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

    Bamford or Sancho?

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

      Uuh close one, got Bamford and Rashford myself, would love B+S. Probably Sancho by a tiny bit for me

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

      Bamford. Talisman, penalties.

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

    1) James or Trippier
    2) Sancho or Rashord
    why?

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      James and Sancho are better players, depends what you do with the extra funds

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

        Yea, can't get both though so if James then only Rash, if Sancho then only Trippier

        1. RobboKop
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          I'd go for James & Rashford then. Why? James will likely score significantly more points than Trippier, (greater goal threat and more clean sheets, both will get assists) certainly over the course of the season if you plan on keeping him. On the other hand, I don't think there will be as big a points difference between Sancho and Rashford. Man U have few options up front and Rashford is more likely to play through the middle at times than Sancho, so will probably score more.

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

    Best option here?

    A. Ramsdale Trippier
    B. Ward James

    1 Kane
    2 Haaland

    *
    TAA Robbo Cancelo *
    Salah * Martinelli Bailey
    Haaland Jesus

    Iverson Andreas Williams Archer

    1. g40steve
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      I like A

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

      I’ve gone B and 2. But I’m not set on B….

  4. TM44
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    G2G?

    Ramsdale

    TAA Cancelo James

    Salah (c) Diaz bailey Rashford martinelli

    Haaland(vc) Jesus

    Bench: ward, greenwood, Williams, patterson

  5. PScholes18
    • 2 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Which is better?
    A: Robertson - Bailey
    B: Neco - Diaz

    1. Saka - Bailey/Neto
    2. Martinelli - Rashford or other 7/7,5 or lower

    Got TAA as well

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

      B2, with Rash/Sancho.
      Also curious to hear your thoughts on Rashford v Sancho!

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

        Sorry A2

        1. PScholes18
          • 2 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Thanks. Would chose Rashford over Sancho. Cheaper and Martial out GW1.

  6. Heung min Daughter
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Sanchez, Ward
    TAA, Robbo, Cancelo, Trippier, Neco
    Salah, Mount, Martinelli, Bailey, Andreas
    Jesus, Kane, Archer

    A) Sanchez, Robbo, Martinelli + 0.5 ITB
    B) Iversen, James, Saka + 0 ITB

    Worth downgrading Sanchez and swapping Robbo for James so I can upgrade Martinelli to Saka?

    1. Brehmeren
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Downgrade Sanchez and upgrade Trippier to James. My exact team then.

      1. Heung min Daughter
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        I prefer to keep Trippier for the first couple GW's because of the H2H mini league I am in.

  7. Ha.
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    I've had no time to think about my time this week, am I missing anything obvious?

    Pope
    Cancelo, TAA, Perisic, Trippier
    Salah, Bailey, Neto, Kuli
    Haaland, Jesus

    Raya Johnson, Andreas, Williams

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

    Top 2 best 5m defender for 1st 3 Gameweek?

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

      I’m on Tripps and Walker.

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

        sound good

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

      Tripper & Digne?

      Will transfer to Cucurella and Zinc in GW 3 & 4

    3. Boz
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Walker and Gabriel

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

        this is even better, no plan transfer

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

      Trippier, Walker.

    5. sulldaddy
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Tripp and Cash

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

        IMO a coin toss between Cash and Digne, similar to Gab & Zinc

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

      Trippier if you can bench in 3rd, if not probably Walker

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

        Or Digne

    7. lugs
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Trippier & Cresswell, they both have City in their first 3 but the other 2 fixtures are great

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

      lol my headache just got worse lol

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

    Cancelo or Robbo?

    Have TAA and Walker.

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

      ive gone taa robbo and cancelo

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

        Unfortunately can’t fit all 3 in (have 2 8.0 mids).

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

        That was not his question haha, surely he would if he could. I went Robbo based on CShield + best 1dt fixture

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

          Thanks!

  10. Casualspotted
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Anyone considering Saka ahead of Jesus?

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

        I have both.

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

          not worried that jesus takes pens? would make saka less attractive

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

            Saka was great last season, still expect him to be heavily involved. If he’s not taking the pens, he’s definitely winning them.

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

            Odegaard apparently said on Norwegian tv that Saka was on pens

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

        Not a bad shout, but guess more mid alternatives than fwd

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

        Martinelli gets a ppg of 3.8, while Saka 4.7. Expecting Jesus around 5.0

    • Lucas8406
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Pick one
      A) Walker James Haaland
      B) Robertson Cancelo Cash

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

        A

      2. Boz
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Eh?

    • Pep's Money Laundry
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Pick one?

      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

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

        2

        1. Pep's Money Laundry
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Thanks

    • Boz
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Ward
      TAA Robbo Cancelo James Walker
      Salah Mount Bailey
      Jesus Haaland

      Fodder bench.

      Any issues other than Bailey?

    • Boss Hogg
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Best 4.5m or under defender?

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        I have gone Neco and Justin as my 2 cheapies

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

        Dalot

      3. Boz
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Justin or Botman

        1. Boss Hogg
          • 12 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Does Justin play rightback or leftback?

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

        White or Ait Nouri.

    • McSlu
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Last decision:
      A) martinelli and James
      B) neto/bailly and robbo

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

        A

      2. Boz
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        A

    • TeddiPonza
      • 11 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Last decision

      1. Bailey and 0,5m in bank.
      or
      2. Neto and 0m in bank.

      1. Boz
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        1

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

      The Sheep Hunters Whisky challenge league.

      Winner will get a bottle of Johny Walker Black(YUM) and an engraved tumbler.!

      Rules: Only sheep and over 18's please.
      https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/auto-join/n1bab5

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

        Head to Head Format entries closed g/w 1

      2. jia you
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Baa

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

          😆

    • FootballDog
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      gtg?

      ward/sanchez

      robbo / walker / zinch / tripper / n williams
      salah / rasy / andreas / neto / bailey
      kane/ haaland/ jesus

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

        g2g mate

    • Sb1979
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Please rate this team - weak or strong

        Mendy

        Zinchenko / Diaz / James / AA

        Salah / Mount / Kulu / Bailey

        Kane / Jesus

        Ward / N Willians / Andreas / Archer

        Nothing left in bank

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

          g2g, trust your instincts.. only first GW, lots of time

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

        Please help!
        A. Ramsdale-Trippier-Sancho
        B. Ward/Sanchez- James-Grealish

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

          If B is Maddison a better pick than grealish? Cheers

      • Happyhiccup
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          After advice from you all earlier, reworked it.

          Ward Sanchez
          TAA Cancelo walker James Nico
          Salah Diaz Bowen BrunoG Bailey
          Haaland Edouard Greenwood

          Tripled up on Liverpool and city

          Thoughts for the mid term?

        • tibollom
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          think im set.. G2G?

          Ward
          Taa robbo cancelo gabriel
          salah(c) rash mount bailey
          jesus kane

          sanchez neco archer andreas

        • Richarlidad
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Dias worth his weight in gold over Walker, or a waste of 1m? Probably worth adding that I can't find a clear upgrade elsewhere with the extra 1m.

        • Gizzachance
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Trippier v Walker?
          New have pool/city in first 5, more upside? Or walkers more potential cs?

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

            do you think Trippier will get at least 1 attacking return in his 1st 2 games?

            if so Trippier, else Walker

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

              He probably will, think Walker may get more cs if he gets the first few games

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

            Trippier rotates nicely with Andreas for city/liv games...

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

              Good point, cheers

            2. Gizzachance
              • 7 Years
              3 days, 5 hours ago

              Prob looking at perisic for gw3
              In team for now, have doubts for gw1, Chel gw2

        • Tinmen
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Folks which option would you go for here ?
          Last tinker before I head to bed and have nightmares

          A) Walker/Trippier Diaz Saka

          B) Robbo Mount Martinelli

        • Evasivo
          • 12 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Final thoughts on battle of £8m Mids? I need two from below, currently on Saka and Mahrez.

          Diaz
          Maddison
          Mahrez
          Saka
          Mount

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

            Diaz

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

          is cancelo worth the 1m over Dias?

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

            For sure

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

          Mount or kulu? Got Reece james

        • ToyBlader
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          A) Robertson & James
          B) Van Dijk & Cancelo

          (ALREADY HAVE TAA)

        • barton fc
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          is a bench leicester 4m keeper worth the risk of a price drop? (always the chance of a rise too I guess)

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

            why will anyone waste a transfer on a 4m GK?