Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers are always on the lookout for players who can give them an edge over their competitors.
While popular picks like Erling Haaland and Saka can certainly deliver points, it’s often the lesser-known players who make the biggest difference in the long run.
These players, known as differentials, can provide huge points returns while also differentiating your team from others in your mini-league.
In this article, we’ll dive into the world of FPL differentials and explore how you can identify and select high-potential players for your team.
We’ll cover the key factors to consider when evaluating potential differential picks and provide a list of top differential options for the upcoming Gameweek.
Whether you’re looking to gain ground in your mini-league or just want to mix up your FPL team, read on to discover everything you need to know about FPL differentials.
Understanding FPL Differentials
Before we dive into identifying and selecting FPL differentials, let’s first define what a differential is in FPL. A differential is a player who is owned by a relatively low percentage of FPL managers, typically less than 5-10%. These players have the potential to provide high points returns when they perform well, but also carry a higher level of risk than more popular picks.
Differentials are an important component of FPL strategy because they can provide a significant advantage over other teams in your mini-league.
If you can identify and select the right differentials, you can gain valuable points and climb up the rankings quickly. On the other hand, if your differential pick fails to perform or gets injured, you may end up losing ground in your league.
In the next section, we’ll explore how to identify high-potential FPL differentials and evaluate their potential for success.
Identifying High-Potential FPL Differentials
So how do you identify high-potential FPL differentials? There are several key factors to consider when evaluating potential picks:
- Form – Look for players who are in good form and have been performing well in recent matches. Players who have been consistently scoring or assisting are more likely to continue their form than those who have been inconsistent.
- Fixtures – Evaluate the upcoming fixtures for potential differential picks. Look for teams that have a favorable run of fixtures, especially for attacking players. If a player has a string of fixtures against weaker teams, they may be more likely to score points.
- Role in the Team – Consider the player’s role in their team. Look for players who are integral to their team’s attack or defense, as they are more likely to be involved in scoring or keeping clean sheets.
- Ownership – Check the player’s ownership percentage in FPL. If a player is owned by only a small percentage of managers, they may be a good differential pick. However, be wary of selecting players who are too lowly owned, as they may not have enough potential to make a significant impact.
- Price – Consider the player’s price tag in FPL. Look for players who are priced lower than other players in their position but have the potential to score just as many points. This can allow you to free up funds for other key players in your team.
Top Differential Picks for GW27
With these factors in mind, let’s take a look at some of the top differential picks for GW27:
1. FPL GW27 differential Picks: Iheanacho – £6.2m – 1.9%
If you’re looking to pick a differential forward, then look no further than Iheanacho of Leicester City. The Leicester City forward has been superb of late. In his last five games, he has scored two goals, assisted three, returned 33 points and accumulated an xG of 8.18.
He is currently owned by just 1.9% of FPL managers and that makes him a pretty good differential option not just for this gameweeek, but for future gameweeks as well.
2. FPL GW27 differential Picks: Mac Allister – £5.4m – 4%
Mac Allister is one of the best differential midfielders that you could get into your double gameweek 27 team. Why? well, he has a double gameweek, he plays for a really good attacking side and he’s on penalties.
He’s a player that also has good underlying stats and these numbers improved the moment he was given a more advanced role in this Brighton side.
Since he’s a lot more advanced, he’s creating more chances, taking more shots and is also involved more in attacking play. He’s owned by just 4.2% of managers.
Feel free to check our article: FPL GW27 Preview: Premier League Clean Sheet Odds, Goal Scorer Odds, and FPL Point Predictions for more predictions and odds.
3. FPL GW27 differential Picks: Veltman – £4.6m – 3%
If you’re looking to get in a differential defender for GW27, then look no further than Veltman of Brighton. A player that performed really well last time out – he scored a goal, kept a clean sheet and returned 13 points against West Ham.
He’s a solid option and a less obvious pick, considering the fact that the majority of FPL managers are looking to get Estupinan into their team.
He’s cheaper, carries attacking threat and would also get you clean sheet points. A defender that is 4.6 million, doubles and is owned by just 3% of managers, Veltman is a top GW27 differential pick.
4. FPL GW27 differential Picks: Bowen – £8m – 2.8%
Bowen is another top differential FPL pick that we’ve got on our list of differentials in GW27. In this gameweek, West Ham face Aston Villa, and on paper, that’s a game that can go anywhere, this means that there are points to be earned there.
The truth though is that Bowen isn’t just a good differential for GW27 – he’d be a great differential for subsequent gameweeks, most especially in GW29, where West Ham double.
West Ham have two pretty decent fixtures in GW29 and for that reason, we’re looking to go in early on Jarrod Bowen. He could potentially haul this week and also haul once again in GW29.
Bowen is owned by 2.8% of FPL managers, which means he is a super-differential pick. His stats also aren’t that bad. He has had gameweeks where he has shown his potential and we hope he can do it once again this gameweek and in double gameweek 29.
It is important to note that Brighton and West Ham blank in GW28, so if you go all in on their assets, you won’t be able to field a team of 11 players.
To help you navigate through the blank gameweek you can check out the following articles written by us:
- FPL chip strategy: the best time to use your FPL chips GW23-38, this would help you identify what chips you can use to get past the blank gameweek.
- FPL GW27 wildcard team: the best gameweek 27 wildcard FPL teams, in this article we created a wildcard team that is optimized for blank gameweek 28 and would be great for a GW29 bench boost
- FPL GW27 transfer tips: 11 of the best FPL players to own gameweek 27 this article would help you identify the best players to target this gameweek if you’re using only your free transfer.
5. FPL GW27 differential Picks: Maddison – £8.1m – 4.9%
The last and final player on our list of top differential picks is James Maddison of Leicester. We’re all aware of the quality this man possesses.
He’s a player that can make things happen for any team, he scores, he assists and he’s great at set-pieces he really is every FPL manager’s dream.
There was a time this season, were Maddison was sort after by everyone, but that all faded away because he picked up a couple of injuries. Well, he’s back now and he’s one that we’re looking to target in gameweek 27.
The reason why we’re recommending James Maddison is that, unlike the rest, James Maddison plays this gameweek, features in blank gameweek 28 and then doubles in GW29 as well – this makes him a really good top long-term differential pick.
His fixtures are also really good. In GW27 he plays Chelsea, in GW28 he’s up against Brentford and then in GW29, he plays Crystal palace and Aston Villa.
He has also got decent stats as well, we can see that he has got himself two goals, one assist and one double-digit haul in his last five games.
He’s owned by just 4.9% of managers, if you can get on the Maddison train early on, you would no doubt have an extra advantage.
Not sure whether to captain a single or double gameweek player, check out our: FPL GW27 captain picks: Mitoma, Toney, March, Mac Allister, the best gameweek 27 captain
We hope we’ve been able to help you identify some of the best differential picks out there. There is still more to come from us here at raensports, we’d be sharing more FPL tips and articles in the coming days.
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Redeyedrae, is an FPL content writer with years of experience in playing and writing about FPL. He has written for major FPL blogs like ALLABOUTFPL, Fantasytipsters, FF Titans, and nevermanagealone. With his deep knowledge of the game, he has become a trusted source for FPL fans worldwide. His content is well-researched and always up-to-date. He’s passionate about helping FPL managers gain an edge in their leagues by sharing insights and analysis about everything fantasy football on raensports.