This Sky Sports Fantasy Football Tips post by Oli Poole covers differential selections – all under 10% owned.
Season nears its conclusion
There’s just six Gameweeks to go this season in Sky Sports Fantasy Football and there’s still much at stake for those at the top of the league – both in fantasy terms and in the Premier League.
While this season has foxed many a seasoned campaigner, there’s no doubt that there’s still plenty to fight for. And that’s whether you’re still going in the cup, battling for the £50k, a personal best finish or mini-league bragging rights.
Could a differential bag you your prize?
There’s just six games to choose from this week, with the FA Cup semi-finals taking place.
Two games in the bag for under-radar striker
Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has been a mainstay in my side for the last few weeks, and the little-fancied striker has both the form and the fixtures to be a viable use of a precious, dwindling transfer.
Visiting relegated Huddersfield, Leicester also line up next Friday in a single-game day, facing Newcastle at home. It’s a great two-for-the-price-of-one deal and if you’re loathe to bring in an Arsenal asset for the end of GW38, Vardy covers that fixture, too.
The Foxes main man has five goals in five games, bringing his tally to 13 for the season. That’s joint-sixth highest in the league. He’s owned by less than three per cent of fantasy managers. And he’s a viable captaincy option for those next two games.
Alternative Saturday captain?
While I’ll be plumping for Vardy, the other viable captaincy choice in this week’s XI is Callum Wilson.
The Bournemouth striker has helped himself to six double-digit hauls this season, with his last coming away to Huddersfield, where he bagged 15 points.
Cherries assets blow hot and cold – it can be a matter of luck predicting which one will score best week to week. For example barring injury David Brooks might have been in a significant number of overhaul teams, given his form and bargain price. But since returning he’s yet to pick up points for anything other than turning up.
What do the stats say?
In the GW34 2-0 loss to Leicester, Bournemouth forwards were largely indistinguishable. Wilson, King, Fraser and Brooks all managed one shot, but Wilson was the only one to hit the target.
King and Wilson each had two shots in the 2-2 draw with Newcastle, with King’s both hitting the target compared to Wilson’s one. This is the game in which King scored a penalty and added a second late on.
Wilson was on the scoresheet in the 2-0 victory against Huddersfield, with both of his two shots on target. That day King had three shots, but only one hit the target.
The stats are very close, with little to choose from. This week I’m taking a punt on Wilson to be the one to find the net in a reasonable home fixture. But Vardy is still the standout captaincy pick for me.
Differential XI (under 10% ownership, not club’s most popular player)
Kepa Arizabalaga (£7.6m/2%)
David Luiz (£8.8m/8.4%) (C)
Wes Morgan (£7.3m/0.5%)
Jeff Schlupp (£7.3m/1.8%)
Dwight McNeil (£5.4m/0.7%)
Gylfi Sigurdsson (£9.1m/7.6%) (C)
Youri Tielemans (£7.8m/0.2%)
Wilfried Zaha (£10.2/5.39%)
Callum Wilson (£9.7m/6.06%)
Roberto Firmino (£12.2m/8.63%) (C)
Jamie Vardy (£11.5m/2.6%) (C)
How my team compares
It was a relatively disappointing GW34 for me in which I slipped from around 170th to 257th. I shipped out Aguero for Kane after the former picked up an injury and I took the chance to move out Felipe Anderson for Gerard Deulofeu on Tuesday.
Deulofeu failed to register any returns after being hooked at half-time, with Watford painfully going on to score three second-half goals in his absence.
Four transfers remain, one of which may be used to cover the Everton v Arsenal game. As it stands, Salah’s the one for the chop, temporarily at least. With limited swaps, I’m probably keeping Callum Paterson as I don’t see the value in swapping anyone in at that price point.
And in the cup, my other team’s run to the last-16 sadly came to an end. I ran out of transfers to make a claw back an early deficit and neither Harry Kane, David Luiz or Eden Hazard could save the day at the last.
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