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. suddenorgan
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    If I do Kane to Vardy I have up to £7.3 to spend on a Maupay replacement, anyone worth a hit? Sick of the sight of Neal

    1. D ✅
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Bamsy

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Bamford maybe

      1. suddenorgan
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        possibly... bit put off by Chelsea away next week

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

    It's really tough.Any thoughts?
    McCarthy
    Pva/Coufal/Targett
    Son/Grealish/Ziyech/Rashford
    Werner/Kane/Dcl

    Steer/Targett/McCarthy/Douglas
    1ft 1.7itb

    a)Kane+Rashford->Vardy+Kdb(-4)
    b)Rashford+Pva->Kdb+Fofana(-4)
    c)Rashford+Ziyech->Kdb+Jota(-4)

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

      A

      1. wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        cheers

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

    what are the chances of Mane starting? 70%? 90%? 100%?

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

      75

      1. D ✅
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        70

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

      why wouldnt he start?

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

        Klopp said in his press conference ‘we cannot play our usual front three all the time, all season’

        And Mane has played the most recently.

        I still think he plays though, 85%

  4. The Sociologist
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Caddy’s ownership is rising steadily... likely to hit 30% by this eve?

    1. The Sociologist
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Vardy that is...

  5. Alex1995
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    G2G or anything worth a hit? 3.7 ITB

    Martinez
    Robbo Chilwell Cresswell
    Bruno(c) Son Grealish Jota
    Kane DCL Bamford

  6. Did you see that throw-in?
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Minus-eighted on four transfers before price change yesterday.

    That's right, that's right, we bad.

  7. The Count of Monte Cristo
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Really leaning towards Grealish --> KDB (C) for a hit. Reasonable decision?

    Nothing invested in Grealish, and an easy price point to buy back when downgrading Kane / Son in the future. Also have 1st WC available to fall back on.

    Low rank and mid-table in ML's and want to attack these GW's with WC in hand.

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

      I wouldn’t endorse losing Grealish

    2. Gold Coast
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Keep Grealish

      1. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Noted, thanks.

  8. Taegugk Warrior
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Jimenez to Watkins or save FT..?

    1. D ✅
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Sve

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

        How about Kane to Vardy..?

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

      Do you have Bamford?

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

        Nope

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

    OK. Plain and simple.

    Kane -> Vardy (no hits)

    YES or NO?

    1. D ✅
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      N

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

      Yes

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      No

    4. Bishopool
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Vardy has kind fixtures though...

    5. Better off with a pin and a…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I did. I think over the next few Vardy outscores Kane. Not without it's risks.

    6. King Kun Ta
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I did

  10. B0mberr
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    A - Jota and Dias in (for TAA and Podence) for a -4
    B - KDB, Bamford and Dias ( for TAA, Podence and Kane) for a -8

    1. D ✅
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      b

  11. Luton_Fan
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    chilwell to dias/cancelo worth -4?

    1. D ✅
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      N

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

      No way

      1. Luton_Fan
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        martinez,
        chillwell, KWP, Dallas/Kilman
        Sterling, Hamez, Jota, Bruno, Grealish
        Vardy, Bamford (Brewster)

        next gw:
        Hamez to KDB

        gw12: Sterling to Salah, chilwell to Bellerin -4 (to afford)

        sound ok? any feedback welcome 🙂

  12. Jamesy0909
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    which makes more sense on a wildcard

    Justin (already own) + Targett

    or

    Bellerin + Kilman

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      a

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

    How much do you think Salah can rise in price before GW12 assuming he performs well but doesn't explode? Twice I guess?

    1. D ✅
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      0.1

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

    So is there double GW date set already? I mean like more or less. Will it happen before GW19?

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

      From what I've heard here, it will prob happen after GW19

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

        Thanks. I wonder if this is even good for us or not. And nice avatar btw.

  15. One of Those Days
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Afternoon everyone. Anything worth a second hit?

    Martínez
    Chilwell Cancelo Cresswell
    Grealish Rashford Mané Son
    Vardy(C) DCL Bamford

    Steer Podence Mitchell Lamptey

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

      No. GTG. Good luck!

      1. One of Those Days
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Same to you mate, thanks!

  16. Twisted Melon
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    pick 2 from:
    A) Kane
    B) Bruno
    C) KDB

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

      AB, but only because I'm hoping City keep stalling. Smart money on BC probably

  17. Von Lipwig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    After asking:

    Start one:
    a) KWP (MUN h)
    b) Kilman (ARS a)
    c) Brewster (WBA a)

    Ive got two votes for B, two for C... but I was on A. Anybody want to put their two cents in? SHE due a win...

    1. D ✅
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      c

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

        Haha. Love the faith in Brewster mate!

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

          Tempting me with your insistence lol

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

      B

  18. WHYYYY
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Feeling spicy
    Mane -> Sterling (c) / KDB (c) for free?

    1. D ✅
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      N

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      NO

    3. Luton_Fan
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      NOPE

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

    To the people that own both a West Ham and an Aston Villa defender, what are you doing?

  20. Amans94
      3 months, 9 days ago

      G2G WC team?

      McCarthy
      Chilwell - Dias - Coufal
      Bruno - KDB - Salah - Soucek
      Vardy - DCL - Bamford
      (4.0 - Kilman - Stephens - Williams)

    • Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Jota and Kdb

      Or

      Torres and Salah???

      1. Luton_Fan
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        A

      2. Feed tha Sheep
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        A

    • Bishopool
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      YES or NO?

      Bruno and Kane -> KDB and Vardy (4-pts)

      1. acidicleo
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Bruno out? No way even without hit..

    • acidicleo
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Who to buy and captain?

      A) Salah
      B) KDB

      Cant have both!!

      1. Luton_Fan
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        salah.

    • Danstoke82
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Grealish....

      A) Keep
      B) sell for Jota and use money elsewhere

      Thanks!

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

        I am debating the same myself. Villa have a nice run of fixtures. Think it kind of depends if you have already have access to liverpool attack

      2. Feed tha Sheep
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        B just but Grealish is good option too

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

      A) - Salah, Grealish, Taylor, Kilman

      B) - Salah, Jota, Bellerin, Kilman

      C) - Bruno, Jota, Bellerin, Cancelo

    • Luton_Fan
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      martinez,
      chillwell, KWP, Dallas/Kilman
      Sterling, Hamez, Jota, Bruno, Grealish
      Vardy, Bamford (Brewster)

      next gw:
      Hamez to KDB

      gw12: Sterling to Salah, chilwell to Bellerin -4 (to afford)

      sound ok? any feedback welcome

    • balint84
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Start Zouma or Kwp

      1. Luton_Fan
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        zouma. massive threat at set pieces with Ziyech's pinpoint delivery

    • Luton_Fan
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      play a. dallas or b. kilman.

      first to 5 wins 🙂

      1. BeWater
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Kilman

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

        Taking this GW out of the equation, who would you rather keep for the long term/right over the full festive period?

        A - Son
        B - Vardy