It was a tough week for me last week. I pulled off a crazy move that ultimately backfired. As I mentioned last week, going for differentials is a risky move that you must be ready for it to backfire or hugely reward you. The former happened to me after I transferred out Salah and Aguero for Kane and Sterling. Granted, in hindsight, it looked stupid but had Aguero been benched, Sterling started and Kane converted his many huge chances it could’ve been a whole different story.
Last week, all three picks, Sterling, Gray and Sigurdsson, failed to get an FPL return but that’s the name of the game with differentials. This week, I am hoping these three can prove me right. In case this is your first time reading this weekly article, I try to bring to you three differential picks, whose ownership is less than 5%, that have the potential to score well over the next couple of gameweeks.
Nacho Monreal (Price: £5.5, TSB: 0.8%)
Arsenal hasn’t had the best of starts by any means with two consecutive losses against Man City and Chelsea. However, with the fixtures turning starting this gameweek, they have a great run where they can start getting it going; they face WHU(H), CAR(A), NEW(A), EVE(H), WAT(H), FUL(A) and LEI(H) in GW3-8.
Nacho Monreal is also one of the fewest players at Arsenal who’s safe from rotation as his replacements, Kolasinac and Maitlind-Niles, are out for a while. He has shown before his attacking potential last year scoring 5 goals and 2 assists and with the likes of Aubameyang, Ramsey, Ozil and Lacazette on the end of his crosses, he can certainly getting it going at a much cheaper price than the other left back premium defenders like Mendy and Alonso.
Ryan Fraser (Price: £5.5, TSB: 4.3%)
This player has really impressed me and he’s certainly a huge bargain in FPL at 5.5. He’s already bagged a goal and an assist in the first two matches and looks to be in great form. Along with that, his fixtures certainly look very appealing until GW11 apart arguably from Chelsea in GW4.
In an attacking team like Bournemouth who has won their first two games, his current form and cheap price, he’s one of the hottest bargains in the game that you should definitely consider.
[box type=”info” align=”aligncenter” class=”” width=””]Ryan Fraser in GW1-2: 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 goal attempts (2 on target), 5 chances created[/box]
Alvaro Morata (Price: £9.0, TSB: 4.2%)
Morata hasn’t had the best of starts in the Premier League since arriving at Stamford Bridge last season and his form has gone downhill that he was excluded from Spain’s World Cup squad. This season, he has been looking slightly better each game under Sarri. He looks to be the favored striker over Giroud, who doesn’t fit Sarri’s style of play as much as Morata. He has already scored a goal last week and with Hazard coming back, his stock will certainly rise benefiting from the Belgian magician presence.
At a much lower price than other premium forwards like Aubameyang, Kane, Lukaku and Aguero and in an attacking Chelsea team under Sarri, he looks to be a great differential going forward, especially with four stunning fixtures coming up; NEW(A), BOU(H), CAR(H) and WHU(A).