Yes, Premier League football is back, and Fantasy Football managers have been tinkering with their teams in the hopes that they’ll find the right combination to beat their rivals in their respective mini-leagues.
With one of the most unpredictable starts to the Premier League campaign, many have already decided to use their wildcards and jump on the mainstream bandwagons while keeping some of the big hitters.
However, the reason we love the beautiful game of football so much is because it is rarely straight-forward, and these now more expensive players following their price rises may not perform to your desire.
So it’s almost as important as ever to look for a differential and find a future bandwagon, not only to beat your opponent(s), but to also increase your team value over time ahead of your second wildcard.
Here are three Fantasy Football Differentials that could be the hipster pick you sorely needed…
A Crystal Palace player against the current league leaders Manchester City? This must be an insane pick!
Not as much as it sounds. Bakary Sako (5.5) already has two goals and one assist in two games, accumulating 13 points against champions Chelsea the previous gameweek.
Jose Mourinho’s men are in a bit of a rut yes, but Crystal Palace are not sitting second in the Premier League for no reason and will be extremely confident after their last result, and could pull a shock victory at Selhurst Park this weekend. If they do, it is likely Sako will be involved once again.
Even if the Eagles fail to beat the mighty Citizens, Palace’s fixtures becomes much kinder with Tottenham (away), Watford (away), West Brom (home), and West Ham United (home) coming up in the next four… giving the 2.5% owned Chelsea-killing midfielder a great chance to shine.
With the transfer fiasco surrounding Saido Berahino’s failed switch to Tottenham Hotspur, many have forgotten that the Baggies broke their transfer record to bring in Salomon Rondon (7.0) during the summer.
And the striker seems to already be settling into the English top flight, with his strength and finishing ability up front showcased with a goal and an assist in his last two starts.
With Southampton visiting the Hawthornes this weekend, Rondon has every chance to break a back-line that lost five goals in their first two games. Their two clean sheets came against Watford and 10-man Norwich respectively, so there is not much to brag about the Saints defence.
Only selected by 0.9% of managers, Rondon may be the striker to make West Brom fans forget who Berahino ever was.
Welcome back Scott!
After being promoted with Swansea City back in the 2011-2012 season, Scott Sinclair (4.9) was the pick of the bunch in the Welsh club, finishing the campaign with eight goals and five assists with penalties in his locker.
But then Manchester City came calling, and the youngster disappeared into the wilderness and was destined to be a forgotten name.
However, he finally left moneybags City for the Villans and against Sunderland the last gameweek scored two goals in a man-of-the-match performance.
And we believe it isn’t a one-off, as the English starlet already has two hattricks this season in a friendly and in the League Cup, so he is definitely wearing his shooting boots at the moment.
Leicester City vs. Aston Villa is also a fixture that looks like there will be goals, and Sinclair could very well be amongst them.