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GW28 Differential Focus

15 March

If you are the sort of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) manager who enjoys going against the grain – or takes satisfaction from finding hidden gems before the crowd – then lowly selected players (differentials) can often provide value and offer a source of points which won’t be shared by many other managers. As long as the player picks are justifiable, differentials can give you an edge over your mini-league rivals.

In this article we look ahead to Gameweek 28 and find players from each position who are currently selected by less than 10% of managers, but could reward their owners in the upcoming Gameweeks.

DEF: Ben Chilwell

  • Cost: £5.9m
  • Selected by: 4.8%
  • Next Fixture: EVE (h)

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Chelsea is ranked top for defensive fixture difficulty in the next four Gameweeks - click here for the Fixture Planner

There are many reasons to bring in Ben Chilwell (£5.9m), so it is no surprise that he is currently the top transfer target, according to Transfer Analytics.

First off, Chilwell is the quintessential defensive FPL asset, providing both clean sheet potential and attacking threat. Since his return from injury in Gameweek 22, when he was cautiously introduced against Fulham for six minutes, Chilwell – according to Opta Stats Sandbox – is ranked 2nd amongst all defenders for goals per 90 minutes (0.25). He also looks set to be first choice under Potter, bagging four starts in the last four Gameweeks.

Second, there is Chelsea’s recent form. Since their defeat to Spurs, Chelsea have reverted to their favoured 3-4-3 formation with Chilwell and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.0m) playing as wing-backs. This has given Chelsea the stability they have been lacking and Potter’s wild squad rotation appears to be settling down.

Finally, Chelsea is ranked top for defensive difficulty, according to our Fixture Planner. In the next four Gameweeks they face Everton at home, a double in Gameweek 29, and Wolves at Molineux.