Simple fact: a good differential pick is the difference between winning a crucial Fantrax matchup 99% of the time. It’s all very well (and also, essential) having a core of top players. However, that low ownership gem that no one thought of can, more often than not, be the difference between a narrow loss and a convincing win which leaves your rivals in awe of your football knowledge.
Each week on Fantasy Football 92, we pick a full eleven consisting of low ownership players which you can help yourselves to in your league in order to (hopefully) grab yourself the win. All of our differentials are 60% owned or lower.
Here is the Differential Potential XI for Gameweek 5!
Angus Gunn | Sheffield Utd (a) | 7% Ownership
Angus Gunn gets the nod in goal this week. Saves should be plentiful, clean sheets should be possible.
GW5 points: 17.25
Martin Montoya | Burnley (H) | 14% Ownership
“This season’s Matt Doherty” hasn’t quite lived up to his potential so far this season but I still hold out a lot of hope for Martin Montoya this season.
Playing in his advanced defensive role (basically as a right winger), I fully expect attacking returns from the Spaniard.
GW5 points: 0
Frederic Guilbert | West Ham (H) | 14% Ownership
Having claimed the right back spot at Villa Park, Frédéric Guilbert looks like a low ownership defender that could fill up the attacking and defensive stats on his stat sheet.
Guilbert caught the eye in pre season thanks to a few assists. Three tackles, eight interceptions and five aerials won in three appearances shows that he will contribute well defensively too. Could be a differential to pick up and keep.
GW5 points: 18.75 points
Jack O’Connell | Southampton (H) | 14% Ownership
There’s (rightly) a lot of fuss over Enda Stevens after his assist at Stamford Bridge but his team mate Jack O’Connell looks like he could be a handy, very low ownership differential.
His unorthodox overlapping centre back position should bring attacking returns this season. Its been good start for him defensively too as 21 aerials and 19 clearances suggests our prediction of him becoming the new Sean Morrison could be accurate.
GW5 points: 2.75
Solly March | Burnley (H) | 50% Ownership
Solly March’s low ownership at this stage surprises me.
The Brighton winger has been deployed in a deeper role this season but hasn’t seen his scoring suffer. With Leandro Trossard out injured, he may find his way back up the pitch in this week’s lineup.
GW5 points: 21
Sofiane Boufal | Sheffield Utd (A) | 21% Ownership
See last week. We love Sofiane Boufal. He got his start against Manchester United and looked lively and looks set to keep his place against Sheffield United.
GW5 points: 19
Tom Cleverley | Arsenal (H) | 7% Ownership
This one’s a little left field. After a lengthy absence, Tom Cleverley has found his way back into Watford’s lineup and has scored well without scoring or assisting.
Could be a handy differential going forward, especially if Watford benefit from their new manager bounce…after appointing their old manager.
GW5 points: 25
Luke Freeman | Southampton (H) | 7% Ownership
We’ve tipped Luke Freeman before and he didn’t really deliver but I still like him as a differential.
He’s busy, dynamic and should be seeing attacking returns soon. I’d Ravel Morrison starts, pick him instead.
GW5 points: 0
Adama Traore | Chelsea (H) | 29% Ownership
Finally! Fantrax darling Adama Traore looks to finally be getting his chance at an extended run in the Wolves side.
Matt Doherty’s injury means the fastest man in the league takes the wing back spot down the right. Having a forward playing at full back isn’t normally a wise move in FPL. Not Adama.
As much as anything, his numerous successful dribbles and key passes make him great fun to own. He won’t be a differential for long.
GW5 points: 8
Neal Maupay | Burnley (H) | 21% Ownership
Neal Maupay hasn’t done much to suggest he will be a genuine Fantrax option this season but at least he’s off the mark in terms of goalscoring.
He’s definitely one that falls into the one week pick up category for now.
GW5 points: 10.5
Callum Robinson | Southampton (H) | 21% Ownership
Finally, Callum Robinson completes our lineup after an excellent showing at Stamford Bridge.
After slotting home his first Premier League goal, his devilish whipped cross was swiped into his own net by Kurt Zouma to seal a famous draw. If anyone is going to ignite this less than glamorous fixture, it’ll be Robinson.
GW5 points: 0