Spot the Differential

Fit-again Ziyech can help overlooked Chelsea assets perform in Double Gameweek

Double Gameweek 19 is almost upon us which gives us an opportunity to have a look at some differential options.

This time, we’ve selected low-owned picks at Chelsea, Fulham and Leicester, who we think have the potential to make an impact.

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

Hakim Ziyech

  • FPL ownership: 2.6%
  • Price: £8.1m
  • GW19-23 fixtures: ful + lei | WOL | BUR | tot | shu

Despite a stop-start few months at Chelsea, largely due to injury, Hakim Ziyech (£8.1m) has been one of the club’s top performers this season.

Prior to his latest setback in early-December, the Moroccan looked sharp, scoring one goal and assisting three more in four matches.

That coincided with the Blues hitting form and climbing to the top of the table.

However, with Ziyech out they struggled, winning just one of their six matches.

That run has threatened to derail their season, but now with all of their attackers fit and available, they have an opportunity to get back on track.

Last weekend’s convincing 4-0 win against League Two side Morecambe at least offers some encouragement.

Though not on the scoresheet, Ziyech provided the assist for Callum Hudson-Odoi’s (£5.7m) strike, while he was also involved in the build-up to Timo Werner’s (£9.2m) goal.

His crossing ability was again on show, and I expect we’ll see plenty of those trademark diagonals to the opposite flank, and in particular Ben Chilwell (£6.1m), in the coming weeks.

Frank Lampard is now heading into a defining period of Chelsea’s season, with games at Fulham and Leicester City in Gameweek 19 followed by Stamford Bridge encounters with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burnley.

Ziyech has had a testing start to his Chelsea career, but has excelled when fit, and could be key to unlocking the Blues attacking potential again.

Ademola Lookman

  • FPL ownership: 1.2%
  • Price: £5.0m
  • GW19-23 fixtures: CHE + MUN | bha | wba | LEI | WHU

We’ve been big fans of Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) for a while now, having included him in this column back in October.

Now, with an appealing set of fixtures which include a double in Gameweek 19, we think he’s worth talking about again.

Against Tottenham Hotspur in midweek, Lookman impressed.

Fresh off the bench, he put in a great cross for Fulham’s equaliser and went on to create three chances in just 23 minutes.

Following that assist, he’s now been directly involved in five of Fulham’s 11 league goals since making his first appearance back in October.

During that time, he also leads the way among teammates for shots, attempts in the box, chances created and expected goal involvement (xGI), highlighting his importance to the team.

Fulham’s recent upturn in form has seen them put together a six-game unbeaten run, and the evidence suggests that they have overcome their recent COVID-19 outbreak.

Up next is a tricky double against Chelsea and Manchester United, but to be fair to Scott Parker’s side, they have already proven they are capable of competing against the top teams this term.

However, the real appeal lies in the games to follow, with trips to Brighton and Hove Albion and West Bromwich Albion looking key.

Panenka aside, Lookman has looked good since arriving at Fulham on loan from RB Leipzig.

He is fast becoming essential to their survival hopes, and given their schedule, could offer FPL managers real value in the coming weeks.

Harvey Barnes

Barnes matches Vardy's output over last four ahead of Double Gameweek
  • FPL ownership: 4.2%
  • Price: £6.8m
  • GW19-23 fixtures: SOU + CHE | eve | LEE | ful | wol

In recent matches, Harvey Barnes (£6.8m) has established himself as one of Leicester’s main attacking threats.

The 23-year-old has now netted three times in his last four appearances in all competitions, and is starting to add more end product to his game.

The potential has always been there, but now with added consistency, he has become a regular starter on the left flank under Brendan Rodgers.

Barnes has now scored nine goals in 23 appearances this term, his best campaign for The Foxes, and the numbers have caught the eye, too.

In the last four matches, Barnes has taken more shots (12) than any of his team-mates, including Jamie Vardy (£10.1m). In fact, that total ranks fifth among all midfielders, while his final-third touches, take-ons and penalty area touch tallies are also in the top 15.

Leicester currently sit fourth in the Premier League with a favourable run of fixtures, including a double in Gameweek 19 and games against Leeds and Fulham to follow shortly after.

They are in good form, too, as they are now unbeaten in five in all competitions, scoring 11 goals during that run.

Along with James Justin (£5.0m), Barnes has arguably been Leicester’s most improved player this season, and could be a nice punt for those in search of midfield differential.

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  1. Nespinha
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    *DGW

    Johnstone*
    Dallas, Robbo*, Balbuena*
    Salah*, Bruno*, Grealish*, KDB*, Raphinha
    Bamford, Watkins*

    McCarthy, Adams, KWP, Taylor*

    BB worth it?

    A) -4 for Coufal or Stones
    B) -8 for Cancelo + Brewster or Coufal + Antonio

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Dont think so

  2. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    A) Dier ----> Cresswell

    B) Dier ----> Dias (have Stones)

    C) McCarthy ----> Mendy

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

    2. NateDogsCats
        1 month, 14 days ago

        A

      • Bobby_Baggio
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        A

      • The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        A

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Benching Son for Wilson cause of the double.

      1. mikess
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Bold

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Or foolish - Rate my Team has Wilson higher though

      2. Bobby_Baggio
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Newcastle have been boring. I'd play Son

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Surely they were so boring they will have to come out and attack some more

          1. Bobby_Baggio
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Arsenal and Villa. I think they'll struggle

      3. Tomerick
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Damn son!

    4. You've got red on you.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Holgate ----->

      a) R. James

      b) Coufal

      c) Justin

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        b

      2. bluee
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        B

      3. Bobby_Baggio
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Coufal

      4. All about the galacticos
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        C

    5. AdamJ91
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      BB looking good? Still have FH & WC aswell.

      1FT; 0.0 ITB

      Martinez - Ramsdale
      Cancelo - Dias - Dier - Holding - Coufal
      KDB - Son - Bruno - Raphinha - Anguissa
      Kane - Laca - Bamford

      Want to try fit Salah in aswell but not sure who for, I'd most likely have to lost the Spurs lads.

    6. Big Col
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Been totally screwed by the Leeds/Saints P-P!

      So should I still bench boost with;

      McCarthy, Adams, Bamford & Raphinha?

      Yay or Nay

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        U have 11 dgwers?

        1. Big Col
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I will have once I've taken a -8

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Just get it played and be done with it

      3. elwardio
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Depends what chips you have left

    7. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Would these moves be silly for -12 and using my BB? Robbo + Balbuena + Raphinha + Adams > Stones + Dias + Foden + Antonio.

      Johnstone - McCarthy
      Justin - Robbo - Coufal - Balbuena - Alioski
      Salah - Son - Bruno - Soucek - Raphinha
      Kane - Adams - Bamford

    8. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Either of these worth a hit?

      Zouma -> Stones
      Bamford -> Antonio

      Cheers

      1. aleksaa2
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Not for me

      2. Bobby_Baggio
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Zouma > Stones is.

      3. Rochdale_Cowboy
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Bamford will outscore Antonio

    9. King Kohli
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Best move here?

      A. Kane > Vardy and maybe play TC chip on Mo or KDB
      B. Adams + Taylor > Watkins + Dawson(-4) and BB.

      Martinez
      Cancelo Stones Coufal Konsa
      Salah Bruno KDB Raphinha
      Kane Bamford
      Meslier Adams Anguissa Taylor

      1 FT 0.1 ITB. All chips left.

      1. JabariParkersEyelid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        A.

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        A

    10. Gold Coast
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Cancelo for a -4 or play Holding?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Holding

      2. Lemongrab
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I'd get Cancelo in. Arsenal have been lucky not to concede the last few weeks and I think that move will pay off.

      3. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Cancelo

    11. Mondeo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Hmmm who scores more you reckon?

      A) Grealish
      B) KDB (-4)

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        B

        1. Mondeo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          cheers

      2. Bobby_Baggio
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        B should but wouldn't surprise me if Grealish bosses it this GW

        1. CAPA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Is Grealish ok for players?

          1. CAPA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            *ing

        2. Mondeo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          yah chances are I'll make the wrong decision either way haha

      3. Gold Coast
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        A

    12. All about the galacticos
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Son to
      a) Soucek for -4
      b) Play Son

      1. aleksaa2
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        B

      2. Lemongrab
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        B

      3. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        B but like your thinking

        1. All about the galacticos
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          It's the DGW frenzy this week

      4. Gold Coast
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        B

    13. HD7
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Is Mccarthy to Martinez (-4) okay?

      I think its worth it long term.
      The only thing that makes me hesitant is if Martinez is one of the ill players in Villa.

      Any updates?

      1. CAPA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Keen to know about Martinez too?
        And Grealish and Watkins.

    14. Daniel - WC Active
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Chelsea fan here.

      Besides Zuma, I don't see any other relevant options. Maybe Chilwell/James but not so sure on them atm

    15. Mr.K
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Is Lacazette & Mitchell -> Antonio & Chilwell for -4 worth the Antonio-risk?

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Am doing Laca Holding > Antonio Chilwell

    16. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Would you play Watkins* over any of my starting outfield players?

      * = dgw

      Robertson* Dias* Stones* AWB* Dallas
      Salah* Bruno* Grealish* Son
      Bamford

      1. HaffNanner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Watkins over Dallas

        1. dbeck
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          +1

      2. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        It's really just Bamford here I think. Tough call

      3. Captain Haddock
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Dallas

      4. Indpush
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Dallas

    17. 03farmboy
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Current team:
      McCarthy, meslier
      Chilwell, Justin, Kwp, alioski, balbuena
      Salah, Bruno, Son, Saka, soucek
      Kane, clavert Lewin, bamford

      Who to swap for Calvert-Lewin?? ( I’m thinking about bench boasting as well)

      Will balbuena play?

      1. HaffNanner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Antonio

      2. All about the galacticos
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Alioski may miss out too

        1. 03farmboy
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          You not think it’s worth bench boosting then?

          1. All about the galacticos
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            you need guaranteed starters to make BB worthwhile

    18. HaffNanner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      0.1ITB 1FT
      Martinez // Button
      Robertson / Dias / Coufal // Dallas / Mitchell
      Salah / Fernandes / Grealish / Soucek // Stephens
      Kane / Vardy / Bamford

      A. Grealish, Kane > KDB, Antonio (-4)

      B. Robertson, Stephens, Kane > Cancelo, KDB, Brewster (-8)

      C. Keep Grealish and Robbo. Go without KDB.

    19. Luis Suarez Ate My Homework
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A) Triple captain KDB
      or
      B) Bench Boost Mccarthy, El Ghazi, Lowton, Bednarek?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        A

      2. elwardio
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        B

    20. Lemongrab
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Thoughts on Dier to Stones for a -4? No other City defensive cover.

      1. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Ok move

    21. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Is Adams to Watkins worth a -4?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Do it

      2. Atimis
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Wish I had that 0.1...

      3. aleksaa2
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Had the same dilemma and decided against. Have no idea about the Villa Covid situation and taking a hit for a guy who returned 4 times all season put me against it.

    22. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Lookman is good.

      But Decordova-Reid is my differential.

      1. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        What you seeing from Bobby DR?

    23. DonBenzema
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Don't own any City attackers. Which option is best?

        A) Son -> Foden (-4)
        B) Son and Rashford -> KDB and Foden (-8)
        C) Keep and pray for the best

        1. dbeck
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          C

          1. DonBenzema
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Cheers - will need a big sofa to hide behind

          2. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            C

        2. Rinseboy
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Do you think this team for a -4 would be worthy of a bench boost?
          Annoyed I have Meslier now!

          Johnstone
          Maguire TAA Dias Coufal
          Salah Bruno Soucek Gundo
          Antonio Vardy
          Meslier Justin Bamford Son

          1. Kuzser
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Oh yes

          2. popcoin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            yes

          3. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Yep

          4. Rinseboy
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            thanks all

          5. elwardio
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Easily

        3. popcoin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Yay or nay?

          Kane -> Salah
          Raphinha -> Davis (-4) (would bench Raphinha anyway)

          1. popcoin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            * Kane -> Davis
            Raphinha -> Salah

        4. teneighty
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Bellerin, Lewis, Son -> Cresswell, Stones, KDB (-8)

          Would you do the double hit to field this team?

          Johnstone
          Cresswell - Stones - Maguire - Dallas
          KDB - Salah - Fernandes - Grealish - Soucek
          Bamford

          Subs: McCarthy, Targett, DCL, Brewmaster

          1. waltzingmatildas
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Yeah looks decent

            1. teneighty
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Cheers!

        5. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Hi, best move here?
          A) Son and Firmino - KDB and Antonio (-4)
          B) Son and Robbo - KDB and Stones (-4)
          C) other?

          McCarthy Johnstone
          Robbo Cancelo Dallas Coufal Taylor
          Salah Bruno Son Raphina Soucek
          Firmino Wood Bamford

          1. teneighty
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Not a fan of B. A could pay off but Antonio is a huge gamble. Can't really see any other move I'd recommend.

        6. Atimis
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          GTG?

          Anything for a hit? 0.0ITB

          Martinez
          Justin/Cancelo/Robo/Coufal
          Soucek/Bruno/KDB(c)/Salah
          Vardy/Bamford

          Martin/Dallas/Adams/Stephens

        7. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Anyone looking at Castagne folks???

        8. claretparrot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          McCarthy, Bamford, Raphinha, Dallas

          BB it, right?

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Yeah

          2. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Yep

          3. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Not a single one has a dgw game however Leeds play Brighton so could pay off yes.

          4. waltzingmatildas
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Yeah