As the Premier League season continues to unfold, around the globe the din of hotly-contested mini-league battles grows to a roar, and you’re probably right there in the thick of it.
If your arch rival is sneering down at you from atop the leaderboard, then you, like me, yearn to snatch that coveted top spot and wipe that smug grin off his/her face.
Differentials are they key to doing that, and below I’ve listed five of the best for GW-23.
Fabian Schar (£5.2m, Newcastle v Luton Town)
Ownership - 5.6%
Fabian Schar takes a defender slot on our list of differential picks for this week. He is currently selected by just 5.6% of FPL managers, surprisingly few considering that his next five games are against Luton Town, Nott’m Forest, Bournemouth, Arsenal, and Wolves.
Given Newcastle’s defensive record and his upcoming fixtures, you’d expect Schar to pick up at least a few clean sheets over this run. But not only can he give you clean sheet points, he can also pop up with goals — in fact, he just notched a brace against Aston Villa. For FPL managers looking for a long-term differential defender, Schar makes for a pretty solid pick.
Michael Olise (£6.0m, Brighton v Crystal Palace)
Ownership - 1.6%
Michael Olise has been in ridiculous form recently; his numbers have been staggering. In his last five league starts, Olise has scored five goals and assisted three, racking up a total of 55 points that includes two double-digit hauls.
In white-hot form and with a game against a porous Seagull defense up next on his agenda, Olise will surely be a popular transfer. Don’t expect his TSB to stay at 1.6% for very long.
Eberechi Eze (£6.0m, Brighton v Crystal Palace)
Ownership - 3.5%
Another Eagle midfielder makes our list this week — Eberechi Eze bagged a brace against Sheffield United, making three goals in his last two games.
Next he faces a Brighton side that just shipped four to Luton Town. Against such a leaky defense, I expect Eze to come good once again. He’s one of the best differential midfield picks out there right now.
It’s worth noting that both Olise and Eze were withdrawn early last time out, but Eze brushed aside any concerns about serious injury to either man: “I’m OK, it was just a precaution, it should be fine. [Michael Olise] is also fine. He’s good.”
Elijah Adebayo (£4.8m, Newcastle v Luton Town)
Ownership - 1.1%
Turning now to forwards, Elijah Adebayo is our ultra-differential pick. The man leading the line for Luton put himself on the fantasy radar with his hattrick against Brighton this week, but he also had three goals over the six games before that.
He’ll surely find Newcastle to be a tougher nut to crack than Brighton, but in this kind of form he’s made himself hard to ignore.
Ivan Toney (£8.0m, Brentford v Man City)
Ownership - 4.8%
The second forward on our list of top differentials for GW-23 is Brentford’s main man Ivan Toney. He has scored in both games he has played since his long-awaited return from suspension.
He’s up against the Man City juggernaut this weekend, but Pep’s lads have kept only four clean sheets all season, and only one since GW-10. You wouldn’t be too surprised to see Toney ruin another one for them.
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