We all know the variety of players that make up every fantasy team, from your tried and tested star men - think Sanchez , Kane , Hazard to your hidden gems , this season's standout being Josh king.
A popular term among the hard-core FPL players is a "differential". A differential is a player who is owned by a very small percentage of players, the logic being that any points accrued by owning this player will allow you to capitalise over non-owners. This is particularly effective when vying for points in a mini league.
A good differential needs to be swooped upon early for maximum effectiveness. In the our mini league last year once Conte switched to his now often replicated wing backs formation, I transferred in Alonso recognising his attacking potential for a defensive player under Contes new system. This proved extremely fruitful as no one else in the league took ownership of Alonso meaning I gained a significant amount of points over the rest. But like all things in life a differential is not infinite and once a player shows points potential they will inevitably become a bandwagon player with their ownership skyrocketing.
During the life of a season a player can transcend on a beautiful journey starting as a hidden gem, morphing into a differential, being band-wagoned then banished when they suffer an inevitable slight dip in points before rediscovering their form and ending the season as a star man.
Keep an eye out for our upcoming differential picks of 2017...
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