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Premier League fantasy football: The most value for money players this season

This season has seen the top dogs of the Premier League score big points - but which of the bargain buys have been underrated picks?

The fantasy football season is virtually over for another season, so what better way to look back and see where you could have done a touch better throughout the campaign.

While the likes of Harry Kane and Alexis Sanchez delivered big points once again, who were the players that excelled but only cost a fraction of the top dogs?

We’ve put together a value for money XI from the Dream Team season just passed, with no player having a price of over £3.0m at the start of the season.

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Goalkeeper – Ben Foster – 57 points

Ben Foster – so good he can save shots with his eyes closed.

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Ben Foster – so good he can save shots with his eyes closed.

The West Brom goalkeeper might not be near the 132 points of Tottenham Hotspur stopper Hugo Lloris, but with his maximum price being £2.9m at the Gameweek 5 stage and racking up 57 points over the course of the season, the Baggies man hasn’t been a bad addition to any team.

Defence – Erik Pieters (60 pts), Joel Ward (51 pts), Ragnar Klavan (51 pts), Fabio da Silva (51 pts)

While you probably wouldn’t trust these four as your defence in real life, decent points have been picked up throughout the course of the season from the defensive quartet.

Erik Pieters introducing Hector Bellerin to the noble art of shielding the ball.

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Erik Pieters introducing Hector Bellerin to the noble art of shielding the ball.

Pieters has been, well, a Stoke defender, while Fabio’s price dropped to as low as £1.7m in recent weeks as Boro’s relegation was confirmed.

Midfield – Joe Allen (94 pts), Etienne Capoue (83 pts), Leroy Fer (63 pts), Chris Brunt (55 pts)

Allen, the Welsh Xavi, turned into a goal machine at some stages this season, bagging four goals in three games at the end of September and early October.

His form since then hasn’t been quite as prolific, but 94 points for a midfielder whose value dropped to £2.0m at the end of the campaign.

Joe Allen playing football with a fan

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Joe Allen playing football with a fan

Capoue has chipped in with seven goals this season for Watford, as well as picking up three Star Man awards which has seen the midfielder return a pretty good 83 points.

Strikers – Kelechi Iheanacho (61 pts), Salomon Rondon (84 pts)

Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho might face an uncertain future, but the youngster has proved again that when he plays, he scores goals.

61 points for the Nigerian gets him in the XI, while Salomon Rondon’s 84 points came largely thanks to his 28 point haul against Swansea, when the Venezuelan scored a hat-trick and picked up the Star Man.

Kelechi Iheanacho scored a handful for Manchester City again, but will he last the summer?

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Kelechi Iheanacho scored a handful for Manchester City again, but will he last the summer?

The 2015/16 saw the emergence of the little man in Dream Team, with Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and Odion Ighalo all scoring huge points over the course of the campaign.

But while this season has been largely a return to picking the big boys, it’s always worth remembering that there are certainly bargains to be had over the course of the season.