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 7
Sam Johnstone | Goalkeeper | West Brom | 31% Owned
Is it cheating to pick the same goalkeeper three weeks in a row? Sam Johnstone will, most likely, be in the top five goalkeepers by the end of the season so while he is still a low ownership asset, we will pick him! He faces the ultimate matchup this week against Fulham so it was a no brainer really!
Antonee Robinson | Defender | Fulham | 15% Owned
Speaking of Fulham, another Fulham defender gets a start in our Differential XI this season! We have mentioned Antonee Robinson on this site before and not just because of his unconventional way of spelling his first name. The full back clearly doesn’t need clean sheets to score well (good job really), proved once again by his GW6 score of 10.25 despite conceding twice. The game against West Brom should see him venture forward regularly.
Niels Nkounkou | Defender | Everton | 3% Owned
Our first real punt of the article could be a real cracker in the form of Everton full back Niels Nkounkou! This is very much a one week punt due to the suspension of Lucas Digne but the adventurous Nkounkou has shown in limited minutes that he loves to get forward and whip the ball into the box. The danger is that Carlo Ancelotti selects the safer option in Fabian Delph but Nkounkou would definitely be the more attacking and exciting option!
Conor Townsend | Defender | West Brom | 3% Owned
Double West Brom? Sure, why not? Like Robinson, Conor Townsend doesn’t seem to require clean sheets to provide a decent points return. He scored 8.5 in his last outing despite conceding once against Brighton but put up an extremely impressive 19.25 points in the 0-0 draw with Burnley in GW5. Matching up against Fulham normally means good scores for most players and Townsend will have a decent chance of putting up some more good numbers. Another very low ownership punt to get on board here!
Andre Franck Zambo Anguissa | Midfielder | 53% Owned
I’m surprised to see the wonderfully named Andre Franck Zambo Anguissa still qualifies for this XI. He hasn’t hit the heights of that big performance against Leeds a few weeks back but looks as though he will at least be a consistent scorer, even when Fulham don’t perform, due to the number of tackles, interceptions and successful dribbles that he completes. If he’s available in your league, it’s well worth picking him up and stashing him as a reliable midfielder.
Cengiz Under | Midfielder | Leicester City | 34% Owned
I’m close to being certain that this week is the week we will see Cengiz Under unleashed by Brendan Rodgers. The Turkish winger has had little to no opportunities to showcase what the fuss is all about following his move to Leicester but his match winning assist at the Emirates on Sunday may just be enough to earn him his full debut against Leeds. Plenty of Fantrax potential here.
Bertrand Traore | Midfielder | Aston Villa | 19% Owned
This is another one that falls into the punt category. For the first time so far this season, Aston Villa looked flat and devoid of ideas against Leeds United in a 3-0 loss, meaning it may be time for Dean Smith to tweak a couple of things. Bertrand Traore has waited patiently in the wings for his opportunity and showed good form for his national team Burkina Faso in the meantime. Now may be his chance to impress.
Ezgjan Alioski | Midfielder | Leeds United | 4% Owned
The introduction of Ezgjan Alioski against Aston Villa was part of a Marcelo Bielsa re-shuffle on Friday. It’s fair to say that the re-shuffle worked. Alioski played at left back and scored well, getting forward at every opportunity and was unfortunate not to assist in the first half. Leeds face a Leicester City side without their two first choice right backs this week with Ricardo Pereira and Timothy Castagne out injured, meaning this may be an area that Bielsa choose to target once more.
JAcob Murphy | Midfielder | Newcastle United | 3% Owned
It’s punt time (again)! Jacob Murphy came from almost nowhere to start for Newcastle against Wolves and he grabbed his opportunity with both hands, scoring a last minute equaliser direct from a free kick. Even without the goal at the end, Murphy would have scored 7.5 ghost points which is an encouraging sign going forwards and may even see some set piece action with Jonjo Shelvey out injured. Definitely worth a punt against an injury/suspension hit Everton!
Karlan Grant | Forward | West Brom | 12% Owned
Another West Brom asset gets the call up here! Karlan Grant got off the mark for The Baggies with a well taken strike against Brighton in GW6 which proved quite quickly that he does have the quality needed to succeed at this level. It almost certainly looks like he will be West Brom’s main man when it comes to scoring the goals and is a must own in deeper league’s even if he turns out to be goal dependant when it comes to Fantrax scoring. Another goal against Fulham this weekend would see his trade value increase significantly!
Oli McBurnie | Forward | Sheffield United | 56% Owned
It looks like Oli McBurnie is back in Chris Wilder’s best XI and his 17.5 point haul away at Liverpool shows the big Scot is completely fixture proof. The Blades battering ram won an incredible 13 aerials and will fancy his chances again this weekend against a still less than convincing Manchester City back line.