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. KDB4PREZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Would you guys take a -8 for Rashy&Kane to Vardy(C)&Kdb(C next week)

    1. tm370
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Just Kane to Vardy (c) for a -4 and then do the other one next week? Could both come on off, neither might, but a hit for a captaincy pick has value imo. Just not sure about 2 of them this week

      1. KDB4PREZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Cheers that was thinking but no city attackers and already have Bruno

  2. Return of the FF
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Guys...

    1 FT, 5.2itb

    A. Zaha > Salah
    B. Zaha > Jota (frees up some City cover next week as I have none)
    C. Zaha > Jota + Bamford > Vardy for-4 (would make City transfer tough next week)

    Currently zero Pool or City assets. Concerned about owning Ziyech...

    1. NO SALAH
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I'd choose A. Perfect time to own Salah and even cap him.

      1. Return of the FF
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Thanks both. No Salah, are you bringing him in?? A bold profile name!

        1. NO SALAH
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Haha, I am trying to find a way to bring him this week!

    2. GE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      A

  3. Le _ Professeur
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Bottomed Sorry

    Should I use my WildCard guys ? This my current team with only 1 FT

    McCarthy | Steer *
    Digne * | Bellerin | Semedo | N. Williams | Michel
    Salah | Fernandes | Ziyech | Zaha * | Bissouma
    Kane | Watkins | DCL

    - Digne out
    - Zaha out
    - Semedo tough fixtures
    - No backup keeper
    - Michel benced
    - Kane tough fixtures
    - no Man City

    So should I consider it guys

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I would, yes.

      I'd only keep from that side McCarthy, Salah, Fernandes, DCL.

      You're missing key glue picks like Chilwell, and Grealish. No City, no Vardy, tons of fires. It's a natural WC here imo.

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Yes.

    3. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Can fix that with 3 transfers

    4. SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      No..take a hit to move zaha and digne out.. You will be fine this week.

    5. Pumpy Pro
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I wouldn't spunk your WC. Take a -8 to sort it. Save your WC now imo. You got this far

  4. NO SALAH
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Martinez
    Chilwell Kilman Coufal Reguilon
    Grealish Son Fernandes Sterling
    DCL Vardy(c)

    a) Reguilon to Dias
    b) Reguilon & Son to Dallas & Salah
    c) Advices?
    d) Roll FT

    Thoughts?

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      B but contradicted with your user name.

      1. NO SALAH
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Yes, I know 🙂 You'd do the move for -4. I forgot to mention.

        1. NO SALAH
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Would you*

  5. Bennyboy1907
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Who’s your captain

      1. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        The anthropomorphic rat

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Vardatouille

      2. PlumaPiedra
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        KDB

    • Captain_Shirokov
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Play KWP(MUN) or Dallas(eve)?

      On KWP atm.

      1. Maddamotha
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Depends a bit on the rest of your team. If you have a Man Utd attacker, then probably Dallas, if not then KWP. But then again if you probably have DCL

        1. Captain_Shirokov
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          I don't think it does. I think this decision should purely be made in isolation to whoever else I plan on starting. It should purely be made from a points perspective.

          1. Maddamotha
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Sure. But if you wanna optimalize your game week, its not optimal to have an attacker facing your defender.

            So if you believe your attacker will do good, it will affect your defender's points.

      2. RealSocialDads
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Clean sheet odds suggest KWP (just) but both have quite low chance of a clean sheet.

        Hence I'd play dallas as more chance of attacking returns

      3. claretparrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Dallas

    • Le _ Professeur
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Bottomed

      Should I use my WildCard guys ? This my current team with only 1 FT

      McCarthy | Steer *
      Digne * | Bellerin | Semedo | N. Williams | Michel
      Salah | Fernandes | Ziyech | Zaha * | Bissouma
      Kane | Watkins | DCL

      - Digne out
      - Zaha out
      - Semedo tough fixtures
      - No backup keeper
      - Michel benced
      - Kane tough fixtures
      - no Man City

      So should I consider it guys ? Thanks alot

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        No idea why you haven't already clicked WC and made transfers this week.

      2. FPLGOOD
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Zaha to grealish and digne to Robertson or dias for -4 and youre good

        I wouldnt wc

    • MiechuPL
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Sterling or Bruyne?

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Both

      2. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        KDB

      3. FPLGOOD
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Must be kdb

    • Dave Dreamer
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      On a Wildcard, I think the below is the final squad, planning to go to KDB or Aguerro if they look good this weekend.

      Leno
      James, Diaz, Cancelo
      Jota, Bruno, Son, Salah
      DCL, Vardy, Bamford

      Bench: Kilman, Bissouma, Mitchell

    • InterUranus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      A) Play Klich
      B) Barkley -> Mahrez -4

      1. 21VK12
          1 month, 23 days ago

          A for me. Mahrez is rotation risk and also everton defense is really bad so Klich can return

        • InterUranus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          C) Son -> Sterling/KDB -4

      2. 21VK12
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Hey everyone, my team:
          GK - Martinez (steele)
          DEF - Kilman, Chilwell, Coufal (Lamptey, 3.9)
          MID - Rodriguez, Mane, KdB, Rashford, (Lookman)
          FWD - Kane, DCL, Brewster
          1 FT and 0.3 ITB

          Was thinking to do Kane + Lamptey (-4) --> Vardy (c) + Cancelo
          I will most likely want to do more transfers as well in the next gws so prefer getting a -4 now than getting it next gw if it will improve my team sooner. Makes sense?
          Any other suggestions?
          Cheers

        • Klaren
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Any ideas on who the best 4.7 defender is for the next few GWs?

          I don't think West Ham's next 3 are good for CS chances and they don't rotate well with my defenders so don't want West Ham.

          1. Gregor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Targett?

            1. FPLGOOD
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Targett by far for till like gw16 if you want to start every week

              If you're thinking of rotating then you could look other teams as well

        • john25
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Hey guys, really can't decide if I should stick with this team or take a -4 to bring in one of Vardy/KDBr/Salah. With this team will have to either captain Bruno or DCL.

          Martinez 4.0
          Lamptey PVA Mitchell Robbo Chilwell
          Grealish Son Bruno Jota 4.5
          Kane DCL Bamford

          3.6 ITB. No FT left. What do you suggest?

          Cheers

          1. FPLGOOD
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Only son to kdb/salah makes sense.

            If you want to get rid of son/kane double up on long term, then I would go for KDB

        • GE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Kane and Bissouma -> Salah and Brewster good moves?

          Means converting 3-4-3 to 3-5-2 with DCL and Bamford up front. Too light?

          1. Gregor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            I like it, think I’d go with a 3-5-2 if I was wildcarding now.

            1. GE
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Thanks

        • Stand By Mee
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Salah played 60 minutes against Atalanta so I guess he should be safe right? Thinking about bringing him in for a hit.

          Ziyech would make way.

          1. Gregor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Yeah, probably Mané to miss out, if anyone.

          2. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            would keep ziyech, leeds next week

            1. Stand By Mee
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Yeah I really wanted to keep him but I am planning this 4 in midfield:

              Salah - Kdb - Bruno - Grealish

              and there is just no room for him because I really want the other 4.

              But I could delay the upgrade until GW 12 when Liverpool plays Fulham

        • cnewman7
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Best keeper on a wildcard?

          Still Martinez?

          1. Gregor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            I’d consider Fabianski if you can afford him and there’s also something to be said for the McCarthy and Forster double up. Though Martinez may have a DGW coming up.

          2. Cojiro
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Yes

        • Silecro
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Good to go? Any different order?

          Martinez
          Chilwell/PVA/Dallas
          Salah/Bruno/Ziyech/Grealish
          Vardy(c)/DCL/Bamford

          Button/Coufal/Lamptey/Gordon
          0.3 itb
          0 ft

          Cheers!

          1. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            no city may be a concern

            1. Silecro
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              it is, but i am willing to miss a one or two of their maulings to assure myself that they have gotten into form..which they havent yet

              1. drughi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 23 days ago

                makes sense

          2. Cojiro
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Looks good, can't have them all. Just have a city plan in your head

            1. Silecro
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              Will do 🙂

              Dallas vs Everton away correct choice over Coufal vs AVL home?

        • Bluejays and Horseplay
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Nice picks there. Sterling has been my bus captain all week. May change if I sell Kane for Vardy though.

          Thoughts on Harvey Barnes as another diff this week?

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Forget that.
            LETS PLAY!

          2. avfc82
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Thanks mate... Barnes was on the shortlist, just can't be sure he starts which put me off a little. Good option if he does tho.

        • Cojiro
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          What scores more over next few weeks?

          A) Cancelo, 4.5 mid, Vardy (-4)
          Or
          B) Bench fodder defender, Jota, Jesus

        • KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Do we think Sterling starts this week? (I know nobody knows but just gathering opinions)

          1. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            yeah

          2. PlumaPiedra
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Yes

          3. dogtanion
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Definitely. Eased back last weekend then 75 mins during the week and looked sharp.

          4. RealSocialDads
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Yes

          5. RealSocialDads
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Would think so yeah

          6. ritzyd
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Hope so. My Captain this week

        • Rhodes your boat
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Best 4th defender to bring in (will start this week due to lamptey suspension)

          A) kwp
          B) Dallas
          C) coufal (have balbuena)
          D) nkounkou

          1. RealSocialDads
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            KWP

        • Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          So it's either:

          Kane to Brewster, Burke to KDB....keep Foden and get another playing sub OR

          Kane to Bamford, Foden to KDB.

          So hard this....

          1. Tingate
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Kane to Bamford and Foden to KDB for me.

            Everton's defence has been woeful so Bamford should get a lot of chances and going forward I like having him because Leeds look like they can score against anyone.

            1. Jon Walter's Hatty
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              agree and im leaning towards it

        • Riggs
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Martinez (Steer)
          Robbo Chilwell Coufal (Lamptey) (Kilman)
          Son Grealish Zaha* KDB (Burke)
          Kane DCL C. Wilson
          1 FT, 1.9 ITB
          A) Zaha OUT - Jota / Ziyech/ F. Torres IN
          B) Robbo and Zaha OUT -> Fernandes and cheap def IN -4 (After 2 GW will swap KDB for Salah with 1 move)
          C) Other move/s

        • DagheMunegu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 23 days ago

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

          1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Yes as TAA still injured

        • Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Will Lamptey be coming straight into the Brighton 11 after his suspension?

          1. dogtanion
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Absolutely

          2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Why not

          3. Alexis Nonsense
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            He practically is Brighton

            Without him they're...well the old Brighton

          4. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            YEP

          5. KDB4PREZ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 23 days ago

            You would think so yeah

          6. RealSocialDads
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Surely, been one of their stand out players this year

          7. Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Cheers everyone

        • KDB4PREZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Any help/advice be great team.

          Martinez
          Chilly Semedo Dallas (Lamptey,3.9)
          Son Bruno Rashy Grealish Ziyech
          Kane bambam (Brewster)
          1.4 itb

          A)Kane>Vardy (C) +Play Dallas
          B) Kane&Lamptey>Vardy&Cancelo -4
          C) Kane&Rashy&Lmaptey>KDB&Vardy&4.5

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            No hits

        • Sho-kun
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          A) Rash --> Salah/KDB
          B) Rash + Zaha --> Salah/KDB + Grealish (-4)

          Salah/KDB --> i'm tending to salah, cause i've already cancelo and no liv player

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Well Wilf has to go

        • fcsaltyballs
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Martinez
          Robertson Chilwell Dallas
          Fernandes Son JamesR Grealish Foden
          DCL Kane

          Forster Brewster Saiss Ferguson

          2 FT, 1.5 itb

          What to do here...

          1. Foden Kane >> Jota Vardy
          2. Saiss Kane >> Cancelo / Dias Vardy

          Thanks all!

          1. KDB4PREZ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 23 days ago

            B with Cancelo imo

        • huhhh
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          I think most ppl here are without newcastle and crystal players?

          1. Riders of Yohan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Will have Jamal on the bench going forward

        • TMF86
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Anyone fancying Rodriguez to haul vs Leeds?

          1. Riders of Yohan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Probably as just taken out!

          2. RealSocialDads
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            I was close to taking him out but left in for 1 more week