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 5…
Tim Krul – Norwich City – Goalkeeper
Streaming goalkeepers looks tough this week. David Raya could be a decent shout but I’ve gone for Tim Krul who came out of the Arsenal game last week with no clean sheet but 9.25 points. Decent chance of a shut out against struggling Watford this weekend.
Takehiro Tomiyasu – Arsenal – Defender
Takehiro Tomiyasu enjoyed a productive debut last week, helping Arsenal to their first win and clean sheet of the season. His seven aerials won suggests plenty of aerial strength and this weeks opponents Burnley are the perfect team to face with this type of defender. He got forward well too!
Marcal – Wolves – Defender
We’ve tipped Brazilian wing back Marcal a few times on the site this season and he gets selected once more thanks to his 22.5 point haul last weekend. Two fantasy assists were included in his score last weekend as well as a clean sheet so his heat map is a lot more encouraging than his underlying stats but Wolves continue that favourable run of fixtures at home against Brentford this weekend. I fancy Marcal to be heavily involved in the attack once more.
Liam Cooper – Leeds United – Defender
We love Liam Cooper here at FF92. As a general rule, I always like to pick up defenders who are playing up against Newcastle United when they are facing Joelinton rather than Callum Wilson. Therefore, start your Leeds defenders this weekend!
Nathan Ake – Manchester City – Defender
Pep’s press conference appeared to rule out defensive duo Aymeric Laporte and John Stones for this weekend’s game against Southampton. City looked less than solid defensively against a lively RB Leipzig in midweek but Nathan Ake got on the scoresheet and will most likely be starting again at the weekend. City should be odds on for a clean sheet and Ake is always a threat from set pieces. Get him in now before the 2pm free agent fight.
Pierre Lees Melou – Norwich City – Midfieler
Pierre Lees Melou is the latest unattractive but steady point scoring midfielder in Fantrax this season. Watford at home represents a very winnable game for Norwich and the Frenchman looks to be their driving force from their midfield and is already a very important player this season. He definitely has an attacking return or two in him and this week is as a good a chance as any for him to prove that.
Matt Ritchie – Newcastle United – Midfielder
Another regular in this season’s differential articles. Matt Ritchie should enjoy plenty of joy against a defensively shaky Leeds United. He should be great value to stream in this week’s Friday game.
Joao Moutinho – Wolves – Midfielder
Last weekend we saw a glimpse of the old Joao Moutinho. His accurate crossing and set piece domination saw accumulate 12 ghost points and he should be looking at a similar contribution this week. He’s completed 90 minutes in the last two league games and appears to be becoming one of Bruno Lage’s favourites.
Emmanuel Dennis – Watford – Forward
If ever there was a false dawn in this season’s fantasy game, Emmanuel Dennis appears to be responsible for it. His opening day masterclass against Aston Villa saw him at the top of everyone’s GW2 waiver wire list but he’s failed to kick on and is back on the majority of waiver wires ahead of GW5. This week’s clash with Norwich is a great chance for Dennis to show that he can mix it at this level.
Christos Tzolis – Norwich City – Forward
Another Norwich player! Daniel Farke spoke very highly of young Greek forward Christos Tzolis after a lively display at Arsenal. Tzolis comes over to the Premier League with a top reputation and Farke’s comments make me think he could be given another chance to show what he can do. His debut at Carrow Road in the Carabao Cup saw him finish with two goals and two assists. If he does anything close to that this week he will be the no.1 streaming option for sure!
Rodrigo – Leeds United – Forward
I’m surprised at Rodrigo’s low ownership at this stage but it may be due to the fact he has been withdrawn at half time in two of his three starts this season. I still think this will be a big campaign for the Spaniard who will surely get his fair share of game time. Leeds have a nice run coming up and if he starts at Newcastle he is one to keep hold of as a useful FWD3 option.