Fantasy Football Weekly: Spurs and Liverpool stars in our differential picks

Yesterday we looked at the Fantasy Premier League bandwagons and whether you should buy or sell that player. Now, we are keen to find someone who isn’t currently a popular choice, or as the FPL world calls them, the differentials.

There are few reasons why bringing in a ‘hipster’ choice will reap you rewards. One is, of course, if they are successful they will accumulate you points that nobody else will have. And secondly, you could find your team value increasing because you brought in a player before their price rose due to flurry of managers trying to jump on the bandwagon.

With the big news that Bournemouth star Callum Wilson has picked up a long-term injury, many managers are looking for a differential replacement to the 5.8 priced attacker, while the sudden drop of Joseph Gomez to the Liverpool bench has also caused concern in many back-lines.

Will you go for a mainstream option? Or possibly make a calculated bet and bring in one of the three differential options we are presenting to you.

Here are THREE fantasy football differentials ahead of game week eight…

Eric Lamela

Lamela

Wow we must be crazy to urge you to sign Erik Lamela (6.8) after his last few seasons, but if you’re going on recent form the Argentina international is almost at the top of his game right now.

Lamela scored one and assisted another in their massive 4-1 victory over Manchester City, but it’s not just a flash in the pan, because he was impressive in their win over Sunderland and also scored in the Europa League on Thursday.

Owned by just 1.1% of managers, can this season finally be the break-out campaign for Spurs’ record-breaking signing?

Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge

If Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to save his job, he will need Daniel Sturridge to perform in the next few games… which could benefit those brave enough to bring in the 10.5 priced striker into their Fantasy Teams.

Sturridge already put two goals against Aston Villa last weekend, but although the fixture list is not that kind for the Reds with Everton (Away), Spurs (Away), Southampton (Home), and Chelsea (Away) in the next four, the England international is undoubtedly their best goalscorer and could be fixture-proof.

If he gets a few goals in this run, he won’t be owned by just 3.8% and he’s definitely going to be much costlier by gameweek 14.

Mame Biram Diouf

Mame Biram Diouf (centre)

Stoke finally got their first win of the season last weekend against Bournemouth, and it was a slightly injured Mame Biram Diouf (6.5) that won the game coming off the bench.

The Potters striker already has three goals in six games this season, and with fixtures on his side [Aston Villa (Away), Swansea (Away), Watford (Home), and Newcastle (Away)], Diouf has plenty more opportunities to continue his run before the games become tougher for the Potters.

With the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Bojan Krkic playing around him, the 2.6% owned Senegal international will definitely get chances and we are backing him to score against Villa (who conceded 9 goals the last 4 games) this weekend.

 


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