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Unexpected overachievers and European advice provided by the Dream Team Coach

How will the return of the Champions League and Europa League impact your mini-league?

We’re in and around Game Week 5 and I thought you might like a look at the overachievers so far this season.

I noticed that five of the top 20 point-scorers so far feature in less than 2% of teams…

34-years-young

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34-years-young

Glenn Murray

  • 32 points
  • £2.6m
  • Appears in 0.7% of teams

The Premier League’s resident back-post bully drew level with Romelu Lukaku on four league goals with his injury-time penalty in El Classicoast.

Murray may not play the beautiful game but penalties, tap-ins and close-range headers count the same as 30-yard thunderb**tards.

A big human being

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A big human being

Willy Boly

  • 27 points
  • £2.8m
  • Appears in 1% of teams

Followers of the Dream Team Coach’s tips will have benefited from Wolves’ towering centre-back already.

The newly-promoted team have what it takes to finish in the top half and Boly’s threat at set-pieces may seem him pick up some goal points to add to any clean sheets.

Relentless

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Relentless

Ryan Fraser

  • 51 points
  • £2.9m
  • Appears in 1.6% of teams

You can’t say I didn’t give you fair warning about this one — I’ve been banging the Fraser drum since Game Week 3.

Only Eden Hazard has more points at this stage.

The Cherries’ front three of Fraser, Josh King and Callum Wilson will continue to cause problems and while many expect the former to drop off at some point, he could still give your Dream Team that extra edge.

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Shane Duffy

  • 30 points
  • £2.9m
  • Appears in 0.4% of teams

The least popular player in the top 20 is currently outscoring Cesar Azpilicueta, Kyle Walker and Virgil van Dijk.

Brighton finished 15th last season but they conceded the least amount of goals of any team in the bottom half and fewer than Leicester and Everton too.

The Seagulls’ preferred centre-back partnership of Duffy and Lewis Dunk is a good one but picking Brighton defenders remains a risk.

Hit the weights

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Hit the weights

Jose Holebas

  • 26 points
  • £2.4m
  • Appears in 1.3% of teams

No player has provided more Premier League assists this season than Watford’s left-back.

Now there’s a sentence we didn’t think we’d have to write this year.

The Hornets’ impressive start to season has made them the go-to place for Dream Team bargains.

Javi Gracia believes consistency is key and so you can rely on Holebas to start every league game possible.

Will he finish at the Prem’s top assist provider? No, but at £2.4m he could be the cheap defender your Dream Team needs.

Hang on though, let’s not get too carried away…

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Hang on though, let’s not get too carried away…

An often overlooked Dream Team advantage is the sheer volume of games in which players can score points.

Unlike a certain other fantasy football game, Dream Team dishes out points in the League Cup, FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League to add to the Premier League offerings.

Spurs, Liverpool, Man City, Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal are all in action over the next few days.

These extra fixtures could make all the difference and so while there’s plenty of value in the likes of those I mentioned earlier, you should make sure the majority of your team will be enjoying midweek European excursions in the coming weeks.

A reminder than City’s Champions League group is very favourable (Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, Hoffenheim) while Hazard and co are likely to enjoy themselves against PAOK, Bate Borisov and Vidi FC (whoever they are).

Best to pick the players who still have both their eyes

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Best to pick the players who still have both their eyes

STAR MEN FROM THIS WEEKEND:

Southampton v Brighton — Shane Duffy

Everton v West Ham — Marko Arnautovic

Wolves v Burnley — Raul Jimenez

Watford v Man United — Chris Smalling

Newcastle v Arsenal — Mesut Ozil

Man City v Fulham — David Silva

Huddersfield v Crystal Palace — Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Chelsea v Cardiff — Eden Hazard

Bournemouth v Leicester — Ryan Fraser

Spurs v Liverpool — Michel Vorm

Stay tuned for invaluable Dream Team info, including how to win a small fortune via Weekender.

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