We’re in and around Game Week 5 and Dream Team gaffers are starting to get the lay of the land.
To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Eden Hazard, Sadio Mane and Sergio Aguero have proven themselves to be quite good at football.
But what about the surprise packages?
At the time of writing, five of the top 20 point-scorers feature in less than 2% of teams…
- 32 points
- 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.
Brighton’s 34-year-old target man continues to prove his doubters wrong.
- 27 points
- 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.
- 51 points
- Appears in 1.6% of teams
Don’t tell us we didn’t warn you about Bournemouth’s pocket rocket.
Although even we didn’t think he’d be the second best Dream Team player halfway through September.
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.
- 30 points
- 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.
- 26 points
- 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.
However, now that the Champions League and Europa League have returned to our lives, you’re going to want as many top six players as possible.
These over-performing bargains are key, but use them sparingly, unless you need to take risks…