This article is part of our FPL Waiver Wire series.
It was only a matter of time before an injury crisis hit the Premier League, and that's the status heading into February. In addition to Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane dealing with long-term injuries, Sadio Mane, Tammy Abraham and Richarlison have picked up issues in the last week or two. The same goes for Joshua King and Ashley Barnes, who have been out most of January.
Unfortunately, differentials are even harder to come by at forward because everyone that had to drop Kane and Rashford has moved onto the same players like Sergio Aguero and Raul Jimenez. Jamie Vardy remains the most popular forward, but his run of form and recent injury issues have a lot of fantasy players dropping him with Aguero and Danny Ings in mind. Not even Roberto Firmino can be considered a true differential coming off a double gameweek. Troy Deeney would be at the top of my list, but matches against Man United and Liverpool following the winter break don't provide much confidence. The move could be to back Alexandre Lacazette or Nicolas Pepe given Arsenal's upcoming slate, or bank on Neal Maupay, who has decent matchups. Sheffield United may have the most favorable upcoming schedule, but they seem to change their forwards every match.
It'd be easier to consider the Blades in the midfield because John Fleck comes at near minimum price. One has to think he'll get some get opportunities with an upcoming schedule that includes home