Differential Potential: Gameweek 12

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 a huge score of 118.5 in Gameweek 11, here are your picks for Gameweek 12!

Goalkeeper

Tim Krul | Norwich City | Fixture: Watford (H) | 28% owned

You wouldn’t expect Norwich City’s goalkeeper to score well in fantasy football but Tim Krul has done exactly that.

Despite a lack of clean sheets, Krul has picked up the points in saves. If The Canaries are ever likely to keep a blank, it’s against winless Watford this weekend

Defenders

Adam Masina | Watford | Fixture: Norwich City (A) | 1% owned

As you can tell, we’re not expecting the Friday night game to be a high scorer. With a 1% ownership, Adam Masina is an uber differential!

A Watford clean sheet isn’t out of the question and neither is an attacking return for Masina who has kept Jose Holebas out of the side since the Greek full back’s suspension ended.

Steve Cook | Bournemouth | Fixture: Newcastle United (a) | 36% owned

I really fancy Steve Cook to rack up a good score this week. Bournemouth have become a stubborn outfit to break down in recent weeks, largely due to the veterans leadership and willingness to get his head on anything airborne.

He will relish the battle against Joelinton this week and shoukd cone out on top the majority of the time.

Fabian Balbuena | West Ham United | Fixture: Burnley (A) | 7% owned

Anyone who owned Fabian Balbuena on the opening day of the season (he face Manchester City so I’m not sure why you’d do if anyway) will most likely have been put off for life after a score of – 10.

However, since returning to the Hammers lineup, Balbuena has been good value in fantasy, scoring 25.5 points in two weeks despite keeping no clean sheets and conceding four goals. His aerial presence shoukd mean he scores well again against Burnley, even without a shut out.

Midfielders

Giovani Lo Celso | Tottenham Hotspur | Fixture: Sheffield United (H) | 46% owned

Giovani Lo Celso finally made his full Tottenham debut in the Champions League in midweek and marked it with a goal and a decent all round performance.

The Argentine looked to have the spark that Eriksen, Alli and Lucas Moura have all been missing and another start against the Blades at the weekend should be rewarded with a good points haul. Even if he is rested, he’s one to keep for the future for sure. It’s surprising to see his ownership so low.

John Fleck | Sheffield United | Fixture: Tottenham Hotspur (a) | 34% owned

John Fleck’s ownership is still criminally low so we will keep starting him. His first Premier league goal in Gameweek 11 capped off another solid score, leading him to a total of 18 points.

Despite the fact he keeps consistently outscoring his more sought after team mate Oliver Norwood, his ownership is still 37% lower. Weird.

Miguel Almiron | Newcastle United | Fixture: Bournemouth | 46% owned

Miguel Almiron’s start to the season has been so bad that his ownership has dropped to differential levels.

Ironically, as more people drop him, the better his performances have got. His three shots on target in Gameweek 11 suggests that goals are to come for the Paraguayan.

Onel Hernandez | Norwich City | Fixture: Watford (H) | 14% owned

His inclusion in last week’s differential XI didn’t give us much to shout about but it should be different for Onel Hernandez this week in the six pointer against Watford.

The Cuban should be Norwich’s spark in a must win match.

Moussa Djenepo | Southampton | Fixture: Everton (H) | 29% owned

Like the aforementioned Lo Celso, Moussa Djenepo may not be risked this weekend but if he is he should be set to return a decent amount of points.

“The new Mane” was sharp before his injury and his ownership will skyrocket if he’s named on the team sheet against Everton. Got on board quick before you miss out.

Forwards

Allan Saint-Maximin | Newcastle United | Fixture: Bournemouth (H) | 41% owned

It’s crazy that I’m still able to pick this guy.

Theo Walcott | Everton | Fixture: Southampton (A) | 21% owned

It appears that Marco Silva has no idea what his best XI is at Everton. However one name that has been on his last three team sheets is that of Theo Walcott.

The former Southampton man knows he will probably have to help his current side beat his old one for Silva to keep his job. In all fairness, Walcott has looked like one of the sharper performers in that lacklustre Blues team.

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