Joe Hart (WHU) – The Englishman is making a strong case for a starting spot next year in Russia due to recent form. He has returns of 12, 10, -2, 10, 25.75 in his previous 5 games, and the home game to Tottenham (-2) can be ignored purely for our differential pick purposes. With West Ham looking a much more settled side off late, they welcome a Brighton side that scores rarely away from home. Hart will be looking to continue his good form, and another clean sheet might just be on the cards. [OWN%: 24]
Other worthy differential: Robert Elliott (NEW) home to Crystal Palace. Unlike Hart, Robert Elliott has barely averaged over 2PPM in his last 4 starts. Newcastle have not allowed their relatively difficult opponents to take too many shots, which means Elliott has only been called upon to make 6 saves in this same period. The Eagles are flying high after beating Chelsea at Selhurst Park last weekend, and will be looking to get out of the relegation zone with back to back wins. Expect a fascinating end-to-end encounter, with Elliott having the perfect opportunity to increase his saves tally, and perhaps even register his third clean sheet of the season.
Punt: Simon Mignolet (LIV) away at Tottenham. Mignolet has been in relatively decent form, including a clean sheet against Manchester United last week. This week’s match-up has Pocchetino vs. Klopp high-tempo-gegen-press written all over it. Expect a fiery encounter with many shots being taken by both sides. Tottenham managed to overcome their Wembley hoodoo last weekend, and will look to inflict the 8th place Liverpool side with another defeat. Which Mignolet will turn up for the Merseysiders? Well, he is your GK punt for a reason!
Martin Olsson (SWA) – Raiding forwards from his LB position and averaging almost 13PPM in his past two games, Olsson has finally come to form this season. With 4 of his next 5 games relatively easy to contend with, expect the Swans to build on an already impressive clean sheet record of 5 from 8 games. Leicester have only managed to score a goal from their previous two games, and so chances are good for Olsson to be drafted in as a worthy differential option. [OWN%: 6]
Other worthy differential: Isaac Hayden (NEW) home to Crystal Palace. Hayden is classified as a DEF, but plays in midfield for the Magpies. Having opened his account with a goal last weekend and with relatively easier opposition visiting Newcastle in the next 3 weeks, expect Hayden to deliver a good return for his investors. The only negative against him is his tally of 4 yellow cards in 7 starts. [OWN%: 1]
Punt: Kieran Gibbs (WBA) away at Southampton. Gibbs hasn’t been a huge upgrade to Nyom, from a Baggies’ perspective. The 28yr old has only managed to keep one clean sheet in 4 starts so far, and will be travelling to St. Mary’s stadium this weekend. Gibbs will be tasked with keeping Tadic quiet, and potentially supporting the left flank when going forward. Gibbs will be itching to make an impact and he might be a great punt if it comes off this weekend.
Mario Lemina (SOU) – The midfielder has impressive scores of 13.5, 12.5, 7.5 and 12 in his last four starts for Southampton. The Gabon international will most likely look to continue this return as he will be facing WBA, @BHA, and BRN in his next three matchups. His relatively low ownership means you may still have the chance to scoop him up from the free agency list! [OWN%: 41]
Other worthy differential: Cheikhou Kouyaté (WHU) home to Brighton. Kouyaté averages just over 10PPM in his past three outings, with West Ham having benefited greatly from his midfield prowess and overall presence. Bilic seems to have given him more freedom after somewhat limiting him last season, so expect him to have a lot more attacking points than usual. Something tells me he will be involved in a goal this weekend. [OWN%: 29]
Punt: Marc Albrighton (LEI) away at Swansea. It’s surprising that for all the effort Albrighton has put in this season on the left, he has only managed a solitary assist. With Demarai Gray breathing down his neck in the pecking order, Albrighton and his owners would be rightly worried. Away at the Liberty Stadium might just be the right time for Albrighton to provide his first 10pt + return of the season, provided the new manager/caretaker starts him. If he does start, can the increase in freedom allow for a good return? Well, do consider him as your punt if you fancy!
Mame Biram Diouf (STO) home to Bournemouth. Those that took Diouf as their punt last week were rewarded with a goal and assist! He’s averaging over 17PPM in his last two games, and will look to continue his terrific form playing on the right for Stoke. The Cherries have not looked good at the back, and Diouf should be able to penetrate their back-line on his way to registering further attacking returns. Snap him up while he’s still available! [OWN%: 44]
Other worthy differential: Ayoze Perez (NEW) home to Crystal Palace. After notching his first goal of the season at Southampton last weekend, Perez will be looking to build on his form in what might prove to be a crucial encounter with the Eagles. He has a goal and assist to his name so far this season, and there is a good chance that his goal last weekend will propel more attacking returns for the Spaniard. He isn’t owned by many yet, but that might soon change as Newcastle’s fixtures ease starting this weekend. [OWN%: 18]
Punt: Shane Long (SOU) home to West Brom. Playing the Baggies at home might sound odd for a punt taker, but you would be wise to notice that Long hasn’t notched a goal so far this season, but does have two assists to his name. His combination with Gabbiadini worked to a certain extent last weekend, and Pellegrino will be interested to see how they fare together when the Baggies visit. Take a punt on him to score, will ya!