I absolutely adore differentials. My urge of picking them up quite often is my strength as well as my weakness. To have a differential in your team is a necessity to get away from the pack or catch up to your rivals. It’s a great risk to ignore the obvious and go with the less owned, under the radar picks but with it comes great reward (or huge disappointment if you’re not up for that).
This year, I’ve decided to give you not one but three differential picks here on DailyStrikers and I intend to keep the quality. Each week I’ll be looking at the top under the radar picks and my only criteria is that their ownership is less than 5%. Enough about that and let’s get into it!
Raheem Sterling (Price: £11.0, TSB: 2.8%)
I’ve never expected coming into this season that I’d pick this man as a differential pick. However, he’s an absolutely humongous differential that I cannot ignore going into the second gameweek of the season.
With 18 goals and 17 assists last season, it’s crazy how low his ownership is (currently 2.8%), his ownership can be mainly due to a couple of reasons; his late arrival from the World Cup and the questions over his starting role in the first few weeks and the presence of Mo Salah who has made his inclusion in FPL squads along the Egyptian almost impossible.
[box type=”info” align=”aligncenter” class=”” width=””]Sterling vs Arsenal in GW1: 1 goal, 3 shots (2 on target), 1 chances created[/box]
However, with questions over how Aguero and Jesus will share the minutes and with people questioning the huge Lukaku/Aubameyang/Kane price tags, one could make a case for a premium midfield (Sterling, Eriksen, Salah and Hazard). That being said, an early move for the 11-million priced midfielder can be very beneficial.
Demarai Gray (Price: £5.5, TSB: 1.2%)
After the departure of Mahrez to Manchester City, there is a big void to fill at Leicester. Apart from Maguire and Vardy, there are no standout picks from the Foxes. However, there are some quite interesting prospects coming up the ranks in midfield including Ghezzal, Maddison and Gray.
All three are interesting picks but I personally fancy Demarai Gray to make the most impact in terms of fantasy football. Unlike the other two, he’s already established his starting role and had his time to settle in and get used to the Premier League. At his price and ownership, he’s an interesting pick with a great run of fixtures.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Price: £7.5, TSB: 2.1%)
He’s one of my favorite players to own in FPL. However, that started to fade especially last season when he couldn’t justify his price tag in a shaky Everton team. This year, the arrival of Marco Silva and his known attacking mentality can really boost Sigurdsson’s fantasy football value.
After being withdrawn in the first half due to Jagielka’s dismissal and Richarlison’s heroics last week, he’ll go even more under the radar than he already was. Being the key player and playing as the no10 in that attacking side, he offers a lot of potential from open play as well as from dead balls including free kicks and corners. The latter can be boosted by the arrival of Mina who’s notorious for his aerial threat and can score quite a few goals from Siggy’s cheeky deliveries. At 7.5 million, he’s a huge differential in that Everton side who will face Southampton, Huddersfield and West Ham at home and Bournemouth away in their next 4 fixtures.