FPL Gameweek 8 Differential Picks
The most picked players in Fantasy Premier League tend to be just that for a reason. However, to get ahead in FPL you need differential picks. We define differential picks as players who are picked by 10.0% or less of FPL managers. Here are our some Gameweek 8 differential picks.
The Arsenal forward is currently selected by only 7.5% of managers ahead of his visit to Fulham in Gameweek 8. The low ownership and price drop that he suffered prior to Gameweek 3 was due to the fact that he failed to start in the Premier League before Gameweek 4, when he and Arsenal traveled to Cardiff. However, since starting his first game, he has made a huge impact for Unai Emery’s men. He has earned a total of 30 points since his first start, recording two goals, three assists and 5 bonus points over that time period. With only a cameo role in the Europa League, Lacazette will be one of the more popular Gameweek 8 differential picks.
Lacazette vs Aubameyang
Lacazette looks to be much more involved than his strike partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when playing in the central number 9 role. Furthermore, it looks as if he has nailed his starting role in Emery’s starting 11, having started every game since Gameweek 4. He has played the full 90 minutes in each of these games. The fact that he has very impressive stats going forward mixed with Fulham’s defensive struggles makes him be a great differential forward at an affordable price of £9.5m. Fulham are one of the only team yet to keep a clean sheet. They have the joint-worst defense in the Premier League, conceding 16 goals in 7 matches. There is also a hint that they are going to be conceding many more goals, with Fulham having conceded 18 big chances over the last 5 fixtures. Alexandre Lacazette will most definitely be looking to capitalize on that.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson is probably the most talked about surprise player from Gameweek 7, having produced a 13 point haul. Nevertheless the Burnley midfielder currently has an ownership of 2.0%. Here’s why he could be a great differential to climb up your mini league and overall ranking. He has produced one goal and three assists in the last two Gameweeks, scoring an impressive tally of 22 points between those two fixtures. He is always a nailed on starter in Sean Dyche’s side when fit, and could definitely take advantage of the fact that he is on set pieces.
Players such as Sam Vokes (£5.3m) and Chris Wood (£6.3m) increase the chances of the Icelandic midfielder racking up the assist points whenever taking Burnley’s set pieces. His quality set piece taking as well as his overall creative output looks to be very promising from an FPL perspective considering the fact that Burnley play Huddersfield at Turf Moore this Saturday. The Terriers also have the joint worst defense in the league, having conceded 16 goals in 7 matches thus far. They are yet to keep a clean sheet away at home this season.
FPL Felipe Anderson
After enduring a tough start to his life at West Ham, Felipe Anderson looks like a new player when playing on the left side of Pellegrini’s new 4-1-4-1 formation. He has been a vital part of West Ham’s recent turnaround and could prove to be a very affordable yet effective differential over the coming weeks. His ownership percentage is just 2.4%. The Brazilian scored a brilliant goal to open the scoring in West Ham’s impressive 3-1 win against Manchester United. He looked as if he could have gotten more from an FPL point of view. Always lurking around the opposition’s box and never turning down a long shot or 1v1 situation, he definitely passes the eye test. His performances suggest he could produce more points in the future. He could also pick up additional bonus points, having made 7 tackles against Manchester United. This shows perhaps a somewhat surprising aspect of his game that he takes care of his defensive duties as well.
West Ham Fixtures
West Ham’s Friday night opponents, Brighton, are yet to keep a clean sheet this season. They have conceded 6 goals in three games at home. This suggests the Brighton game is a great opportunity for Anderson to keep up his good spark of form. Furthermore, if he were to blank against Brighton, there is no need to worry. The winger can still prove to be a high point scorer over the long run. The 12 games following Brighton, West Ham only play two of last year’s top 6. However, even so the Hammers have shown that they can win against the best of them. Consequently he is an asset that managers should not be sleeping on for the long term too. Felipe Anderson could prove to be a perfect Gameweek 8 differential pick.