Lowly selected players (differentials) can frequently offer value and offer a source of points that won’t be shared by many other Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers.
Differentials can give you the upper hand over your mini-league competitors if the player selections are reasonable.
In this post, we look at Gameweek 21 in advance and identify players from each position who could benefit their owners in the coming Gameweeks.
Alexander Isak (£6.6m, Newcastle) vs. Crystal Palace (A)
Alexander Isak was the hero for Newcastle in their victory over Fulham – emerging from the bench in the second half to score the contest’s only goal.
It would be interesting to watch how Newcastle uses him now that he has recovered from his injury. The club record signing should now begin to receive more consistent playing time.
Isak and Callum Wilson could be the top two forwards at the club at one point, but you can assume that will happen sooner rather than later.
Despite only making four appearances this season, the striker has three goals from 3.14 xG. That indicates that, despite the small sample size, he is averaging an absurdly high 1.02 xG/95.
James Ward-Prowse (£6.2m, Southampton) vs. Aston Villa (H)
Southampton has suddenly started to show indications of form, including a victory over Man City in the league cup quarterfinals, which they followed up with a victory at Everton in the league.
Ward-Prowse frequently appears on the scoreboard and has had 29 points overall since the game resumed after World Cup.
His low ownership is likely due to Southampton’s bottom-of-the-table standing, but if their recent improvement against Aston Villa continues, this may swiftly increase along with his price.
Solly March (£5.1m, Brighton) vs. Leicester (A)
Despite Solly March’s outstanding scoring performance for Brighton, his 3.0% ownership implies that not many players are aware of it.
He hasn’t had many opportunities, but he has been taking advantage of them. March, who plays in a forward position, has four goals in his last four games.
As a result, he has scored 44 points since Gameweek 17, and a trip to Leicester may result in another victory for De Zerbi’s team.
March is a reliable differential option with a £5.1m price tag that is delivering while also freeing up resources to utilize elsewhere.
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Kepa Arrizabalaga (£4.6m, Chelsea) vs Liverpool (A)
Kepa Arrizabalaga (£4.6m) may not be a goalkeeper of interest to those looking, given Chelsea’s recent struggles, but there are reasons to sign him.
First of all, he attracts bonus points. Between Gameweek 9 (when he once again became the top choice) and Gameweek 20, he is ranked second for bonus points per 90 minutes (0.76) and third for xFPL Points per 90 (4.34).
Second, he provides a low-cost entry point onto one of the best sides in the nation. Kepa might be a terrific value if Graham Potter can calm the ship for Chelsea, who are currently looking unstable.
Chelsea’s defensive statistics are finally improving. They have a challenging matchup at Anfield in Gameweek 21. The Merseyside club is likewise mired in a terrible run of play. After that, they have games against Southampton, West Ham, and Fulham.
Wilfried Gnonto (£5.0m, Leeds United) vs. Brentford (H)
Another forward, but Wilfried Gnonto is a fantastic choice if money is short.
Since being named a starter for this Leeds team, he has been in excellent form. He scored in the 2-2 draw with West Ham and the 5-2 FA Cup victory against Cardiff midweek.
His previous four starts have resulted in two shots in each. It is excellent given that two came against Manchester City (H) and Newcastle (A).
He is a fantastic starting option for Leeds’ tough schedule of games and enables managers to play 3-5-2 if they so choose as a £5.0m forward. This action promotes team depth during a difficult moments.