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Fantasy football: The curse of the most popular player is REAL

Being the most transferred in player each Game Week is proving too much for some to cope with

It’s perhaps testament to the unpredictability of the Premier League that fantasy football has been a tricky challenge to master this season.

Sure, Harry Kane sitting pretty at the top of the player points rankings won’t surprise that many.

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Kane leads the Dream Team player points rankings

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But even Kane has endured barren spells, especially when you consider he failed to score throughout August (again) and hasn’t found the net for Tottenham since October 22.

His and the inconsistencies of other standout performers has made deciding on your transfers this season altogether more difficult.

And, when you look at the statistics for the most popular – or most transferred in – player each Game Week, it seems a frustratingly spooky curse is emerging.

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Predicting fantasy football has proved very difficult this season

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In fact, only on one instance has the most popular player reached the double figures mark for points in that Game Week.

That, of all people, was West Brom’s Ahmed Hegazi and it happened way back in August.

Hegazi was very popular in the opening Game Weeks

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Hegazi was very popular in the opening Game Weeks

Let’s take a closer inspection:

Game Week 1: Kevin De Bruyne – 3 points

Game Week 2: Ahmed Hegazi – 13 points

Game Week 3: Ahmed Hegazi – 0 points

Game Week 4: Roberto Firmino – 0 points

Game Week 5: Kevin De Bruyne – 5 points

Game Week 6: Sergio Aguero – 7 points

Game Week 7: Alvaro Morata – 0 points

Game Week 8: Harry Kane – 0 points

Game Week 9: Raheem Sterling – 0 points

Game Week 10: Sergio Aguero – 8 points

Game Week 11: Sergio Aguero – 8 points

Eye opening.

Sterling returned 0 points after being the most popular player in Game Week 9

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Sterling returned 0 points after being the most popular player in Game Week 9

So of the 11 Game Weeks played so far, five of the most transferred in players have produced a big fat zero as a reward for that grand faith.

Nada. Zilch. Nul points.

But what about this week – Game Week 12 – after the doom and gloom of an international break that at one point produced SEVEN successive 0-0 draws?

Well the honour of most transferred in player falls to Alvaro Morata again so far this week, who just pips Sergio Aguero to the accolade.

Alvaro Morata only joined Chelsea in the summer in a £65m deal

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Can Morata shake off the spell?

Can the Chelsea striker buck the trend and banish the curse?

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