Cardiff players in FPL are understandably not the most popular of picks. However, that does offer the potential to make up some ground in the overall rankings and in mini-leagues alike. Here are some Cardiff players that offer the best differential prospects.
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Two clean sheets and two penalty saves to boot ensured Etheridge (£4.5m) soared to the summit of the goalkeeping charts in his opening 3 fixtures. He couldn’t keep out Hazard’s penalty in GW5 but hasn’t faced one since, so 2 ‘for’ and 1 ‘against’ to date is a decent record!
It’s worth noting that Cardiff haven’t kept a clean sheet since that favourable start to the season. But that’s no surprise, having faced Arsenal, Chelsea, City, Spurs and Liverpool in a brutal 7-game run. But in the next 8, they only face a misfiring Man Utd from the Big Six. This could be the best time to invest in the Welsh club’s defence for those looking for a differential. Indeed, Neil Warnock won promotion last season with his ‘defence first’ mentality. Cardiff recorded the fewest goals conceded at home in the Championship in 17/18, and shared the accolade for best defence overall with Wolves!
If you like your defenders to come with goal threat, look no further than Bamba (£4.5m). No matter the opposition, he’s a physical presence in both penalty areas. He’s scored twice so far, against Chelsea and Brighton, and claimed an assist against Fulham. When the Bluebirds do keep a clean sheet, Bamba’s always in the running for bonus points too. He topped the bonus points charts for his team in the stalemate with Huddersfield, earning 2 BPS, and was 3rd for Cardiff in their 0-0 draw with Newcastle.
Cardiff’s top scorer is a midfielder who plays out of position as a striker for his club but as a defender for his country… confused? Well, you’d forgive Paterson (£5.2m) if he was a bit bewildered himself, but he’s been involved in 5 goal involvements in the last 4 gameweeks (1 assist, 4 goals). He has therefore established himself as the focal point of the Bluebirds’ rare attacks.
With premium defenders proving so popular this season (one even leads the pack across all positions!), 4-3-3, 4-4-2 and even 5-3-2 are common formations right now. Which in turn means budget midfielders are in vogue, to come off the bench when needed. Enter Camarasa (£4.5m). He’s on corners and free kicks, and has already registered a goal and assist. No one has performed better in his position and price bracket!
Alternatively, look to “0.0%”-owned Harris (£4.5m) for the ultimate differential! He’s producing a goal involvement every 63 minutes. Admittedly, this is with just one start under his belt. But he’s been Cardiff’s most dangerous threat recently, and passes the eye test with aplomb.
Aside from a 12-point return from Reid (£5.2m) against Fulham’s sieve-like defence, Cardiff’s attackers have flattered to deceive. You only need to look at Warnock playing Scotland’s right-back as his centre-forward to see how little faith he has in his own strikers…