The new Premier League season is just days away, which means it’s time to look busy and turn your attention swiftly to your fantasy football team.
Arsenal and Leicester get the 2017/18 campaign underway on Friday ahead of what many expect to be one of the most exciting seasons yet.
Dream Team 2017/18
Dream Team managers should already have their teams drilled and ready before that date because the game is officially live already.
Yes, that means you can now start thinking about how to give yourself the best chance of pocketing £150,000 at the end of the season.
The pressure is on, but relax.
If you’re still struggling to pick the best team possible, then we’ve got your back with this excellent 14-step guide.
Fantasy football tips: How to master the game this season
Check it out – first up, you simply must be able to answer “yes” to at least five of the following questions…
Can you think of someone that fits that description?
Man United are generally considered to have a favourable start to the season, while clubs such as Everton benefit from having lots of games Europe coming up.
Now we’re getting into specifics. Here’s the stuff that isn’t essential, but is always nice to have.
Someone like Spurs’ Christian Eriksen might fit the bill here, as he’s generally the club’s designated set-pieces taker (as well as a consistent points scorer), while United new boy Romelu Lukaku is the most-picked player on the game so far this season.
Finally, you need to seriously consider where a player will play this season.
For example, if they’re a full-back, will they be played in a way that encourages them to maraud forward and create chances, much like Marcos Alonso for Chelsea last season?
With all of these things considered, you stand a genuine chance of bossing your mates in your mini-league this season.
Which new players are on the game and how much will they cost?
Premier League clubs have been extremely busy getting deals done already this summer, with some of the fees agreed simply eye-watering.
While Romelu Lukaku’s mega move to Manchester United isn’t likely to be beaten financially, Alexandre Lacazette’s arrival at Arsenal might cause the biggest waves.
What will Lacazette offer on Dream Team?
- Highest rated player (7.57) in France last season
- 28 league goals in as many appearances for Lyon
- 61 points on Dream Team Europe after helping Lyon reach the semi-finals of the Europa League
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Liverpool have splashed the cash on former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah while Manchester City, as always, have loosened the purse strings.
Every new signing will be added to the Dream Team game, with Lacazette priced at an intriguingly cheap £5m to match Chelsea new boy Alvaro Morata.
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 Giroud Sandstorm, Neville Wears Prada or Teenage Mutant Ninja Skrtel, check out our foolproof list to help you decide.
Who are the best bargains?
While we’d all like to be able to pick a team of superstars, that £50m budget means you also need to have an eye for a cheeky bargain.
This season there are quite a few intriguing options available, with Vincent Kompany (£3.5m) and Ander Herrera (£3.0m) both at eye-catching prices.
What will Man City new boy Benjamin Mendy bring to fantasy football?
- Eight assists for Monaco in all competitions last season
- WhoScored rating of 7.25 in Ligue 1 – higher than Kylian Mbappe
- Rated even higher in the Champions League (7.52) – higher than Marcelo
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In attack, West Ham new boy and Manchester United favourite Javier Hernandez is £3.5m which seems like pennies for guaranteed goals.