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.
Check out our Gameweek Five tips right here!
It’s Illan Meslier between the sticks for us in this week’s Differential XI! The Leeds stopper is a firm favourite among our differential picks and should have a higher ownership going into a game against Everton where Leeds looks to be hot favourites. Save points and clean sheet potential ensure he’s our pick this week.
Pervis Estupinan is a great name to say, a great one to write and an even better one to have on your Fantrax roster going into Gameweek Five! Brighton are a force to be reckoned with judged on their early performances and their fixtures are only about to get better. Estupinan is an aggressive defender and loves to whip accurate crosses into the box and should score well against this Fulham. He’s about to go from being a low ownership option to a player with great trade value so get an board the Pervis Plane as soon as you can!
He’s joined by Max Kilman who is always a solid Fantrax asset and one I’d be looking to get on to my team ahead of a couple of nice fixtures for Wolves (Bournemouth and Southampton) despite the fact they’ve struggled to keep a clean sheet this season. Speaking of which, I fancy Joe Gomez and co to keep another clean sheet against a Newcastle side set to be without Callum Wilson and Bruno Guimaraes and with doubts hanging over the heads of Allan Saint-Maximin and Kieran Trippier.
If our other defensive picks were a little safe, Michael Keane can be considered a bit of a gamble at least. Keane has fallen out of favour at Everton under Frank Lampard but injuries to Mason Holgate, Yerry Mina and Ben Godfrey should see him get a chance again Leeds this week. The Toffees are highly unlikely to keep a clean sheet (against almost anyone really) but Keane tends to score well in Fantrax scoring and is always a decent threat in the opposition box from attacking set pieces.
Our midfield screams “solid but unspectacular” but sometimes that’s what you need in Fantrax! Ruben Loftus Cheek has completed 90 minutes in each of his last three games and should keep his place in the Chelsea midfield for a good matchup against Southampton while Wolves creator Joao Moutinho plays against the worst team in the league in Bournemouth in Gameweek five.
Speaking of Bournemouth, it’s not all doom and gloom for their Fantrax assets as we picked up on in our waivers article this week when highlighting Marcus Tavernier. He score more points in a 9-0 loss than Mo Salah did on the opposing side! He proved he can score well in their opening day victory (that seems a long time ago now) and should be a good asset going forward now that a tough run of fixtures is out of the way.
Finally, Joe Aribo has always looked like a Rolls Royce of a player and he’s taken to the Premier League well. Chelsea at home is another tough test for Southampton but Aribo scored a handy 7.5 points against Manchester United and should be a driving force for the Saints once more.
Both of our forward picks are gambles but that’s what you’d expect from differentials! Anthony Elanga was sharp once more against Southampton and will hope it was enough to keep his spot in the lineup for the Leicester game in Gameweek Five. The rival of namesake (sort of) Antony and the return of another Anthony (Martial) will mean the pressure is on for Elanga to perform well in order to keep his spot for as long as possible.
We start and end with Leeds asset as pre-season favourite Luis Sinisterra gets a start in our Differential XI and will hope to get one for his club against Everton. Sinisterra was hailed as the Raphinha replacement (no pressure, then) but a pre-season hamstring injury de-railed any hopes of a hot start in the Premier League. But the Colombian announced his return to fitness with a stunning long range strike in the Carabao Cup win against Barnsley and is now vying for a Premier League start. He was a ghost point machine in the Eredivisie and we are about to see if this exciting prospect can become the top Fantrax asset many predicted he could be at the start of the season! Definitely a “buy low” candidate right now.