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 35!
Vicente Guaita | Goalkeeper | Crystal Palace | 47% Owned
Vicente Guaita wins the goalkeeper lottery for this week. Facing up to a less than prolific Aston Villa should give the Palace stopper a decent chance of a clean sheet while he should face the odd shot on target thanks to John McGinn’s speculative long range efforts.
Kortney Hause | Defender | Aston Villa | 11% Owned
Ignore the fact that Kortney Hause plays for the woeful Aston Villa for a moment… I’ve stashed him in a couple of leagues thanks to his aerial “prowess”. Facing up to the giant Christian Benteke, Hause will have plenty of opportunities to score well without having to rely on an improbable clean sheet.
Hause won 11 aerials last time he faced a physical forward in Sheffield United’s Oli McBurnie, contributing to a decent haul 21.75 points. A similar score this week isn’t out of the question.
Craig Dawson | Defender | Watford | 9% Owned
In a similar style to Hause, Craig Dawson racks up the points for aerials, meaning he doesn’t normally rely on clean sheets. Good job really…
The Watford man has also become a goal threat in recent weeks, scoring twice in five games since the restart.
Kurt Zouma | Defender | Chelsea | 47% Owned
Can you see the theme here?
Kurt Zouma has performed well since returning to the Chelsea XI. The Blues have won two out of two since he came back, owed largely down to his heroic last minute tackle on Benteke in midweek. Zouma has scored 16.75 and 9.5 in his two starts and could be on to another decent outing thanks to watch should be a bruising aerial encounter with Oli McBurnie.
Ryan Fredericks | Defender | West Ham | 12% Owned
It’s always worth starting some who is facing up to Norwich City. Ryan Fredericks scored well despite a 1-0 loss against Burnley in midweek. A return of 13.75 points despite a goal concession and a booking is a promising sign going into a game that even West Ham should win.
Onel Hernandez | Midfielder | Norwich City | 7% Owned
I took a punt on Onel Hernandez in two leagues for the last two weeks and he hasn’t disappointed. The Norwich winger fills up his stats sheet nicely due to his busy style and has scores of 8 and 11.5 going into another scoreable game against fellow relegation figthers West Ham.
Marc Albrighton | Midfielder | Leicester City | 19% Owned
Solid and dependable, Marc Albrighton looks to have established himself as a regular in the Leicester City lineup since the restart. His defensive reliability means his floor is fairly good while James Maddison’s continued absence means Albrighton has charge of the majority of set pieces.
Eight key passes in the last three weeks suggests attacking returns are due and Leicester face struggling Bournemouth this weekend.
Naby Keita | Midfielder | Liverpool | 56% Owned
It appears that we are finally seeing what all the fuss is about regarding Naby Keita. The Liverpool midfielder has probably been their best player since the restart and has assisted in his last two appearances, both of which were a dominant showing in midfield.
With Jordan Henderson ruled out for the reason, minutes should be easier for Keita to come by. If he keeps up this form, he will be a great asset for any Fantrax team for the rest of this season.
Leandro Trossard | Midfielder | Brighton | 53% Owned
Leandro Trossard came with a big reputation and even bigger potential when arriving in the Premier League last summer. It’d be fair to say we have only seen flashes of his brilliance so far in a Brighton shirt this season but two goals in his last two outings suggest there is plenty more to come from the young Belgian.
He faces up to Manchester City this weekend but if his performance against champions Liverpool is anything to go by, he won’t be fazed by his latest challenge. Definitely one to watch for next season’s drafts…
Oli McBurnie | Forward | Sheffield United | 36% Owned
We all love a good non-goal dependant striker! Tipping the likes of Troy Deeney and Christian Benteke every single week has become tiresome so it’s time to look further afield at some fresh talent. Step forward Oli McBurnie!
The tall Scot is powerful in the air but also possesses quick feet, as demonstrated by the 35 aerials and 9 successful dribbles since the restart. He always seems to provide a solid floor of 7-10 points and possesses a more ruthless streak currently being shown by Deeney and Benteke. His latest goal scoring outing against Spurs saw him pick up 20 points despite being booked. Not bad.
Danny Welbeck | Forward | Watford | 9% Owned
Did we mention that we tipped Danny Welbeck to perform well last week?
Yep, we had a hunch and the hunch paid off big time as the Watford striker came into the team and scored a goal in a 19.5 point haul! This isn’t the home of the Fantrax differential for nothing…
Welbeck will surely keep his place in the team for another must win game against Newcastle this week. He’s well worth starting once again after that stunning winner against Notwich last time out!