Shrewd Moves and Differentials - Gameweek 6

9:58am Sep 21 2016

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There are bargains aplenty in the Fantasy Premier League world as we head into Gameweek 6, but do any of these Shrewd Moves and Differentials make your mouth water?

Feature writer @FPLThunshot returns with Part 6 of his Shrewd Moves and Differentials series ahead of FPL Gameweek 6, providing us with 3 tasty Fantasy Premier League picks to consider for your teams over the next few gameweek’s.

With teams such as Everton, West Ham, Watford, Arsenal and Liverpool having an attractive run of upcoming fixtures, this week’s Shrewd Moves and Differentials piece could have been littered with tens of options for Gameweek 6.

However, as we try to keep all player selections under the 10% threshold to keep up the ‘differential’ status, here are this week’s defender, midfielder and striker picks for your consideration.


Jose Holebas – Watford

  • £4.5m
  • 0.7%
  • 10
  • Burnley (A), Bournemouth (H), Middlesbrough (A)

Coming off a brilliant win against Manchester United, Watford will surely be a team full of confidence. United did have a poor performance, but take nothing away from Watford’s ability to score goals and hold onto a lead. Mazzarri’s team will be optimistic about their future run, with away trips to Burnley and Middlesbrough and a home bout against Bournemouth.

Under Walter Mazzarri, Watford have set up with a 3 center-back formation featuring two forward-pressing wingbacks. Holebas is allowed to bomb forward on the wings, which was evident by the goal he picked up in the Watford match. I see Watford being able to hold a few clean sheets in the weeks to come and Holebas will offer a good chance of an attacking return as well.

Other recommended differential defenders under 10% TSB

  • Ashley Williams – Everton [£5.0m, 8.6% owned]
  • Nacho Monreal – Arsenal [£6.0m, 4.8% owned]
  • Adam Smith – [£4.6m, 7.2% owned]

Roberto Firmino – Liverpool

  • £8.4m
  • 9.1%
  • 24
  • Hull City (H), Swansea (A), Manchester United (H)

Hard to believe, but Roberto Firmino finds his way into the Gameweek 6 Shrewd Moves and Differentials article. Firmino was a stalwart in many FPL teams in 2015/2016 and earned an impressive 155 points. Despite missing last weeks trip to Stamford Bridge due to a minor injury, Firmino scored a brace against Leicester the week before which is encouraging form going forwards.

Liverpool had a very difficult schedule to start the season, which they’ve managed to battle through very well. However, they’re now about to begin a run of 12 (yes 12!) favorable fixtures which hasn’t gone unnoticed amongst the FPL community on Twitter.

Klopp’s Liverpool have been one of the strongest attacking teams in the league since he took charge. Firmino is typically deployed as a false-9, playing in a very advanced role and sometimes as a striker. He’s heavily involved in Liverpool’s attack and is likely to score you plenty of points is he remains fit.

I think he’s a brilliant pick going forward and I have personally brought him into my team for Gameweek 6.

Other recommended differential midfielders under 10% TSB

  • Robert Snodgrass – Hull [£5.7m, 6.8% owned]
  • Andros Townsend – Crystal Palace [£6.3m, 3.9% owned]
  • Santi Cazorla – Arsenal [£7.7m, 8.0% owned]

Troy Deeney – Watford

  • £6.9m
  • 4.2%
  • 19
  • Burnley (A), Bournemouth (H), Middlesbrough (A)

I normally don’t like having two players from the same team in the Shrewd Moves and Differentials series. I can’t, however, see past Troy Deeney as the best differential forward in the game at the moment (especially if you’re looking to free-up a few million to re-buy Aguero). Like I mentioned before, Watford have a great run of fixtures to come and it looks like Deeney will have a plenty of chances to add to his two-in-two tally so far.

A bonus is that Deeney is the Watford penalty-taker. We have seen that more penalties are being given this season than in any season past due to new stricter rules being implemented by the referees. This adds massively to Deeney’s overall possible FPL returns.

I have transferred Deeney into my squad using my wildcard. I think given the run of fixtures, Deeney could easily score the same amount of points as Ibrahimovic. Given that he is considerably cheaper, I think he’s a smart move if you’re looking to fund a move for Aguero who is back this week vs. Swansea.

Other recommended differential forwards under 10% TSB

  • Christian Benteke – Crystal Palace [£7.6m, 6.0% owned]
  • Salomon Rondon – West Brom [£6.5m, 3.9% owned]
  • Islam Slimani – Leicester City [£8.5m, 1.2% owned]

Article written by @FPLThunshot – Be sure to give him a follow on Twitter for more Fantasy Premier League discussion and opinion.

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