One of the first things to tick off your fantasy football checklist when it comes to picking your Dream Team is if your squad are all guaranteed starters for their Premier League clubs.
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If you’ve just discovered that your team is full of bench-warmers, fear not, we’re here to help.
We’ve provided you with the five players who played the most games in fantasy football last season and are almost certain to be ever-presents again this season.
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1 Roberto Firmino – £6m
Firmino’s excellent season went somewhat under the radar largely due to the ridiculousness of Mohamed Salah last year.
The Brazilian was arguably just as important to Liverpool, with not only his impressive goal tally of 27 a clear sign of his quality, but his eye for an assist was also crucial to his side’s success.
Firmino chipped in 16 assists and was the glue that held Klopp’s deadly attacking trident together, with four star man awards also contributing towards his impressive 280 points in fantasy football last season.
The 26-year-old featured in a whopping 54 games in fantasy football last season, highlighting his importance to the Anfield club.
Firmino’s game tally shows the importance of selecting players who are involved in all four competitions and go far in them,
2 Heung-Min Son – £5m
Son had another terrific season as part of Mauricio Pochettino’s side, scoring 18 goals and looking like his side’s most consistent performer behind Harry Kane.
Not only was the Spurs man’s scoring record impressive, but he also showed an eye for an assist, turning provider on 12 occasions last season.
Son went onto score 192 points in fantasy football last season, as he developed a strong partnership alongside Kane, with the pair forming a deadly-looking front-line for Spurs.
The 26-year-old featured in a hefty 53 games for Spurs last season, as he was an ever present in their Premier League campaign alongside cup competitions.
The South Korean will set Dream Team managers back £5m in this season’s game and could prove to be a smart pick considering his reliable scoring record along with the ability to turn provider.
3= Mohamed Salah – £8m
Salah is fit and raring to go after he fully recovered from the shoulder injury that he sustained in last season’s Champions League final.
Before his season suffered a disastrous conclusion, the Egyptian was a revelation in his first year back in English football.
The 26-year-old scored 32 Premier League goals for Klopp’s side, which helped him to pick up a monumental 412 points in fantasy football, the most of any player.
The Egyptian is the joint most expensive player in this season’s game, alongside Spurs striker Harry Kane.
Salah featured in 53 games for the Reds last season, the joint third most in fantasy football.
Klopp’s man will set Dream Team managers back a hefty £8m, however there is no doubt that your investment will be returned with plenty of goals this season.
Those managers looking to pick the Egyptian as a midfielder in their team will be left disappointed, as the Liverpool man has been moved to a striker in this year’s game.
3=Kevin De Bruyne – £6.5m
De Bruyne’s battle with Salah for the top personal accolade was one of the subplots of the season, with the competition bringing out the best in De Bruyne as he scored a mammoth 284 points.
The 27-year-old featured in an impressive 52 games for Pep Guardiola’s formiddable side last season, scoring 12 and assisting 22 in fantasy football.
The Belgium wizard will cost Dream Team managers £6.5m in this year’s fantasy football game – a relative steal considering his points tally last season.
Surely De Bruyne is a must for all Dream Team managers.
4= Marcus Rashford – £3m
Rashford might surprise a few with his inclusion on this list considering the perception that he has had limited opportunities under Jose Mourinho.
Despite all of that, the 20-year-old still scored himself an impressive 150 points in last season’s fantasy football game.
Rashford’s hefty points tally was down largely to his ability to both score and provide assists, having bagged 13 goals and provided 9 last season.
The 20-year-old featured in 51 games in fantasy football last season, a surprisingly large number, however most of those were from the bench.
The youngster is expected to have another fight on his hands for regular starts at Old Trafford this season, but the rumoured departure of Anthony Martial could free up more opportunities for Rashford.
The United man is a steal at just £3m in this year’s fantasy football game and is surely a player who the majority of Dream Team managers will be snapping up this season.
4=Eden Hazard – £6m
If Hazard’s time at Chelsea is rumoured to be up, however, if he stays with the Blues, he is a must have in fantasy football.
The Belgium is currently the subject of rumours linking him with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with Real Madrid the potential suitors in a big-money deal.
Hazard was a key player for Chelsea last season and also in fantasy football, as he scored a hefty 281 points last season.
The 27-year-old popped up 51 games across fantasy football last season, highlighting just how much of a blow it would be to Chelsea if they lost him.
The Belgium wizard isn’t a cheap option in this year’s game at £6m, however he is guaranteed to return your investment with points and plenty of them.
5 Romelu Lukaku – £6m
Lukaku arrived at United with much expectation placed upon his shoulders.
The Belgium failed to disappoint, scoring 16 goals and chipping in with seven assists in 34 Premier League games for Mourinho’s side.
The 25-year-old was an instant hit for Dream Team managers and vindicated the faith that was shown in him, ending the season on an impressive 254 points.
Lukaku was dropped in at the deep end to life at Old Trafford and played in 50 games for United across fantasy football last season.
The striker will set managers back £6m in this year’s game, an enticing price considering that he will be United’s first-choice front-man again this season.
The Belgium is likely to be another popular choice in fantasy football as he hopes to build on his impressive first season at Old Trafford.
What are the Dream Team rules?
Every single season the Premier League gets more intriguing – and playing Dream Team really is the perfect way to enhance your experience of it.
You’ll be assigned a total budget of £50m for each side you pick and you’ll be able pick a maximum of 10 free teams.
The Game Weeks run from Friday to Thursday, effectively meaning the new Game Week starts after the last Europa League games are completed.
You get three transfers a month on the first Friday of every month so using them wisely is essential.
Every player on the game will be assigned a price at the start of the season which will then vary and fluctuate on a weekly basis dependent on their performances.
For example, last season we valued Mo Salah at £4m at the start of the season but the Egyptian King rocketed to over £11m by the end after his stunning goalscoring form.
Make sure to check out our website or app to see how our simplistic points system works.