Differential Potential: Gameweek 16

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 16…

Alvaro Fernandez – Brentford – Goalkeeper

Brentford and Watford will kick off this weekend’s Premier League action on Friday night and I anticipate that Bees stopper Alvaro Fernandez will be busy against Claudio Ranieri’s attacking Hornets. Plenty of save points on offer with a decent chance of a clean sheet.

Alex Telles and Diogo Dalot – Manchester United – Defender

Alex Telles and Diogo Dalot have made the most of the recent chances they’ve been given in the league and both are decent shouts against Norwich City this week too. It’d be extremely harsh to see either of them miss out with Aaron Wan Bissaka and Luke Shaw in such poor form themselves. Telles and Dalot should both score well as Ralf Ragnick looks to carry on his decent start against struggling Norwich.

Craig Dawson – West Ham – Defender

It’s the old “start a tall defender against Burnley” tactic once again! Craig Dawson is guaranteed a start against Burnley this weekend due to injuries to Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma. He should be the aerially dominant defender and should score well even if a clean sheet isn’t preserved.

Jonny Evans – Leicester City – Defender

Yes, Leicester City can’t buy a clean sheet BUT they do face Newcastle United this week! If they’re going to achieve it then surely it’ll be this week. Jonny Evans has scored well since his return, largely due to a goal and assist in recent weeks. Facing up against Joelinton, Evans should get plenty of chances to win those aerials duels and keep scoring well and maybe (just maybe) get that elusive shut out.

Ruben Loftus Cheek – Chelsea – Midfielder

Incredibly, Chelsea are down to four fit central midfielders at the moment, meaning Ruben Loftus Cheek will almost certainly start against a similarly depleted Leeds United side this weekend. He looks set to lineup next to Jorginho and will be the more forward thinking of the two if that is the case. He played well against West Ham despite the result and was unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet.

Christian Norgaard – Brentford – Midfielder

 Christian Norgaard is affectionately known as a“solid but unspectacular” pick. The Dane is always good for 7 to 9 points, always useful in those tight matchups.

Facing up to Watford this week, Norgaard should see some action in the opposition penalty area, especially with his aerial threat from set pieces against a side shipping goals for fun against almost all opponents at the moment. 

Fred – Manchester United – Midfielder

Talk about a player getting a boost from a new manager…Fred followed up his two assists against Arsenal with the winning goal against Crystal Palace on Sunday! Of course, it’s extremely unlikely that he keeps up anything close to this kind of output going forwards but the increase of his runs into the box are encouraging and he should still be a solid pick. Revitalised!

Ayoze Perez – Leicester City – Midfielder

A long shot here…Ademola Lookman has looked off the pace in recent weeks despite a goal against Watford and with rotation rife at this time of year, Ayoze Perez may get his chance against his old club this week. The Spaniard has enjoyed a couple of decent outings off the bench and probably deserves a start against a Newcastle side The Foxes should beat comfortably. The same applies to Marc Albrighton here!

Neal Maupay – Brighton – Forward

The infamous Neal Maupay struck again at the weekend, breaking Southampton hearts (and those with Saints defenders) with a 96th minute equaliser. Providing this game still goes ahead, Maupay will face up to a severely depleted Spurs team and will be relishing a great opportunity to add to his recent good form.

Cucho Hernandez – Watford – FOrward

Claudio Ranieri threw on Cucho Hernandez at half time to liven up a drab Watford performance on Saturday evening and that’s exactly what he did.

Hernandez was electric on the right flank, scoring Watford’s goal and causing endless problems to the brilliant Joao Cancelo. He scored 23.5 points in 45 minutes against the champions in a brilliant cameo which should surely see him start in a much kinder fixture against Brentford this week.


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