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

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  • 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. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    G2g?

    Alisson
    Trippier Ait-Nouri Saliba
    Salah Son(C) Neto Bailey
    Haaland Darwin Jesus

    Wars Andreas Neco Patterson

    1. Bleh
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      That defence is shameless.

      1. Athletic Nasherbo
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Ok.

    2. tibollom
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      interesting and not template, but not sure if darwin starts.. interesting to not go salah C given his record in opening GW sine 2016

      1. Athletic Nasherbo
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Darwin is a risk, but he seems fun to own even if he doesn’t start.

        I have Salah, Atleast.

    3. Richarlidad
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      That looks like an entertaining team. You'll probably have more fun than most on here. Good luck.

      1. Athletic Nasherbo
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        That’s the aim. Fun, but with either proven or potentially explosive attackers.

    4. DeuloRad
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      WUNDERBAR!

      I would personally downgrade Alisson. The Leicester double-up gives you 1.5 to really boost points in midfield and/or defence. I know you'll have your reasons, but this just seems too obvious to avoid to me.

    5. Minty Fresh
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      I dont normally comment on here but that is not far off my team (even captain choice) and yes a gamble, but i win my previous leagues by not being template, and thats what wildcards are for if it does go south 😉

  2. Mcmush87
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Odegaard worth a punt?

      1. nico05
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        I think he could be

      2. Clive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 13 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        I don't think above Martinelli

      3. FPL_Champ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        I'd rather Martinelli and he's cheaper

      4. Fabreghastly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Yes

    • Clive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Hmm... which would you choose?

      1. Mount, James and Martinelli
      2. Haaland, Dalot and Neto

      Both options have Kane and Salah and no other City (except Cancelo).

      1. Sacked in the Morning
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        1 for me

        1. Clive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 13 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Ta, that's the one I am on currently.

      2. FPL Elephant
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        1

    • Strchld
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      A) Salah and Mount
      B) Diaz and KdB

      1. Cheeky Onion
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        I'm on A

      2. FPL_Champ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        A

    • jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Mount or kulu
      Got james

      1. Clive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 13 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Mount, no booked in transfer then

    • Cheeky Onion
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Mulled over threemium, differential, and all sorts of setups - ended up going with a pretty boring template.

      Ramsdale
      TAA - Robbo - Cancelo - Cash
      Salah - Mount - Martinelli - Bailey
      Kane - Jesus

      Ward - Neco - Andreas - Taylor

      Any last minute thoughts?

      1. Biggsy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Boring is ok. Assess the field and seek out the diamonds from there. Looks good

      2. Clive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 13 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Robbo/Cash to James/Perisic and you have the exact same team as me then.

        What are you planning for City GW2? Kane to Haaland? Mount to a City mid?

        1. Cheeky Onion
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Was originally going to do Kane > Haaland, but will have to wait and see. If Chelsea still look shambles at the back, might just hold Kane and look at Mahrez/Foden

          1. Clive
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 13 Years
            3 days, 5 hours ago

            Yeah that was my thinking too. Kane is definitely better option than Haaland this week in isolation. So then I have the choice next week of how to cover City.

            I did consider James/Martinelli/Mount to 4.5/Neto/Haaland which gives me Kane and Haaland. But not sure Haaland/Neto makes up for not having James/Martinelli/Mount.

      3. banskt
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Similar structure. Except Haaland, Wilson instead of Kane, Jesus. The latter is my differential to the remaining 75% teams.

        1. Cheeky Onion
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          That's a bold move. I like the Wilson punt, but not at the expense of Jesus. I could end up with a front 3 of Jesus, Wilson, 11.5m if that's what ends up working this season

      4. payetisgod
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Had the exact same team/debate assuming you have the same idea to switch Kane to Haaland GW2? If so whats your plan to have both City and Spurs coverage from GW3 onwards as fixtures look quite nice!

        Early WC? This dilemma is what drove me to threemium of son haaland salah so and sacrifice defense a little!

        1. Clive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 13 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          I am considering James/Martinelli/Mount to 4.5/Neto/Haaland which gives me Kane and Haaland. But not sure Haaland/Neto makes up for not having James/Martinelli/Mount

    • mcsteely
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Which scores more ignoring captaincy:

      A: Saka Mount & Foden
      B: Haaland, Martinelli & Neto

      1. TSN
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        probably B

      2. Biggsy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        A just about

    • ganjalf
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        A.Kane,Walker,Sanchez,4.5m midfielder
        B.Ederson,Cancelo,Saka,4.5m attacker

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

        Ward (Sanchez)
        Trent, Cancelo, James, Gabriel (Neco)
        Salah, Mahrez, Martinelli, Rashford (Andreas)
        Jesus, Haaland (4.5m)

        G2G?

        1. mcsteely
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Yes looks good if you're happy knowing Mahrez is a minutes risk

        2. circusmonkey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Is Ward also a risk this week? I am on that combo.

      • TSN
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        final selection

        ramsdale (ward)
        TAA robbo james digne trippier
        Salah Son(c) martinelli (bailey, pereira)
        Jesus Bamford (greenwood)

        Good luck everyone!

        1. mcsteely
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          captain salah

      • ToyBlader
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Is cancelo really worth the extra money over Walker?

        1. The Mantis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          of course

        2. I am 42
          • 9 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          cancelo martin vs
          walker saka

        3. Mambino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          IMO yes

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

        A) Dias + James

        B) Cancelo + Walker + 0.5

        1. Clive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 13 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          A because of James. Such a high ceiling.

          1. GreatCarragherReef
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 days, 5 hours ago

            Cheers

      • Nightf0x
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Which

        A) rams janson/dalot james
        B) raya matip cucu (have taa)

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

        Best £5.0 defender ? Already have Gabriel and Walker...

        1. Finding Timo
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Trippier

          1. GreatCarragherReef
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 days, 5 hours ago

            Trippier

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

          Digne... See above

        3. TSN
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          trippier or digne

        4. Clive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 13 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Digne for first 4 gameweeks for me.

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

        Quite a template but content with it. Good luck everyone!

        Ward
        TAA James Robbo Cancelo
        Salah(c) Mount Martinelli Bailey
        Jesus Haaland

        Iversen Archer Petterson Andreas

        1. Meechoo115
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Lol this is exactly my 15 too….

          Seems like Mount is the late bandwagon we weren’t expecting!

        2. banskt
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Same as my team. Think it's good to start with. I am starting with Wilson, will bring in Jesus after the Palace match.

        3. Miniboss
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Well done lads, may we all do well!

        4. payetisgod
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Whats your plans for spurs coverage come GW2 when fixtures look appealing? Lose Haaland who also has a good run?

        5. DannyDrinkVodka
          • 2 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Kulu over Mount GW1 to cover potential bloodbath

      • Ribus
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Madness to go Mahrez over Mount?

        1. Richarlidad
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Not at all. My biggest annoyance is that I don't have a clear path to Mahrez / Foden. Not unless I want to get rid of Saka which is unlikely. I think double City attack is inevitable so I say go for it.

        2. Biggsy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          I'm on Mahrez. Chelsea not inspiring confidence and face Spurs in GW2

      • Kane Train
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Which team??

        A)
        Ward
        James / TAA / Dalot
        Rashford / Salah / Martinelli / Bailey
        Kane / Jesus / Haaland

        B)
        Meslier
        James / Trippier / TAA
        Neto / Salah / Martinelli / Bailey
        Haaland / Jesus / Kane

        1. Biggsy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Only thing I love more than spot the difference, is a spot the difference where the same players are reversed....

          A

        2. Thomas Magnum
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          A

        3. Die Hard
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          A

      • LABILLETHEGOAT
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        which would you go for?
        a) cancelo/james/andreas
        b) dias/james/neto
        c) cancelo/cash/neto

      • BigJarvishManmynameisq
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Who is the least template player you know?

        1. Biggsy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Livramento?

        2. The Mantis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          and could still perform? Probably Sterling

        3. THE SHEEP HUNTERS
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Mbeumo

        4. SerieD
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Personally I don't know any PL players

        5. TSN
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          welbeck

      • The Mantis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        A) Rams / Trip / Mart
        B) Leicester GKs / Peri / Ode

        lingo

      • Puntillimon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Any reason why I don’t see walker in more drafts? His RB slot is surely secure.

        1. Jet5605
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Lacks attacking returns. Better options at his price

        2. Biggsy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          "Surely secure" isn't a term that Pep is familiar with

        3. Richarlidad
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          I think he's very good value but I love having the possibility of a haul from my defenders. He looks like a steady stream of 6 pointers, but can't grumble with that at his price.

        4. payetisgod
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Stones has played RB before as well! Wouldnt shock me if Pep trolled with that move!

      • Marshall96
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        How’s this
        Ramsdale
        Trent James cancelo robbo
        Salah Aaronson martinelli rashford
        Haaland Jesus

        1. FPL Elephant
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Naughty! Love it.

      • Mane Mane Mane
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        What’s the better option
        A) Saka and Trippier
        B) Martinelli and Cancelo

        Saka arguably more likely to start and more explosive than Martinelli but does mean going without Cancelo…

      • Jet5605
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        GtoG?

        Ramsdale
        TAA - Robbo - Cancelo - Perisic - Trippier
        Salah - Saka - Bailey
        Haaland - Jesus

        Ward - Andreas - Murphy - Plange

      • Manani
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        bench order?
        A. Andreas
        B. Neco
        C. Archer

        1. sirmorbach
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          BAC for me

      • Aaaatsu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Which set-and-forget 4.5 GK would you pick?

      • reo19uk
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Which 1?

        A) Andreas and James
        B) Neto and Digne

      • Ser Davos
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Vorm 4.0 11-12
        Jakupovic 4.0 16-17
        Elliot 4.0 17-18

        Ward - Iversen ftw

      • sirmorbach
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        I have just absolutely no idea anymore what to do regarding Perisic at this point. Take my chances and keep? Go with Cash as a placeholder? Jesus, I'll just leave it as is and forget FPL exists.

        If only one could.

        1. useruser
          • 11 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Probably GW3

          1. sirmorbach
            • 6 Years
            3 days, 5 hours ago

            Problem is the uncertainty. I could realistically see him playing 45 minutes against Southampton, returning against Chelsea, and then resting GW3!

        2. Die Hard
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Hold, assuming you have a bench

          1. sirmorbach
            • 6 Years
            3 days, 5 hours ago

            Do you consider Neco and Andreas a bench? lol

            1. Clive
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 13 Years
              3 days, 5 hours ago

              It's mine so yes haha

        3. Clive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 13 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Depends how you like to play. I love a high ceiling exciting player and I'm willing to risk it. If more risk adverse go for a sure fire 5.0 starter like Gabriel.

          1. sirmorbach
            • 6 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            That is very helpful—and encouraging. I much appreciat it. On we go, good luck to us!

      • Sadge
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        if you own both Salah , Son and Kane , would you still captain Salah , or go for Son/ Kane ?