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May 16, 2018

| The Hype Train |

Ahead of each round of Premier League games The Hype Train analysed the best wildcard player options for your Fantasy Premier League teams. Historically, weekly FPL Dream Team’s comprise of mostly differential players whose selection falls with a low selection percentage of overall players, to which there is no doubt that their influence cannot be ignored. With such an abundance of points coming from the FPL’s hidden gems The Hype Train selected one player from each Premier League match from the 2017/18 Premier Leagur to decide who could be the differential that sets your team apart. Now it's time to look at how we got on with our differentials picks this season, which includes its own Team of the Season. All aboard.

 

 

WILDCARDS: WHAT IS A DIFFERENTIAL PLAYER?

The rules for the 2015/16 season were easy enough to follow. The only rule was that a player had be to selected by less than 5% of the FPL's populace. With 2016/17's price changes, and player selection trends, we were been forced to revise our rules on what constitutes a differential. Now in the 2017/18 season, after testing the waters with selection, there are just not enough differentials with the classification in each position from years past, so we have introduced position specific rules regarding what is and isn't a wildcard/differential player in the FPL that we believe is representative to the game this season.

 

Goalkeepers

- Any shot stopper outside of the top 8 selected. A differential Goalkeeper is now considered outside of the top bracket due to the overwhelming ownership selection % of the top 8 GK's for any one Gameweek.

- A GK's ownership must not exceed 10%

 

Defenders

- A Defender's ownership must fall below 8%, with the top 20 owned defenders all harbouring 8% ownership or more.

- The Outsider Rule: This new rule applies to defenders who are the last defensive option in a team who we provide an exception to as the 4th of 5th most owned defender from one team if they offer a different value. For Example, if Chelsea or Spurs have three defenders with 10% plus ownership, and their 4th defender choice has downwards of 10% ownership, we will include them as a differential, as they are outside of the common conversation when picking defenders, even from within their own squad. This rule will mostly be used when adding defenders from top half clubs, who lack proper differential status for their defensive options.

 

Midfielders

- Any Midfielder under 8% ownership is classified as a differential.

- Our percentage criteria of 8% is due to a greater wealth of premium midfielders. There is a monopoly of top midfielders for most Premier League clubs, leaving only a handful of Midfielders that provide differential options on a weekly basis.

 

Forwards

- The top 10 most owned Forwards in the FPL at any given time can not be touched as a differential.

- Any Forward outside of the 10% ownership range, who is not in the top 10 owned forwards.

 

 

DIFFERENTIALS: GAMEWEEK PERFORMANCE (GW38)

Our scoring procedure is exactly the same as the FPL's, and each week a good barometer of success is whether or not our weekly selections outscore the average points for a Gameweek. Each week the results vary due to rotation, and unpredictable scorelines, which applies more so to differential players. We have an invested interest each and every week at finding the different players to make a difference, especially since it is easy to say Aguero or Kane will get on the score sheet.

 

See below for how our wildcard selections got on this past Gameweek.

 

Gameweek 38 Average Points: 49 points
Gameweek 38 Wildcard Points: 39 points

 

DIFFERENTIALS: 2017/18 SEASON PERFORMANCE

To help track our progress throughout the 2016/17 season, below you can check how our wildcard selections have done by week to week in the Fantasy Premier League

 

Best Wildcard Week: GW12 - 67pts, 7 player returns

Worst Wildcard Week: GW28 - 17pts, 1 player return

 

Average Points: 58 (1), 44 (2), 43 (3), 44 (4), 58 (5), 60 (6), 51 (7), 41 (8), 50 (9), 46 (10), 44 (11), 56 (12), 43 (13), 47 (14), 44 (15), 43 (16), 48 (17), 52 (18), 60 (19), 62 (20), 45 (21), 45 (22), 58 (23), 50 (24), 47 (25), 43 (26), 61 (27), 49 (28), 46 (29), 41 (30), 46 (31), 48 (32), 32 (33), 64 (34), 30 (35), 44 (36), 67 (37), 49 (38) = 1,859pts


Wildcard Points: 36 (1), 40 (2), 48 (3), 21 (4), 44 (5), 37 (6), 41 (7), 43 (8), 34 (9), 38 (10), 45 (11), 67 (12), 29 (13), 35 (14), 41 (15), 38 (16), 53 (17), 34 (18), 35 (19), 44 (20), 48 (21), 48 (22), 33 (23), 54 (24), 32 (25), 21 (26), 28 (27), 17 (28), 49 (29), 26 (30), 37 (31), 53 (32), 22 (33), 45 (34), 31 (35), 53 (36), 53 (37), 39 (38) = 1,473pts

 

Best Gamweek Wildcard Player(s)

GW1: Steve Mounie (Crystal Palace vs. Huddersfield) - 12pts

GW2: Jack Butland (Stoke vs. Arsenal) - 11pts

GW3: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea vs. Everton) - 12pts

GW4: Stephen Ward (Burnley vs. Crystal Palace) - 8pts

GW5: Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle vs. Stoke) - 8pts

GW6: Philippe Coutinho (Leicester vs. Liverpool) - 13pts

GW7: Philippe Coutinho (Newcastle vs. Liverpool) - 10pts

GW8: Raheem Sterling (Man City vs. Stoke) - 15pts

GW9: Virgil van Dijk (Southampton vs. West Brom) - 9pts

GW10: Eden Hazard (Bournemouth vs. Chelsea) - 11pts

GW11: Jan Vertonghen (Spurs vs. Crystal Palace) - 9pts

GW12: Eden Hazard (West Brom vs. Chelsea) - 18pts

GW13: Will Hughes (Newcastle vs. Watford) - 8pts

GW14: Sadio Mane (Stoke vs. Liverpool) - 13pts

GW15: Philippe Coutinho (Brighton vs. Liverpool) - 18pts

GW16: Riyad Mahrez (Newcastle vs. Leicester) - 9pts

            Wilfried Bony (Swansea vs. West Brom) - 9pts

GW17: Nick Pope (Burnley vs. Stoke) - 11pts

GW18: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton vs. Swansea) - 9pts

GW19: Charlie Austin (Southampton vs. Huddersfield) - 8pts

GW20: Marko Arnautovic (Bournemouth vs. West Ham) - 15pts

GW21: Ederson (Crystal Palace vs. Man City) - 14pts

GW22: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester vs. Huddersfield) - 14pts

GW23: Marko Arnautovic (Huddersfield vs. West Ham) - 16pts

GW24: Eden Hazard (Brighton vs. Chelsea) - 16pts

GW25: Christian Benteke (West Ham vs. Crystal Palace) - 8pts

GW26: Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace vs. Newcastle) - 5pts

            Alexis Sanchez (Man United vs. Huddersfield) - 5pts

GW27: Alfie Mawson (Swansea vs. Burnley) - 7pts

GW28: Sadio Mane (Liverpool vs. West Ham) - 7pts

GW29: Troy Deeney (Watford vs. West Brom) - 9pts

            Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Brighton vs. Arsenal) - 9pts

GW30: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal vs. Watford) - 9pts

GW31: Cenk Tosun (Stoke vs. Everton) - 13pts

GW32: Alexis Sanchez (Man United vs. Swansea) - 14pts

GW33: Virgil van Dijk (Everton vs. Liverpool) - 6pts

GW34: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace vs. Brighton) - 14pts

GW35: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal vs. West Ham) - 13pts

GW36: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace vs. Leicester) - 14pts

GW37: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal vs. Burnley) - 10pts

GW38: Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace vs. West Brom) - 8pts

 

FPL Wildcards 2017/18: Our Top Points Returns

1 - Eden Hazard (CHE): 18pts (GW12)

1 - Philippe Coutinho (LIV): 18pts (GW15)

3 - Marko Arnautovic (WHU): 16pts (GW23)

3 - Eden Hazard (CHE): 16pts (GW24)

5 - Raheem Sterling (MCI): 15pts (GW8)

5 - Marko Arnautovic (WHU): 15pts (GW20)

 

 

Gameweek History: Differential Picks

GW1: 36 points, 3 player returns

Holding (1), Alexander-Arnold (0), Mounie (12), Josh King (2), Sane (1), Klaassen (1), Yoshida (6), Batshuayi (1), Ritchie (1), Mkhitaryan (11)

 

GW2: 40 points, 4 player returns

Phil Jones (6), Josh King (2), Stephen Ward (2), Fuchs (6), Wijnaldum (3), Yoshida (5), Butland (11), Mounie (1), Ben Davies (2), Ederson (2)

 

GW3: 48 points, 5 returns

Danilo (5), Benteke (1), Lossl (6), Antonio (2), Richarlison (3), Blind (6), Morata (12), Nyom (8), Wijnaldum (3), Trippier (2)

 

GW4: 21 points, 1 return

Emre Can (1), Moses (2), Sigurdsson (2), Phil Jones (1), Alexis Sanchez (1), Yoshida (0), Knockaert (2), Stephen Ward (8), Abraham (2), Mounie (2)

 

GW5: 44 points, 6 returns

Gross (7), Forster (7), Mahrez (2), Emre Can (4), Lascelles (8), Mendy (6), Nyom (1), Trippier (6), Hazard (1), Rashford (2)

 

GW6: 37 points, 3 returns

Davinson Sanchez (1), Wood (2), Defoe (2), Mendy (0), Phil Jones (9), Cahill (1), Fabianski (1), Coutinho (13), Ritchie (2), Ramsey (6)

 

GW7: 41 points, 4 returns

Davinson Sanchez (6), Josh King (2), Rashford (9), Butland (2), Femenia (1), Naughton (2), Pedro (1), Alexis Sanchez (6), Niasse (2), Coutinho (10)

 

GW8: 43 points, 4 returns

Emre Can (3), Wood (7), Cahill (1), Sterling (15), Davinson Sanchez (6), Naughton (6), Alexis Sanchez (0), Sigurdsson (2), van Dijk (1), Schmeichel (2)

 

GW9: 34 points, 4 returns

Cresswell (0), Hazard (5), Rashford (7), Stones (6), Joselu (1), Butland (1), Abraham (2), van Dijk (9), Pickford (3), Joe Gomez (0)

 

GW10: 38 points, 4 returns

Trippier (0), Alexis Sanchez (2), Wilfried Zaha (7), Joe Gomez (6), Kiko Femenia (1), Ederson (1), Hazard (11), van Dijk (2), Mahrez (6), Ritchie (2)

 

GW11: 45 points, 5 returns

Mahrez (7), Lossl (8), Yedlin (2), Pope (8), F. Fernandez (1), Sturridge (0), Vertonghen (9), Ederson (2), Hazard (3), Andre Gray (5)

 

GW12: 67 points, 7 returns

Alexis Sanchez (7), Zaha (7), Hazard (18), Pope (8), Coutinho (13), Mahrez (2), Hadergjonaj (-1), Smalling (7), Gray (5), Murray (1)

 

GW13: 29 points, 2 returns

Mahrez (2), Zaha (2), Smalling (6), Will Hughes (8), Davinson Sanchez (2), Callum Wilson (2), Coutinho (2), Baines (1), Pope (2), Kompany (2)

 

GW14: 35 points, 3 returns

Murray (2), Davinson Sanchez (1), Zeegelaar (0), Rondon (2), Alexis Sanchez (8), Pope (2), Hazard (1), Sigurdsson (5), Kompany (1), Mane (13)

 

GW15: 41 points, 4 returns

Christensen (2), Coutinho (18), Niasse (0), Mahrez (6), Shaqiri (8), Davinson Sánchez (-2), Mamadou Sakho (8), Alexis Sanchez (1), Kompany (0)

 

GW16: 38 points, 4 returns

Christensen (2), Pope (6), Sakho (1), Murray (2), Trippier (2), Bony (9), Mahrez (9), Sanchez (5), Coutinho (1), Kompany (1)

 

GW17: 53 points, 6 returns

Pope (11), Mignolet (0), Ederson (7), Christensen (6), Martial (3), Mahrez (8), A. Sanchez (3), Son (8), Zaha (5), Gayle (2)

 

GW18: 34 points, 3 returns

Pope (6), Butland (2), Ederson (2), Christensen (8), Kabasele (0), Smalling (2), Mahrez (2), Sanchez (3), Mane (0), Sigurdsson (9)

 

GW19: 35 points, 3 returns

Mane (2), Pedro (3), Andre Gray (2), Ederson (6), Austin (8), Butland (4), Zaha (1), Cresswell (1), Son (3), Mahrez (5)

 

GW20: 44 points, 4 returns

Ederson (6), Christensen (0), D. Sanchez (1), Robertson (6), Arnautovic (15), Mata (2), Mahrez (8), Sigurdsson (3), Ozil (2), Depoitre (1)

 

GW21: 48 points, 6 returns

Ederson (14), Pope (6), Moses (1), Wagué (6), Lascelles (6), Sigurdsson (2), Mane (6), Lingard (2), Sanchez (5)

 

GW22: 48 points, 4 returns (from 11 matches)

Matt Ryan (3), Mane (8), Mahrez (14), Crouch (2), Rashford (1), Zaha (2), Davinson Sanchez (0), Arnautovic (5), Ederson (3), Christensen (1), Son (9)

 

GW23: 33 points, 2 returns

Gomes (1), Ryan (1), Christensen (1), Lascelles (2), Shaw (6), van Dijk (0), Mustafi (1), Tosun (2), Zaha (3), Arnautovic (16)

 

GW24: 54 points, 4 returns

Butland (9), Dragovic (6), Stones (2), Aurier (2), Hazard (16), Zaha (2), Martial (10), Lanzini (3), Mane (2), Tosun (2)

 

GW25: 32 points, 3 returns

Mkhitaryan (1), Benteke (8), Mane (6), Hazard (2), Dragovic (1), Jacob Murphy (1), Soares  (2), Ederson (6), Alexis Sanchez (2), Shaqiri (3)

 

GW26: 21 points, 2 returns

Laporte (0), Wilson (2), Ryan (2), Dragovic (2), A. Sanchez (5), Sturridge (2), Walcott (2), Benteke (5), Mane (3), Rudiger (0)

 

GW27: 28 points, 2 returns

Butland (3), Mawson (7), Walcott (1), Deulofeu (2), Bernardo Silva (2), Ibe (1), Mane (3), Alexis Sanchez (2), Aubameyang (2), Giroud (5)

 

GW28: 17 points, 1 return

Federico Fernandez (0), Zanka (2), Trippier (0), Christensen (1), Mahrez (2), Stanislas (2), Gudmundsson (2), Mane (7), Niasse (1), Aubameyang (0)

 

GW29: 49 points, 5 returns

Schmeichel (1), Davinson Sánchez (6), Robertson (6), Arnautovic (1), Sane (3), Alexis Sanchez (5), Barnes (7), Guido Carrillo (2), Deeney (9), Aubameyang (9)

 

GW30: 26 points, 2 returns

van Dijk (1), Morgan (2), Moses (0), Davinson Sánchez (2), Izquierdo (2), Andre Ayew (2), Antonio (2), Bernardo Silva (1), Gayle (5), Aubameyang (9)

 

GW31: 37 points, 3 returns (from 4 matches)

Stanislas (10), Zaha, (3), Tosun (13), Robertson (11)

 

GW32: 53 points, 5 returns

Robertson (8), Cedric Soares (1), Alexis Sanchez (14), Kenedy (6), Stanislas (1), Ozil (7), Hazard (2), Glenn Murray (0), Barnes (6), Jesus (8)

 

GW33: 22 points, 2 returns

van Dijk (6), Chilwell (1), D. Sanchez (2), A. Ayew (2), Ramsey (0), Hazard (2), King (5), Murray (2), Barnes (2), Jesus (0)

 

GW34: 45 points, 4 returns (from 14 matches)

Hazard (7, 1), Barnes (1), Zaha (14), Pereyra (1), Mawson (2), Milner (1), Kompany (6), Mustafi (1), Alexis Sanchez (2, 0), Arnautovic (2), Davinson Sanchez (0), Chilwell (7)

 

GW35: 31 points, 3 returns (from 6 matches)

Ederson (6), van Dijk (1), Zaha (2), Lacazette (13), Barnes (7), Ayoze (2)

 

GW36: 53 points, 6 returns

Dubravka (2), van Dijk (5), Bednarek (1), Kompany (0), Trippier (12), Zaha (14), Walcott (6), Sanchez (5), Hazard (6), Barnes (2)

 

GW37: 53 points, 5 returns (from 16 matches)

Ederson (6, 2), Karnezis (2), Davinson Sánchez (2, 8), Mavropanos (6), Alexis Sanchez (0, 3), Zaha (5), Demarai Gray (1), Hazard (3, 1), Josh King (1), Austin (1), Jordan Ayew (2), Lacazette (10)

 

GW38: 39 points, 5 returns

Romero (7), Mamadou Sakho (8), van Dijk (6), Mendy (0), Connor Roberts (0), Mkhitaryan (3), João Mário (2), Vokes (1), Gayle (6), Iheanacho (6)

 

 

Weekly Differentials: Overall Players Totals

We picked 1 player per game this season, with 380 differential picks across the season. In order of position, from Goalkeeper to Forward, here's how our picks got on, and then at the bottom of the article we round up the top picks for our Differential Team of the Season.

 

Goalkeeper Totals

Ederson (MCI): 13 appearances, 63 points

Nick Pope (BUR): 8 appearances, 49 points

Jack Butland (STK): 7 appearances, 32 points

Jonas Lossl (HUD): 2 appearances, 14 points

Fraser Forster (SOU): 1 appearance, 7 points

Sergio Romero (MUN): 1 appearance, 7 points

Matt Ryan (BHA): 3 appearances, 6 points

Jordan Pickford (EVE): 1 appearance, 3 points

Kasper Schmeichel (LEI): 2 appearances, 3 points

Martin Dubravka (NEW): 1 appearance, 2 points

Orestis Karnezis (WAT): 1 appearance, 2 points

Lukasz Fabianski (SWA): 1 appearance, 1 point

Simon Mignolet (LIV): 1 appearance, 1 point

Heurelho Gomes (WAT): 1 appearance, 1 point

 

Defender Totals

Davinson Sanchez (TOT): 14 appearances, 35 points

Andrew Robertson (LIV): 4 appearances, 31 points

Virgil van Dijk (SOU/LIV): 9 appearances, 31 points

Kieran Trippier (TOT): 6 appearances, 22 points

Andreas Christensen (CHE): 8 appearances, 21 points

Mamadou Sakho (CRY): 3 appearances, 17 points

Jamaal Lascelles (NEW): 3 appearances, 16 points

Phil Jones (MUN): 3 appearances, 16 points

Chris Smalling (MUN): 3 appearances, 15 points

Maya Yoshida (SOU): 3 appearances, 11 points

Stephen Ward (BUR): 2 appearances, 10 points

Vincent Kompany (MCI): 6 appearances, 10 points

Jan Vertonghen (TOT): 1 appearance, 9 points

Allan Nyom (WBA): 2 appearances, 9 points

Aleksandar Dragović (LEI): 3 appearances, 9 points

Alfie Mawson (SWA): 2 appearances, 8 points

John Stones (MCI): 2 appearances, 8 points

Ben Chilwell (LEI): 2 appearances, 8 points

Kyle Naughton (SWA): 2 appearances, 7 points

Christian Fuchs (LEI): 1 appearance, 6 points

Daley Blind (MUN): 1 appearance, 6 points

Joe Gomez (LIV): 2 appearances, 6 points

Benjamin Mendy (MCI): 3 appearances, 6 points

Molla Wagué (WAT): 1 appearance, 6 points

Luke Shaw (MUN): 1 appearance, 6 points

Konstantinos Mavropanos (ARS): 1 appearance, 6 points

Danilo (MCI): 1 appearance, 5 points

Victor Moses (CHE): 3 appearances, 3 points

Ben Davies (TOT): 1 appearance, 2 points

DeAndre Yedlin (NEW): 1 appearance, 2 points

Serge Aurier (TOT): 1 appearance, 2 points

Zanka (HUD): 1 appearance, 2 points

Wes Morgan (LEI): 1 appearance, 2 points

Gary Cahill (CHE): 2 appearances, 2 points

Kiko Femenia (WAT): 2 appearances, 2 points

Shkodran Mustafi (ARS): 2 appearances, 2 points

Rob Holding (ARS): 1 appearance, 1 point

Leighton Baines (EVE): 1 appearance, 1 point

Jan Bednarek (SOU): 1 appearance, 1 point

James Milner (LIV): 1 appearance, 1 point

Federico Fernandez (SWA): 2 appearances, 1 point

Aaron Cresswell (WHU): 2 appearances, 1 point

Cedric Soares (SOU): 2 appearances, 1 point

Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV): 1 appearance, 0 points

Marvin Zeegelaar (WAT): 1 appearance, 0 points

Christian Kabasele (WAT): 1 appearance, 0 points

Aymeric Laporte (MCI): 1 appearance, 0 points

Antonio Rüdiger (CHE): 1 appearance, 0 points

Connor Roberts (SWA): 1 appearance, 0 points

Florent Hadergjonaj (HUD): 1 appearance, -1 point

 

Midfielder Totals

Eden Hazard (CHE): 15 appearances, 79 points

Alexis Sanchez (ARS/MUN): 21 appearances, 79 points

Riyad Mahrez (LEI): 13 appearances, 73 points

Wilfried Zaha (CRY): 13 appearances, 67 points

Philippe Coutinho (LIV): 6 appearances, 57 points

Sadio Mane (LIV): 10 appearances, 50 points

Marko Arnautovic (WHU): 5 appearances, 39 points

Gylfi Sigurdsson (EVE): 6 appearances, 23 points

Son Heung-min (TOT): 3 appearances, 20 points

Raheem Sterling (MCI): 1 appearance, 15 points

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (MUN/ARS): 3 appearances, 15 points

Junior Stanislas (BOU): 3 appearances, 13 points

Xherdan Shaqiri (STK): 2 appearances, 11 points

Anthony Martial (MUN): 2 appearances, 11 points

Mesut Ozil (ARS): 2 appearances, 9 points

Theo Walcott (ARS/EVE): 3 appearances, 9 points

Will Hughes (WAT): 1 appearance, 8 points

Emre Can (LIV): 3 appearances, 8 points

Pascal Gross (BHA): 1 appearance, 7 points

Kenedy (NEW): 1 appearance, 6 points

Aaron Ramsey (ARS): 2 appearances, 6 points

Gini Wijnaldum (LIV): 2 appearances, 6 points

Matt Ritchie (NEW): 3 appearances, 5 points

Leroy Sane (MCI): 2 appearances, 4 points

Michail Antonio (WHU): 2 appearances, 4 points

Pedro (CHE), 2 appearances, 4 points

Andre Ayew (SWA): 2 appearances, 4 points

Manuel Lanzini (WHU): 1 appearance, 3 points

Richarlison (WAT): 1 appearance, 3 points

Bernardo Silva (MCI): 2 appearances, 3 points

Gerard Deulofeu (WAT): 1 appearance, 2 points

Anthony Knockaert (BHA): 1 appearance, 2 points

Juan Mata (MUN): 1 appearance, 2 points

Jesse Lingard (MUN): 1 appearance, 2 points

Johann Berg Gudmundsson (BUR): 1 appearance, 2 points

Guido Carrillo (WAT): 1 appearance, 2 points

Jose Izquierdo (BHA): 1 appearance, 2 points

João Mário (WHU): 1 appearance, 2 points

Davy Klaassen (EVE): 1 appearance, 1 point

Jacob Murphy (NEW): 1 appearance, 1 point

Jordon Ibe (BOU): 1 appearance, 1 point

Roberto Pereyra (WAT): 1 appearance, 1 point

Demarai Gray (LEI): 1 appearance, 1 point

 

Forward Totals

Ashley Barnes (BUR): 6 appearances, 25 points

Alexandre Lacazette (ARS): 2 appearances, 23 points

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ARS): 3 appearances, 20 points

Marcus Rashford (MUN): 4 appearances, 19 points

Cenk Tosun (EVE): 3 appearances, 17 points

Christian Benteke (CRY): 3 appearances, 14 points

Andre Gray (WAT): 3 appearances, 14 points

Steve Mounie (HUD): 2 appearances, 13 points

Dwight Gayle (NEW): 3 appearances, 13 points

Alvaro Morata (CHE): 1 appearance, 12 points

Josh King (BOU): 5 appearances, 12 points

Troy Deeney (WAT): 1 appearance, 9 points

Wilfried Bony (SWA): 1 appearance, 9 points

Chris Wood (BUR): 2 appearances, 9 points

Charlie Austin (SOU): 2 appearances, 9 points

Gabriel Jesus (MCI): 2 appearances, 8 points

Glenn Murray (BHA): 5 appearances, 7 points

Kelechi Iheanacho (LEI): 1 appearance, 6 points
Olivier Giroud (CHE): 1 appearance, 5 points

Callum Wilson (BHA): 2 appearances, 4 points

Oumar Niasse (EVE): 3 appearances, 3 points

Jermain Defoe (BOU): 1 appearance, 2 points

Tammy Abraham (SWA): 1 appearance, 2 points

Peter Crouch (STK): 1 appearance, 2 points

Ayoze Perez (NEW): 1 appearance, 2 points

Jordan Ayew (SWA): 1 appearance, 2 points

Daniel Sturridge (LIV/WBA): 2 appearances, 2 points

Joselu (NEW): 1 appearance, 1 point

Laurent Depoitre (HUD): 1 appearance, 1 point

Salomon Rondon (WBA): 1 appearance, 1 point

Sam Vokes (BUR): 1 appearance, 1 point

Michy Batshuayi (CHE): 1 appearance, 1 point

 

 

WILDCARDS: HALL OF FAME

To honour the exceptional diamonds in the rough, below is a a Hall of Fame highlighting the top performing differentials in our Weekly Wildcards series, now into its third season.

 

2015/16: Top 5 Wildcards
1 - Troy Deeney (WAT): 15 appearances, 77 points
2 - Christian Fuchs (LEI): 10 appearances, 48 points
3 - Gylfi Sigurdsson (SWA): 6 appearances, 43 points
4 - Nicolas Otamendi (MCI): 9 appearances, 39 points
5 - Daniel Sturridge (LIV): 5 appearances, 38 points

 

2016/17: Top 5 Wildcards
1 - Marcos Alonso (CHE): 9 appearances, 70 points
2 - Gylfi Sigurdsson (SWA): 8 appearances, 62 points
3 - Patrick van Aanholt (SUN & CRY): 6 appearances, 55 points
4 - Troy Deeney (WAT): 13 appearances, 47 points
5 - Gini Wijnaldum (LIV): 10 appearances, 45 points

 

2017/18: Top 5 Wildcards

1 - Eden Hazard (CHE): 15 appearances, 79 points
2 - Alexis Sanchez (ARS & MUN): 21 appearances, 79 points
3 - Riyad Mahrez (LEI): 13 appearances, 73 points
4 - Wilfried Zaha (CRY): 13 appearances, 67 points

5 - Ederson (MCI): 13 appearances, 63 points

 

FPL DREAM TEAM: 2017/18 ANALYSIS

Each week we assess the FPL's overall Dream Team, pinpointing who were classified as differentials or non-differentials, and which category of player is appearing more for each Gameweek.

 

2017/18 Gameweek Dream Team's

GW1: 131pts (8/11 differentials)

GW2: 136pts (7/11 differentials)

GW3: 121pts (8/11 differentials)

GW4: 146pts (7/11 differentials)

GW5: 133pts (6/11 differentials)

GW6: 137pts (6/11 differentials)

GW7: 138pts (6/11 differentials)

GW8: 119pts (9/11 differentials)

GW9: 130pts (8/11 differentials)

GW10: 122pts (8/11 differentials)

GW11: 127pts (9/11 differentials)

GW12: 145pts (7/11 differentials)

GW13: 120pts (9/11 differentials)

GW14: 148pts (9/11 differentials)

GW15: 131pts (8/11 differentials)

GW16: 125pts (9/11 differentials)

GW17: 129pts (9/11 differentials)

GW18: 141pts (7/11 differentials)

GW19: 135pts (7/11 differentials)

GW20: 152pts (6/11 differentials)

GW21: 128pts (8/11 differentials)

GW22: 122pts (7/11 differentials)

GW23: 151pts (8/11 differentials)

GW24: 144pts (10/11 differentials)

GW25: 137pts (9/11 differentials)

GW26: 128pts (8/11 differentials)

GW27: 146pts (7/11 differentials)

GW28: 125pts (8/11 differentials)

GW29: 115pts (9/11 differentials)

GW30: 150pts (9/11 differentials)

GW31: 127pts (9/11 differentials)

GW32: 133pts (8/11 differentials)

GW33: 125pts (6/11 differentials)

GW34: 142pts (10/11 differentials)

GW35: 112pts (8/11 differentials)

GW36: 131pts (9/11 differentials)

GW37: 166pts (7/11 differentials)

GW38: 152pts (7/11 differentials)

Totals: 4,944pts (300/418 differentials)

 

Gameweek 38: Dream Team

Wildcards: Robertson, van Aanholt, Lovren, Lamela, Lanzini, Arnautovic, Perez

Non Wildcards: Fabianski, Mahrez, Vardy, Kane

 

Points achieved by Wildcards: 105pts

Points achieved by Non-Wildcards: 47pts

 

 

FPL 2017/18: Dream Team

Total Points: 2,203 points

Top Player: Mohamed Salah, 303pts

 

 

Weekly Differentials: Team of the Season

Ederson: 13 appearances, 63 points

Virgil van Dijk: 9 appearances, 31 points

Davinson Sanchez: 14 appearances, 35 points

Andrew Robertson: 4 appearances, 31 points

Philippe Coutinho: 6 appearances, 57 points

Wilfried Zaha: 13 appearances, 67 points

Riyad Mahrez: 13 appearances, 73 points

Alexis Sanchez: 21 appearances, 79 points

Eden Hazard: 15 appearances, 79 points
Ashley Barnes: 6 appearances, 25 points

Alexandre Lacazette: 2 appearances, 23 points

 

 

Differential XI: Thoughts and Analysis

Looking into the major points of the differentials this season there are some alarming patterns, but we have listed them here for your convenience:

 

Wayward Defenders:

Picking a defender was tough, mostly because clean sheets were at a premium, and harder to pinpoint. Robertson and van Dijk became reliable options because Anfield was a fortress for Liverpool, and there were only a few no-brainers when it came to clean sheet potential. Man United at home, Man City at home, Burnley at home, and at a stretch Spurs. Chelsea were redundant this year, Arsenal continued their slump, and then every club beneath the top seven were a carnival of inconsistency.

 

Midfield Dominance:

Four out of five of the top players were midfielders, with lots of high priced options filling the ranks this year. Hazard, Sanchez, Mahrez, Coutinho, and to a lesser extend Zaha provided managers with alternatives to Eriksen and Salah. Most teams could only field two expensive midfielders which is why so many top midfielders ended up in the low brackets of player ownership. The real successes of the season came in the form of Zaha, Mahrez, and Coutinho.

 

Amazingly the Brazilian picked up the majority of his fifty-seven points in four games as there was two games that Klopp rotated him out. Coutinho was the most efficient differential this season, and it makes us wonder what it could have been if he’d stuck about until the summer.

 

Redundant Forwards:

Strikers went missing this year in the differentials, both Barnes and Lacazette made the final eleven from a combined eight appearances, and six of those belonged to Barnes when he went on that scoring run. Forwards tended to have solitary purple patches, such as Ayoze Perez at the end of the season, but these spells were always hard to pick up on and trust. Vardy, Kane, and Firmino were popular because they were consistent options for your fantasy team. Glenn Murray is a fitting example, from five appearances in our differentials he picked up a meagre seven points. When there are better midfield options to select in the differentials it can easily justify ignoring forwards.

 

Davinson Sanchez:

The Colombian did not justify his place in the differential eleven, and we won’t be considering him next season if he is once again a differential, the same goes for Andreas Christensen. Sanchez had repeated two-point gameweeks, and thirty-five points from fourteen appearances is just not good enough. There was good reason why Jan Vertonghen was a more appealing option for Spurs.

 

More Undeserving Inclusions:

Alexis Sanchez, and Eden Hazard have not justified their place in the differential eleven. We selected the Chilean and Belgian midfielders because they were always a differential, and in most matches, the only choice. The huge price tags and the forms of other players meant that they were always on the fringes of fantasy managers thinking, and with the talent they have they have both had disappointing seasons.

 

We selected Hazard and Sanchez more times than any other player since we started experimenting with differentials, and their games-to-points ratio is poor. When we selected Troy Deeney and he won the differential top honour he did it in less than ten games. Sanchez and Hazard had lots of two-point games, and generally low returns. Essentially, they made the teams because they accumulated lots of appearance points, and on the rare occasion picked up a goal or assist. Simply not good enough.

 

Set Piece Taker Woes:

One of the main themes of the season has been the change in officiating of Premier League games. Referees make no hard calls anymore, there were less penalties and key set piece positions than the last five years. Referees would rather not have a wrong decision go against them, so instead of giving a penalty they would not give it and not be scrutinised if they got it wrong. Match of the Day in 2016/17 was just full of referee blunders and debate about ‘wrong decisions’ so the officiating has changed to give referees more breathing room.

 

This has affected the differentials because we no longer look at set piece takers or penalty takers (Deeney, anyone) and assume they have value anymore. Goals and assists were a crazy wild west which are harder to predict, and all you must examine is how Eden Hazard has had a lacklustre year without more penalties buffering his goal tally.

 

Repetition:

Next season we are going to re-examine what constitutes a differential, it was too easy to rely on very few options. Rotation cursed the FPL this season which made it understandable why we kept faith with the likes of Hazard and Sanchez. There was no competition in forward or defender positions for regular places in our differentials, making it harder to logically pick a player (just as anyone would any player in their own team). This also underlines our desires to see a revamp of the points system for next season, opening the potential for all players to have an impact in the FPL, and not just a select few.

 

 

Differential XI: The Substitutes

Nick Pope: 8 appearances, 49 points
Kieran Trippier: 6 appearances, 22 points
Andreas Christensen: 8 appearances, 21 points
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 3 appearances, 20 points

 

Arnautovic and Mane would have been the midfielders to make up seven midfielders in our differential starting eleven, but we were limited to five midfielders overall. Trippier was effective but was a constant rotation risk, Aubameyang was a short-lived differential, Christensen barely returns, and then there was Nick Pope. The Burnley goalkeeper was a differential for about three quarters of the season which was a huge surprise considering how many points the Englishman was racking up.

 

The only reason that Pope wasn’t the top differential was just the consistency and impact of Ederson who was solid all season for Man City, and the only thing separating either players was Ederson’s loftier price.

 

 

Differential of the Season: Riyad Mahrez

The best differential throughout the whole of the season was by far Riyad Mahrez. Leicester’s resident Algerian played thirty-six league games, the only two he missed were when Man City came in for him during the January transfer window. Nineteen returns during the season gave him over a fifty percent return rate, also regularly picking up bonus points when he performed. There were some long quiet stretches from the Algerian during the season, GW32 to GW36 immediately spring to mind, during a comfortable run of fixtures for the Foxes.

 

Mahrez lived life as a differential, turning up when he wanted, and making you guess if he was going to be up for a game, but over the course of the whole season he was a much more reliable player than Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez who are both disappointing two-point accumulators. Coutinho would have been a strong contender if he didn’t make a dramatic move to Barcelona, and Wilfried Zaha’s season was a roller-coaster of returning from injuries. Mahrez was a constant throughout the season and fifty percent of the time was good for points, and for that he is named our differential of the season.

 

 

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