Fantasy football is back and raring to go ahead of the Premier League’s return on Friday, when Arsenal take on Leicester.
Hundreds of thousands of you have signed up to play Dream Team this season – and it’s easy to see why with a massive £750k prize pot at stake despite entry to play being entirely FREE.
Dream Team 2017/18
But which players have been picked the most ahead of the season opener at the Emirates?
Here are the top 20 most selected fantasy football players so far…
1 Romelu Lukaku (£6.0m) – 58.9%
The Manchester United new boy is quite considerably the most picked player on Dream Team so far, with well over half of managers plumping for the £75m man.
He started well, too, scoring on his competitive debut for the Red Devils when they faced Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.
And we expect many, many more.
2 Harry Kane (£8.0m) – 46.5%
Dream Team managers evidently haven’t been deterred by Kane’s value this season – he’s the most expensive player – and his 29 goals in the Premier League last season prove why.
3 Dele Alli (£6.0m) – 30.9%
No midfielder scored more league goals in Europe’s top five leagues last season – so Alli’s popularity is a given.
4 Paul Pogba (£6.0m) – 30.4%
Pogba is a Star Man machine and a WhoScored (our ratings providers) algorithm favourite and will likely settle even more in his second season back in England, especially now he has his good mate Lukaku to link-up with.
5 Alexandre Lacazette (£5.0m) – 28%
Arguably the biggest new face on the game, Lacazette’s prolific scoring rate in France has convinced nearly a third of managers that he’s the man for their attack.
How did Sanchez perform in fantasy football last season?
- Second highest rated player (7.76) in the Premier League last season, behind only Eden Hazard
- Registered 30 goals and 13 assists in all competitions
- Highest points scorer on Dream Team with 340 points
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6 David De Gea (£4.0m) – 25%
De Gea’s United future looks more concrete this summer with Real Madrid’s interest cooling, and he’s always in with a shout to win the Golden Glove come the end of the season.
7 Mohamed Salah (£4.0m) – 24.3%
More managers have picked Liverpool’s new boy than anyone else in the last two weeks, and with good reason.
What will Liverpool new boy Salah bring to Dream Team?
- 15 goals and 11 assists in Serie A for Roma last season
- Had a higher rating (7.48) than Paulo Dybala (7.46) in Italy last season
- Quick, nippy winger with a point to prove after failed spell at Chelsea
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The pacey winger is by-far the finest midfield option in his price range, while his impressive link-up play with Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino has fired a warning shot to the Reds Premier League rivals.
His four goals in pre-season weren’t half-bad, either.
8 Kevin De Bruyne (£6.0m) – 24.2%
Another player whose percentage has shot up over the last few weeks is De Bruyne.
One of the most eye-catching players in the Premier League, nobody registered more assists in the top flight than De Bruyne last season.
Well worth a place in your team.
9 Kyle Walker (£4.5m) – 22.1%
The most expensive English player of all time is also the most popular pick in defence on this season’s Dream Team.
And with good reason; he’s guaranteed to start for Manchester City this season, with Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna both gone.
He’s also settled in well at his new club, impressing during City’s pre-season tour.
10 Sergio Aguero (£7.0m) – 21.9%
Aguero has crept into our top 10 most picked players this season, despite Gabriel Jesus tipped to be City’s first-team starter for the upcoming campaign.
But the goal machine remains fantasy football darling, with only Alexis Sanchez (348 points) scoring more points on Dream Team than the Argentinian last season.
11 Gabriel Jesus (£5.0m) – 20.6%
Speak of the devil.
Jesus looks likely to keep Aguero out of City’s starting line up this season (see above) after notching an impressive seven goals and four assists from just eight starts last season.
He’s also one of the game’s biggest bargains.
12 Eric Bailly (£4.5m) – 18.7%
Bailly took to the Premier League like a duck to water last season and we reckon he’ll get even better under Mourinho this term.
13 Jordan Pickford (£3.0m) – 17.2%
Everton’s new £30m signing is also the second-most picked ‘keeper on Dream Team so far.
One of the few positives from Sunderland’s dreadful camopaign last season, we expect big things from this young shot-stopper.
14 Sadio Mane (£6.0m) – 16.8%
Mane is back, folks.
If the winger can stay fit this season, he can easily be Liverpool’s key figure as they compete on multiple fronts, including the Champions League.
15 Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.0m) – 15.7%
The man they call ‘Dave’ at Chelsea is a firm favourite of Antonio Conte and no defender scored more fantasy football points than him last season.
Reliable, consistent and, quite frankly, brilliant, we’re hardly surprised so many of you opting for the Spaniard in your team
16 Wayne Rooney (£3.0m) – 15.1%
Remember the name?
Rooney’s 13-year spell at Man United ended this summer with a return to his boyhood club Everton.
What could Morata bring to fantasy football?
- 15 goals and four assists from just 14 La Liga starts last season
- 20 goals in all competitions
- WhoScored rating of 7.17 – better than Sergio Ramos and and Karim Benzema
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And with the Toffees allowing Lukaku to head in the other direction, Rooney could get some serious game time this season.
While his legs are gone a bit, he still knows how where the net is.
17 Michael Keane (£4.0m) – 13.8%
Another Everton new boy on our list; Keane really caught our eye last season by leading Burnley to survival.
121 points on last season’s game and an England debut to boot, Keano earned himself a £25 million move to Goodison over the summer and could definitely be one to watch this season.
18 Philippe Coutinho (£6.0m) – 13.8%
Liverpool’s main man has been heavily linked with a move away from Anfield this summer, but that hasn’t stopped him creeping into our top 20 ahead of the new season.
If he stays, he’s likely to be the Reds main man in the classic No 10 role, where he’s played brilliantly throughout pre-season.
19 Christian Eriksen (£6.5m) – 13.7%
We’re genuinely surprised Spurs’ midfield dynamo isn’t further up this list, considering he was Dream Team’s fifth highest points scorer last season (251 points) and one of the game’s most consistent Star Man award winners.
20 Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£4.5m) – 13.3%
Oh, Mkhi you’re so fine.
The Armenian may have started his Old Trafford career very slowly, but by the end of last season he was United’s main attacking outlet.
We’re expecting more from him this season.
How does fantasy football work?
The setup for Dream Team is pretty simple really – as a manger you get a budget of £50m to spend on your team of 11 players.
Game Weeks will run from Friday to Thursday this season and you’ll be allowed to transfer out players who have already played in that Game Week.
How did Azpilicueta perform on fantasy football this season?
- 1 goal and 4 assists in all competitions
- WhoScored rating of 7.21 – higher than David Luiz and Pedro
- Highest scoring defender on Dream Team (118 points)
- Fancy ‘Dave’ to shine? Sign up to get him in your team
Each manager gets a maximum of three transfers a month – so it’s important to pay attention to upcoming fixtures.
And if the incentive of beating your mates in our Mini-League system isn’t enough, there’s a whopping £750,000 prizepot at stake too.
Which fantasy football team names are the most popular?
Team names have become almost as important as picking winning sides in recent years, with the punnier the better the general perspective.
So whether it’s Lallana in Pyjamas, Giroud Sandstorm or Teenage Mutant Ninja Skrtel, take a look at our foolproof list to help you decide.
What else do I need to know?
Remember Dream Team stands above it’s competitors because it factors in every single competition in the season – not just the Premier League.
That means you’ll have to have your wits about you in the League Cup, FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League too when selecting your players.
Head to Head leagues and Mini Leagues will also be back so you can beat your mates and earn those all important bragging rights.
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