      No vardy?

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

        I want to make longer term moves - Vardy is basically a 1 to 2 week punt.

        I can’t keep lurching from 1 GW to the next

        1. tafrère
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Brighton and Everton at home bad fixtures ?

    2. Calculated Risks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Looking at it over a few weeks not so bad. Can't you do maupay to bamford and the others for a minus 4 next week? If kdb doesn't fire you and kane does you could regret it

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

        Zaha is out though

        1. Calculated Risks
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Depends what your bench is like then...if you don't want to go zaha to jota and want big boy kdb in then go for it

    3. Jordan.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      ok here

  9. cnewman7
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Bottomed.

    RMWCT

    Martinez
    Cancelo Dias Justin
    KDB Salah Grealish Jota
    Bamford DCL Vardy

    1. cnewman7
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      bench Steer Soucek James Dallas

      1. Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Looks good, double City in the easy games and can ship James in when feels like it, will be good over Christmas

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

      Nice 11 but who are the subs? No Chilwell though?

  10. Bubbles1985
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Is it worth getting rid of both Zaha and Barkley for a hit?

    Am thinking for Jota and Soucek

    1. Calculated Risks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Depends who your bench is but jota and soucek are good picks. I'm doing barkley to soucek myself (and jimi to vardy -4)

      1. Bubbles1985
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        I done Jimi to Vardy last week for -4...

        Bench is currently -
        Lamptey, Brewster, Ayling

        1. Calculated Risks
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Aye its worth it then I reckon. In same boat myself with Lamptey benched...such a shame cos he had a good game in all fairness

  11. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Will Jota be another Foden story...good at times but too much worries about lineup and 1 pointers?

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      He'll probably be better than him but yes

    2. @FPLMason
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      He should be a tad better imho.

    3. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I don't think so. I think Jota will feature quite a lot. He isn't much worse than Salah, Mane or Firmino imho.

    4. NETFLIX & CHILWELL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      He'll feature more than Foden.

      And will probably return more than Foden.

    5. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      He can play anywhere in that front 3; my hope is he features more often than not.

    6. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Similar logic: i.e. budget way into one of the best attacking teams (in theory with Man City anyway) that has good prospects of delivering returns when they start. It's up to you to value the expected value of that combined with the cameo appearances vs. a more nailed but potentially lower upside player at a similar price point.

      Personally Jota looks better value than Foden in terms of likelihood of starting (much less competition in terms of players and the formation can be changed to fit Jota, Firmino, Salah, Mane in as we saw with Sheff Utd + Man City) and underlying form/ability (mins per xGI of 136 vs. 268 for Foden).

      That being said this week I wouldn't be surprised to see Jota benched and get a 1 point cameo and Foden to start and get a brace as this is FPL we are talking about (and one has had huge transfers in and the other has had transfers out)!

  12. iL PiStOlErO
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Saving ft but other then that GTG?

    Mendy
    Cancelo Justin KWP
    Bruno SterlingC) Son Grealish
    Kane DCL Watkins(vc)

    Steer Taylor Romeu Mitchell

    0.2 itb, 1ft

  13. Jordan.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    A zaha to jota
    B jiminez to bamford
    C both -4+3.0 coins
    D zaha to son ,jiminez to bamford -4 0.0 itb
    E do nowt,bench zaha and 2 f/t next gw

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

      D

      1. Jordan.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        ta

  14. tabby98
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Mccarthy
    Chilwell, Reece James, Justin
    Salah, Son, Ziyech, Grealish
    Kane, DCL, Bamford

    Bench: 1. Nyland 2. Mitchell. 3. KWP. 3. Stephens

    GTG?

    Should I do Kane ---> Vardy (C)

  15. Cto
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Thoughts on Mahrez chances of starting?

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

      Waiting presser 1.30

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

      50%

  16. Kane Lane
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Pick one for Zaha

    First to 3 wins.

    A) Jota

    B) Barnes

    C) Torres

    Thanks

    1. @FPLMason
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      A should win with comfort.

    2. NETFLIX & CHILWELL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      A

  17. Garlana
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    FPL Doctors I feel I need some surgery!!

    Martinez
    Cancelo, James, robbo
    Ziyech, son, grealish, sterling
    Kane, bamford, Jimi

    Bissouma, Mitchel*, lamptey**
    0.6itb, 0ft

    I basically have no bench, and my starting defenders aren't exactly nailed. Still have Jimi and have no pool attack or dcl...help! Already played a ft too as I had two starting defenders.

    1. The Red Devil
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Jimi & biss to Brewster & jota?

      1. Garlana
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        That would be for a -8

        1. The Red Devil
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Then jimi to someone? DCL?

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

      You're gonna be fine this GW, I wouldn't worry too much

  18. NUFCAndrew
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    What to do with this? 1 FT 2.2

    Martinez 4.0

    Robbo Chilwell Dallas Lamptey Ferguson

    Bruno Son Ziyech Grealish 4.5

    Kane DCL Bamford

  19. El Fenomeno R9
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    So we should expect KDB playing deeper.
    He was attacking between forward and winger now with new tactic wingers are close to forward.

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      not against burnley surely ?

  20. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Beat mid option under 5.3m? Thanks.

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

      Soucek

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

      Soucek

    3. TMF86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Soucek

  21. Il Capitano
      3 months, 9 days ago

      A show of hands for the below please, had some convincing arguments for keeping Zouma this morning, no other moves are really jumping out to me bar the two below. Do I join the party?

      1 FT, 0.9m ITB, WC Available

      McCarthy (Button)
      Zouma Chillwell Justin (Taylor Mitchell)
      Bruno Sterling Son Grealish (Bissouma)
      Werner DCL Watkins

      A) Zouma > Dias (captain Sterling)
      B) Werner > Vardy (C)

      1. @FPLMason
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        B

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

        B

    • cnewman7
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Play 1:

      A) Reece James
      B) Justin

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        B

    • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Watkins to Bamford with FT?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        not for me

      2. @FPLMason
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Not atm tbh.

      3. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Nope

    • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Who scores more over next 2?
      Salah or Bruno

    • Skepbunna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Play Podence or Brewster?

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Podence

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

        That’s ugly
        Brewster if he’s going to start

    • Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      G2G? High hopes for this GW but we all know how that usually goes lol

      McCarthy

      Chilwell, Cresswell, Semedo

      Bruno, KDB, Grealish, Rodriguez

      Vardy (c), DCL, Bamford

      Subs: Button, Mitchell, Dallas, Stephens

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        green arrow incoming ! why vardy c and not kdb or bruno ? i have the 3 and gone kdb but still unsure

        1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Fulham have been consistently woeful especially at the back - You've got to captain Vardy if you own him imo.

    • bobbyg
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Kane > Vardy

      Soucek > Jota -4

      Yay or nay guys?

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Like it personally

      2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Kane > Vardy looks good but personally wouldn't hit for the second option

      3. bobbyg
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Thanks guys

    • JollyGoodYellows
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Any thoughts here guys? 1FT and 1.8itb

      Mccarthy (Button)
      Zouma Holding Justin (Konsa Mitchell)
      Bruno JRod Son Grealish (Bissouma)
      DCL Werner Kane

      A) Kane > Vardy
      B) Werner > Vardy
      C) Keep

      Or anything else?

      1. @FPLMason
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        B or C

    • bruuuno
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Have no city or liverpool... Is this -8 madness?

      Son Rashford > KDB Jota?

      Otherwise I think I will do it next gw -4..

      1. El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Yes madness,even for -4 next week

    • Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Bench Chilwell or Kilman?
      I don't bench Coufal sorry

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Kilman