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 are your picks for Gameweek 22!
Paulo Gazzaniga | Tottenham Hotspur | Goalkeeper | 27% owned
This may seem an odd one considering he’s playing against Liverpool but Paulo Gazzaniga picks up a decent amount of points through saves. Providing he doesn’t ship three or more against the Reds, he should score well.
If he gets anywhere near the 24 points he scored at Anfield in the reverse fixture he will be an excellent pick this week!
Jose Holebas | Watford | Defender | 31% owned
Here he is again. After featuring in our Waiver Wire article, Jose Holebas has made it in to our Differential XI in Gameweek 22.
Watford have found a way to defend and their opponents for the week in Bournemouth have forgotten how to attack. Add his share of set pieces into the mix and Holebas should be good value this week.
Simon Francis | Bournemouth | Defender| 1% owned
Simon Francis has appeared a few times as our uber differential in this article with little success.
He’s been given another chance here in the hope that his aerial battles with Troy Deeney yield some ghost points!
Sead Kolasinac | Arsenal | Defender | 36% owned
Another waiver Wire tip picked here too. Arsenal kept a clean sheet in Gameweek 21 (!!!) and Sead Kolasinac impressed in an advanced left back position.
He was extremely unfortunate not to be awarded the assist for the first goal but the signs of encouragement are clearly there ahead of the fame against a threadbare Crystal Palace.
Antonio Rudiger | Chelsea | Defender 52% owned
Chelsea are by far the hardest side to predict in the Premier league. The same side that wins away at Tottenham and Arsenal can also find a way to lose at home to Southampton.
That’s why this week’s home game against Burnley is far from a home banker. Antonio Rudiger will look to lead the defence in what may be an aerial bombardment up against Chris Wood.
Andreas Pereira | Manchester United | Midfielder | 26% owned
Probably not the most popular pick but Manchester United need a spark from somewhere. Paul Pogba’s absence should leave the number 10 spot vacant for someone (how many times have we said that this season) and Andreas Pereira looks like the number one candidate.
As bad as United have been, they have the perfect bounce back game at home against Norwich this week. Whoever gets the nod in that number 10 role (yes, even Jesse Lingard) is worth the punt this week.
Junior Stanislas | Bournemouth |Midfielder | 6% owned
Here we go again, the Junior Stanislas trap. Although this week, he may actually be decent value!
Stanislas did well on his return against Brighton and will be looking to nail down a spot in that struggling Bournemouth side. Expect him to raise his game in a must win encounter with Watford.
Bernard | Everton | Midfielder | 35% owned
You’d expect Carlo Ancelotti to ring the changes for Everton after that woeful Derby defeat last Sunday. Brazilian trickster Bernard may be one of those to benefit as he pushes for a recall.
Bernard scored well (11.5 without a goal/assist) in his last appearance and may be the spark that’s added to an Everton time that looked do short of ideas against Liverpool’s youngsters.
Declan Rice | West Ham United | Midfielder | 58% owned
A less than glamorous but very solid pick! Declan Rice’s score card read 9, 7.5, 8.5, 7, 7.5, 7.5, 7 before his assist last week lead him to a score of 15.
Incredibly consistent, Rice should comfortably reach his 7 point mark in a hard fought midfield battle against Sheffield United.
David McGoldrick | Sheffield United | Forward | 35% owned
An old favourite makes a return to the Differential XI! David McGoldrick hasn’t made the cut for a while but he’s back this week for his fixture against West Ham.
McGoldrick has been a consistent point scorer this season, even without scoring goals. He’s due a goal actually…
Ismaila Sarr | Watford | Forward | 55% owned
Ismaila Sarr’s ownership is slowly creeping up so I’m going to pick him while I can!
The Watford man has been a superb differential and is finally getting tge recognition he deserves. He could fill his boots once again against a weak Bournemouth side.