Differential Potential: Gameweek 14

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 14…

David De Gea – Manchester United – Goalkeeper

We start this week’s picks with a goalkeeper who is rarely considered for the Differential XI due to his high ownership. Manchester United have been awful defensively this season, seeing David De Gea become no more than a streaming option. But after a solid display against Chelsea, De Gea could be an option once more under the guidance of the incoming manager.

Arsenal at home represents a good opportunity of plenty of save points with the small possibility of a clean sheet too.

Max Kilman – Wolves – Defender

In the absence of Willy Boly, it looks like Max Kilman has taken on the role of being the aerially dominant defender at Wolves. This is always something to look out for when Burnley come to town so Kilman will probably have a busy day in the air.

Burnley are also missing towering defender James Tarkowski through suspension, meaning they may be more vulnerable than normal when it comes to defending set pieces.

Grant Hanley – Norwich City – Defender

A clean sheet last week and a goal the week before, Grant Hanley is becoming a regular fixture in the articles on FF92. Such is his consistency, I am amazed that the Norwich defender’s ownership is still so low!

A trip to Newcastle United represents another good chance for another good display from Hanley.

Fabian Schar – Newcastle United – Defender

Fabian Schar is our first of three Newcastle players picked this week, simply because they HAVE to win at home against Norwich City tonight.

I’ve always thought Schar to be their classiest defender and Eddie Howe clearly agrees having picked him in both of his first two games. Interceptions, aerials won and an ability to stride out of defence to join the attack and play a pass are all attributes the Swiss centre back has that I believe make him a very usable asset for their relegation six pointer later this evening.

Jonjo Shelvey – Newcastle United – Midfielder

And here’s another. Jonjo Shelvey is back and he has brought his shoot on sight policy with him. The Toon midfielder tested Arsenal stopper Aaron Ramsdale three times from long range on Saturday and should get plenty of opportunities to do the same again against Norwich tonight.

Nathan Redmond – Southampton – Midfielder

We’re bound to see plenty of rotation in the midweek games throughout Gameweek 14 and I’m predicting it’ll mean a return to action for Nathan Redmond.

The Saints man was on form before his recent absence and his team look a more threatening outfit when he plays. He will fancy his chances against a Leicester City side who can’t stop conceding goals at the moment having shipped six in their last three leagues games.

Ademola Lookman – Leicester City – Midfielder

Ademola Lookman seems to be settling into life as a Leicester City player and scored his first Premier League goal of the season in the win over Watford on Saturday.

Lookman has always been a Fantrax favourite when he starts and he should keep his place for the visit to Southampton this week. He’s still worth a start despite the fact his ghost points have dried up a little in recent weeks.

Solly March – Brighton – Midfielder

We’re hoping for more rotation for this pick to come off. Brighton lacked cutting edge at the weekend in their goalless draw against Leeds United but were much brighter when the direct running of Solly March was introduced in the second half.

I can see him coming into the side in place of Jakub Moder for the visit to West Ham and is well worthy of a start in Fantrax if he plays. His score of 16 points away at Liverpool suggests that March may thrive against teams that are set up to attack as West Ham will look to do this week.

Teemu Pukki – Norwich City – Forward

Teemu Pukki has been a solid FWD2/3 since Dean Smith’s arrival, scoring in the win over Southampton before uncharacteristically picking up 9 ghost points last week.

Newcastle will be going all out for the win against Norwich in GW14, leaving spaces for Pukki and co to exploit on the break against a leaky Toon defence.

Joelinton – Newcastle United – Forward

Joelinton gets a run out again despite a disappointing showing against a well organised Arsenal back line in GW13.

The Brazilian will be hoping (and expecting) a similar run out to the 25.5 point haul he enjoyed against Brentford when they face Norwich tonight. He’s a must start as long as he keeps his place in Eddie Howe’s eleven.

Armando Broja – Southampton – Forward

Southampton endured a torrid 90 minutes at Anfield in Gameweek 13 but Armando Broja was one of the very few bright sparks.

Chelsea loanee was a constant threat for the Liverpool backline with his runs in behind and was unlucky not to be on the scoresheet, albeit for a consolation. Leicester’s defence represents a different task to Van Dijk and co in GW14 and Broja will be confident of adding to the two goals he’s already grabbed for the Saints in the Premier League.


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