With four Gameweeks remaining, it’s time to find differentials that can provide a huge ranking boost for FPL managers.
Our definition of differentials
Using LiveFPL’s ownership figures, we will pick five players with under 6% ownership both overall and within the top 10k.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace, £6.8m, owned by 5.4% overall)
For those without Zaha for tonight’s hosting of Leeds, Crystal Palace still have strong fixtures to end the season. Whilst Conor Gallagher has been their main FPL option for the bulk of this campaign, the Ivorian has scored five goals in their last seven matches. He’ll relish facing the defences of Southampton, Watford and Everton, although Palace’s mid-table position could instead bring in an ‘early holidays’ vibe.
Jay Rodriguez (Burnley, £5.2m, owned by 2.5% overall)
One team definitely not taking it easy is Burnley. They’ve hauled themselves out of the relegation zone with two consecutive wins and have a good few fixtures to continue their escape. With FPL managers generally giving up on forwards and subsequently putting faith in cheap names like Eddie Nketiah, Teemu Pukki and Jean-Philippe Mateta, Jay Rodriguez has started Burnley’s last five appearances. Ten points have arrived in that time, so he’s part of their strongest line-up. Rodriguez offers more goal threat than Wout Weghorst for a cheaper price.
Richarlison (Everton, £7.5m, owned by 5.7% overall)
If Everton remains within two points of Burnley by Gameweek 36, their double-double will lead many managers to ignore the Toffees’ horrible season and take punts on differentials based purely on these four good fixtures. Leicester (a), Watford (a), Brentford (H) and Crystal Palace (H) offer potential when everything is on the line. With this in mind, Richarlison has three goals from four outings and will be their main source of hope.
Phil Foden (Man City, £7.8m, owned by 6.0% overall)
It feels cheeky to include Phil Foden as a differential considering his ownership has exceeded one million on several occasions. However, the £8.3m price is now £7.8m because only three goal involvements have arrived since Gameweek 20. Rested against Watford at the weekend, hopefully that’s Foden’s rotation over with and he can return to his out-of-position potential for this season’s dramatic climax.
Ismaila Sarr (Watford, £5.7m, owned by 2.8% overall)
Finally, another reminder of how long the season is. Remember when Ismaila Sarr was in over 1.5 million teams, having scored four goals in the first six games? A big injury soon followed but he is now back in Watford’s front three as arguably their biggest attacking threat. Listed as a midfielder, Sarr’s fixtures are intriguing and we already know of his goal potential. It just depends on whether his team mates want to give survival a chance.