Fantasy football is very much back with a bang with the Premier League’s return now imminent.
Arsenal and Leicester get the season underway on Friday evening as the curtain raises on a potentially mouthwatering top-flight campaign.
But are you making a horrible error before the action has even got going?
Hundreds of thousands of you have already been doing the legwork and crunching the numbers in assembling their Dream Team.
Naturally, given their position at the top of the team, goalkeepers tend to be your first thought when making your selections.
Shot stoppers are vital assets of any side, racking up potentially crucial clean sheets that could make the difference at the end of the season.
But is picking a good one really that important?
Looking back at last season’s statistics, the likelihood of goalkeepers winning that precious Star Man award and earning you bonus points is very slim.
No goalkeeper finished inside the top 40 players on Dream Team either in the 16/17 campaign, with Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris the highest placed with 135 – the same as Marcos Rojo.
It all suggest spending big money on the more established goalkeepers might be a waste of both your time and budget.
Moreover, goalkeepers from Burnley, Southampton and Swansea amassed the highest percentage of points per position last season, well ahead of the top six teams.
The likes of Lloris (£4.5m), David De Gea (£4m) and Thibaut Courtois (£4.5m) are likely to compete for the Golden Glove, but over the course of the season that doesn’t necessarily translate into points.
Cheaper options like Jordan Pickford (£3m) – who has been picked by 17.5% of managers so far -, Jack Butland (£3m) and Ben Foster (£2.5m) are all much better alternatives playing behind resolute defences of their own.
That frees up more of your £50m budget to spend money on attacking players who are far more likely to earn you the big bucks.
What’s different to fantasy football this season?
Well the main change between Dream Team this season and last season is that entry is absolutely free for all managers, with the golden prize pot at the end of the shiny rainbow an eye-popping £750,000.
There’s also a massive shake up on the Game Week front, with Game Weeks running from Friday to Thursday in 2017/18.
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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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.
In attack, West Ham new boy and Manchester United favourite Javier Hernandez is £3.5m which seems like pennies for guaranteed goals.
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