Spot the Differential

FPL Gameweek 1 differentials: Digne, Maddison and Bamford

The Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Gameweek 1 deadline is now upon us, which gives us an opportunity to have a look at some differential options for the start of the season.

As always, we’ve selected three players with an ownership of five per cent or less at the time of writing, who represent viable alternatives to some of the more popular assets out there.

LUCAS DIGNE

Digne’s FPL potential evident in Aston Villa debut 5
  • FPL ownership: 4.3%
  • Price: £5.0m
  • GW1-5 fixtures: bou | EVE | cry | WHU | ars

Lucas Digne’s (£5.0m) performances towards the back end of last season were particularly strong, as he settled into his new role as one of Steven Gerrard’s attacking full-backs.

From Gameweek 22 onwards, his first outing in an Aston Villa shirt, the Frenchman created more chances than all defenders bar Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m). In that time, he ranked third for successful crosses and fifth for final-third touches, while as a corner taker, he also has an additional route to points.

Villa produced some decent defensive displays under Gerrard, as they ranked eighth amongst all Premier League sides for actual goals conceded from his appointment in Gameweek 12 onwards. Not only that, but they look set to tighten up further at the back in 2022-23 following the acquisitions of centre-back Diego Carlos (£5.0m) and defensive midfielder Boubacar Kamara (£5.0m).

Villa have played five matches during pre-season, winning four whilst keeping a trio of clean sheets. Now, with an appealing run against Bournemouth, Everton and Crystal Palace inside the first three Gameweeks, there is potential to start strongly.

In all of Gerrard’s favoured set-ups, be it a narrow 4-3-2-1, 4-3-3 or diamond formation, Digne will be handed plenty of freedom to attack, and as a result, could be a nice differential pick for the opening rounds.

JAMES MADDISON

Eriksen Covid latest as Maddison and Castagne haul 1
  • FPL ownership: 5.0%
  • Price: £8.0m
  • GW1-5 fixtures: BRE | ars | SOU | che | MUN

James Maddison (£8.0m) has performed well in pre-season, notching four attacking returns which included an assist against Sevilla last weekend.

“James Maddison, it’s the best I’ve seen him in the three-and-a-half years I’ve been at Leicester. He looks now really physically strong, technically confident and tactically, his view of the game is outstanding.” – Brendan Rodgers on James Maddison’s pre-season form

The playmaker had a slow start to 2021/22, producing just one assist in the first 12 Gameweeks. However, he went on to register a whopping 22 attacking returns in his final 23 appearances, averaging an eye-catching 7.4 points per start in that time.

As a result, he ended the campaign as the fifth highest-scoring midfielder in FPL.

While Leicester City’s first eight fixtures aren’t anything to shout about, they do face Brentford and Southampton in Gameweeks 1 and 3, opponents Maddison scored against last season.

Zero summer signings may have contributed to a sense of a worry around their assets in FPL, but the Foxes hit over 60 Premier League goals last season, despite a demanding European campaign and an injury-hit squad.

Now, Leicester will benefit from the easing of fixture congestion in 2022/23 as a result of their non-involvement in Europe, and given that Maddison is in contention for an England call-up for the World Cup, could pick up where he left off last season.

PATRICK BAMFORD

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  • FPL ownership: 1.3%
  • Price: £7.5m
  • GW1-5 fixtures: WOL | sou | CHE | bha | EVE

Patrick Bamford’s (£7.5m) fitness has been carefully managed over the summer, in the hope that he can now leave last season’s injury woes behind him.

The striker was restricted to just nine top-flight appearances in 2021/22, but registered just under 200 FPL points a couple of years ago, as he netted 17 goals and 11 assists under Marcelo Bielsa.

Bamford has made four appearances throughout pre-season and in his last outing against Cagliari, captained the side and scored an excellent brace in a 6-2 win.

Now, he is expected to start against Wolverhampton Wanderers after gaining 90 minutes of action against the Italian Serie B outfit, with manager Jesse Marsch giving an encouraging update earlier this week.

“It’s been a huge week for him, he looks great, he looks fit, he looks sharp. The good thing as well is now having Patrick closer to 100%, we’ve been able to work tactically through what we want him to look like. I believe there’s a lot of room for improvement and that’s our goal to help him. He looks great, he’s psychologically incredibly excited and I know we have a great player on our hands. Is he at 100%, probably not but he’s close.” – Jesse Marsch on Patrick Bamford

He should also be on penalty-taking duty, too, having previously scored two from two.

2021/22 was a difficult campaign for Leeds United which involved a change in the dugout, and as a result, they are a bit of an unknown quantity ahead of this new campaign. However, according to our Season Ticker, only Arsenal have a better opening seven matches than the Whites.

Undoubtedly, the sale of Raphinha to Barcelona will be a huge loss, but if Bamford can stay injury free, he could re-emerge as one of the best mid-price forwards in FPL.

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1,368 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Pedram
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 6 hours ago

    I have 1.5m in the bank, what would you upgrade in this team?

    Ward - Iversen
    TAA - Robbo - Cancelo - James - Neco
    Salah - Rashford - Martinelli - Bailey - Andreas
    Kane - Jesus - Archer

    1. DagheMunegu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Keeper

      1. Pedram
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        To who?

        1. DagheMunegu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Ramsdale

    2. Admiral Benson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Rashford to Mount or Maddy?

    3. xHaTr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Rashford to Saka

    4. Jafooli
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Get an 8.0m mid for easy one transfer hopping…

      1. mrmojorisin8
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        +1

      2. TheBiffas
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        +2

      3. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        This

    5. SAY MY NAME
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      keeper to ederson or ramsdale

  2. Tiki-Taka
    • 11 Years
    3 days, 6 hours ago

    Who are the best:

    4.5 mids - guaranteed to start + possibly deliver odd assist/goal
    4.5 strikers - same thing (if any)

    1. Jafooli
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Fulham lad
      Archer

  3. DeathoftheParty
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 6 hours ago

    Anyone payin £7.5m for Patrick Bamford have lost their mind...

    1. Brosef Stalin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Absolutely mad to include him in this list

      1. jason_ni
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        I mean its a differential article!

    2. theroadrunner
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Hello. I have lost my mind.

    3. LangerznMash
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      25 attack returns in 20/21 easily worth £7.5m - freak foot injury is all healed now and he looked really sharp last match.

  4. DagheMunegu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 6 hours ago

    Guys would you change Walker to either trippier or Bailey ?

    Ramsdale
    TAA Robbo Cancelo James Walker
    Salah Rashford Martinelli
    Haaland Jesus

    Ward Archer Andreas DaSilva

    1. NoSalah'd
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Walker to Bailey

    2. mrmojorisin8
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Bailey for flexibility, 4-4-2 better than 5-3-2

    3. Buck The Trent
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Bailey

  5. GordonMcDowall
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      What about Rashford? £6.5mill Mid. Looking to start up front against Brighton?

      1. Jafooli
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Ronnie’s shadow is still everywhere, once he goes Rashford becomes an opinion…

      2. Q
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        My final dilemma too. But it would be rashford or martinelli

    • Jafooli
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Reckon Zaha is a good differential shout….

      1. Brosef Stalin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Agreed, not enough people talking about him

        1. Jafooli
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Was going to start with him but chickened out…will look to get in Gw5

          1. GordonMcDowall
              3 days, 6 hours ago

              Do I drop Martinelli or Guimares for Rashford?

              1. Jafooli
                • 10 Years
                3 days, 6 hours ago

                Neither

        2. Thomas Magnum
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Think he's reverse fixture proof. Will do well in the opening 6, during the tough fixture run and then do nothing when people look to bring him when fixtures ease

          1. Jafooli
            • 10 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            Ha, yeah true enough….

      2. KidingRunner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        foden or mahrez?

        1. mrmojorisin8
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          I'd say Mahrez, should be sharper due to a proper pre-season

      3. Brosef Stalin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        BB GW1 team, wildcard GW2 - what do you reckon?

        Martinez / Ward
        TAA / Robertson / Gabriel / Cash / Dalot
        Diaz / Saka / Sancho / ASM / Bailey
        Kane / Jesus / Wilson

        1. Mozumbus
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            Might not beat a non BB template team

          • Thomas Magnum
            • 6 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            Should have 15 starters so looks good to me. Captain choice will make or break

            1. Brosef Stalin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 days, 6 hours ago

              Very true, and BB therefore risky in GW1 as it's not really known who are 100% starting I just like to get the chip off my chest.

              Going Kane as captain

          • schlupptheweek
            • 8 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            I like the core. I think ASM is an interesting maverick move so won't say don't go for him. Other options good on a bench boost are Leeds players (Kristensen, Aaronson, Rodrigo, Meslier) and you might need to flip a coin given Iversen is lurking. Last year I somehow got 0 points from a GW1 BB so atleast you'll beat that!

          • DazF90
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 days, 5 hours ago

            Also going for BB but mines a little different to yours (has Salah)
            Nice team though mate good luck

        2. Mozumbus
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            How's she looking?
            Ward
            TAA Robertson Cancelo Cash Saliba
            Salah KDB Bailey Neto
            Kand

            1. Brosef Stalin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 days, 6 hours ago

              Midfield looks unbalanced with both Salah and KDB in it. I would downgrade one to strengthen rest

              1. Mozumbus
                  3 days, 6 hours ago

                  Thanks. Actually it's Jesus who's sacrificed here. KDB would be 8.0 to fund the striker. Even in this case, midfield would remain the same pretty much.

            2. billnats
              • 11 Years
              3 days, 6 hours ago

              532
              Perisic, Robertson & Neto

              442
              Neco*, Dias & Mount
              *benched

              1. mrmojorisin8
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 days, 6 hours ago

                442

            3. The Frenchie
              • 6 Years
              3 days, 6 hours ago

              A) Sanchez / Gabriel / Mount
              B) Sanchez / Aaronson / Mount
              C) Ramsdale / Bailey / Mount
              D) Sanchez / Rashford / Barnes

              ?
              TAA / Robertson / Dias / James / ?
              Salah / Martinelli / ?
              Haaland / Jesus

              Cheers

            4. chelseabrad
              • 7 Years
              3 days, 6 hours ago

              Good to go? 0itb

              Mendy
              Robbo Cancelo Zinch Dalot
              Salah Mahrez Mount Bailey
              Kane Jesus

              (Gazza Neto N.Williams Greenwood)

            5. The Mentaculus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 days, 6 hours ago

              Is there a general FFS league to enter, besides H2H & LMS? Can't find the code

            6. I am 42
              • 9 Years
              3 days, 6 hours ago

              headache...still undecided for my 2 x 5m defender

              currently on Walker & Trippier

              what about you?

              1. GC123
                  3 days, 6 hours ago

                  I’ve got Walker and Gabriel but the former is getting caned on here

                • Big Ronnie
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 days, 6 hours ago

                  Currently on Digne

                • Mozumbus
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    Cash

                  • mrmojorisin8
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    Walker has little upside, maybe Zinc or Digne/Cash?

                • Big Ronnie
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 days, 6 hours ago

                  A) Digne
                  B) Cash
                  C) Trippier

                  1) Mount
                  2) Kulu
                  3) Saka
                  4) Foden

                  1. Q
                    • 10 Years
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    C 1/3

                    1. Big Ronnie
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 days, 6 hours ago

                      Cheers

                  2. RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    C1 for me. But I do like Saka too

                    1. Big Ronnie
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 days, 6 hours ago

                      Cheers Rafa

                  3. mrmojorisin8
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    C3 for me, although any 8m mid has pros and cons that mean you're unlikely to go wrong either way

                    1. Big Ronnie
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 days, 6 hours ago

                      Cheers

                  4. Corgz Dark side of the Loon
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    A2

                    1. Big Ronnie
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 days, 6 hours ago

                      Cheers

                • useruser
                  • 11 Years
                  3 days, 6 hours ago

                  What's everyone doing with Perisic - starting or avoiding?

                  1. Brosef Stalin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    Wait a week

                    1. useruser
                      • 11 Years
                      3 days, 6 hours ago

                      Looks to be the safe bet

                  2. AnyoneButLiverpool
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    waiting

                  3. The Mentaculus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    Changed him to Digne for the first 2 weeks. 1m itb to upgrade to a Spurs/Chelsea WB in GW3

                  4. cravencottage
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    Waiting

                  5. fish&chips
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 12 Years
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    Was going to go with him but I think I might start with Digne now and reassess

                  6. agueroooooney
                    • 7 Years
                    3 days, 5 hours ago

                    Starting

                • La Roja
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 days, 6 hours ago

                  Saka salah and Kane

                  Let dicing commence in the box

                  1. La Roja
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    Diving*

                    1. Jafooli
                      • 10 Years
                      3 days, 6 hours ago

                      Peno central, right there….

                • RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 days, 6 hours ago

                  Last decision… thanks & GL 🙂
                  A. Ramsdale+Trippier
                  B. Iversen+James

                  XX

                  TAA Cancelo Robbo XX

                  Salah Martinelli Mount Bailey
                  
Haaland Jesus
                  (Ward, Neco, Andreas, 4.5)

                  1. fploutcast
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    I think A has more points in it but James is tough to go without.

                  2. Q
                    • 10 Years
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    I have the exact same as b

                • Jässi
                  • 5 Years
                  3 days, 6 hours ago

                  Best 4.5m midfield after Andreas? Playing 5-3-2.

                  1. gooner_112233445566
                    • 3 Years
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    Dasilva

                  2. Thomas Magnum
                    • 6 Years
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    Reed for 2 points and nothing more

                • chelseabrad
                  • 7 Years
                  3 days, 6 hours ago

                  Zinchenko or Gabriel?

                  1. Brosef Stalin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    Zinchenko

                  2. fploutcast
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    Gabriel for me

                    1. chelseabrad
                      • 7 Years
                      3 days, 6 hours ago

                      Why?

                  3. AnyoneButLiverpool
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    gab

                    1. chelseabrad
                      • 7 Years
                      3 days, 6 hours ago

                      Why?

                • gooner_112233445566
                  • 3 Years
                  3 days, 6 hours ago

                  A) walker
                  B) digne
                  C) trippier
                  D) gabriel

                  1. fploutcast
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    C, D/B, A in that order

                • TheBiffas
                  • 1 Year
                  3 days, 6 hours ago

                  Those frantic RMT-spammers haven't noticed there's a lovely new article to be read 🙂 enjoy the peace here while it lasts

                  1. fantasywalker
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    Points and screams in bodysnatcher fashion.

                • jonnybhoy
                  • 9 Years
                  3 days, 6 hours ago

                  Which combo guys? (Got TAA + Cancelo)

                  A) Ederson + James
                  B) Mendy + Robbo
                  C) Ramsdale + Robbo

                  1. NoSalah'd
                    • 2 Years
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    C

                • Dynamic Duos
                  • 9 Years
                  3 days, 6 hours ago

                  Walker played 1755mins last season and isn't getting any younger

                  1. The Mentaculus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    Are you getting younger? What is the secret to eternal youth?

                    1. Percy Johnstone
                        3 days, 4 hours ago

                        Benjamin Button

                  2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    Best option here folks???

                    A- Saka, Neto and Sanchez/Ward
                    Or
                    B- Mount, Martinelli and Ward/Iversen

                    Cheers everyone!!!

                    1. NoSalah'd
                      • 2 Years
                      3 days, 6 hours ago

                      I reckon B

                    2. Q
                      • 10 Years
                      3 days, 6 hours ago

                      B

                      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        3 days, 6 hours ago

                        Cheers chaps!! B is what you be been on!! Will stick!!

                  3. Sharkytect
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 days, 6 hours ago

                    Is 4.0m Patterson definitely going to be starting?
                    I don't want to waste transfers on my bench fodder; I just want someone who might have to come in and bring their 1-2 points with them on rare occasion.

                    But want to know they will play so they don't plummet in price.

                  4. Mozumbus
                      3 days, 6 hours ago

                      LMS code please

                      1. TheBiffas
                        • 1 Year
                        3 days, 6 hours ago

                        88xxin

                        1. Danno - Emre Canada
                          • 7 Years
                          3 days, 6 hours ago

                          Cheers
                          Any other mini-leagues floating about other than the FFS?

                        2. Mozumbus
                            3 days, 6 hours ago

                            Thanks

                      2. La Roja
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        3 days, 6 hours ago

                        Captain Salah or Kane?

                        1. Mozumbus
                            3 days, 6 hours ago

                            Salah

                          • AnyoneButLiverpool
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            3 days, 6 hours ago

                            kane

                        2. Pep's Money Laundry
                          • 6 Years
                          3 days, 6 hours ago

                          I've got 1m itb and have a fairly decent way to add Haaland to go 3 premiums, would you do the following moves and play 433?

                          Mendy to Leicester combo
                          Robbo to James
                          Bowen to 4.5
                          4.5 to Haaland

                        3. AnyoneButLiverpool
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          3 days, 6 hours ago

                          Can someone anyone reply to my post?

                          Ramsdale Ward
                          TAA Robo James Cancelo Neco
                          Salah Martnielli Rashford Bailey Andreas
                          Kane Jesus Archer (0.5 in the bank)

                          Or

                          Ramsdale Ward
                          TAA Robo James Walker* Neco
                          Son* Martnielli Rashford Bailey Diaz*
                          Kane Jesus Archer

                          or

                          Ramsdale Ward
                          TAA Robo James Walker Neco
                          Son Martnielli Rashford Bailey Andreas
                          Kane Jesus Wilson

                          1. TheBiffas
                            • 1 Year
                            3 days, 6 hours ago

                            First one because it has salah