Fantasy Football Differentials: Sunderland star your hipster pick?

Welcome back to another edition of FootballFanCast’s Fantasy Football Differentials, where we help give you some out of the box options for your Fantasy Premier League team ahead of Gameweek 12.

There are several reasons why you would want to bring in a hipster player that nobody else currently owns.

First is the most obvious one, to accumulate more points for your team. But the advantage of picking a differential over a mainstream star is that you will be one of the few that have him, meaning you will be gaining some ground on those that don’t.

Secondly, you have the opportunity to jump on a bandwagon player before a rise in price, gaining you some valuable team value ahead of your next wildcard.

With that said, we here have taken the time to find three candidates that may not only bring you points this gameweek, but also potentially a few weeks after this…

Mamadou Sakho


Liverpool look to finally be gelling under new boss Jurgen Klopp, with the Reds winning three out of their last three games. And with them at home to Crystal Palace, not many will bet against Liverpool on Saturday.

Priced at just 4.8 and owned by a meagre 0.8%, Sakho (who wore the captain’s armband in Henderson’s absence), Mamadou Sakho gives us a decent route into Jurgen Klopp’s back-line and is guaranteed 90 minutes.

Sakho is also a goalscoring threat from headers, and if Liverpool pile the pressure like they did against Rubin Kazan on Thursday, Sakho could be in and around the goals from set-pieces.

Gerard Deulofeu

Gerard Deulofeu (Spain)

Gerard Deulofeu (6.2) was considered as one of the best young players only two years ago, but the hype surrounding the former Barcelona ace disappeared last season.

Now back at Everton, the Spaniard really showed his ability with two assists and one goal in their 6-2 drubbing of Sunderland. And he can continue his form when the Toffees travel to Upton Park to face West Ham United, who have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last six games.

Ahead of some enticing fixtures with Aston Villa (Home), Bournemouth (Away), and Crystal Palace (Home) in the next four, Deulofeu’s ownage of just 0.4% is set to rise soon.

Steven Fletcher

Steven Fletcher

It may be hard to buy in a Sunderland player, but Steven Fletcher (5.0) should be considered for the third striker role in your squad.

Owned by a mere 0.9%, Fletcher is starting to find the form (3 goals in his last four games) that got him double digit goals in three consecutive seasons from 2010-2013.

The Black Cats also have a chance in turning their poor campaign around with Southampton (Home), Crystal Palace (Away), Stoke City (Home), and Watford (Home) in their next five games, with only a daunting trip to Arsenal in gameweek 15. If they do, Fletcher is expected to be in and amongst the goals.