As a result, only 37,409 bought Deulofeu for Gameweek 35.
But his 5.1 per cent owners were richly rewarded with two goals on Saturday afternoon.
Deulofeu is the second top-scoring player in the Gameweek, with 16 FPL points.
And with Troy Deeney (£5.9m) still suspended, the Spaniard could have another productive match at home to the Saints on Tuesday evening.
Deulofeu’s success should encourage FPL managers who are looking to rein in their mini-league rivals.
Managers in front are likely to play it safe at this point, which allows those chasing to seek out differentials.
Four of the five most-bought players for the Gameweek featured in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off.
Yet they were overshadowed by Phil Foden (£4.5m).
In only his second start of the season, the teenager’s match-winning display earned him 11 FPL points.
A mere 191 managers bought Foden for Man City’s two matches.
Like Deulofeu, his exploits show how lesser-owned players can be a big weapon for those needing to take risks over the final three Gameweeks.