The new Premier League season is up and running and we couldn’t be happier.
There were big wins for Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City in the opening weekend, Everton got the best out of their £52million new signing Richarlison and Joe Hart kept a clean-sheet in his first outing for Burnley.
But amongst all of that, some seriously odd things happened.
For starters, Watford’s Roberto Pereyra finished up as the best player you could’ve picked for your Dream Team in Game Week 1 (more on him later), while N’Golo Kante scored more goals than Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku combined.
Prepare to be dazzled.
7 – The best points-scorer has been picked by just 0.1% of fantasy football managers
We said we’d bring him up again, didn’t we?
Having scored both goals in Watford’s 2-0 win over Brighton, Pereyra begins the season as the joint-best player you can have on Dream Team (alongside Liverpool’s Sadio Mane).
But what separates him from Liverpool’s No.10 is the fact that only 0.1% of fantasy football managers started the weekend with him in their line-ups.
You lucky devils.
6 – Hardly anyone picked the two best goalkeepers of the weekend
Picking a goalkeeper for your fantasy football team is always tricky.
After all, you feel obliged to sign the best (and thus, most expensive) shot-stopper possible, but you also know that they’re never really going to make much of a difference for your side over a season.
So while 35% of you picked Brazilian goalies Ederson and Alisson, around 0.1% of you opted for bargain options Alex McCarthy and Wayne Hennessey.
And you know what? Each finished Game Week 1 with 13 points.
Not bad at all, huh?
5 – Benjamin Mendy both PLAYED and scored some points
Everyone loves Benjamin Mendy, don’t they?
He’s certainly a lovable fellow, known for his carefree attitude and banter over social media.
But we barely got to see him last season, as he made just seven Premier League appearances after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament early on in Man City’s campaign.
An injury for France during the World Cup didn’t help matters, so we were pleased and quite surprised to see him play in City’s opener against Arsenal on Sunday.
What’s more, he set up BOTH goals for Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva.
Turns out he’s not a bad footballer at all.
4 – Naby Keita is excellent but might not be a fantasy football must-have
Liverpool’s win over West Ham was simply excellent, with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah proving they’ll be fantasy football must-haves this season.
But arguably the star of the show on Sunday was midfield new boy Naby Keita.
His effortless ability to create space and find a pass was breath-taking at times, and his role in the opening goal was sublime.
- 15% of fantasy football managers took a gamble on this Man United star and it didn’t pay off
- Jack Wilshere and Mark Noble’s back-to-back testicle smashing was the highlight of the weekend
- Arsenal’s attempt to play out from the back against City saw Petr Cech nearly score an own-goal
But with just 3 points from Game Week 1, we can’t help but feel he might be another N’Golo Kante when it comes to fantasy football.
Brilliant in real-life, but not much of a Dream Team points scorer.
3 – Forget everything we told you about N’Golo Kante
What’s the first rule of fantasy football?
Don’t talk about fantas… Don’t pick Kante, whatever you do.
As we said above, Kante is a well-known example of a player who’s absolutely brilliant in-life (probably one of best midfielders in the world right now, in fact) but fairly abysmal when it comes to your Dream Team.
Last season, he notched just 118 points for those of you who picked him, which is roughly the same as Danny Welbeck and Joel Matip.
But lo and behold, the little Frenchman scored Chelsea’s opening goal of the season on Saturday, nabbed 8 points from himself and made us ‘expert tipsters’ look rather foolish.
2 – Callum Wilson missed a penalty and still ended the weekend as the best points-scoring striker
Usually, when a player you’ve picked in your Dream Team misses a penalty, you can pretty much wave goodbye to your happy weekend.
That’s certainly what the 0.4% of managers who have Callum Wilson in their side must’ve thought.
But having earlier set-up Ryan Fraser for Bournemouth’s opener against Cardiff, the striker netted in the final minute to finally get the goal he should’ve scored from the spot in the 36th minute.
Couple his goal and assist with the star man bonus, and that’s a tasty 12 points you would’ve got from Wilson.
1 – Plenty of fantasy football favourites had an opening weekend nightmare
Did you pick Kevin De Bruyne, Kieran Trippier or Harry Kane for Game Week 1?
We feel your pain.
If it’s any consolation, a host of the Dream Team favourites had dreadful weekends, with the likes of Sergio Aguero and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joining the aforementioned trio in scoring zero points, or less.
Still, we’ve got a whole season ahead of us, haven’t we?