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 score of over 100 points in Gameweek 9 , here are your picks for Gameweek 10!
Martin Dubravka | Newcastle United | Fixture: Wolves (H) | 30% Owned
Martin Dubravka gets the nod between the sticks for us. With only one goal conceded in back to back games with Manchester United and Chelsea, a clean sheet against a Wolves side “fresh” from Europa League action isn’t out of the question.
Jack O’Connell | Sheffield United | Fixture: West Ham United (A) | 44% Owned
It’s time to stop talking about Jack O’Connell as a defender that isn’t clean sheet dependant and start to recognise the Sheffield United are going to shut a lot of teams out this season.
Well organised, well drilled and stubborn, the Blades defence is one that will take a lot to break down and the fact that no one has conceded less than them in the Premier league this season shouldn’t come as a surprise.
With O’Connell, think Sean Morrison last season but with a lot more clean sheets. If he finishes as a top 10 defender I wouldn’t be at all surprised.
Ryan Fredericks | West Ham United | FIxture: Sheffield United (H) | 42% Owned
Ryan Fredericks is a player I really like this season, largely down to his attacking potential.
As mentioned in our Waiver Wire article, Fredericks had the same number of key passes as Ricardo Pereira and has a favourable matchup this week where his Hammers side will be expected to attack.
Kurt Zouma | Chelsea | Fixture: Burnley (A) | 37% Owned
Another one from the Waiver Wire article. Kurt Zouma scored well last week and should do the same again this week against the aerial bombardment of Burnley.
Chelsea have impressed going forward this year but there last two displays against Newcastle and particularly at Ajax suggests they’ve solidified at the back too.
Ashley Young | Manchester United | Fixture: Norwich CIty (A) | 34% Owned
Not a pick I’m too excited about but Ashley Young could score well again with Luke Shaw expected to be absent again.
Set piece duty and the license to go forward makes Young an enticing pick this week, especially if United stick with the three at the back that worked well against league leaders Liverpool.
John Fleck | Sheffield United | Fixture: West Ham United (A) | 12% Owned
John Fleck is one of those players who is criminally under owned. Oliver Norwood steals most of the Fantrax headlines for Sheffield United but Fleck is generally only a point or two away from his colleague.
The Scotsman scored 8 points while collecting a booking against Arsenal on Monday. With his shoot on sight policy and sharing of set piece duty, a goal or assist is surely just around the corner.
Tom Cleverley | Watford | Fixture : Bournemouth (h) | 40% Owned
Tom Cleverley must be the most selected player in our Differential XI this season.
Watford are desperate to register their first win of the season and have a good chance of doing so against Bournemouth this week. If they do, Cleverley will surely have a say in the outcome.
Davy Propper | Brighton | Fixture: Everton (H) | 39% Owned
Last year, Davy Propper wasn’t someone that would get anywhere near my Fantrax lineup. This year, he’s one of those valuable MID4 options that will get you points for doing very little.
His return from injury in Gameweek 9 saw him pick up 8.5 points in a 2-1 loss, largely thanks to two key passes and two tackles won. He should keep his place and have a similarly important role against Everton this week.
Harvey Barnes | Leicester City | Fixture: Southampton (A) | 49% Owned
If Cleverley is our most capped player, Harvey Barnes isn’t far behind. He keeps his place in the side after two assists last week.
Theo Walcott | Everton | Fixture: Brighton (a) | 18% Owned
If you told me last week that Theo Walcott would feature in this article this week I’d have assumed I’d given up trying to score points.
But Everton’s forgotten man was given his chance in the side against West Ham and he took it well, creating the opening goal and being a general nuisance to the Hammers throughout.
I tipped him as a pick in the waivers article this week and feel he’s worth a gamble here too. If he doesn’t start, drop him. Simple.
Allan Saint-Maximin | Newcastle United | Fixture: Wolves (H) | 31% Owned
Every week I try to resist the urge to include Allan Saint-Maximin in all of my articles. This week, I couldn’t.
With the fatigue of the Europa League in the legs of the Wolves defenders, the last thing they will want to see is this blonde flash of electric pace screaming at them all Sunday afternoon.
Saint-maximin has proved that when the end product does arrive, he will be an excellent asset in Fantrax. Without the finishing touch, ASM has scored 20.5 points over the two games against Manchester United and Chelsea. His potential is frightening, his ownership is a joke.
If he’s available in your league, go and get him!