The new Premier League season is nearly upon us, which means it’s time to seriously start agonising over your fantasy football team.
And while you might be certain which strikers you want in your side, picking the right midfielders can be tricky.
Dream Team 2017/18
While the likes of N’Golo Kante and Mousa Dembele are generally considered to be among the very best midfielders in the Premier League, they’re not exactly well-renowned fantasy football points scorers.
Usually, it’s the midfield stars who are great at putting the ball in the back of the net who rake in the points.
So who are the best goalscoring midfielders you simply must sign this season?
Dele Alli – £6.0m
The Tottenham man just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t he?
The free-scoring England star was named the world’s most valuable player aged under-21, while his 22 goals in all competitions for Spurs last season made him the highest scoring midfielder in Europe.
No wonder Real Madrid and Barcelona are reportedly eyeing him.
Alli raked in 219 points on Dream Team last season, while over 30% of managers have picked him for their fantasy football team so far.
Eden Hazard – £7.0m
Chelsea’s midfield talisman was a vital cog in their title-push last season, hitting an impressive 16 goals in the Premier League to go along with his 5 assists.
While he couldn’t quite keep up with the goalscoring exploits of Alli, his overall contribution to Chelsea’s title success made him the highest points scoring midfielder on Dream Team last season with 252 points.
Coutinho has been consistently linked with a move to Barcelona this summer, which is terrifying news for Liverpool fans and fantasy football enthusiasts alike.
The Brazilian magician had his best campaign so far in a Liverpool shirt last season, notching 13 goals as the Reds returned to the Champions League with a fine fourth-place finish in the Premier League table.
With 201 points on Dream Team last term, he was by-far Liverpool’s highest points scorer.
But will he get into your team?
Liverpool don’t really have that quintessential 20+ goals-a-season striker in their ranks (unless Daniel Sturridge gets his act together?), so it’s lucky they boast goalscorers in their midfield.
Mane is the pick of the bunch, notching 13 goals in the Premier League last season, which would’ve been even greater had he not missed the latter part of the season through injury.
Even so, he was awarded the Liverpool Player of the Season award, and quite rightly so.
If he stays injury-free this season, he could rake in those Dream Team points for your fantasy team.
Where would Swansea be without this guy?
In the Championship, that’s where.
Which is probably why the Swans are desperate to keep hold of the Icelandic superstar.
9 goals and 13 assists in the Premier League only scratches the surface of Sigurdsson’s influence on Swansea’s season last year.
How does fantasy football work?
The setup for Dream Team is quite 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.
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 name the better.
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.
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