After an agonising wait the Premier League and fantasy football are back in our lives.
But don’t worry if, in all the excitement, you’ve completely lost your head and had a ‘mare with your fantasy football team.
At Dream Team HQ we’re here to help. Think of us as the autoglass of fantasy football.
Today we’ll be talking about the easiest way to squeeze maximum points out of your team- picking set piece takers.
So here are five Premier League players you can expect to be on penalty and free-kick duty all season. They might even step up to take corners if you’re lucky.
1 Willian (Chelsea)
Philippe Coutinho’s impending move to Barcelona might just leave Willian as the best Brazilian in the Premier League.
He’ll have first dibs on free-kicks for Chelsea, and with Eden Hazard missing the start of the season will step up on penalties, as he did in the FA Cup semi-final against Spurs.
At £4m he’s reasonably priced, especially when you throw in the eight Premier League goals he scored last campaign.
2 Leighton Baines (Everton)
Baines is taking a break from writing the Arctic Monkeys’ seventh album to take his position as Everton’s left-back.
He’ll be on penalty, free-kick and corner duties as long as Gylfi Sigurdsson stays put (more on him later).
His price of £3.5m reflects his ability to garner points from goals and assists, while Everton’s defensive additions should see him pick up more clean sheets this season.
3 Matt Ritchie (Newcastle)
Ritchie’s decision to drop down a division and spearhead Newcastle’s promotion was rewarded with 12 goals and ten assists.
Now, back among English football’s elite, he’ll be keen to replicate that form and give St James’ Park something to really shout about.
He’s Newcastle’s most expensive midfielder on Dream Team, priced at £3m, which reflects his creative and dead ball threat.
4 Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
We thought Mahrez would be an Arsenal player by now. We thought wrong.
Bids have come in for the Algerian, reportedly from Inter Milan and Roma, but for the time being he is still on set-piece duty at Leicester.
Good news for Leicester fans, bad news for Premier League goalkeepers. Inter might not have got their man, but Mahrez can be yours for £4m.
5 Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City)
When Sigurdsson first steps up to curl a free-kick home this season he’s likely to be wearing the blue of Everton.
Swansea and Everton haven’t been able to come to an agreement yet, but it feels like it’s only a matter of time.
If you take the gamble and it pays off you’ll only have to pay £4.5m for one of the most prolific midfielders in the Premier League.
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
- Fancy him to shine this season? Sign up to get him in your Dream Team now
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.
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.
Is Jay Rodriguez the fantasy football bargain of the season?
Keeping with bargain Baggies, you can’t argue with £2m for Rodriguez.
Considered one of the most exciting English forwards around not too long ago, a couple of lengthy injuries and a lack of game time has somewhat stunted the former Southampton man’s rise.
But a £15m move to West Brom this summer could be exactly what the doctor ordered.
A stunning goal against Leicester in pre-season tells us he’s more than capable of leading the line for Tony Pulis’ side, while West Brom’s favourable start to the season sees them up against just one of last season’s top eight in the opening eight Gameweeks.
Romelu Lukaku, Alexandre Lacazette or Alvaro Morata – which new signing should I pick?
Three of the biggest signings of the summer has seen three strikers arrive for big fees hoping to fire their sides to the Premier League title.
Romelu Lukaku (£6m) is more than a familiar face, of course, but the arrivals of Alexandre Lacazette (£5m) and Alvaro Morata (£5m) in England really has set fantasy football players’ tails wagging.
So which one will you back to fire your Dream Team to glory this season?
Is a fantasy football new boy the hottest Premier League prospect right now?
Purists will tell you – and rightly so – that the business really starts when the season gets underway, but pre-season form does play a part in fantasy football picks.
And Liverpool new boy Mohamed Salah might just have been the most impressive player of the lot in the last month or so.
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
- Get him in your Dream Team now
The £34m signing from Roma has been absolutely electric for his new side, scoring four goals against the likes of Bayern Munich, Leicester and Hertha Berlin.
At just £4m on the Dream Team game the Egyptian speed merchant might be the bargain of the season – so get him in your side before his price rockets.
Who are the most picked players so far in fantasy football?
New Manchester United hitman Romelu Lukaku has blown away the rest of the field so far this season, having been selected by nearly 60% of managers and a good 12% ahead of his nearest challenger.
He forms a tasty looking attacking trio with Arsenal’s club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette – whose mission in life is goals – and Wayne Rooney.
It seems many Dream Team managers feel the ex-England captain’s return to boyhood club Everton could rejuvenate his career and have backed him to deliver the goods.
But how does the rest of the most-picked team look?
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