Blank Gameweek 36 Differential Picks, done The FPL Way!
Written by: Aiden Smith (@FPLCasuals)
Happy Wednesday ladies & gents and welcome back to my weekly differentials article. Wow, what a crazy swing between Gameweeks. We’ve gone from a Triple & Double Gameweek to a Blank Gameweek which has proven very hard to navigate. If you are like me and decided to triple up on Manchester United along with having triple Chelsea alongside a sprinkle of some Leicester players, then you may be in a little bit of a sticky situation! For me taking a hit is definitely on the cards and I’m absolutely fine with that.
Similar to previous Gameweeks I will be identifying five differential picks for this week’s round of fixtures. It was fairly tricky this week due to the teams that were blanking and at the point of releasing this article, all of these players were under 10% ownership. You’ll notice some of these players have just come back from injury so again I’ll be using data from the last four games played, not Gameweeks.
Ferran Torres: £6.9 – 0.8%
Here we go! The one, the only Ferran Torres! I’ve been waiting all season to include him in my differentials article. As you can tell I do enjoy watching Torres play and I have been looking for an excuse to bring him into my team, I have once this season and he scored so let’s hope it can happen again.
Last Four Games:
- xG: 0.73 xA: 0.53
- 2 Goals & 0 Assist
- 3 Starts
- 17 Penalty area touches
- 7 Goal attempts (6 in the box)
- 8 chances created
- 80 Touches in the final third
Love these stats above! I’m so excited to bring him into my squad this Gameweek. City made the UCL final meaning that we know there is going to be rotation within the next few weeks and in my opinion, I really feel we could see minutes for Torres in the next few games. My reasoning for this is we can kind of predict the UCL starting 11 for City and I don’t see Torres starting. I cant see Pep risking the fitness of the likes of Mahrez, Foden & Silva as I can imagine they will get the nod.
In conclusion, I think Torres will be chomping at getting the minutes as he will want to gain some momentum for the Euros and play his way into the Spain squad. He could be your secret weapon moving forward until the end of the season!
Ben Godfrey: £5.0 – 0.8%
Fixture: Sheffield United
Godfrey has started all four of the last games. For anyone wondering if he is nailed on, he has played 90 minutes twenty-four times this season. He can play various positions across the backline and has appeared at CB & RB and has passed the eye test in both.
Last Four Games:
- xG: 0.21 xA: 0.21
- 0 Goals & 1 Assist
- 2 Clean Sheets
- 13/15 Tackles completed (86%)
- 4 Goal conceded
- Loose Ball: Interceptions – 6 Recoveries – 16 Clearances – 2 Blocks – 7
- 1 Chance Created
This might be my favourite differential. When you blend the fixtures and the talent from Godfrey, I do feel like a clean sheet + bonus points is on the cards. Looking at the next two fixtures, Godfrey plays SHU & WOV; correct me if I’m wrong, however, both these teams seem to be sat on a sunny beach sipping cocktails. As you can see from the defensive stats Godfrey is right up there for tackle completion % and loose ball situations and this means that with a clean sheet his bonus points will be nice as well.
In conclusion, at Goodison Park this year, Everton have not exactly been solid at the back keeping only 2 clean sheets all season whereas Away from home they have been much more solid. Godfrey has kept 7 clean sheets on the road this year and my point is they will want to improve that home record before the end of the season.
Stuart Armstrong: £5.5 – 0.5%
Stuart Armstong has been popping up all season and I feel against a wounded Fulham side he could prove to pop up again with a goal contribution. Scoring four goals and providing four assists for his team this season, he has been a thorn in the side of teams and seems to always be a threat when on the pitch. However, we have to take into account that without Ings they have looked a little blunt going forward.
Last Four Games:
- xG: 0.31 xA: 0.14
- 0 Goals & 0 Assist
- 7 Penalty area touches
- 7 Goal attempts (2 in the box)
- 51 Mins per attempt
- 1 chance created
- 64 Touches in the final third
With this less than 1% ownership, this differential would be taking a risk. However, he plays FUL & LEE in his next two fixtures. He has started 3/4 games and has received 48 touches in the final third meaning he is getting into attacking positions. He ranks 4th amongst Southampton MID for xG only behind Redmond, JWP & Minamino.
In conclusion, yes you might be thinking I’m crazy, however, my job here is to go out and find some differentials with nice fixtures moving forward that I think are going to do well. I truly believe that we can see an attacking return. As mentioned they are playing a wounded Fulham side & a Leeds side we know can either be hammered or do the hammering.
Raphinha: £5.4 – 5%
I’m not going to sit here and do too much talking in regards to Raph as we all know exactly what he brings to the table; flair, silk & finesse. With him back from injury, I can see Leeds having a strong end to what has been a really exciting season for Leeds. I’m glad they’re staying in the PL and I’m excited to see what they bring next year. The question is will Raph be playing for them?
He ranks 8th for chances created (57) all season from every MID.
Last Four Games:
- xG: 0.88 xA: 1.13
- 1 Goal & 2 Assist
- 16 Penalty area touches
- 11 Corners taken
- 5 Goal attempts (3 in the box)
- 10 chances created (2 big chance)
- 30 Mins per chance created
- 79 Touches in the final third
Look at those stats! This bloke is such an exciting player and brings nothing but joy to the football pitch and your FPL teams. From an FPL standpoint; he has been a joy to have in my team this year and he would have stayed if he didn’t get injured. Leeds are such a forward-thinking team and it really is like a Basketball match every time they play.
In conclusion, Raph plays BUR, SOU & WBA between now and the end. I know this is a BGW36 article, however, it’s always good to keep in mind that you shouldn’t be keeping players you can keep until the end of the season. Burnley’s defensive form has dropped now that they are pretty much nailed on to play in the PL next season and they’re another one of those “On the beach” teams to target.
Michail Antonio: £6.4 – 5.5%
If this guy could just stay fit he would be one of the best strikers in the league. Based on the season West Ham have had, I do really think if he could stay fit he’d be right up there with the most owned players this season. The combination play that West Ham can produce is up there and he is the perfect man to get in your squad for the run-in.
Last Four Games:
- xG: 2.76 xA: 0.36
- 2 Goals & 2 Assist
- 26 Penalty area touches
- 14 Goal attempts (12 in the box)
- 4 Big chances (50% conv)
- 8 chances created (1 big chance)
- 101 Touches in the final third
Disgusting stats from a next-level baller. Antonio ranks second amongst all strikers in the last four Gameweeks for xG, only behind Chris Wood! He has proven that when even 70% fit he is scoring goals. West Ham has BHA, WBA & SOU between now and the end of the season and he is another player I am seriously considering. West Ham scores 1.6 goals per game on average and that ranks 6th in the PL all season and have 4.2 shots on target per match which ranks 10th. He ranks 3rd for penalty area touches & 4th for total goal attempts.
In conclusion, FPL managers are going to be really split between DCL, Bamford & Antonio in my opinion. The big man Antonio is the way to go looking at the stats above
THE FPL WAY DIFFERENTIALS TEAM:
Above is our differential picks for this Gameweek. Please keep in mind that this team isn’t essentially how we would go ahead with the Gameweek, it is more a bit of fun to point out some differential picks in certain positions that you could add to your team. We wanted to continue the theme as we have provided you with an FPL Way XV Scout Picks and the Value (budget) squad that we release each week.
I do really hope you enjoyed reading and digesting this article. Good luck in the upcoming Gameweek and hopefully if you decide to go with a pick included in this article that it provides you with a nice green arrow. If you do decide to transfer in one of these players let us know in the comments below and tell us which one went with and how it went.