Fantasy Football Differentials

Who are the best off-the-radar prospects for Fantasy Premier League right now?

With the large number of high scorers last week there are bound to be several bandwagons people will be jumping on, not least Tadic, Pelle and Aguero, all of whose underlying stats have been suggesting for a while that they had the potential to explode. However, if you’re looking for something a little different this week then consider these players who also have the potential to score big in the coming weeks but are certianly a little more under the radar and could be just the tonic for a rise up the rankings..

Mohamed Diamé - £5.5m Ownership: 2.3%

Mo Diamé has been very impressive since his arrival at Hull. He’s been involved in 40% of all of The Tiger’s goals so far this season, scoring an incredible 4 in his last 5 games. All of this comes as a surprise since he only scored 7 goals in 71 games whilst at West Ham showing that Steve Bruce is utilising the Senegalese international in a more advanced role. It is unlikely he’ll be able to sustain this strike rate over the coming weeks since he currently has a 100% conversion rate from shots on target but the evidence is there that Diamé can produce the goods in fantasy football terms this season and with a goal against Arsenal at The Emirates last week he’s shown he can score against even the better teams in the league.

Oscar - £8.3m Ownership: 3%

Oscar has managed two goals and an assist in the last three games, including a stunning free-kick against Crystal Palace last weekend. This has resulted in 24 points over the last three gameweeks, including four bonus points, and his good performances seem to be cementing him in the Chelsea starting line-up in the central number 10 role. Oscar has had five more goal attempts so far this season than any other Chelsea midfielder and with The Blues struggling at the moment with injuries to key strikers Oscar may be the one who steps up with the goals to keep pushing Chelsea on over the coming weeks.

Ross Barkley - £6.7m Ownership: 3.6%

Ross Barkley made his return from injury last weekend and was impressive considering it was his first competitive game of the season. He managed to grab an assist by setting up Lukaku for his third goal of the season as they rekindled the partnership that made the powerful striker such an effective striker last season with the majority (81.25%) of the Belgian’s goals last season coming whilst Barkley was on the pitch. If Barkley can get himself fit we can expect him to be the main creative spark of the Everton team for the remainder of the season which should see him improve upon the 112 points he picked up during the last campaign. In addition to that, Everton have some excellent upcoming fixtures meaning even a 60-70 minute appearance may produce significant attacking returns for the young England midfielder.

Seamus Coleman - £6.9m Ownership: 5.5%

Another Everton player returning from injury looking to make the most of the fixture list is Seamus Coleman. Having got 90 minutes under his belt last weekend we can assume he’s back to full fitness and will be bombing down the right wing as often as ever over the coming weeks. With two goals to his name already this season (plus a thrid in Europe) and a better points-per-game ratio than his more popular team-mate Baines this may be the time to bring Coleman into your squad. He may not put in as many crosses as Baines but he does tend to find himself with space in the box and has an eye for goal that most defenders could only dream of.

Sadio Mané – £6.9m Ownership: 0.1%

With all the talk being about Tadic’s impressive 23-point haul this week his team-mate Sadio Mané appears to have slipped under the radar with only just over 200 transfers in so far this gameweek compared to Tadic's 100,000. However, Mané has already managed to pick up an assist and a goal in his first 191 minutes of Premier League football. During that time he’s had 8 attempts at goal, half of which have been from inside the box. In addition to this he’s created 5 chances, (which is a very similar rate to Tadic when looked at as chances created per minute) showing he’s got the ability to not only score goals but also make them for others. Mané comes to the Premier League with an excellent goalscoring record in Austria and could well add to it whilst playing in this rampant Southampton side who have some excellent upcoming fixtures.

Note: Don’t be put off by Mané’s lack of game time last week; he arrived back late from international duty with Senegal and is expected to slot straight back into the Saints side at home to Stoke this weekend.

Wilfried Bony - £8.2m Ownership: 4%

After a very slow start to the season with just 1 assist and no goals in his first 6 games, Bony has managed 2 goals in the past 2 gameweeks. Last season he proved he has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League and will be hoping these couple of goals are enough to kick start his season. He hasn’t been particularly involved in Swansea’s attacks so far this season with the wide-men providing a lot of the goal-scoring threat however nearly every one of his touches inside the box is an attempt on goal. He’s also on penalty duty for The Swans and so will inevitably pick up points from the spot over the coming months. His fixtures for the next few weeks aren’t ideal but if you think Swansea can pick up some points along the way then Bony could well be the beneficiary.

Summary

We don’t advise you to load your team with differentials since there are so many players out there who are more than capable of scoring big points .However, having one or two players who are just emerging onto the scene can be helpful in both beating the price rises and gaining an advantage in your mini-leagues. In addition, some players may take a while to fulfil their fantasy football potential (like Tadic did) and the key to good management is knowing when a player just needs a little more time and when he isn’t going to produce. 

 

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