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. Ser Davos
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Reece James RWB 6m

    Absolute no brainer really

    1. useruser
      • 11 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      yup

      same as robbo

    2. krawiecus
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Fix are not amazing but yes looks like. Better than Trippier?

    3. ToyBlader
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      No brainer as is good or? I’m thinking about dropping James and going Cancelo

    4. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      You’re not wrong

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

    A) Ramsdale + Neto
    B) 4,5 GK + Martinelli

    Ta

    1. Aztec Kamara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      B with Sanchez

  3. shady4revr
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Zinchenko or Gabriel?

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

      Gabriel for now

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

      Gabriel. Could easily score in the first 2.

  4. useruser
    • 11 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Robertson is the best differential atm. As good as a guarantee as they come.

  5. FPL Brains
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Spurs fans, I've read that it's unlikely Perisic will start.

    Any of your sources got a better idea?

    1. banskt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Doesn't matter. Almost 50% probability that will be subbed before 60mins even if he starts.

    2. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Scout has him in predicted line up and neale says 60% chance

      1. SonnyPikey
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          he won't start

      2. Y26 Royal
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        In the training video he didn't have a bib on when it appeared the likely first 11 did.

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

        For me, I'm not buying Perisic for his clean sheet potential. If he doesn't start tonight it is fitness related but even 30 minutes against a tired Southampton defence is exciting. He is first choice most times for me.

        1. SonnyPikey
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            he's not playing tonight

          • Y26 Royal
            • 5 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            He's 100% not playing tonight

            1. FPL Brains
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 days, 4 hours ago

              Haha.

          • FPL Brains
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Yeah it's more there are plenty of good options to hold till he starts in prem games.

      4. Sacked in the Morning
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Please help, last couple of decisions…..

        A. Lei 4m gks + Martinelli
        B. Ramsdale + Bailey

        For 4th starting defender:
        1. Trippier
        2. Doherty
        3. Perisic
        4. Other 5.5m or less.

        Thanks!

        1. the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          A & Tripper

        2. Mambino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Trippier - I'm saving 0.5 to move to Perisic one he is fully fit

      5. tryf88
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Rashford vs Martinelli?

        1. Aztec Kamara
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Martinelli of the 2, but I currently have both

        2. FantasyHero
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Rash for 1st gw atleast

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

        My team is set, i'm going Salah-less for the first time in forever.

        Ward
        TAA Robbo James Dias
        Son Diaz Saka Bailey
        Haaland Jesus

        Iversen N.Williams Taylor Andreas

        1. mcsteely
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Brave. Good luck!

        2. Nemes1s
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Brave but I really like it.

          Confident in Diaz's minutes?

          1. Barnabus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Thanks, I think Diaz is nailed on starter while Jota is out, and I have the option of an early wildcard to bring in Salah if needed after a few weeks. If Diaz's output in his limited game time last season is anything to go by, I fancy him to put out similar numbers to Salah this season, and at a fraction of the price.

        3. sinusoidal
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Doing the same - one must innovate in these testing times

          1. Barnabus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            I feel happier with my team without Salah for some reason.

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

        Final inquiry before leaving:

        A) Sanchez, Ward, Trippier, Mount, Rodrigo

        B) Iversen, Ward, James, Saka, Aaronsson

        1. FPL Elephant
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          That’s a tough one!

          I don’t like the two Leicester keepers but the rest of the players are far better so I’d say B.

      8. The Pep Revolution
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Would you pick A or B

        A. Alisson and Gabriel
        B. Ramsdale and Perisic

        1. FPL Elephant
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          B

        2. ScottyMaz12
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          A

        3. abaalan
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          B

      9. abaalan
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Any thoughts?

        A) 4-4-2. 0.5 itb
        Sanchez (4.0)
        Taa, Robbo, trippier, Cancelo (N. Williams)*
        Salah, mount*, Martinelli, Bailey (Andreas)
        Jesus, Haaland (4.5)

        B) 5-3-2. 0.5 itb
        Ramsdale (4.0)
        TAA, Robbo, trippier, Cancelo, James*
        Salah, Martinelli, Bailey (Neto*, Andreas)
        Jesus, Haaland (4.5)

        1. Barnabus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          A

        2. Thomas Magnum
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          A

      10. Thomas Magnum
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Any advice? Last thing that's bothering me
        A) Start Trippier 5-3-2 with 4.5 mid on bench
        B) Bench NWilliams 4-4-2 with 5.5 mid starting

        1. Barnabus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          b

        2. banskt
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          B. Because there's no 4.5 mid bench player except Andreas.

          1. banskt
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            However, if you could get a 5.0m bench mid in a 5-3-2, then it might give you more points.

          2. Thomas Magnum
            • 6 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Have Reed atm, good for 2 points and that's it. Could have Bailey as 5.0 option

      11. Bishopool
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Please help..

        a) TAA, Robertson, White, Trip, Neto
        b) TAA, Walker, Trip, Cash, Martinelli
        c) A with Rob-> Cancelo

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          C

        2. Mambino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          C

      12. L S P
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        A) Neto in a 352
        B) Trippier in a 442

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          B

        2. ScottyMaz12
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          B

      13. Planet Jo
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Son or KDB, if you already have Haaland? (for GW1 anyway)

        1. Barnabus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Son

        2. MADCHESTER UTD
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Son. I think spurs will wallop saints 4 or 5-0. West Ham away is trickier. Son scored 4 vs saints once

          1. SonnyPikey
              3 days, 4 hours ago

              saints have scored in last 15 v spurs so expect them to get one

          2. ScottyMaz12
            • 8 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Son

          3. the dom 1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Son

          4. Mambino
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Son for GW1

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

          GTG?

          Ward
          TAA / Cancelo / Digne / Walker / Gabriel
          Salah (v) / Son (C) / Martinelli
          Jesus / Darwin

          Sanchez / Bailey / Andreas / Taylor

        4. ganjalf
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            GW1 captain: Salah or Kane?

            1. MADCHESTER UTD
              • 7 Years
              3 days, 4 hours ago

              I’m going kane

            2. FantasyHero
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 days, 4 hours ago

              Flip a coin or listen to your instincts.

              Both can do really well...who knows who does better.

            3. SonnyPikey
                3 days, 4 hours ago

                salah has hauled last 5 seasons opening game. kane only 2 goals in last 5

            4. Sadge
              • 1 Year
              3 days, 4 hours ago

              Bottomed last page

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

              1. FPL Elephant
                • 5 Years
                3 days, 4 hours ago

                Salah.

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

              A) Robertson & James
              B) Van Dijk & Cancelo

              (ALREADY HAVE TAA)

              ?

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

              Saka + Neco
              or
              Martinelli + James (and bench Neto/Bailey)

            7. the dom 1
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 days, 4 hours ago

              G2G?

              Ward, Sanchez;
              TAA, Walker, Trippier, Digne, Neco;
              Salah, KDB, Andreas, Martinelli, Bailey;
              Kane, Jesus, Archer.

              0.5itb

              any changes needed?

            8. ScottyMaz12
              • 8 Years
              3 days, 4 hours ago

              A) Robertson, Martinelli
              B) Gabriel, Saka

              1. Manani
                • 10 Years
                3 days, 4 hours ago

                Robertson is a 'must have' IMO, so A

            9. FOO FIGHTER
              • 2 Years
              3 days, 4 hours ago

              How many on here have gone with Ward and Iverson?

              1. ScottyMaz12
                • 8 Years
                3 days, 4 hours ago

                Yep, seems worth the punt to start with

              2. SHOWSTOPPERRR
                • 4 Years
                3 days, 4 hours ago

                Me

              3. Barnabus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 days, 4 hours ago

                me, worth it to free up funds

              4. Cojones of Destiny
                • 4 Years
                3 days, 4 hours ago

                o/

              5. Mambino
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 days, 4 hours ago

                Nearly did but then decided to just have Ward and get Rambo in

            10. Mcmush87
                3 days, 4 hours ago

                A - Cancelo & Neto
                B - Walker & Sancho

                1. Flicka
                  • 9 Years
                  3 days, 4 hours ago

                  A

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

                Which 3 would u choose from

                A Cancelo
                B James
                C TAA
                D Robertson

                1. gooner_112233445566
                  • 3 Years
                  3 days, 4 hours ago

                  Too difficult. I've got all 4, if I had to get rid I would say robbo or James but it's tough

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

                  TAA
                  Cancelo
                  James

                  I just love James's potential even in a Chelsea team that is short on defenders.

              • gooner_112233445566
                • 3 Years
                3 days, 4 hours ago

                A) sanchez, walker (any 5mil defender), saka
                B) ramsdale, Ruben dias, martinelli 0.5itb

                1. gooner_112233445566
                  • 3 Years
                  3 days, 4 hours ago

                  Got ward as second keeper, and have cancelo already

              • Bishopool
                • 10 Years
                3 days, 4 hours ago

                a) Son
                b) KDB

                1. iL PiStOlErO
                  • 3 Years
                  3 days, 4 hours ago

                  B

              • iL PiStOlErO
                • 3 Years
                3 days, 4 hours ago

                Raya
                Robbo Perisic Walker White
                Salah(C) L.Diaz Kulusevski Mount
                Haaland Jesus

                Ward Greenwood N.Williams Andersen

                Final dilemma:

                A) stick with Robbo+Perisic combo or go TAA+Dier instead?

                B) Leave Mount or rather do Saka or Mahrez?

              • reo19uk
                • 11 Years
                3 days, 4 hours ago

                Which 1 would people choose?

                A) Andreas and James
                B) Neto and Digne

                1. iL PiStOlErO
                  • 3 Years
                  3 days, 4 hours ago

                  A

                2. ScottyMaz12
                  • 8 Years
                  3 days, 4 hours ago

                  Does Andreas have to start for you every week? Wouldn't want that

                  1. reo19uk
                    • 11 Years
                    3 days, 4 hours ago

                    No, he would be a bench sitter for me generally

              • Taegugk Warrior
                • 4 Years
                3 days, 4 hours ago

                Martnelii or Rashford.?

                1. mcsteely
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 12 Years
                  3 days, 4 hours ago

                  martinelli

                2. Mambino
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 days, 4 hours ago

                  Rash