Differential Potential: Gameweek 3

The new season is here…and we are back with our trademark Differential XI!

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 3…

David Raya – Brentford – Goalkeeper

If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it! David Raya is yet to concede a goal this season so far and performed well in our Differential XI last week so keeps the jersey for Brentford’s trip to Aston Villa!

Ashley Young – Aston Villa – Defender

With Matt Targett appearing for Villa in their midweek cup win, Ashley Young may get the nod in their GW3 matchup with Brentford at Villa Park having started both Premier League games so far. Villa looked solid in their win against Newcastle in GW2 and another clean sheet could be on the cards this week against Brentford.

Davinson Sanchez – Tottenham – Defender

Tottenham looks surprisingly solid this season so far! Davinson Sanchez has been a big part of that and having led Spurs to clean sheets over Manchester City and Wolves, a third shut out against newly promoted Watford is on the cards.

Liam Cooper – Leeds United – Defender

Last week we tipped the gigantic Shane Duffy to be our aerial monster and he duly delivered with a goal and a clean sheet. This week, one of our favourites of last year Liam Cooper gets his first outing against Burnley. He shouldn’t need a clean sheet to score well!

Ryan Bertrand – Leicester – Defender

Ryan Bertrand featured heavily for Leicester in pre-season but COVID restrictions have seen the experienced left back miss the start of the real campaign! He should return this week in time for a nice fixture against struggling Norwich. He should be on most set pieces too.

Alexis McAllister – Brighton – Midfielder

Could this be the season for Alexis MacAllister to break through at Brighton? He followed a goal off the bench in GW1 with a handy 9.5 ghost points in GW2 and will fancy his chances to score well against an Everton side yet to keep a clean sheet.

Matt Ritchie – Newcastle – Midfielder

Our most regularly featured player in this season’s articles so far! Matt Ritchie looks like the Togga beast of season’s gone by so far in 2021/22 and enjoys a good matchup this week against Southampton. A differential no brainer this week…

Mateusz Klich – Leeds United – Midfielder

After a less than successful end to last season, manager’s favourite Mateusz Klich has enjoyed another good start to the campaign this time around following a promising start to 2020/21. He scored in the 2-2 draw with Everton and will hope to take advantage of a nice matchup against Burnley this week in that attacking midfield role.

Marc Albrighton – Leicester – Midfielder

This one is a bit of a gamble. Kelechi Iheanacho may be the man to replace the suspended Ayoze Perez but there’s a small chance is could be old Fantrax favourite Marc Albrighton. With Leicester playing against Norwich at 3pm on Saturday, it’s a good idea to stash Albrighton in case he does get the nod. If he starts for Leicester, start him in your own XI. Simple!

Demarai Gray – Everton – Forward

Demarai Gray looks like a man re-born so far this season. I fully expect him to continue his hot (surprise) start to 2021/22 against Brighton in GW2…

Adam Armstrong – Southampton – Forward

Southampton and Adam Armstong haven’t had the easiest start to their Premier League campaign, travelling to Everton before facing Manchester United in GW2. They’ve come out of it with some confidence with Ings replacement Armstrong looking particularly lively. Their new hitman will be particularly fired up when facing former club Newcastle this week and I fancy him to bag at least once this week.


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