It’s been another crazy draft season but we can now finally look forward to settling down to watch some real football. If you’re not happy with your draft, a differential XI is exactly what you need to kickstart your season!
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 2
Karl Darlow | Newcastle United | Goalkeeper | 21% Owned
Karl Darlow helped himself to one of the mistakes comfortable clean sheets you’ll see this season away from home at West Ham last week. Despite having barely anything to do, Darlow walked away with 14.25 Fantrax points thanks to three saves. I streamed Darlow in two of my three leagues and will be doing so in all three this week!
Yerry Mina | Everton | Defender | 41% Owned
My pre season theory was that Everton will be much more solid this season during Carlo Ancelotti’s first full season in charge. The early signs are that this will be correct as Yerry Mina and co kept a lacklustre Spurs (who did still have Son Heung Min and Harry Kane in their ranks) at arms length on the opening weekend. They should be in for an even more comfortable afternoon this week when they host West Brom. I like Mina as a fantasy option in general this season and would expect his ownership to increase considerably.
Rob Holding | Arsenal | Defender | 33% Owned
We tipped Rob Holding to perform last week when his ownership was at just 1%. The fact that his ownership has now shot up by 32% in the space of a week demonstrates how well the Arsenal centre back performed.
Jamal Lewis | Newcastle United | Defender | 51% Owned
Double Newcastle! We included Jamal Lewis in our Waiver Wire article earlier this week and he makes the cut here too. Not only was he solid defensively, he also provided numerous inviting crosses for fellow new boy Callum Wilson. If he can carry on doing similar, Wilson won’t keep missing…
Erik Pieters | Burnley | Defender | 6% Owned
You have to feel so sorry for poor Johann Berg Gudmundsson who has had yet another season curtailed with what looks to be another serious injury. Robbie Brady appears the obvious choice to fill in for JBG but it was Erik Pieters who got the nod at right midfield following the restart last season. If the same happens again, an OOP Defender is always very inviting.
Stuart Dallas | Leeds United | Midfielder | 40% Owned
Stuart Dallas enjoyed a fairly productive opening day display at Anfield, despite coming up against a fired up, hat-trick scoring Mo Salah. The defensive shackles will surely be off this weekend however and we should see plenty of attacking intent from the Leeds man against Fulham.
Moussa Djenepo | southampton | Midfielder | 12% Owned
Yep, him again. Stuart Armstrong’s injury last week left the door open for Moussa Djenepo to start so he made our GW1 team. It was Will Smallbone who ended up walking through that open door. Now it’s Nathan Redmond’s turn to join Armstrong on the sideline. Surely Djenepo gets a start now. Surely…
Connor Hourihane | Aston Villa | Midfielder | 18% Owned
Connor Hourihane was one of those boom or bust players last season. With a favourable opening fixture this weekend against a Sheffield United team who looked off the pace against Wolves, I’m expecting a good display from the midfielder. Always good for an assist.
Yves Bissouma | Brighton | Midfielder | 10% Owned
Solid and dependable. Another 7 points last week for the all action Yves Bissouma against Chelsea. I foresee a big year for them Brighton man and he’s only a few attacking returns away from being a very good, inexpensive Fantrax asset. Big fan.
Ollie Watkins | Aston Villa | FOrward | 59% Owned
Aston Villa have a forward! Ollie Watkins scores on his debut in the cup in midweek and already looks better than his predecessors Wesley and Mbwana Samatta. Watkins looks ready for the big time and won’t be a low ownership asset for long, especially if he continues his hot start this weekend.
Ivan Cavaleiro | Fulham | Forward | 16% Owned
Fulham can’t possibly be worse this weekend than they were in their opener. Having said that, Ivan Cavaleiro was the best of a (very) bad bunch and may fancy his chances against this new look Leeds defende. He should also start alongside Aleksandar Mitrovic this time rather than a less than inspiring Aboubakar Kamara which should automatically improve his prospects.