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.
After another high scorer in Gameweek 8, here are your picks for Gameweek 9!
Paulo Gazzaniga | Tottenham Hotspur | Fixture: Watford (H) | 45% owned
With Hugo Lloris out indefinitely thanks to a nasty shoulder injury, Paulo Gazzaniga looks set for an extended spell between the sticks.
He can only improve fortunes for Spurs at the moment. What does any side need to stop the rot? A hone fixture against the worst side in the league.
Gazzaniga will fancy himself for a clean sheet against Watford, making him a handy differential for Gameweek 9!
Matt Targett | Aston Villa | Fixture: Brighton (H) | 27% owned
Matt Targett grabbed himself an assist in the 5-1 rout of Norwich City before the break and will fancy himself for more attacking returns against Brighton in Gameweek 9.
Many touted Targett as the Aston villa defender to own at the start of the season and he’s starting to show why with his first two starts in the league for Dean Smith’s men.
Djibril Sidibe | Everton | Fixture: West Ham United (H) | 9% owned
Seamus Coleman’s suspension will mean he finally makes way for Djibril Sidibe in the Everton back line.
The flying French full back will get an afternoon to bomb up and down that Goodison right flank in an attempt to make that tight back spot his own.
A clean sheet against West Ham United looks unlikely but attacking returns are not out of the question.
Steve Cook | Bournemouth | Fixture: Norwich City (H) | 36% owned
Steve Cook is one of those defenders who isn’t dependant on clean sheets to get points. It’s a good job really because Bournemouth haven’t kept any yet.
A home fixture against Norwich City looks like a favourable one for Cook and Co and now our old favourite Diego Rico no longer qualifies for our differential XI (remember, we told you about him first!) it’s the veteran Centre back who gets the nod.
What I really wanted to do was put in the returning Simon Francis as he’s a great point scorer in this format. He’s certainly one to pick for the future once he regains his place in the lineup.
Adam Webster | Brighton | Fixture: Aston Villa (A) | 18% owned
Adam Webster is criminally under owned for someone scoring so well at the moment.
A clean sheet at Aston Villa seems unlikely but a busy afternoon against the aerial presence of Wesley shoukd mean a decent return for Webster and his fellow centre half giants.
Aaron Mooy | Brighton | Fixture: Aston Villa (A) | 35% owned
Most players in a Brighton shirt shone against a dismal Tottenham team in Gameweek 8 but few more so than Aaron Mooy.
The hairless Australian took over from Pascal Gross as Brighton’s chief creator and his share of set pieces is a good sign in terms of future returns for Mooy.
He scored 12.5 without a goal or assist in week 8 and will be confident of another good showing against Aston Villa.
Harvey Barnes | Leicester City | Fixture: Burnley (H) | 36% owned
An old differential XI favourite. Harvey Barnes should keep his place and score well as Leicester hope to get back to winning ways against Burnley this week.
Normally good for 8-10 points without an attacking return, Barnes continues to be criminally underrated in Fantrax.
Philip Billing | Bournemouth | Fixture: Norwich City (H) | 27% owned
Normally good for a decent haul thanks to tackles etc, Philip Billing will fancy his chances of grabbing his first Bournemouth goal this week against a struggling Norwich City side.
Connor Hourihane | Aston Villa | Fixture: Brighton (H) | 9% owned
Could be this week’s uber differential. Connor Hourihane scored brilliantly in Gameweek 8 thanks to a goal and assist.
While grabbing his fair share of set piece duties, Hourihane should score well again this week providing he keeps his place.
Bukayo Saka | Arsenal | Fixture: Sheffield United (a) | 55% owned
With no mention of Alexandre Lacazette’s return, Bukayo Saka should keep his place as Arsenal travel to Sheffield United on Monday night.
It’s been quite a breakout season for Saka who has looked bright in every appearance this season. Some would argue that Saka would be unlucky to lose his place when Lacazette returns and it should arguably be Nicolas Pepe who shoukd be more concerned about giving up his shirt.
Dominic Calvert Lewin | Everton | Fixture: West Ham United | 56% owned
Picking Dominic Calvert Lewin in Fantrax is never particularly glamorous but he often seems to get the job done.
The England youngster deserves enormous credit for shaking off the challenge of Moise Kean to keep hold of the number 9 spot for now. The hone fixture against West Ham in Gameweek 9 is the sort of fixture DCL’s eye for goal and physical presence could have a real impact on.