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

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  • 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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1,368 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Marshall96
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Robbo and rashford or
    5.5def and Diaz

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

      A

      1. Marshall96
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Then I can’t switch to 8.0mid if they start doing well

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

    Maybe I missed something, but why so many buying Rashford ?

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

      Beats me

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

      People think Manchester is a better-than-average team.

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

      could play as striker... martial out, cr7 not fully fit

    4. SamH123
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      thought the same until I saw he's 6.5 and a midfielder so I can see the argument there

    5. Dags
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        His history and price and potential non rotation with Martial injured

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

      Would you start Bailey over any of this lot?

      Ramsdale
      TAA, Cancelo, James, Trippier, Cash
      Salah, Diaz, Martinelli
      Kane, Jesus

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

        i'd start him over cash

      2. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Think I'd start him over Cash.

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

        Another vote for starting him over Cash.

    7. the divine ponytail
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Any nailed 4.5m apart from Pereira who are not defensive mids?

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

        No

      2. out for a goalkick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Dasilva is the only other one that stands out - but not sure I'd say 'nailed'.

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

        Second mid in a 5-3-2 or 4-3-3 is minimum 5.0m. Plan accordingly.

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

      GTG?

      Ward iversen
      Trent cancel walker zinchenko neco
      Salah Diaz Bailey martinelli pereira
      Wilson kane Jesus

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

        Yep very nice

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

        Like it as threemiums go. GTG

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

          Ignore me, I've had a few beers. But I like it. Haha

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

        Thanks!

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

      Final check before I go to bed. Solo Mo team. How am I looking?

      Ramsdale
      TAA, Robbo, Cancelo, James, Digne
      Salah (c), mount, Mahrez, saka
      Jesus

      Iverson, andreas, archer, plange

      0 ITB

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

        I personally would get a second forward by downgrading Digne to 4.0 and Saka to Martinelli, just because bench very weak and team could be exposed soon, but if you're set on 5-4-1, I like it!

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

          Understand the comment but I think I'll take the risk with Jesus being nailed on to start. Only a hit away from bringing a 2nd striker in if it all goes wrong. Thanks for the comment!

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

      A) Watkins & Martinelli
      or
      B) Maddison & Mbeumo

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

        A

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

      Son or KDB? Why

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

        Son. Easier fixture. Can swap to KDB in GW2 if you want.

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

        Son has Sou at home and his record is brilliant against them

      3. I am 42
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        I have a similar question

        1) Son
        2) KDB + 4 points

        1. I am 42
          • 9 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          why +4 because I have locked in my transfer, ie Kane to Haaland

    12. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Almost there... Iversen/Ward is so tempting, would give me a 8m midfield slot as well

      A) Ward and Mount 442
      or
      B) Ramsdale and Dias 532

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

        I succumbed. Once in a blue moon chance. Go for A man

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

      2 voted each option last time…

      A Robertson Ramsdale Dalot
      B James Ederson Trippier

      xxx Ward
      TAA Cancelo xxx xxx (Patterson)
      Salah Mount Rashford Bailey (Andreas)
      Kane Jesus (Archer)

    14. Ohh1454
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Thoughts on this ?
      Ward
      Cancelo James Robbo Trent
      Salah Mount Martinelli Bailey
      Jesus Haaland
      Subs - Iverson Williams Pereria Archer

      1. Brehmeren
        • 12 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        That is my exact team, all 15. So yes, gtg.

    15. SamH123
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      no one taking Cucurella? should be nailed from Week 2?

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

        He’s cheap easy switch from GW2

      2. I am 42
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        vs spurs? I will wait til GW3

        couldn't decide Trippier or Cash/Digne as place holder

    16. out for a goalkick
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      I'm actually sick of making tweaks now - roll on 18:30 so I don't have so many options to consider for a few days/weeks!

      Ramsdale
      TAA | Robertson | Cancelo | Trippier
      Salah | Mahrez | Kulu | Rashford
      Jesus | Bamford

      Ward | Andreas | Neco | Greenwood

      £0.5mil ITB

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

        Why Rashford ?

        1. out for a goalkick
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          I like the price point - and no Martial due to injury - with £0.5 ITB I could move to Grealish/Bernardo/Zaha/JWP or drop back to Martinelli (who had been in my team most of pre-season - but palace away could be tight - meaning I don't want to be doubled on Arsenal. Neto/Bailey moves could occur if the hype comes to fruition.

    17. DavidSilva
      • 13 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Anndd so it begins...

      Pope
      Tripp TAA Cancelo James
      Salah (c) Diaz Bailey Martinelli
      Jesus Haaland

      Ward Neto Williams Greenwood

      As boring as can be right? Tried spicing it up with Pope LOL

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

      Leicester vs Brentford

      Who to start

      Raya or Ward?

      1. Siva Mohan
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Raya

      2. Brehmeren
        • 12 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Ward

    19. Gizzachance
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Advice please!
      A rash/martinelli have two ars
      B perisic/Tripp/Walker/ cash have cancelo
      Cheers, good luck all

      1. Twisted Melon
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        A) Martinelli

        1. Gizzachance
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Thanks -and from B?

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

        1 from A&B

    20. Twisted Melon
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      1) L Diaz
      2) Robbo

      A) Perisic
      B) Neto

    21. Kodap
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Pens down? Can't see much I'd change here any suggestions?

      Sanchez
      Taa - Robbo - James - Cancelo
      Salah (c) - Mount - Aaronson - Bailey
      Kane (v) - Jesus

      Ward - Greenwood - Nico - Andreas

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

        Very nice

    22. Skeithkinny
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Mount or Diaz as an £8 Mil Midfielder?

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

          Mount

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

          I think mount is more secure. When jota is back, he’ll rotate with Diaz. Also Carvalho will prob get some mins off him.

      • Pep's Money Laundry
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Pick a team please, the bold ones are the differences

        Team 1:

        Ward Iversen
        Trent DIGNE Trippier Walker (Neco)
        Salah MARTINELLI RASHFORD (Pereira 4.5)
        Kane Jesus HAALAND

        Team 2:
        Ward Iversen
        Trent ROBBO Trippier Walker (Neco)
        Salah BOWEN MADDISON NETO (Pereira)
        Kane Jesus 4.5

      • Siva Mohan
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        4th def - Trippier / Cash / Digne / Dalot?

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

          Trippier for set pieces and corners

        2. I am 42
          • 9 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          i would like to know too lol

      • Dags
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Bottomed-
          Guys, Really in a big conundrum here. Which combo scores more in the first 8 GW's and why?
          1) Trippier Bowen
          2) Cancelo Rashford

        • TSN
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          best forward under 8.0? wilson? any other suggestion?

          sorry double post, first post was error

          1. out for a goalkick
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Bamford, Toney, Martial (when fit!)

          2. tyiocoyg34
            • 5 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            bamford

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

          Last decision.
          Current team is:
          Ramsdale Ward
          Cancelo TAA James Perisic NWilliams
          Salah Mount Martinelli Bailey Andreas
          Halland Jesus Archer

          What do you think of the following:
          Ramsdale and Perisic to Gabriel and Alisson?

        • Disco Stu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          A. Cancelo/Trippier

          B. Dias/Robbo

        • OLA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Opinions are really welcome on this one:

          A) Robbo plus Rashford/Bailey
          B) Digne plus Jesus

          Thanks!

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

            A

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

            Ouch, tough one but B) for me

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

          Nothing drastically wrong with this?

          Ward
          Robertson, Cancelo, Perisic, Trippier
          KDB, Diaz, Mount, Martinelli
          Kane (c), Jesus

          Sanchez, Bailey, Andreas, Archer

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

            I guess you know for yourself. Too risky to go without both TAA and Salah

          2. Brehmeren
            • 12 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Missing the two best players in the game

        • undersarmy
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Anybody got any links to free leagues to join??

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

            Outcast has been posting one…

        • toystory2wasok
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          hello my loves, first post of 22/23, and it's a tedious A/B:

          A) perisic, neto
          B) james, bailey

          have mount. no other spurs coverage (could swap mount for kulu i spose)

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

            B for me and I prefer Kulu to Mount personally

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

          Gtg or any changes?

          Ederson
          TAA Cancelo James Trippier
          (C)Salah Kulu Martinelli Bailey
          Haaland Jesus

          Ward Dalot Andreas Greenwood

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

            Very solid, I like