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Fantasy football: The 10 best players statistically this season

We’re reaching the business end of the fantasy football season.

But while there’s just a handful of games left for each side, there’s still plenty at stake.

Last week we crunched the statistics to bring you the worst players across the board this season.

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So it only feels right that we should now look at the best performing stars, based on how much their Dream Team price has risen since the start of the season.

We hand over to a certain Egyptian to kick things off…

1 Mo Salah – Up £7m (£4m – £11m)

Mo Salah his netted an amazing 40 goals for Liverpool this season

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We admit we may have slightly underestimated Salah upon his arrival from Roma last summer, perhaps put off by his poor spell at Chelsea.

Liverpool’s Egyptian King has laid waste to the Premier League, with records falling seemingly every week for the 40-goal forward.

He’s the Dream Team top points scorer (with 373 points) by some distance – and isn’t finished yet.

2 Philippe Coutinho – Up £2.8m (£6m – £8.8m)

Philippe Coutinho completes £145million move to Barcelona

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Still doing bits

He may have left the country nearly four months ago but Coutinho’s imprint on fantasy football is still sizeable.

He remains the most prolific player in terms of points per game (8.4 per game) as part of a Liverpool side who have scored goals for fun both before and after his departure.

The Reds haven’t really missed him since his move to Barcelona – but Dream Team fans certainly have.

3 Trent Alexander-Arnold – Up £2.6m (£2.5m – £5.1m)

One for the future

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One for the future

The Liverpool theme continues with one of the emerging stars of the season.

Alexander-Arnold has nailed down the right back slot, looking commanding in both the Premier League and Champions League.

He famously shackled Leroy Sane over two legs and could be a fantasy football favourite for years to come.

4 Riyad Mahrez – Up £2.5m (£4m – £6.5m)

Manchester City failed to land Riyad Mahrez in January but could return for him

Back to his best this season

The best player outside the top six, Mahrez’s brilliance has come in flashes but he’s still scored highly.

The former PFA Player of the Year had a terrible season last season but has returned with a bang this time around.

He’s scored more points than Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

5= James Tarkowski – Up £2.4m (£2.5m – £4.9m)

James Tarkowski has been a key figure in the heart of Burnley's defence this season

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Burnley’s leading man

Tarkowski has been the inspiration behind Burnley’s logic defying season.

Alongside Ben Mee and with Nick Pope behind them the Clarets’ stoic defence has conceded just 29 goals all season – less than everyone bar the Manchester clubs.

At 4.1 points per game he averages a better scoring record than David De Gea, Willian and Heung-min Son.

5= Sergio Aguero – Up £2.4m (£7m – £9.4m)

Sergio Aguero will be looking to score first-ever goal at Anfield

Gabriel who?

Incredibly prolific yet again, Aguero has hit the 30-goal mark despite more niggling injuries.

The presence of Gabriel Jesus was meant to reduce his impact but if anything he’s taken his game to new levels.

He scored an incredible 33 points in one game after his four-goal haul against Leicester earlier this year.

7 Glenn Murray – Up £2.3m (£2.5m – £4.8m)

Glenn Murray has hit form for Brighton at just the right time

An outside chance of the England squad?

Everybody wrote off the promoted clubs at the start of the season but it looks increasingly likely that none will go back down.

Murray has excelled for Brighton, with only Raheem Sterling and Jamie Vardy scoring more from an English perspective.

He’s also outscored both Alvaro Morata and Alexandre Lacazette.

8= Chris Smalling – Up £2.2m (£4m – £6.2m)

Everton are plotting a move for Chris Smalling this summer

Smalling has surprised a few

Yes, that is indeed Sir Christopher of Smalling.

Only two defenders have scored more points than him this season and he’s been a quiet rock for Man United.

Clean sheets aplenty and astute in possession, Smalling has been a surprise hit for fantasy football players this season.

8= Steve Mounie – Up £2.2m (£2m – £4.2m)

Mounie has been a menace in the air

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Mounie has been a menace in the air

In a similar vein to Murray, Mounie’s physicality and aerial prowess has really helped him adapt to the Premier League.

Seven goals from 18 starts is a pretty mean return for a Huddersfield side that doesn’t exactly score for fun.

Mounie is eight points away from breaking the impressive 100-point barrier.

8= Salomon Rondon – Up £2.2m (£2.5m – £4.7m)

Salomon Rondon gave West Brom the lead

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West Brom’s only decent performer this season?

Poor old West Brom have had a torrid season, winning just twice since August – and one of those only came at the weekend.

But Rondon can probably hold his head up high after a decent individual return.

His 97 points puts him higher than Xherdan Shaqiri, Virgil van Dijk and Josh King.


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