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Fantasy football: 5 hidden gems who have starred this season

The best thing about fantasy football are the surprise heroes that emerge every season.

Remember when Riyad Mahrez sprang from nowhere to finish top of the pops the season Leicester won the league?

And this season has been no different.

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City are also set to return with a bid for Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez

Mahrez stole the show two seasons ago

Last week we profiled Luka Milivojevic – the Crystal Palace captain – who has been picked by just 0.1% of Dream Team managers despite ticking along nicely all campaign.

So on that theme we thought we’d delve into five more hidden gems who have all been selected by 1% of players or less.

1 Dejan Lovren – 145 points (1% selection)

Sadio Mane (right) is congratulated by team-mate Dejan Lovren after opening the scoring

Lovren has grown into his role at Liverpool

Calamity Lovren, isn’t he?

Well in reality the Liverpool defender has been fairly consistent all season long, playing more games than any other Reds’ centre-back.

Lovren has vastly improved since Virgil van Dijk’s arrival in January, keeping eight clean sheets in 14 games in all competitions.

2 Pascal Gross – 105 points (0.5% selection)

Pascal Gross levelled almost immediately for the Seagulls

Appreciation for the master

Brighton’s heartbeat, Gross has been a secret revelation this season.

The German midfielder has been involved in more goals than any other Seagulls’ star this season.

And his fantasy value reflects that, registering a high score of 20 points earlier in the season against West Brom.

3 James Tomkins – 95 points (0.1% selection)

James Tomkins wheels away after doubling the Palace lead against their big rivals

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Tomkins has an eye for goal too

Roy Hodgson the miracle worker.

Hodgson’s arrival came with Crystal Palace sat on a grand total of zero points – and he sorted out the defence before anything.

Tomkins has been his most reliable, popping up with the odd goal too as the Eagles incredibly now look fairly safe from the drop.

4 Wilfred Ndidi – 94 points (o.1% selection)

Ndidi has caught the eye at Leicester

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Ndidi has caught the eye at Leicester

The man faced with the unenviable task of filling N’Golo Kante’s shoes has given a fairly decent crack.

While Mahrez and Jamie Vardy hog the headlines, Ndidi is the Leicester engine room and is unsurprisingly attracting attention from bigger clubs.

His average match rating of 7.16 this season is higher than Dele Alli (7.14) and Willian (7.10).

5 Chris Wood – 86 points (0.4% selection)

Wood averages a goal every other game he’s started

Wood averages a goal every other game he’s started

Considering goals are a real premium for Burnley Wood’s return this season has been pretty impressive.

Wood has been limited to just 18 starts after an injury half way through the season but he’s managed nine goals.

To get even remotely close to the 100 point mark this season considering his lack of starts is no mean feat.


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