Shrewd Moves and Differentials - Gameweek 8
Posted by Luke Thunberg
9:55am Oct 13 2016
There are bargains aplenty in the FPL world as we head into Gameweek 8, but do any of these Shrewd Moves and Differentials tickle your fancy?
Fantasy Football Pundits’ resident writer @FPLThunshot has resurfaced as the international break comes to an end, offering a bag-full of goodies for the Fantasy Premier League community ahead of Gameweek 8.
This week, FPLThunshot explores another worthy batch of sub-10% owned FPL players for your consideration, whilst offering insight on the players and their upcoming fixtures.
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Jan Vertonghen – Spurs
- West Brom (A), Bournemouth (A), Leicester (H)
The 2016/2017 FPL season has featured very few clean sheets so far, leaving many FPL managers scratching their heads at the lack of 6 pointers coming in from defenders. I feel confident, however, in saying that Spurs defenders, like Vertonghen, are a great buy. Spurs are coming off a brilliant clean sheet against Manchester City, but that was just one out of 4 clean sheets this season.
Spurs are showing some strong defensive form and I think that now is the best time to invest in them. Vertonghen is still relatively cheap, at £5.6m, compared to the rest of the Spurs defence and other premium defenders. Vertonghen is a decent shout for bonus points as well when Spurs keep a clean sheet.
Moral of the story? With so many teams still figuring out their defensive line-ups and tactics, Spurs should be a team that you feel comfortable investing in over the next 3 Gameweek’s.
Other recommended differential defenders under 10% TSB
- Virgil van Dijk – Southampton [£5.4m, 8.4% owned]
- Ashley Williams – Everton [£5.1m, 9.3% owned]
- Adam Smith – Bournemouth [£4.6m, 9.8% owned]
Theo Walcott – Arsenal
- Swansea (H), Middlesbrough (H), Sunderland (A)
Mr. Arsenal himself, Theo Walcott, may be having his break-out season for Arsenal. He’s always been a dangerous player with blistering pace, but his finishing seems to have always let him down.
However, it looks like he has finally found his goal scoring form this season and had already bagged three goals and three assists so far this season, and looks to have firmly cemented his position in Wenger’s starting XI.
Arsenal have great fixtures to come, playing Swansea, Middlesbrough, and Sunderland in their next three. I fully expect Walcott to grab some healthy returns in these next few games. If I had the money, I would choose Ozil over Walcott, but for only £7.7m and based on recent form, he offers good value in midfield for the potential he provides.
Other recommended differential midfielders under 10% TSB
- Robert Snodgrass – Hull City [£5.7m, 8.3% owned]
- Mesut Ozil – Arsenal [£9.5m, 7.4% owned]
- Heung-Min Son – Spurs [£7.6m, 9.2% owned]
Charlie Austin – Southampton
- Burnley (H), Man City (H), Chelsea (H)
Experienced FPL managers will know Charlie Austin as a familiar name. He was an FPL stalwart in the 2014/2015 season when he scored 18 goals and 8 assists for Queens Park Rangers.
He’s now found his way into a starting role at Southampton, despite some tight competition for the number 9 role. Additionally, there’s a chance that he will take the Saints penalties, although Dusan Tadic could also adopt this role.
Saints fixtures are a mixed bag for the immediate future, with games against Burnley, Man City, Chelsea and Hull to come. The difficulty of fixtures do improve after those, so Austin will certainly have his fair share of chances to score. I think he’s a good budget striker option to free up cash for some new defensive options that we outlined earlier on.
Other recommended differential forwards under 10% TSB
- Christian Benteke – Crystal Palace [£7.6m, 7.0% owned]
- Troy Deeney – Watford [£7.1m, 7.4% owned]
- Callum Wilson – Bournemouth [£6.4m, 2.1% owned]
Article written by @FPLThunshot – Be sure to give him a follow on Twitter for more Fantasy Premier League discussion and opinion.