Differential Potential: Gameweek 17

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 17…

Daniel Bachmann – Watford – Goalkeeper

No clean sheets yet for Watford this season but a trip to Burnley gives them a chance. Failing that, some aerial claims and saves should provide adequate points from a streamable goalkeeper in Daniel Bachmann who has performed well despite Watford’s defensive shortcomings.

Matt Lowton – Burnley – Defender

We normally go for Charlie Taylor here but it feels right to mix it up a bit in going for Matt Lowton. Lowton outscored his colleague at left back last week against West Ham with a handy 17.5 points and should have plenty of opportunity to get forward against Watford this week.

Cheikhou Kouyate – Crystal Palace – Defender

“Defender” Cheikhou Kouyate has established himself as an important part of Crystal Palace’s midfield this season and his side are at the start of a kind run of fixtures which should bring with it some clean sheets. They face a woeful looking Southampton side this week without several of their main attackers.

Dan Burn – Brighton – Defender

Another of our defensive favourites Dan Burn gets a call up this week. He should start thanks to Brighton’s injuries and suspensions and faces a Wolves side without star striker Raul Jimenez and already struggling for goals.

Will Hughes – Crystal Palace – Midfielder

Will Hughes marked his first Crystal Palace start against Everton last week with an assist from a corner. His share of set pieces as part of a dangerous looking Palace side should see him score well in future fixtures, starting with a home game against a leaky Southampton defence.

Daniel Podence – Wolves – Midfielder

Raul Jimenez’s suspension will give someone else a chance to shine against Brighton in Gameweek 17 and I wouldn’t be surprised if that person is Daniel Podence. The Portuguese playmaker was excellent in his last start against West Ham and his exactly the type of creative force that a side that hasn’t scored for four league games is looking for.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson – Burnley – Midfielder

This is more of a “target Watford” strategy rather than a love for Johann Berg Gudmundsson. The former Fantrax favourite is nothing better than a streamer nowadays but if you’re even going to start the Icelander, this is the week to do it.

Moussa Sissoko – Watford – Midfielder

Moussa Sissoko is a decent streamer nowadays and I see him building up a tidy score this week in what should be a fierce midfield battle at Burnley this week. An attacking return certainly isn’t out of the question either.

Ruben Loftus Cheek – Chelsea – Midfielder

In a team full of rotation concerns, Chelsea’s central midfield spot is slightly more predictable than other due to injuries to N’golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic. Ruben Loftus Cheek should keep his place this week against a struggling Everton side severely depleted by injury themselves.

Jordan Ayew – Crystal Palace – Forward

Jordan Ayew has been a thorn on the sides of defences recently playing on the right side of the Palace attack. He set up Connor Gallagher’s first goal against Everton on Sunday and appears to be getting closer and closer to that elusive goal. This pick is as much about the opposition as it is the player with Southampton looking hopelessly exposed defensively in recent weeks, especially on the road.

Cucho Hernandez – Watford – Forward

Watford winger Cucho Hernandez didn’t cover himself in glory in the last game against Brentford but he should get given another chance to provide a spark this week against Burnley. He was unlucky not to get an assist after Josh King hit the post following his pass and is a constant danger when on the ball. He’s worth another punt this week.


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