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. Kay317
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Start 2.

    A) Neto
    B) Bailey
    C) Martinelli

    Currently benching C due to tougher opponent but not sure.

    1. Roshen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Had same problem in one of the drafts..benched Martinelli, but after just changed whole team

    2. jonnybhoy
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Bench A

    3. Werner Bros
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      A

  2. Van der Faart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    G2G or change?

    Pope
    TAA Trippier James Perisic
    Salah Bowen Mahrez Bailey
    Kane Jesus

    Ward Greenwood Wiliams Andreas

    Anywhere I could Improve? Could move Bowen to Mount and downgrade Pope to allow room for Cancelo instead of Perisic or James?

    1. Werner Bros
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      I'd do those moves and get Cancelo over Perisic

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

        Agreed, could.go down to Sancho if you don't fancy 4-4GKs

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

    Please pick a GK & MF combo:

    A) Sanchez + Lingard
    B) Ward + Mount

    Currently have Sanchez & Ward as my GKs. If I upgrade to mount I lock myself in to Ward as first choice for the foreseeable future. Just not convinced Leicester will keep that many clean sheets.

    1. Werner Bros
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      B

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

      B

  4. Finding Timo
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Thanks for previous replies but any additional views On 4th def please between a)Gabriel b)cucurella plus now added c) digne?

    1. SAY MY NAME
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      a or c, not b

      1. Finding Timo
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Thanks Gabriel does seem v popular

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

      Gabriel from those imo, dependent on team. Cucurella quite likely to become the player we scramble for but wait and see for me.

      1. Finding Timo
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Yeh that seems to be view on cucurella

    3. Werner Bros
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      C

      1. Finding Timo
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Thanks hadn’t considered digne before but scouts like him

        1. SAY MY NAME
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          always ignore the scouts! 🙂

          1. Finding Timo
            • 1 Year
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Gab it is then although zinchenko another option!!!!

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

    I’m locked in
    Mendy
    Zinkchenko, Tripp, Trent,
    Martineli, Salah, Bailey, Neto
    Kane, Jesus, Haaland

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

      Looks good. Good luck!

  6. Mcmush87
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      A - Mendy & Cancelo
      B - Ederson & James

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

        A

      2. Werner Bros
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        A

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

        B

    • AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Aaronson and Eze to prove to be the real bargains?

      KDB pitch position means he'll make the early running over Salah?

      1. SonnyPikey
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          eze not nailed

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

          KDB is a striker now just a question of how quickly the fpl hivemind cottons on.

          BA and EE are both gems but the pricing is such that you don’t really need to go there. Shame.

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

          KDB might play deeper if Foden plays as he did this in second half of Community Shield and it worked well.

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            True

            They will be fluid

      2. acidicleo
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Better option?

        A) Mount
        B) Sancho

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Mount

        2. Boz
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          A

        3. Werner Bros
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          A

      3. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Gtg.

        Best be soon.

        It's going to crash by 6 pm

        Lock and load!!!!

      4. De Gea is GOAT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Please help! Which team to pick?

        Ward
        TAA Cancelo Walker White
        Salah Son Bailey Neto
        Jesus Kane

        Or

        Ward
        Perisic James TAA Robbo Cancelo
        Salah Neto Martinelli
        Jesus Kane

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

          B

        2. Dee Lixon
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          A

        3. Werner Bros
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          A

        4. 007 [RoboKlopp]
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          B

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

          B but rethink Perisic (fine risky punt tho)

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

        I know its template, but is their anything I've missed or can change?
        A)James and Diaz
        B) Robbo and Mount

        Ward
        TAA, Cancelo, James, Gabriel
        Salah, Diaz, Martinelli, Neto
        Haaland, Jesus

        Bench: Sanchez, Andreas, Neco, Archer
        1M ITB

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

          If Spurs win by 3 or 4 are you happy to hold? I think that's the consideration if no Son or Kane.

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

            Yup its fine I guess. Anything else?

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

              No looks good. James and Diaz for me.

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

          Robbo and Mount

        3. Truicegod
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            (B )

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

          Unanswered last page. How could you improve this? 0.5 ITB if needed

          Ramsdale
          TAA | Cancelo | Robbo | James
          Salah | Foden | Mount | Saka | Bailey
          Jesus

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

            Keep it looks good

          2. Mattador
            • 7 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Upgrade one of your subs?

          3. Dave Dreamer
            • 4 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Check you have a top captain pick each week for the next 4/5

          4. Boz
            • 10 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Save it to move Bailey to the bargain mid

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

          I don't get the purpose of having really cheap keepers that will provide little to no returns when slightly more gives a keeper like Alisson that will provide consistent returns. Or am I missing something ?

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

            Alisson blocks 3 outfield pool players.

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

            cheaper keepers wont get as many clean sheets but they quite often get more saves so don't get many less points

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

            You're probably right. Ego makes us think we can use the funds.

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

            I agree. Everybody rushing for big atb because value but then not doing the same for gks who offer even better value than defenders. 5.5 max price for gk, they couldn’t do any more but still people want Leicester??!

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

            A little more? 1.5m? That might only get you 0.3-1.0 extra points per match. Spent elsewhere, it could easily get you an extra 1+ PPM

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

          A) Perisic, Neto, Haaland
          B) Neco, Rashford Kane

        7. Dave Dreamer
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Start
          A. Ramsdale
          B. Ward

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

            A

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

          James or Cancelo?

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

            C

        9. TimoTime
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          In draft, start one:

          A) Bamford
          B) Vardy
          C) Walker

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

            Vardy

          2. AC/DC AFC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Vardy

        10. fish&chips
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Triple arsenal attack, Mahrez and digne. What could go wrong.

          Good luck everyone!!

        11. Tsparkes10
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Locked in 🙂 GL… 0.5itb

          Ramsdale
          Taa Robo Cancelo Trippier
          Salah Bailey Neto Mount
          Jesus Kane

        12. AC/DC AFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Which defence is weakest?

          Fulham at home
          Southampton away

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

            Fulham

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

            Southampton could collapse, so I'd say them

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

          A) Son Dalot Ait-Nouri
          B) Mount Robertson Walker

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

            b

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

            B

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

          James + Martinelli (rotate Neto/Bailey)
          or
          Neco + Saka (play Neto/Bailey every week)

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

          Wolves fans and everyone,

          Any thoughts on Collins and Kilman?

          Particularly in regards to their nailedness.

          Many thanks,
          The Fail Team

          1. Je suis le chat
            • 8 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Collins is highly though of in Ireland, went for big money. I'm planning to get him in a few weeks.

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

              Why are ya waiting?

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

          A) Robertson & James
          B) Van Dijk & Cancelo

          (ALREADY HAVE TAA)

          ???

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

            A

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

          Thoughts on Nunez? Too much of a punt? Team as follows:

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

          Sanchez / Bailey / Andreas / Taylor

          1. The Frenchie
            • 6 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Too early for Nunez.

          2. Mattador
            • 7 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            If you knew he was going to start, maybe. having 9 million only play the last 20 minutes could be a sore one

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

          1. Digne/Cash, Almiron (already have bailey), and Haaland

          2. James, Mahrez/mount, Wilson

        19. Dynamic Duos
          • 9 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Still not sure if Saka and Jesus is to much and should go Mount, but gwk2 for Mount isn't very good

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

            GW3 good for Mount

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

            You can switch to Saka if you pick Mount now.

            That is the beauty of owning 2 x 8m midfielders 🙂

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

            Saka > Mount
            Jesus > Mount

            = Saka + Jesus

            Not sure why you would get the worse option just for the sake of having different colour shirts in your team 😉

        20. The Frenchie
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Repost:

          A) Ramsdale & Bailey
          B) Sanchez & Gabriel

          I’m currently on A) but:

          - Bailey look in good shape but fixtures in GW5/6/7 doesn’t look good
          - Is Ramsdale really worth the 0.5 compare to Sanchez?

        21. Boz
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Here we go!

          Ward
          TAA Robbo Cancelo James Walker
          Salah Mount Bailey
          Jesus Haaland

          Fodder bench, 0.5itb

          Good luck all, see you on the other side

        22. HAMMERTIME107
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Think I’m set, please feel free to rip apart

          Ramsdale |
          TAA | Dalot | Trippier
          Salah | Neto | Rashford | Bailey
          Kane | Jesus | Haaland

          Ward | Dewsbury-Hall | Neco | Tanganga