With so many similar drafts being shared on social media and fantasy forums, the @FPLGeneral has picked out a few of the best FPL differentials that he feels are flying under the radar ahead of Gameweek 1.
Afterall, identifying a good FPL differential could be the difference between finishing mid-table in your FPL league and winning our £50,000 league.
The Best FPL Differentials For Fantasy Premier League 2019/20
Paul Pogba (£8.5m)
Of all the drafts I’ve seen on Twitter and Reddit over the past week or two (and there are many), Pogba has been in about three of them. It remains to be seen whether he will still be a United player come Gameweek 1, but if he is, he must at the very least be considered.
The Frenchman registered 13 goals and 8 assists last season, racking up 19 bonus points in the process. In fact, it was his most productive FPL campaign to date.
The good thing about Pogba is that he always plays 90 minutes and is Man United’s designated penalty taker. If you include him in your team, you know it’s a spot you don’t need to worry about too much. He’s the sort of player that will trickle in the points over the course of the season.
His productivity in FPL terms this season will depend on two things. Firstly, his attitude. Secondly, the role he plays in the team. When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer first took over at Old Trafford, we saw Pogba making lung-bursting runs into the box regularly. Not so much towards the end of the season. The ‘eye test’ is key with a player like him.
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Marcos Alonso (£6.5m)
It seems as though Marcus Alonso is the forgotten man in FPL with such low ownership at this point. It’s easy to forget that his last three campaigns have yielded points tallies of 161, 165 and 177.
The Spaniard is the dream fantasy defender when he’s assured minutes. The big question is whether he will be first choice under new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard. Emerson Palmieri was favoured at left-back in the latter part of the 2018/19 season under Maurizio Sarri, which forced us to ignore the former Bolton Wanderers man. Under new management, he could become an option again.
The Blues have a tricky start to the season, facing Manchester United (away) in Gameweek 1 and Leicester City (home) in Gameweek 2. It’s probably best to adopt a ‘wait and see’ approach with Alonso and Chelsea in general and then look to invest from Gameweek 3 onwards when we will have a better idea of Lampard’s setup. If Alonso starts both those games, his ownership will surely soar.
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Alexandre Lacazette (£9.5m)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be the more popular pick from the Arsenal attack but Lacazette doesn’t get the love he deserves from the FPL community. The former Lyon man registered an impressive 25 attacking returns (13 goals and 12 assists) in 2018/19.
The gap between the two last season was 39 points in the end. Not a huge amount, but perhaps enough to justify the £1.5m price difference. But when we consider that Lacazette played 225 minutes less than his colleague, 39 points doesn’t seem so bad. The saving on the Frenchman could be used elsewhere to improve your squad if he can get more minutes under his belt.
The big issue with Arsenal attackers last season was Emery’s tendency to bench one of them at times. Hopefully this season we’ll see both Lacazette and Aubameyang start regularly.
Christian Eriksen (£9.0m)
As the new season draws nearer, it looks like Eriksen could remain at Spurs despite saying he fancies a new challenge. With Son suspended for the first two games and Dele Alli disappointing last year, the Dane looks the pick of the Spurs midfielders to start the season (unless you’re willing to punt on Lucas Moura).
Eriksen has been a consistent FPL performer during his time in the Premier League. In each of his last five campaigns, he’s clocked up 160+ points.
With Kieran Tripper gone to Atletico Madrid, Eriksen should have more set piece responsibility than he did previously which makes him even more attractive.
Aside from Manchester City (away) in Gameweek 2, Spurs have a decent run of fixtures to start with, including plum home ties against newly promoted Aston Villa in Gameweek 1 and Newcastle in Gameweek 3. If you can afford the £9.0m price tag, Eriksen could be a nice differential.
Chris Wood (£6.5m) & Ashley Barnes (£6.5m)
Combined Ownership: 2.0%
Burnley forwards are never highly owned in FPL and it’s no different this time around. Wood and Barnes have a combined ownership of just 2%. Barnes had a great season in 2018/19, scoring 12 goals and 122 FPL points. Wood, meanwhile, finished the season strongly after returning from injury.
Choosing between the two feels like a flip of a coin, which is why I’ve cheekily rolled them into one. Whoever you go for should offer good value. In the past two seasons, Barnes has scored 21 goals, Wood 20. Barnes was on penalties last season but Wood was quoted as saying that whoever wins the penalty takes it. We could see him step up on occasion next season. The pair could easily be amongst the best budget FPL differentials come the end of the season.
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