February and fantasy football are beautifully intertwined.
This month crucially sees the return of Champions League and Europa League action which Dream Team managers need to be acutely aware of.
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Which players are likely to play more games over the course of the next few weeks? Decisions, decisions.
And which January signing could prove to be the bargain buy of the season?
All is explained below…
1 Kyle Walker (£3.8m)
Considering only five defenders have scored more points than him this season, Walker is worth absolute pennies.
He’s the cheapest defender in the top 10 Dream Team points scorers by some distance too, with Marcos Alonso (£7.1m) nearly twice his price.
Walker doesn’t average as many points per game as some of the others but he’s a mainstay of a Manchester City side still pursuing four trophies.
2 Gerard Deulofeu (£2.1m)
What a return to the Premier League.
It’s fair to say Deulofeu’s career hasn’t quite kicked off the way many hoped but his display against Chelsea on Monday was blistering.
The Spanish winger showed Barcelona – and Everton – what they were missing with a virtuoso display which included a goal and an assist.
Only 300 people have picked him so far but with Watford facing West Ham, Everton and West Brom in their next three games that should really change.
3 Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£2.3m)
Get him while he’s still hot; that’s our advice.
Mkhitaryan’s measly price is down to his abject form towards the end of his Manchester United career but it’s about to rocket
He marked his Arsenal bow with three assists and should flourish after escaping Jose Mourinho’s shackles.
Mkhitaryan was the third most transferred in player before Game Week 23 and will almost certainly be in the top five again this week.
4 Pascal Gross (£2.6m)
Brighton’s best player this season endured a bit of a lull after Christmas but he was back at it against West Ham at the weekend.
Gross scored and assisted in the 3-1 win over the Hammers, emphasising his utmost importance to the Seagulls’ survival bid.
The German is the highest scoring player priced at less than £3m on Dream Team so is a true billy bargain.
Games against Stoke, Coventry and Swansea in February could provide more chances to shine.
5 Danilo (£3.8m)
Danilo has benefited from long-term injuries to Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph and is in line for a lot of games over the coming weeks.
The versatile Brazilian defender is just one point away from bringing up his century on Dream Team this season and, like team-mate Walker, is comparatively cheap.
Danilo scored a beauty against Burnley last weekend and is likely to play another four times in February, including the Carabao Cup final against Arsenal.