Fantrax Differential XI: Gameweek 1

The new season is here and we’re BACK with our trademark Differential XI!

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.

Keep on reading to see our Differential XI picks for Gameweek 1!

Illan Meslier gets the nod between the sticks for the first time this season! The young Frenchman is always good for a save or two (or three in an open Leeds side) but may even have a chance of a clean sheet with their opening day opponents Wolves missing talisman Jimenez.

We’re going with five at the back, as is often the way these days. Speaking of which, Ryan Sessegnon is now of Fantrax interest following his position change and there’s half a chance he starts for Spurs this weekend with Ivan Perisic not yet fully up to speed.

Timothy Castagne will get the nod at right back for Leicester thanks to Ricardo Pereira’s latest injury which, like Sessegnon, could even be a wing back role while Cesar Azpilicueta’s tense contract situation saw many managers steer clear of drafting the Chelsea skipper. He should provide great value now that he’s signed on the dotted line once more. It’s unthinkable that he’d ever be in this team otherwise.

We round off the defence with two big units guaranteed to stack up the ghost points, even if clean sheets are rare. Steve Cook will throw himself in front of everything and win everything in the air for Forest while Leeds new man Rasmus Kristensen is fancied by many to be our latest ghost point king from right back!

The midfield probably qualifies for a “super low ownership” category this week with 14% rostered Miguel Almiron our most popular player. Spurred on by a certain City player’s derogatory comments, Almiron has been on fire in pre-season and will fancy his chances of getting off to a hit start against newly promoted Nottingham Forest.

Marc Cucurella’s departure from Brighton should see Solly March return to left wing back, a position in which he was a very useful Fantrax asset a couple of years back. Granit Xhaka is also not a name you’d associate with fantasy football but pre season games saw both himself and Thomas Partey heavily involved in The Gunners attacker.

Meanwhile, there’s a Christian Eriksen shaped hole to fill at Brentford now. Whoever it is will be worth rostering, whether that’s Josh da Silva or the 2% roster, occasional points machine Mathias Jensen.

We round up the first Differential XI by putting Rodrigo up top to the lead the line by himself. It’s a Leeds sandwich this week, if you will.

The Spaniard is “streaky” as a Fantrax asset but will be brimming with confidence up front with newly fit Patrick Bamford after bagging a hat trick in the final pre-season game last week!


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