Differential Potential: Gameweek 21

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 21…

Wayne Hennessey – Burnley – Goalkeeper

Nick Pope missed the clash with Manchester United last night following a positive COVID test, meaning he’s also unlikely to be ready for the trip to Leeds this weekend. Despite conceding three, Wayne Hennessey had a decent evening, pulling off some fine saves and still scoring 9.25 points in Fantrax. He should keep his place and is a good pick for this weekend.

Jan Bednarek – Southampton – Defender

Southampton’s clash with Newcastle looks to be in doubt but if it does go ahead, Jan Bednarek should enjoy a high scoring week again. We tipped him to score well recently against West Ham and he unexpectedly repaid us with a goal! He doesn’t need clean sheets to score well as proven by 30 points scored over two weeks with three goals conceded.

Newcastle will be without star men Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin this week so the Saints will fancy their chances of keeping a clean sheet.

Ben Davies – Tottenham – Defender

For all their faults, Watford are always an attacking threat, meaning the opposition defence (Tottenham on this occasion) is always busy. If Ben Davies can also get forward from his left centre back position then an attacking return isn’t out of the question for him either which should all add up to a decent score for him regardless of any clean sheet.

Craig Dawson – West Ham – Defender

Craig Dawson is a Differential XI favourite but didn’t deliver for us last week against Watford. He gets another chance this week and should score especially well if Christian Benteke gets a start for their opponents Crystal Palace leading to plenty of chances for aerials won.

Ezri Konsa – Aston Villa – Defender

With Tyrone Mings absent through suspension it falls to Ezri Konsa to lead the line against Brentford this weekend. I fancy Villa to keep a clean sheet in GW21 against a Brentford side struggling to find the net in recent weeks. Facing up to the handful that is Ivan Toney will keep Konsa and whoever partners him at the back very busy.

Will Hughes – Crystal palace – Midfielder

With Connor Gallagher missing against Norwich in GW20, Will Hughes was asked to step in to fill the creative void and that exactly what he did. Winning a penalty and driving forward from midfielder, Hughes scored 21 points in a dominant display.

He won’t face Norwich every single week but he plays against a West Ham side leaking goals. With Wilfried Zaha back this week, Palace will be confident of causing the Hammers plenty of issues in what should be a hotly contested New Year’s Day London derby.

Yves Bissouma – Brighton – Midfielder

Yves Bissouma returned for Brighton to great effect in a combative display against Chelsea this week, proving once again what a valuable player he is for his side. This week’s clash with Everton will be his last before joining up with Mali for AFCON and he will be looking to continue his form that saw him score a very useful 13.5 points despite picking up a booking.

Douglas Luiz – Aston Villa – Midfielder

While most expected Emi Buendia to be Aston Villa’s creative force this season, it’s Douglas Luiz who has taken on that role more often than not, largely thanks to his more advanced midfield role and share of set pieces. He should be a driving force once again for Villa as they face a depleted Brentford this weekend.

Manuel Lanzini – West Ham – Midfielder

Manuel Lanzini is an old Togga favourite being brought back to life at West Ham in recent weeks. Said Benrahma’s and Pablo Fornals’ hot early season form saw the pint sized Argentinian maestro rooted to the bench but Fornals seems to be the one missing out at the moment, giving Lanzini the chance to shine in his favoured number 10 role.

He scored 10 points without a goal or assist against Watford, adding to the 45 minute cameo of 12.5 points in the previous week. He will be confident of producing more good numbers in this week’s clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Joelinton – Newcastle United – Forward

We are giving Joelinton the respect he deserves by including him in our Differential XI once again this week!

The big Brazilian has been transformed since Eddie Howe’s appointment and will probably be asked to play further up this week in the absence of Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin.

Danny Welbeck – Brighton – Forward

This one is a little more left field but Danny Welbeck gave us all yet another reminder of his talent this week when he leapt like a salmon to steal a late, late, famous point for Brighton against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Welbeck is never fit and healthy for long but he’s immensely talented and will be a threat for Brighton this week should he start against a beleaguered, depleted Everton side.


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