After looking at the rather mainstream players that could perform well this weekend in the Captain choices article, we will now do our weekly run of Fantasy Premier League assets that could be overlooked by managers heading into Gameweek 16.
Last week we saw why the English top flight is one of the most fun leagues (except when watching Manchester United lately) in world football, with several shock scores like Stoke City’s 2-0 win over Manchester City and Liverpool’s defeat to a struggling Newcastle United outfit.
Chelsea also managed to lose another home game this time to Bournemouth, but that result isn’t too much of a surprise given the Blues’ extremely poor form.
Players such as Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic have been performing well under the radar for some time now and previously featured in an earlier differential article, and proved his worth with two goals against champions-elect Man City last weekend.
Are there any others that could rack in the points and soar in value?
Here are THREE Fantasy Premier League DIFFERENTIALS heading into Gameweek 16.
Having scored over 120 points in the Fantasy Premier League the past seven seasons, Leighton Baines (6.1) has been a premium defender for quite some time, but only managed to play his first game of the campaign last weekend against Crystal Palace after recovering from injury.
Owned by just 2.5%, Baines could prove to be a healthy differential in their run of enticing fixtures which include Norwich (Away), Leicester (Home), Newcastle (Away), and Stoke (Home) in their next four.
Baines is the Toffees’ main free-kick and penalty taker, so the England international has the opportunity to rack ups points on both ends of the pitch.
Only a few months ago, Erik Lamela (6.8 and owned by just 0.9%) was considered one of the biggest flops in Tottenham Hotspurs’ history. But after a fine start to the season, he is starting to become the player they paid £26million for.
The Argentina winger was injured the past few games but came back with a bang by scoring a hattrick against Monaco on Thursday, which will greatly boost his confidence for their clash against Newcastle United.
Harry Kane may be many managers’ pick as captain, but Lamela could very well continue his goalscoring form and be a worthy differential.
Yes Manchester City star David Silva (10.0) is a differential option, sitting in just 5.7% of teams after struggling with an injury since Gameweek 8.
Silva returned to first team action last weekend but didn’t have the best outings losing 2-0 to Stoke City, however scored a brilliant goal against Borussia Monchengladbach in midweek to ensure City fans of his ability.
And with Sergio Aguero out and Kevin de Bruyne becoming fatigued, Silva could refind his form and become’s City’s creative spark when they host a manager-less Swansea at the Etihad on Saturday.
He is also our captain choice out of several City options.