Spot the Differential

Budget FPL defender Davies offers cheaper route into Spurs backline

Gameweek 15 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is almost upon us which gives us an opportunity to have a look at some more differential options.

This time, we’ve selected low-owned picks at Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Arsenal, who we think have the potential to make an impact.

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

BEN DAVIES

  • FPL ownership: 0.3%
  • Price: £4.4m
  • GW15-19 fixtures: NOR | bha | lei | LIV | CRY

Budget defender Ben Davies (£4.4m) could be set for a new lease of life at Tottenham Hotspur under Antonio Conte.

The 28-year-old started the season as back-up at Spurs, which limited him to just one league start up until the Italian’s arrival in Gameweek 11. However, the Welshman has since completed 90 minutes in each of Conte’s three league matches in charge, which has coincided with his side keeping two clean sheets.

During that time, Davies’s role on the left of Spurs’ three-man defence has seen him regularly burst forward and contribute in the final third, linking excellently with wing-back Sergio Reguilon (£5.2m). That was evident against Brentford on Thursday, when he forced the own goal that put his team ahead, before later sending another header at goal that was saved by Alvaro Fernandez (£4.5m). His defensive work was notable, too, with two interceptions, four recoveries and a couple of successful clearances.

Up next for Tottenham is Norwich City, who rank bottom for non-penalty expected goals (non-pen xG) and who have found the net just eight times across their 14 outings this term, while appealing fixtures against Brighton and Hove Albion (a), Crystal Palace (h), Southampton (a) and Watford (a) follow prior to the January break.

Davies has had an up and down career at Tottenham to date, but there is hope Conte can coax the best out of him, and if he does, FPL managers will be handed a budget route into Spurs’ backline.

MARCUS RASHFORD

  • FPL ownership: 0.8%
  • Price: £9.4m
  • GW15-19 fixtures: CRY | nor | bre | BHA | new

Following the inclusion of Jadon Sancho (£8.9m) in last week’s column, this time it’s the turn of team-mate Marcus Rashford (£9.4m).

The England international has had a frustrating campaign so far, mainly due to injury, but has scored two goals and provided an assist in his six Premier League appearances since returning from shoulder surgery, despite featuring for over 60 minutes just three times.

Against Arsenal in midweek, he appeared a little isolated but did deliver at a crucial moment, when he produced the cross for Cristiano Ronaldo’s (£12.3m) strike, while prior to that, his pressing ability was key to his team’s performance at Stamford Bridge.

Now, with Ralf Rangnick installed, he will surely be handed further opportunities to kick on, with his manager’s comments about wanting to control games and play on the front foot hugely encouraging for Manchester United’s attacking assets.

The Red Devils’ forthcoming schedule offers further encouragement that Rashford can deliver, with games against Crystal Palace (h), Norwich City (a), Brentford (a), Brighton and Hove Albion (h), Newcastle United (a) and Burnley (h) before the end of the year. In fact, the next time they face one of the ‘traditional’ big six is in March, against rivals Manchester City.

Rashford has all the attributes to thrive in a Rangnick system, and could be a nice pickup for those on the lookout for a real midfield differential.

TAKEHIRO TOMIYASU

Budget FPL defender Davies offering viable route into Spurs backline 2
  • FPL ownership: 4.1%
  • Price: £4.6m
  • GW15-19 fixtures: eve | SOU | WHU | lee | nor

With six clean sheets, an assist and three bonus points in his 11 Premier League appearances since joining Arsenal, plus an appealing set of forthcoming fixtures, Takehiro Tomiyasu (£4.6m) could be a solid under the radar pick in December.

Unlike Nuno Tavares (£4.3m) and Kieran Tierney (£4.7m) on the opposite flank, the Japan international has established himself as first-choice under Mikel Arteta, and was arguably the best player on the pitch during their 3-2 loss at Manchester United on Thursday, when he almost won a penalty after Harry Maguire (£5.4m) pulled him down.

The 23-year-old’s creativity is on the up, too. Having started the season slowly in an attacking sense, he has recently started to contribute more in the final third. In fact, over the last four Gameweeks, Tomiyasu has posted team-leading totals for successful crosses and chances created, while his 0.68 expected assists (xA) total ranks eighth amongst all defenders.

However, the real appeal lies in the Gunners’ clean sheet potential, and with home games against Southampton, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers before the end of the year, plus away trips to Everton, Leeds United and Norwich City, further shut-outs could be on the way.

Priced at just £4.6m, Tomiyasu is a cheap route into Arsenal’s defence, and could be a nice set-and-forget option given his security of starts and increased attacking potential.


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  1. corderz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Antonio + Gallagher > King + B.Silva?

    1. GreatCarragherReef
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Antonio's fixtures turn good soon and you'll want him back

      1. corderz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Can get him back for Toney quite easily

    2. SoulShakinTex
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Have been looking at a similar move and decided against it for now.

      1. corderz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Reasonings?

        1. SoulShakinTex
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Replacing Jimi felt more urgent, and also saving 1FT for fixture congestion.

    3. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I would

    4. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Yes great moves. Get Bowen for Westham run.

    5. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Have a look at Antonio & Gallagher fixtures from next week onwards

      1. corderz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Not think BSilva has equally as good fixtures?

  2. GreatCarragherReef
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    2ft, 2.0 in the bank

    No idea what to do here, any suggestions?

    Sanchez (Steele)
    TAA, James, Alonso, cancelo, Livramento
    Salah, raphinha, Jonathan (bissouma, allen)
    Antonio, Toney, Vardy

    Want to do raph to esr next week, worth it now to avoid burning a transfer?

    1. SoulShakinTex
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Would hold Raph one more week. Who is that Jonathan, though?

      1. GreatCarragherReef
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Whoops, Jota

    2. SoulShakinTex
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Haha. He’s ok. You can afford doing Allan to ESR, can you not?

    3. RUN DCL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 20 days ago

      You could always up grade bissouna for a decent bench for this period

      1. RUN DCL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Allan better as he’s 0.1 more

  3. FPL Doctor
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Play 2:
    A) Lamptey
    B) Livra
    C) Mbeumo

    1. GreatCarragherReef
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      A and c

  4. buttsy9
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Wildcard GTG?

    De Gea - Guaita
    James - TAA - Alonso - Cancelo - Reguilon
    Salah - Son - Cornet - Bernado - Smith-Rowe
    Dennis - Davis - Toney

    1. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Tasty

      1. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Bench headache every week though

        1. buttsy9
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Better that headache than the terrible team I had before! Weak up front though but hopefully the midfield can make up for that.

    2. SoulShakinTex
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Too weak up front for me. Davis is never going to play and when Dennis goes AFCON you’re left with just Toney.

      1. buttsy9
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Struggling to trust any forwards right now and can’t find a way to afford Ronaldo without big sacrifices.

        1. SoulShakinTex
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Agree, but you’ve gone too far in the other direction imo.

    3. XX SMICER XX
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      As above. Strong side but too many benching headaches.
      I would downgrade Guaita & 1 defender to allow for forward upgrade.

    4. CONNERS
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      No point in having Guaita plus DDG, just get fodder and use funds to switch Dennis to King. (no AFCON, on pens, etc).

  5. Well you know, Triffic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    James owners, s it safer to 'spread the risk' and start Antonio instead of Alonso? Just thinking one West Ham goal will wipe the clean sheet and it could well be Antonio who gets the goal

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Starting both James & Alonso, and would bench Antonio if I still had him

    2. XX SMICER XX
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      You own Chelsea double up for a reason. Play Alonso

  6. cescpistols111
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    What changes would you make to this team? 2FT, 0.0 ITB.

    Don’t want to waste my transfer but also don’t know the change to make.

    Sanchez Foster
    TAA Cancelo Rudiger Livramento White
    Salah Son Jota Raphinha Brownhill
    Vardy Toney Davis

    1. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Livra to Johnson

    2. XX SMICER XX
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Brownhill to Gilmour

    3. CONNERS
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Maybe switch Brownhill to Gilmour who has been playing more advanced lately and on some set pieces.

      Saves you 0.1m too ; )

  7. THEKID_88
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    How does Toney & Vardy to King & Kane sound for free?

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      nah vardy got newcastle and toney watford next week

    2. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Not good

  8. Saintjack01
      1 month, 20 days ago

      A) Bernardo and Dennis for Gallagher and wood 2FT
      B) Williams and Watkins for coady and wood 2FT
      C) jota Williams king for coady Gallagher and wood -4

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        A

      2. BERGKOP
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        A

    • dshv
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Start one:

      1. Livra
      2. Anotonio
      3. Gallagher

      1. EgyptianKing
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Livra imo

      2. Tree House
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Antonio

      3. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        3

    • Nightf0x
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      please complete WC team

      3.9 X
      taa rudi X X X
      bowen esr salah jota X
      ronaldo denis X

      which & whom ?

      a) rams - laporte/walker davies lamptey - gundo/bernardo - benteke
      b) ddg - laporte/walker white dufy - gundo/bernardo - benteke

      1. Jimbo-Jones
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        You need Cancelo.

        1. Nightf0x
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          can get him and drop benteke

    • Teror
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Start Vardy or Livra?

      1. EgyptianKing
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Vardy imo

      2. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        vardy

      3. Oggle22
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        This a serious question?

        1. RUN DCL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Lol

      4. BERGKOP
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Vardy

      5. XX SMICER XX
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Tough one, Vardy. If you don’t fancy Vardy then sell him

    • EgyptianKing
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Would you start White, Mbomo or Antonio this GW?

      Cheers!

      1. Teror
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        White then Antonio then Bongo last sub behind Brownhill

        1. EgyptianKing
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Ahah, thx man!

    • Jimbo-Jones
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Keeping Foden as reckon he might start this week, and he’ll definitely be back for City’s run.
      So thinking of doing Gallagher > 4.5 to allow for one of the below next week:

      A. Kane, Davis > Ronaldo, King

      B. Kane, Gilmour > Sancho, Jesus

      Thoughts?

      1. Heiro
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Problem is Gallagher has a decent run after United. Who else you got?

        1. Jimbo-Jones
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Need the 0.1 to do Kane to Ronaldo next week.
          If I go for Sancho/Rash instead, then I don’t need to downgrade Gallagher…

          Guaita
          TAA Cancelo James Reguilon Livra
          Salah Foden Jota Gallagher Gilmour
          Kane Antonio Davis

      2. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        A out of those

    • The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Score predictions for today..?

      WHU 1-1 CHE
      NEW 1-2 BUR
      SOU 0-0 BHA
      WOL 0-2 LIV
      WAT 1-4 MCI

      1. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        1-2
        1-1
        0-1
        0-2
        0-3

      2. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        1-3
        2-1
        1-1
        1-3
        0-9

    • Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Team GTG? Rolling a FT this week

      Sanchez (Steele)
      TAA James Cancelo, Rudiger
      Raphinha Salah (C) ESR Jota
      ASM Toney
      SUBS - Antonio Gallagher Duffy

    • FPL Doctor
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Play 1:
      A) Toney
      B) Mbeumo

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        A

      2. SoulShakinTex
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 20 days ago

        A

      3. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        A

    • winchester
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 20 days ago

      GTG bench OK? 0ft 3,7m itb. raph will probably be one of the city guys in gw16. cheers

      ramsdale
      taa - cancelo - james - reguilon - livra
      salah(c) - raphinha - jota - son
      antonio

      (foster - dennis - hwang - gilmour)

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Looks good

        1. winchester
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 20 days ago

          cheers

    • fpork
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Play Gallagher (Mun) or Bowen (Che)?

      1. Tree House
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Gallagher

    • Oggle22
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Ramsdale
      Trent Reg James Livra
      Salah Son Raph ESR
      Toney CR7

      Foster Dennis Luiz Manquillo

      2ft 0.1m itb thinking Manquillo and Livra to Johnson and Dalot?

      1. thomashl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Hmm Dalot isn’t nailed by any stretch, though?

        1. Oggle22
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          That's my thinking also

    • thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Caught in two minds here:

      Hold transfer - or do Chilwell to Davies?
      Rather fancy having 2FTs next gw, with lots of fixture swings… unless?

      Sanchez
      Cancelo TAA James Livra
      Jota Salah Gallagher Raph
      Toney Wilson
      (Foster - Antonio Chilwell Brownhill) 4.1 itb

      1. Heiro
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        I wouldn't.

        I'd play Antonio over Gallagher I think. Close though

        1. thomashl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Cheers mate. Yeah, it’s one of those dilemmas… Utd keep letting in easy goals, and Antonio’s had one return in 8 games. But yeah, have been back and forth there.

      2. waltzingmatildas
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Save ft I reckon

        1. thomashl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Thanks mate. That’s settled then!

    • Punter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Not feeling great about Alonso any more, had him last 2 weeks. Also fancy getting a City double up. Is this a bad move?

      Alonso and Sanchez out , Ederson and Lamptey in. For free

      Also have Mbuemo and Toney I should maybe be prioritising instead

      1. RUN DCL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Brentford out first

        1. waltzingmatildas
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          This

      2. Heiro
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Toney is good for a bit fixture wise. He's easily their best player.

        Ok Chelsea conceded but he's very attacking and they have Leeds at home next week.

        I like the Lamptey pick, I've been waiting for more minutes. Maybe just get him in for someone else.

    • waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      A) livra to tot defender
      B) livra to ars defender
      C) save ft
      1ft, 1m itb
      Guaita foster
      TAA cancelo james alonso livra
      Salah jota gundo raph normann
      Kane toney Davis

      1. RUN DCL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Save and do it if you still have 2 frees

        1. RUN DCL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Or when you have 2 frees

          1. waltzingmatildas
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Yeah fair enough. I still like livra so not urgent

    • RUN DCL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Play Kane or Traoré?

      1. SoulShakinTex
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Good thing there are no emojis here

      2. waltzingmatildas
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Kane

      3. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Close, but Kane

      4. CONNERS
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Play Traore and captain him.

        Kane third on bench.

    • Michelle Davin
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Jimenez and gray to
      Dennis & gundogan for free?

      1. MikeNash404
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Yes

    • Gideons Rolling Another One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Any thoughts on the below would be welcome?

      Trossard to
      A: Bilva
      B: Mount
      C: Gündogan
      D: Keep

      1. MikeNash404
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        C

      2. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        B

      3. SoulShakinTex
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 20 days ago

        A

      4. Gideons Rolling Another One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Cheers, as mixed as it gets!

    • ZAWAd25
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Who scores more this week?

      A) Kane + Dennis

      B) Ronaldo + Toney

      1. MikeNash404
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        B

      2. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        A

    • Old Bull
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      What are people’s thoughts on Reguilon as an option? I’m torn about bringing him in. Fixtures look difficult soon but still tempted

      1. Chrisaa87
          1 month, 20 days ago

          I Just brought him in for rudiger.

      2. Tree House
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Start one:

        A) Livra (BHA)
        B) Jimenez (LIV)

        Thanks!

        1. Old Bull
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          I’ve benched Livra as expecting Brighton to score in south coast derby. Also Wolves are at home

      3. MikeNash404
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Play one, bench two.

        A) Antonio
        B) Benteke
        C) Livra

      4. Mufc202020
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        I just don’t know if I should do Vardy to Ronny for free or roll the transfer. Will Vardy even start…

        What would you do?