Differential Potential: Gameweek 19

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 19…

Martin Dubravka – Newcastle United – Goalkeeper

Slim pickings this weeks on the low ownership goalkeepers with fixtures front. Martin Dubravka is our pick as he should pick up a few saves this week and Ralf Ragnick’s Manchester United side haven’t exactly been a goalscoring machine since he took charge.

Jan Bednarek – Southampton – Defender

I’m not expecting a clean sheet from Southampton at West Ham but Jan Bednarek tends to score well even when The Saints do concede. The Hammers may be without Michail Antonio for the Boxing Day clash which would make Bednarek’s task much easier.

Arthur Masuaku – West Ham – Defender

We still haven’t had word on the fitness of Aaron Cresswell and he wasn’t in the squad for the Carabao Cup against Spurs in midweek, meaning Arthur Masuaku should keep his place as the left back or, even better, the left wing back. Masuaku can be a ghost point machine on his day and could be a high scorer this week with attacking returns very possible against a very open Saints side.

Craig Dawson – West Ham – Defender

A very different asset to Masuaku but Craig Dawson gives us a double West Ham defence in this week’s eleven. Dawson is normally a solid scorer due to aerials and is always a threat from attacking set pieces.

Dan Burn – Brighton – Defender

If in doubt, pick Dan Burn. This isn’t generally a phrase to live by for Fantrax managers but if you’re needing that 3rd or 4th defender to stream then big Dan is often the man to turn to. This week he faces up to Brentford and the returning Ivan Toney, giving him plenty of aerial battles to contest.

Thomas Partey – Arsenal – Midfielder

Thomas Partey isn’t normally one who comes into the equation when considering low ownership tips but with another small slate of fixtures he makes the cut here. In form Arsenal travel to lowly Norwich City on Boxing Day and Partey could score well if he joins the attack as much as he did against Leeds United in their previous fixture.

Nikola Vlasic – West Ham – Midfielder

This one is a complete punt but Nikola Vlasic looked sharp against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup in midweek and will be hoping that a good performance will earn him a Boxing Day start against Southampton. The West Ham attack is seeing a lot more rotation than we saw at the start of the season with Pablo Fornals and Said Benrahma seeing some time on the bench, leaving space for Vlasic or Manuel Lanzini to get minutes.

Solly March – Brighton – Midfielder

Another punt, but when Solly March starts, he tends to score fairly well. He’s been in and out of the side this season but when he has started he’s played in a more familiar advanced role. He’s definitely worth a stream if he starts in the home game against Brentford this week.

Michael Olise – Crystal Palace – Midfielder

Jordan Ayew is off to the AFCON this week, meaning Michael Olise should finally get a chance to shine. Even if he isn’t one to start at Spurs this week, Palace have a few nice fixtures coming up with Norwich City at home next up.

Ryan Fraser – Newcastle United – Midfielder

The Eddie Howe – Ryan Fraser connection hasn’t been quite what I expected it would be but he’s getting minutes on the pitch and is a player who will always have potential to score well through key passes. Newcastle barely touched the ball last week against Manchester City but Fraser scored a useful seven points and was also denied a stonewall penalty. He should see more of the ball against Manchester United.

Armando Broja – Southampton – Forward

I feel like we tip Armando Broja most weeks on the differential XI. The fact is, he’s always a danger when he starts for the Saints and should be considered for a start against most opponents. Southampton face a West Ham team that are struggling to keep the ball out of their own net recently and Broja has shown on plenty of occasions that he only needs one chance to make an impact.

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