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Fantasy football: More people are picking WAYNE ROONEY than the best player last season

Fantasy football is alive and kicking again ahead of the start of the new Premier League season in three weeks time.

Arsenal and Leicester get proceedings underway on August 11, but you’ll need your Dream Team prepared and drilled before then to stand the best chance at the massive £750,000 prize pot.

Dream Team is back and bigger than ever

Dream Team is back and bigger than ever


Hundreds of thousands of you have already signed up to play – and some pretty interesting statistics have emerged.

Romelu Lukaku is by far and away the most picked player so far with a whopping 59% of managers stumping for the new Manchester United striker in their sides.

Romelu Lukaku will be hoping for a running start to life at Man United

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Lukaku is the most popular player so far

But last season’s top points scorer Alexis Sanchez – who racked up an incredible 348 points – is lagging well behind with just 17.7% of people selecting the Arsenal star.

How did Sanchez perform in fantasy football last season?

In fact, more players have picked Wayne Rooney (20.2%) than the Chilean attacker since his move back to Everton.

Rooney’s powers have faded dramatically in recent years, scoring just five Premier League goals last season and finding himself out of the United starting line up.

Rooney is proving a surprise hit

Rooney is proving a surprise hit

What’s more, Sanchez nearly scored four times the amount of Dream Team points that the former England captain bagged last year.

So are managers convinced Rooney can reignite his career at Everton? And is the uncertainty surrounding Sanchez’s future reducing his popularity?

How does fantasy football work?

The setup for Dream Team is rather simple – 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.

What could Alvaro Morata bring to fantasy football?

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 that enormous £750,000 prizepot at stake too.

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