1 year ago
In a gameweek where Tottenham Hotspur have two fixtures, Harry Kane will be very heavily owned. I don't mean heavily owned, I mean almost everyone will have him and put the armband on him. His effective ownership will be close to 200%, if not exceeding it. While some managers consider this to be boring, others are choosing to see it as an opportunity. While the captain spot will be a dead position in game week 32, it is the rest of our squad that will make the difference. Our differentials in particular could really help make the difference.
As always, a differential in this list is a player with less than 5% ownership.
Tottenham Hotspur, £5.5m, 4.2% owned, Fixture: eve/SOU
One tactic this week is to load up on Spurs assets and hope for the best. Outside of Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, it isn't easy to find an asset that will play the majority of minutes but the Spanish fullback is about as good as it gets. He has shown real flashes of attacking intent this year and does improve the Spurs defence when he plays. Everton and Southampton have both struggled to score in recent games and at least one clean sheet against those two teams isn't an unrealistic expectation.
When you couple the opportunity for clean sheets with the right-back's ability to get forward in games, he is the best option in a rather uninspiring Spurs backline.
Arsenal, £4.2m, 4.0% owned, Fixture: FUL
The English center-back finds himself in a perfect scenario at present. With David Luiz injured he finds himself nailed and with the home fixture this week, he finds himself with a great opportunity to keep a clean sheet. Fulham have slowed down to a canter in their race to get out of the relegation zone, and Arsenal are coming off the back of an impressive, but expected, win against Sheffield United. It is clear to see that an Arsenal defensive asset this week looks a sensible pick.
What many managers won't see is Holding's ability to pick up bonus points. When he plays and Arsenal keep clean sheets, he has a knack for finishing with seven to nine points. When you also factor in that he will only cost you £4.2m, it is a wonder he isn't in more teams.
Chelsea, £8.2m, 3.1% owned, Fixture: BHA
It feels like we've been waiting for a while for the German youngster to find his feet in the Premier League. Even writing that seems a little harsh as some of the best players in the world would take more than a year to really come to terms with the physicality of the English League. Havertz is now being played in his favoured position, as a false nine, and his return to form is just in time to play a Brighton team that are looking like they want to get dragged straight back into the relegation scrap.
I'll be honest, the way Havertz has played recently has me excited. He can pick a pass, run with the ball and embarrass defenders when the mood strikes him. With Chelsea themselves starting to find their shooting boots, it could be a perfect fixture to see the best of the Midfield playmaker again.
West Ham, £5.9m, 2.2% owned, Fixture: new
Yet another West Ham asset comes into our thoughts. With Soucek having used up all of his goals in the first half of the season and Lingard currently attempting to win the Ballon Dor, Bowen has gone somewhat under the radar. Antonio has been the talisman of this team for the last two seasons and when he got injured, it left a big role to fill within this Hammer's team. They have no like-for-like replacement for the strong striker so have instead opted to use Bowen up front.
With Lingard pulling the strings behind him, Bowen has excelled in this new role. Using his pace to glide past defenders and finishing well for a left-footed winger. With Newcastle away on the horizon, he should continue to leave his FPL managers happy.
£7.0m, 2.1% owned, Fixture: BUR
Mark my words, this boy is about to explode. It may not happen this season, it may be at the start of next season, but everything is pointing to Mason Greenwood scoring a lot of goals soon. The reason managers are becoming so excited about him at this present time is that everyone else around him seems to be out of form or injured. Martial has one injured foot out of the door already, Cavani is in and out, Rashford has been playing hurt for the last 6 months and Bruno has dried up with Pogba being back.
Greenwood is playing more minutes than people realise and, even when he doesn't start games, seems to find a way to score anyway. He has two goals and one assist in his last two games and his fixture this week against Burnley is delicious. My advice is to jump on this boy now while you can still claim him as a differential.
Edinson Cavani, Hakim Ziyech, Ricardo Pereira, Arthur Masuaku
These four could do well in the near future but didn't quite make my list. Is there anyone else I should have mentioned? Let me know on Twitter.
I have been playing Fantasy Premier League for almost 13 seasons, with multiple top 100k finishes. I still enjoy the start of every season as if it was my first. Always make sure you're enjoying the game!