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Sky Sports Fantasy Football differentials for the run-in

Billy Lumsden picks out three differential options to consider bringing into your Sky Sports Fantasy Football team for the remainder of the campaign.


The end of the season is in sight but there are still places to fight for on the leaderboard and in mini-leagues, and the fixtures are there to be taken advantage of.

Some clubs’ schedules look more generous than others, while the individual game days provide teasing and tempting captaincy choices.

Thiago Silva – £9.2m

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Thiago Silva has accrued 121 Sky Sports Fantasy Football points from just 17 Premier League starts this season, racking up an impressive 7.1 points per game. The injury he sustained at Tottenham Hotspur has kept him out for seven matches but Silva could be in line to make his return at home to West Bromwich Albion, fitness – and Thomas Tuchel – permitting.

The Brazilian centre-half has hit double-figure hauls on eight occasions this season, and where there is a clean sheet, there are usually tier two bonus points. With Chelsea to play West Brom, Crystal Palace, Brighton, West Ham and Fulham in their next five, now could be the time to strike, not only with the former PSG man but Chelsea defenders in general.

Currently in 0% of the top 1,000 Fantasy Football teams, Silva provides a real differential pick for the latter stages of the season. His nonchalance and experience at the heart of the Chelsea defence could be invaluable if they are to consolidate that top-four position and continue to strive towards that Champions League final.

Jesse Lingard – £7.2m

Since joining West Ham, Jesse Lingard has contributed to eight goals in only seven starts, finding the net on five occasions and assisting three strikes for David Moyes’ side. Off the back of these performances, the Manchester United loanee has earned another England call-up, featuring in all three of Gareth Southgate’s World Cup qualifying matches.

Lingard has tallied 66 points from his seven starts at the Hammers, notching just under 10 points per game in that spell. This includes four double-digit hauls, three Man of the Match awards and a 20-point debut against Aston Villa. A rich vein of form indeed – and all at only £7.2m.

His ownership figure is increasing, too. He is in 7.6% of the top 1,000 Sky Sports Fantasy Football teams but with a decent opportunity to captain him further down the line when West Ham face Newcastle, as well as matches against Burnley, Brighton and West Brom in the pipeline, he looks a shrewd acquisition.

Conor Coady – £8.1m

Conor Coady is fresh back from England duty, where he impressed once again. There could be more joy for him with Wolves’ fixture list in mind: clean sheets, and even a goal or two, could be in the offing for the centre-back.

West Ham, Fulham, Sheffield United, Burnley, West Brom and Brighton are who Wolves will face in their next six matches. With Coady recently admitting that his side are targeting set pieces more, there could be points in abundance for the Wolves captain and any of his teammates coming up for dead-ball situations.

A mere 0.3% of the top 1,000 Sky Sports Fantasy Football managers currently have Coady in their team and these high flyers look to be ahead of the trend. Those fixtures are too generous to pass up on, when combining the single game days at Fulham and other noticeable captaincy days like West Ham and Sheffield United.

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488 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Holmes
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Shouldnt have checked Azpi's previous performance vs WBA. Have given myself a headache with Alonso vs Azpi...

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Both?

  2. tomasjj
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Hello community!
    Getting ready for tomorrows round after a long break!

    a) Auba to Bruno?
    b) Son to Bruno?
    c) Auba and Dunk to Bruno and Azpi for a hit?

    1. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      a

    2. Il Capitano
        1 month, 11 days ago

        A

      • marcos11
          1 month, 11 days ago

          A

        • tomasjj
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Thank you all!

        • Tinmen
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          If you’re are going to start Dunk then I’d take the hit

          1. tomasjj
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            No, but I did consider it until I saw United's home form.

            Coufal, Dias and Rudi at the back, Dunk on bench.

      • JIMMY764
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Bale to Bruno, & bench Gundo?
        Start Cresswell?

        1FT 3.0 ITB no chips remaining.

        Martinez
        Ayling Konsa Shaw
        KDB Son Raph(c) Gundo
        Kane DCL Bamford

        (fabri bale cresswell white)

      • Igz08
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        A) Bale -> Salah ©

        B) Dunk -> Alonso (Captain Kane, bench Watkins)

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          B

      • Il Capitano
          1 month, 11 days ago

          1FT - 8m ITB - Only TC remaining

          Martinez
          Digne Targett Cresswell
          Gundo Lingard Bruno Raphinha
          Kane DCL Bamford

          Fabri - Stones ESR White

          Flip-flopping between starting Stones or Targett, could also switch White to Azpi and bench Targett/Gundo. Probably worth nabbing a Chelsea defender?

        • marcos11
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Salah or Son for just this week?

            1. Homer21
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Depends on Son playing or not

            2. FeverPitch
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Son

          • Atimis
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Would you do Martin Dunk to Azpi Mendy -4 and BB? May WC next week.

            Martinez/Martin*
            Digne/Cancelo/Dallas/Dunk*/Coufal
            Bruno/Bale/Raph/Gundo/Lingard
            Kane/DCL/Bam

            1. Homer21
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Looks a possibility, do you think Bale will play?

              1. Atimis
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Can only hope

          • Homer21
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Son still on an Orange flag...... are we worried?

            1. Jon Walter's Hatty
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              He trained

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

              No presser yet

              Bamford was still flagged until yesterday's presser.

          • modo123
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Martinez fabri
            shaw cancelo Dallas
            Salah de bruyne raph son
            dcl bam vardy

            fabri,gundogan, Tierney,coufal,

            0 in bank
            a) Salah and vardy to kane and jota
            b) cancelo to Alonso
            c) salah/de bruyne to Fernandes
            d) b+c
            e)wildcard

          • wulfrunian
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Bench one.
            a)Dias
            b)Mings
            c)Keane

            1. tomasjj
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Tough!
              Is there anyone less nailed, I'd bench that one.

              1. wulfrunian
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Aye,on Dias atm.Maddison is back,excellent performance and win in the first round,i think that Leicester will score.

                1. tomasjj
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Yes, that is another approach, which opposing team most likely to score.

          • Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            I'd happily get basically all my team news from the Team News tab if it were updated more quickly. Neale is very good at it, and his article on the international break yesterday is very valuable, but if he doesn't have the time to do both tasks, then why not get someone else to take one on? It's been ~24 hours since the first press conference and it's only ~24 hours till the deadline.

            I think your traffic would improve if people knew they could rely on the Team News here. I'm not a fan of Twitter, nor sifting through tweets for soundbites. I like the context and interpretation we get on the Team News tab. It's my favourite way to get updated, followed by the team news video (if I have spare time) for some extra interpretation. These are my thoughts. 🙂

            1. ritzyd
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Agree with this. The team news that does come is genuinely really good and one of the most accurate around but I often end up having to go elsewhere due to the speed of the updates.

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

              Thanks, yeah the Team News is one of my favourite tabs on FFS. I'll pass this along to Neale and the team

              1. Deulofail
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Thanks Geoff!

            3. Skonto Rigga
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Hey Deulofail, that's a very fair point. We had actually recently taken help on a Thursday to aid with the other tasks I do but it wasn't possible this week due to sickness. On it now, though!

              1. Deulofail
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Take my help if you need it 😉 I've never been sick.

                Top work, Neale. I'm a fan.

                1. Skonto Rigga
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  That genuinely means a lot, thank you! 🙂

                  And you're hired.

                  1. Deulofail
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Send me an email! 😀

            4. Nanoelektronicar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Liverpool and Man City are updated either late Friday night or Saturday morning, am I the only freek to notice that?

          • HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Any reason to go past captain Kane this week? Tempted by Raphinha but the scores haven’t been there to back it up...

            Also play Antonio or Lingard this week?

            1. gogs67
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Bruno leads on projected score on a few sites I've seen. Kane second and Raph third

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

                  Yeh did see this. Hadn’t actually considered Bruno after some recent fails

                  1. PP6
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Wouldn’t touch Bruno tbh

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

              Name the budget forward with the best ppg for the season 🙂

              1. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Nacho

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

                  He's way down - a bit to my surprise. A vicim of loads of cameos - his points per minute would be right up there

              2. Holmes
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                McGoldrick

                1. Holmes
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  maybe Antonio

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

                  Nope

                  This one has plenty of goals - you're at the right end of the table though.

                  1. Holmes
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Hopefully its not Benteke 😆

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

                      Even more goals than Benteke - who scored for Belgium and so can be said to be in hot form 🙂

              3. HMC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Bam bam

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

                  Curiously Wilson is ahead of Bambam, DCL and Antonio on ppg. I had all but forgotten him.

                  Pondering when he's back Newcastle may be slightly different as a proposition to attack. The cs potential falls from a probable 50% to something nearer 33% perhaps?

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

                    Those fixtures though...
                    Potentially a nice differential

            3. tom_p77
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Really struggling with the bench this week due to favourable fixtures:

              Mendy
              Digne~Rudi~Shaw
              Son~Bruno~Mount~Raph
              Kane(C)~Bamford~DCL

              (Forster~Gundo~Targett~Cancelo)

              Any advice? Should I play Gundo?

            4. Cometh The Aouar...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Lucas + Antonio or Lingard + DCL?

            5. JenkoJunko
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              What to do with Richarlison... Should he stay or go? I don't have DCL and I don't want him either as I'm chasing in ML and top has him. Thanks all 🙂

              1. JVALDEZ
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                You gotta keep the pigeon

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

                  Thats that settled then ha. Thanks

            6. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Bale becoming a differential again, all the sellers miss the DGW hauls?

            7. tommo123
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Martinez
              Dias Digne Targett
              Mount Gundo Bruno KDB
              Kane DCL Watkins

              Johnstone White ASM Mitchell

              0.0itb 1FT

              Don't feel great with the two city mids .... any changes or G2G?

            8. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Morning all!!! What do we think to how I’m set up!? Any advice vice welcomed!! One idea I’m thinking it’s Bale to Son -4 and bench Grealish(might be rusty after so long out and/or limited minutes) would keep Son for the rest of the season too!! Best of luck to everyone too!!
              Martinez
              Azpilicueta Dallas Cresswell
              Bruno Lingard Raphinha Grealish
              Kane Bamford Antonio
              Subs- Areola Digne Bale Dunk
              Cheers all!!

            9. PogBruno
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              g2g?

              Martinez
              Cresswell Cancelo Digne Dallas
              Rafinha Grealish Son
              Kane (c) DCL Watkins
              - Gundagon Dias Bale

              1. FeverPitch
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Wow that bench. I’d ply Gundo over cresswell or Cancelo. And maybe bale over watkins. Good team

              2. Milkman Bruno
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  I’m currently playing Gundo over Cancelo in my team

              3. jai1212
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Emi (Fabri)
                Shaw Konsa Rudiger
                Son Raphinha(c) Bruno Auba
                Kane DCL Bamford

                Subs: B.Traore Tierney Veltman
                0 FT and 0.3 itb

                A. Do I play B.Traore ahead of Auba?
                B. Should I take out Veltman for Dawson and play BB? (-4)

              4. FeverPitch
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                For starting eleven this week (wildcard soon), would you rather have
                A) Kane and Cancelo
                B) Antonio and Alonso

                If no Kane could captain Bamford/Raphinha/Son

                Thanks

                1. Milkman Bruno
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    A

                    1. FeverPitch
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Thanks mate

                2. Milkman Bruno
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    I have Werner somehow and I was feeling ok about it this week until I just saw his miss for Germany. Wow, what a miss it was.

                  • SIGGYMETIMBER
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    What to do with Mount? Play, bench or sell?

                    1. tom_p77
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      WBA....think Tommy T will have to start him after his performances for England

                  • HD7
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Bruno and Kane are obviously the obvious choices for the next GW.

                    If you had them both, which one would you C?

                    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Kane

                  • 007 [RoboKlopp]
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    A or B for this gw? Will wc in 31.
                    A. Veltman -> Alonso, bench Dias B. Bale -> Son, bench Gundo

                    Martinez
                    Dias*, Dallas, Cancelo
                    Bruno, Gundo*, Raph, Lingard
                    Kane, Bam, DCL
                    [Pope, Bale*, Targett, Veltman*] Cheers, sorry repost

                  • Pep bites Kun
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    I'm finding it difficult to understand why some people are benching some of their best assets (Gundo, Bale, City def, etc) I do understand the chat that's gone on recently, but if you believe that they're no longer valuable, why not sell?

                    Personally I'll diversify one City def to Che to lessen the risk, but I fancy both City & Che to keep clean sheets. I'll definitely play Gundo and will also keep an eye on KDB. I'm not cashing out my chips on the the most prolific team in the league. Pep doesn't do rotation to lose, just to win. He doesn't go out to lose games regardless of the status of the competition. His whole ethos is designed around improvement. We've had Pep roulette from day 1, but yet, it's been profitable from an FPL perspective.

                    1. artvandelay316
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      People are benching Gundo specifically because he has played a lot of minutes internationally and therefore between that and the ever-present threat of Pep roulette, they think it's best to bench him for this match only, as they don't want to risk an unproductive cameo stopping him from being subbed.

                    2. Deulofail
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      I never understand comments saying "if you would bench, you should sell". Like, we have limited transfers. And the reason for benching could be limited to a single GW.

                      1. Pep bites Kun
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        That wasn't my point. It's the strategy or 'fear' that underpins it - which is undermining the very essence of valuable City assets. If people believe that Pep roulette will leave them exposed 'points-wise', then selling rather than hedging is the best way forward

                    3. pingissimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Agreed generally on the Pep comments but there are some Gameweeks where the dynamic is different. Also City defence hasn't been the equivalent of Liverpool last time out - it's been cs with very irregular returns. Benching City defence from time to time can make sense. Plenty benched them for Burnley assets a few weeks back for instance.

                      Have sold Bale as it simply makes sense on my set up. But I may very well bench Son next week as that also makes sense on my set up and plans for the DGW.

                      1. Pep bites Kun
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        I was more talking strategy rather than weekly transfers. There would seem to be a concept building that other assets are more viable than City for the run-in and blank gw33 is fanning the flames of a fire sale. If City assets are unreliable in themselves, then we should sell on that value alone rather than hold because of a one week blank for a player, which could occur at any time based on this perceptual strategic Pep concept.

                        Pep roulette & blank 33 become a side-show if you base thinking on which players will gain the most points over the run-in.

                        I certainly was getting side-tracked until I looked at my own team and the players I want. There is no doubt social media is a powerful platform.

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

                          Agreed really

                          Think BGW33 is skewing perceptions. I'm also slightly dubious about never seen before levels of rotation from Pep. City have been in a position to go for the treble or quadruple a few times no?

                          I rather doubt that this dialogue would be the same had KdB been in the form of last season. Personally I'd happily jump on him if he shows goal scoring form. If he looks likely to match Mo for example from here on in for total points I don't regard him as a higher risk.

                          1. Major League Shocker
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            Yeah, if this happens you should even get more points from KDB's slot than Mo's, because you get auto-sub points added when KDB misses out completely.

                  • Jones Kusi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Would you WC this team GW31 or hold on until the dgw and bgw 35-37?
                    I missed the last deadline so my team is looking like this

                    2 FT 0.8 ITB

                    Johnstone McCarthy
                    Stones Cancelo Targett Dallas Mee
                    Raphinha Auba Son Gundogan Salah
                    Bamford Watkins DCL

                    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Wc in gw 31 imo

                    2. Pep bites Kun
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Nice to have options. Use your 2 FT to reshape for the coming week(s). Consider WC when you have more info after IB.

                  • HD7
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Have one Free transfer before WC

                    Do you think Bale or Lingard to Mount is worth it?

                    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Bale yes, Lingard no

                  • DavidBadWillie
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      I have Martinez and Konsa v Fulham this week. But I also have 4.5m in the bank and kind of want a Chelsea defender v WBA.

                      Who's the better option Azpi or Rudigar??

                      I'm selling Martinez next week and Konsa with him if not this week.

                      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        I have Martinez and Konsa to mate and I did Konsa to Azpilicueta!!! It won’t surprise me if Fulham get a result at Villa!!