5 Differential Players To Consider From Gameweek 1

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July 05, 2023

5 Differential Players To Consider From Gameweek 1

The Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is constantly evolving, and each new season brings fresh talent and rising stars. As managers gear up for the 2023/24 campaign, it’s essential to identify potential differential players who can make a significant impact. In this blog post, we will highlight five players expected to feature in the league next season and have the potential to be differentials, giving your FPL team a competitive edge.

Bryan Mbuemo

As we’ve covered in previous posts about Bryan Mbuemo’s new position in the Fantasy Premier League game. He is now a midfielder having spent the 2022/23 season out as a forward. Making him a really attractive option for managers in the first half of the new season. With Ivan Toney’s currently suspension that sees him out until January then it’s highly likely Mbuemo will be playing as part of a front 2, making him the most desirable option from an FPL point.

Opening 5 Fixtures:

Spurs (H), Fulham (A), Crystal Palace (H), Bournemouth (H), Newcastle (A)

Darwin Nünez

He came from Benfica to the big reds in 2022 and it’s fair to say I think that his first season went ok all things considered. Expectation will be high in the new season with a season in the bank and further investment in the squad, especially in midfield. With Liverpool assets forever being an attractive proposition to FPL managers it’ll be interesting to see the dispersal of selections. With Gakpo being moved up to a forward, Jota to a midfielder and Salah being Salah. I expect Nünez’s ownership number being low to make him an attractive differential if you’re looking to stray away from the template early on.

Opening 5 Fixtures:

Chelsea (A), Bournemouth (H), Newcastle (A), Aston Villa (H), Wolves (A)

Kai Havertz

Following his big money move from Chelsea in the summer, there will be an expectation on Kai Havertz to hit the ground running following the departure of some big names like Granit Xhaka and potentially Thomas Partey. I’d expect ownership in players like Saka, Martinelli and Jesus to outshine Havertz which is why he could represent an interesting alternative if you’re looking to go against the status quo. With some desirable fixtures, Havertz could be

Opening 5 Fixtures:

Nottingham Forest (H), Crystal Palace (A), Fulham (H), Manchester United (H), Everton (A)

Evan Ferguson

Evan Ferguson had somewhat of a breakthrough season last season and I expect that to carry on this season. With Danny Welbeck taking more of a backseat as his career progresses and Ferguson gets older, he is only going to get better. A striker that seems to have a lot of raw talent in all departments will be highly anticipated by fans and managers alike to really cement his spot as Brighton’s leading striker. With 6 goals in the premier league last season it might be worth taking a punt on a cheaper forward in a usually free scoring Brighton side. Expect his hype to go up should he score a couple of goals in his opening 5 fixtures which Brighton fans will be optimistic of scoring high in.

Opening 5 Fixtures:

Luton Town (H), Wolves (A), West Ham (H), Newcastle United (H), Manchester United (A)

Carlton Morris

Carlton Morris is Luton’s main man and after bagging 20 goals and 7 assists in 47 matches last season. I expect that he’ll be show the faith to lead the line again as they venture in the Premier League. With Luton’s attack not being high up on the wishlist of many managers the ability to surprise a few is there I believe. I think as far as opening fixtures go too, Luton could definitely have worse. Definitely better options out there but if you need a forward for £5.5m then maybe Morris is your man.

Opening 5 Fixtures:

Brighton & Hove Albion (A), Burnley (H), Chelsea (A), West Ham United (H), Fulham (A)

As FPL managers gear up for the new season, finding differential players can provide a significant advantage in gaining an edge over rivals. Players like Bryan Mbuemo, Darwin Nünez, Kai Havertz, Evan Ferguson, and Carlton Morris are all worth considering from Gameweek 1. While they may not have the same level of recognition as some of the more established stars, their potential to deliver points and their affordable price tags make them excellent differential options. So, keep an eye on these hidden gems and be prepared to take a risk in your FPL team to climb up the ranks. Good luck!



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