FPL Differential Players 2020/21
Differentials is a term loved by many FPL managers. The ability to spot differentials early is key to a good start in the FPL season.
This season we take a quick look at several early season choices for differential players. For the purpose of this article, we would define differentials as players who are generally not well-known but has the potential to do very well in FPL – Lundstram meets this criteria for Sheff Utd last term – he is probably unknown to FPL managers but managed to score well in FPL (as a listed defender playing in midfield)
Barry Douglas (LEE | DEF | 4.0) – TSB 16.3%
Players from Leeds have drawn considerable interest in the early picks. Attacking wing-back Douglas is the managers’ top pick at 16.3%. Interestingly, Leeds play Liverpool AND Man City i their first 4 games so perhaps Douglas is one for the longer term.
Nathan Ferguson (CRY | DEF | 4.0) – TSB 15.8%
There has been a lot talk around 19yo Ferguson, touted the “next” Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Ferguson is described as quick and nimble and can pick either at left or right back. He started 21 games for WBA in the Championship last term, sitting out the second half of the season as he did not extend his contract with the Baggies.
There is also strong likelihood that Ferguson will make an immediate start in the Premier League, given that Palace may be keen to inject new blood directly to an aging squad.
William Saliba (ARS | DEF | 4.5) – TSB 5.1%
Arsenal bought Saliba last season but the 19-year-old spent the season on loan at Saint-Etienne. The youngster is highly rated and has been a regular in Ligue 1 though his season had been blighted by injuries.
Now back at Arsenal, there are talks that he is the prime candidate to partner David Luiz next season. A good indicator would be the Community Shield, where we expect the Gunners to field a strong team against champions Liverpool.
Matheus Pereira (WBA | MID | 6.0) – TSB 5.1%
After securing a permanent move to WBA, there has been a lot of talk in town around Pereira. Last season, he played 42 times in the league for the Baggies, had 20 assists (!!) and 8 goals.
His regularly operates from the right wing but has played on the left and in the center as well when WBA plays 3 attacking midfielders. A good comparable player is Jack Grealish, who scored good FPL points from a starting price of 6.0.
Marek Rodak (FUL | GK | 4.5) – TSB 1.0%
Rodak has been with Fulham since he was 17 and was promoted to the first team last season. He replaced Bettinelli as the first choice GK and started 31 consecutive league games for the Cottagers. Unless Fulham makes a big money signing, we will expect Rodak to continue as the regular GK.
Fulham have winnable games in their first 5 games so at a price point of 4.5, he is a good pick as a second GK.
Jarrad Branthwaite (EVE | DEF | 4.0) – TSB 7.1%
Branthwaite started the last 3 of Everton’s league games over the tail-end of last season and impressed with his partnership with Keane at center-back. There is no telling if he would be a starter ahead of Holgate and Mina but this youngster is worth monitoring.
Everton’s collapse at the end of last season is a cause for concern but overall Everton is a solid mid-table outfit that will win home games and keep clean sheets.
Jonjo Shelvey (NEW | MID | 5.5) – TSB 0.5%
Let this sink in – Shelvey was Newcastle’s top scorer last season. He is not a very sexy FPL option but he is a likely starter week in week out for the Magpies. However, Newcastle is pending a possible takeover and with the transfer window to close in Oct, we are not sure of Shelvey’s eventual run in the team.
Oh, if you have not decided on a team name yet, we have a killer list of top FPL team names for the 2020/21 season for you to choose from.
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