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. Mane Mane Mane
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 11 hours ago

    Need help urgently I’m so stuck on what to do, is -8 that bad?

    A) Jota for Zaha (-4)
    B) Jota for Zaha, KDB for Son (-8)
    C) Fernandes for Zaha
    D) leave it, but means I will have to play Dallas/Mitchell if Zaha doesn’t make it?

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      Zaha playing today

      1. Mane Mane Mane
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 11 hours ago

        It’s been confirmed he isn’t playing hasn’t it?

      2. Pukkipartyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 hours ago

        ?

      3. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 11 hours ago

        Well no, he has COVID.

      4. Drizz ✅
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 10 hours ago

        Sorry was a question, thanks!

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      A

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

      C

  2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 hours ago

    Bruno or Salah for next 2?

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      Bruno and Jota for me

  3. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 11 hours ago

    Saiss > Dias/Cancelo?

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      Yes

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      Yes

  4. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 11 hours ago

    Rodriguez -> KDB worth a -4?

    1. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      Yes

    2. Drizz ✅
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      No

    3. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      It also gives me the possibility of doing Bruno -> Salah and go Salah + KDB over Salah + Bruno for the next few

      1. Vlad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 hours ago

        Feel it’s dangerous To drop Bruno

    4. @FPLMason
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      Not for me.

    5. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      Do you have anyone else to sell? If you don't have anyone else to captain than maybe yes. Risky though.

      1. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 11 hours ago

        This week? Armband on Vardy

        1. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 hours ago

          Then I wouldn't do it personally. But that's just me

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 11 hours ago

            And me.

    6. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 hours ago

      Cheers all!

  5. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 11 hours ago

    Play Dallas or kilman?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      Kilman

    2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      Kilman

  6. yanky
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 11 hours ago

    help please— ive already taken a 4pt hit and still dont have kdb/salah/vardy as clear captain options.

    1) no more hits and bruno (c)
    2) son > KDB (c) for antother -4pt
    3) son > Salah (c) for another -4pt
    4) Podence > Jota for another -4 and (c) Bruno

    McCarthy
    Dias Cresswell Chilwell (Lamptey Mitchel)
    Bruno(c) Grealish Son Podence (Bisouma)
    Kane DCL Bamford

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      4

  7. Henrik Larsson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 11 hours ago

    Son -> Sterling for free?

    (c) Sterling next week

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      No

  8. @FPLMason
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 11 hours ago

    What's your score prediction for the West Ham vs Aston Villa game?

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      1-1

    2. tafrère
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      1-1

    3. Drizz ✅
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      1-0

      1. tbhogal
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 11 hours ago

        3-0

    4. DGW Sane TC Fail....
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      0-0

    5. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 hours ago

      Feels like a 1-1 as I have defenders from both teams
      No Grealish involvement for the Villa goal either (just a YC)!

      1. Indpush
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 hours ago

        2-2

    6. Gold Coast
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 hours ago

      0-3

  9. tbhogal
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 11 hours ago

    Capatin Bruno or DCL??

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      Bruno

    2. Drizz ✅
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      Hardy

  10. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 hours ago

    Who scores more this gameweek?

    A) James vs Leeds
    B) Jota vs Brighton (-4)

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      B

  11. Gideons Rolling Another One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 hours ago

    Ziyech to Jota or Grealish or hold?

    1. Indpush
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 hours ago

      Jota if for free

  12. Wicked Weapon
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      Jiminez > Vardy

      Jiminez + Soucek > Vardy + Jota (-4)

      Jiminez + Soucek > DCL + Grealish (-4)

      Do any of these moves make sense ? If going without City for now ?

      1. Drizz ✅
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 hours ago

        b

      2. Shultan
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 hours ago

        B

    • stu92
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      What do I do with this? No Salah, no City, 4.0 ITB and 0FT. Happy with a hit if it works into longer term plan. Do I hold what I've got, or take a hit on Targett/Jrod/Barkley?

      Martinez
      Robbo - Zouma - Targett - Kilman
      Son - Bruno - Jrod
      Vardy - DCL - Adams
      (4.0 - Soucek - Barkley* - Lamptey*)

      1. Drizz ✅
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 hours ago

        Jrod > Jota

        1. stu92
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 10 hours ago

          Would I be better doing Barkley > Jota, and then hold until GW12 and do Vardy/Jrod > Salah/Watkins? It would give me an extra starting player this week.

          1. Hansel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 10 hours ago

            Yeah better to move Barkley

          2. Drizz ✅
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 10 hours ago

            I would mate and bench Adams to start Jota.

    • Shultan
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      This is such a hard week
      Kane > Vardy (C)
      Ziyech > Salah (C)
      Do nothing & DCL (C)

      1. Drizz ✅
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 hours ago

        Bruno C

        1. Shultan
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 hours ago

          Have Rushford so don't want to bring in bruno

    • John Easten
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      Kane to Jesus for man city coverage but I want KDB but my currently my midfield consist of,

      Grealish Fernandes Salah Ziyech

      Is Jesus a good option or should I be weary of pep rotation..

      1. stu92
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 hours ago

        Short term maybe okay, while Aguero is still getting fit.

    • Dr. Ante Pavlovic
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      How's this looking?

      Mendy
      Chilwell, Justin, Cancelo
      KDB, Bruno, Ziyech, JRod, Grealish
      DCL, Vardy(c)

      Coufal, Targett, Brewster

      Currently on -4. Is it worth to go Jota over James for another hit?

      1. Drizz ✅
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 hours ago

        Yes

      2. John Easten
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 11 hours ago

        Yes

      3. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 10 hours ago

        not for a hit

      4. Indpush
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 hours ago

        Nope

    • HugoSimpson2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      Playing my WC and left with this decision:

      A) Grealish & Taylor/Balbuena

      or

      B) Jota & Bellerin

      Thanks!!

      1. Drizz ✅
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 hours ago

        B

      2. HugoSimpson2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 10 hours ago

        Sorry - Question 2:

        A) Salah & Taylor/Balbuena

        or

        B) Fernades & Cancelo

    • InvertedWinger
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      Which move takes priority? Other move happens next GW.
      A) Ziyech to Jota
      B) Bruno to Salah (Vardy is captain irrespective)

      1. Drizz ✅
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 hours ago

        No

        1. InvertedWinger
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 10 hours ago

          Elaborate pls

      2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 hours ago

        Do you necessarily need to make those transfers?

        1. InvertedWinger
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 10 hours ago

          Not really. Do they not look good?

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 10 hours ago

            Both look good. Why i asked is because I believe Ziyech and Bruno can match the scores of the options you have mentioned. If its for free then I would go with A.

      3. John Easten
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 11 hours ago

        Both are good option..

    • Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      Bench one:

      A) Dallas vs Everton
      B) Coufal vs Villa
      C) James vs Spurs

      Captain one:

      A) DCL
      B) Vardy
      C) Bruno
      D) Sterling

      Thanks!

      1. Drizz ✅
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 hours ago

        BBC

    • Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      Which scares you the most this GW:
      A. Not having Vardy
      B. Not having KDB
      C. Not having Salah

      1. Drizz ✅
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 hours ago

        D. Not having either

        1. John Easten
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 11 hours ago

      2. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 hours ago

        All the above

    • Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      A KDB and Jota
      Or
      B Salah and Torres

      1. Drizz ✅
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 hours ago

        1

      2. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 10 hours ago

        B

    • Jimbo-Jones
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 hours ago

      1. Son/KWP --> Salah/Fodder
      2. KWP - > Robbo
      3. Mitchell -> Cancelo

      McCarthy
      Chilwell Konsa Justin
      Son Bruno KDB Grealish Soucek
      Werner DCL

      Brewster KWP Mitchell

      1ft, 2.6itb

      1. Drizz ✅
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 hours ago

        A

    • BigKeith
        2 months, 11 hours ago

        Out of this midfield and attack

        Ziyech, Salah, Grealish, Son
        Kane, DCL, Bamford

        Would you bench any for Barnes (Ful)?

        Cheers

        1. Drizz ✅
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 11 hours ago

          Kane

          1. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 10 hours ago

            Absurd. Bench Kane.

            Ridiculous.

            1. BigKeith
                2 months, 10 hours ago

                Would you leave it as it is?

                1. Stupendous
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 10 hours ago

                  Probably leave or bench Grealish as mentioned below

          2. Rasping Drive
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 10 hours ago

            Grealish if any, but even that’s with a bit of trepidation

        2. thewhitepele
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 hours ago

          Got 2.4m itb, 0ft. Good to go or something worth a hit?

          Martinez
          Chilwell Cancelo Konsa
          Bruno(C) Son Jota Grealish
          Kane DCL Maupay

          Martin Bissouma KWP Lamptey

        3. JollyGoodYellows
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 11 hours ago

          Anyone else reckon Werner might be rested this week? He's due a rest and Giroud coukd come in to switch up their tactics against Spurs.

          1. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 11 hours ago

            Possible

          2. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 10 hours ago

            Strongest team vs Spurs

          3. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 10 hours ago

            too big a game to rest your best players

          4. dicky2014
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 10 hours ago

            Surely his rest will be mid week with Chelsea now qualified for Champs League?

          5. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 10 hours ago

            Niether Tammy nor Giroud can play on the left.

          6. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 10 hours ago

            Think Tammy will CF.

        4. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 hours ago

          Martinez & Grealish owner.
          Play Coufal or Kilman?

          1. Drizz ✅
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 10 hours ago

            Cou

          2. Indpush
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 10 hours ago

            Kilman

        5. The Littlest Robbo
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 10 hours ago

          Sterling or KDB?

          Are we even sure KDB will remain on penalties?

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 10 hours ago

            KDB. Nobody knows.

        6. balint84
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 10 hours ago

          A) coady to justin
          B) zouma to dias
          C) asm to soucek (bench)

        7. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 10 hours ago

          Salah or Bruno for next 2 weeks?

        8. Legohair
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 10 hours ago

          Kane to Vardy good move?

          1. LegsA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 10 hours ago

            yes

          2. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 10 hours ago

            YEs

          3. Legohair
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 10 hours ago

            Ok,i will do that.what about rashford to kdb for a hit?

            1. LegsA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 10 hours ago

              2 x yes 🙂