Ahead of each round of Premier League games The Hype Train analyses the best left-field 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 selects one player from each Premier League match in the upcoming Gameweek to decide who could be the differential that sets your team apart. All aboard.
Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 28 Deadline
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Weekly Differentials (GW28)
In this edition of “Why did I transfer in Aubameyang?” we inform you that Arsenal, Sheffield United, Aston Villa, and verified FFP cheats Man City won’t feature this Gameweek due to the League Cup final on Sunday.
Eight games, and with plenty of FPL managers who have the likes of Grealish, De Bruyne, Baldock, Aguero, Dean Henderson, and Aubameyang have to make some tough calls and look out into the dark space of fantasy options to field an eleven this weekend. We are here to help with the rotation stress, especially if you did transfer in a certain Aubameyang prematurely. We are back to present a differential in each fixture which could help give your team a competitive edge this weekend.
GW28: Differential Highlights
Patrick van Aanholt (Brighton vs. CRYSTAL PALACE):
The Flying Dutchman has returned to form, after a stellar 15pt performance against goal shy Newcastle, the Eagles travel to an out-of-form Brighton side. Typically, when van Aanholt starts a good run of form it lasts for about three to four weeks, and we are cashing in on what could be a productive purple patch for the Dutchman.
Callum Wilson (BOURNEMOUTH vs. Chelsea):
Bournemouth were absolutely robbed by tenuous VAR decisions against Burnley, and those goals could define the Cherries season. We have said before that Eddie Howe needs Callum Wilson fit and firing, and Chelsea’s defence is still not all there. If there was anyone to break a typically poor Blues defence, it will be the Englishman who had his points robbed from him last week.
Jay Rodriguez (Newcastle vs. BURNLEY):
Burnley travel to Newcastle this weekend, and oh boy do they have a great chance at getting among the chasing pack for Champions League places with a win in Tyneside. The good news for Sean Dyche’s team that Newcastle don’t know how to score goals for themselves, and Jay Rodriguez has made a starting place for himself in the Clarets team, and most recently scored against Bournemouth to add to their woes.
Gameweek 28: Differential Picks
NOR/LEI: Harvey Barnes (LEI, MID, £6.0mil, 2.8% ownership)
BHA/CRY: Patrick van Aanholt (CRY, DEF, £5.5mil, 4.7% ownership)
BOU/CHE: Callum Wilson (BOU, FWD, £7.4mil, 4.8% ownership)
NEW/BUR: Jay Rodriguez (BUR, FWD, £5.7mil, 0.4% ownership)
WHU/SOU: Jack Stephens (SOU, DEF, £4.5mil, 3.7% ownership)
WAT/LIV: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (LIV, MID, £6.2mil, 0.8% ownership)
EVE/MUN: Bruno Fernandes (MUN, MID, £8.2mil, 7.1% ownership)
TOT/WOL: Lucas Moura (TOT, MID, £7.1mil, 5.1% ownership)
Key Differential: Bruno Fernandes (MUN)
During a Gameweek of reduced options, the best thing to do for captaincy options is to stick with what is working if they are available. This isn’t laziness on our part, but acknowledgement that Bruno Fernandes is still the best differential option even in a shortened Gameweek.
We selected the Portuguese in GW27 as our captain and he ruled the fixture against Watford, picking up 14pts, even if there may have been a stonewall dive involved which earned the midfielder his penalty. There isn’t much more that we can add that was said last week about Fernandes; he is still a great unknown, and the only real driving force in the Manchester United team. Now, he has good form on his side having picked up 20pts in his last two games.
The Red Devils travel to Everton this weekend, and both teams have stars in their eyes with fifth place a potential Champions League place for next season. This could be a six pointer for both teams in that regard, and teams that earn Champions League need a creative spark to get them over the line. Whether or not if their respective teams are good enough, that is what they need, and Fernandes is earning points for Manchester United by being that force.
We won’t drone on about Fernandes as we are getting Déjà vu about the potential he had from last week but should be a serious consideration for fantasy managers if his form continues. If there is anyone likely to make a difference against Everton, it will be Fernandes.
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