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Fantasy football: Who is the most criminally underpicked player this season?

You’d be forgiven for thinking Eden Hazard is the main man at Chelsea.

But this season the wily Belgian has had an accomplice who, especially in recent months, has shouldered the responsibility while his team-mate has faltered.


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Antonio Conte must stop wasting Eden Hazard's talents in a centre-forward role

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Hazard hasn’t always shone this season

Because it has to be said Hazard and Chelsea have dramatically fallen off the wagon since the turn of the year.

Luckily for the Blues they’ve had Willian – his able deputy – to fly the flag.

The Brazilian has emerged as Chelsea’s most consistent performer during a pretty torrid spell of form – and fantasy football wise he’s been a real hit too.

Willian scored as Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 2-0

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The Blues’ man of the moment

Only Hazard has outscored Willian’s 190 Dream Team points from Chelsea’s contingent this season.

In the top 13 points scorers this season only Nicolas Otamendi is a cheaper option than Willian at £6.1m, and that’s understandable given he’s the only defender in that list.

Yet he’s criminally underappreciated this season.

No love for Willian?

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No love for Willian?

No player in the top 15 points scorers has been selected by fewer people, receiving just 8.2% of the love from the punters.

That means the likes of Wayne Rooney (11.1%), Alvaro Morata (11%) and Alexandre Lacazette (15%) have all been picked more frequently.

That’s despite racking up more points than household names like Leroy Sane (182), David Silva (173) and Dele Alli (169).

Leroy Sane opened the scoring with a fantastic volley in the opening minutes

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Willian has outscored Sane

So what gives?

When all the numbers are crunched there’s no denying Willian has been one of the most underrated performers this season.

And with a guaranteed six more games he could still be an asset before the end of the season.

It’s not too late to turn to him…


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