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These Dream Team hidden gems prove that there’s top quality outside the so-called big six

Matt Doherty, Felipe Anderson and Callum Wilson are among the best players from outside the top six, according to Dream Team points scored this season

Playing Dream Team is about more than just picking the best players from the Premier League’s top six, right?

There were plenty of hidden gems knocking about from clubs further down the table this season, especially this lot…

1 Raul Jimenez (193 points)

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Wolves were the surprise package of the season, comfortably staying up after winning promotion and often dazzling the teams above them in the table.

Joao Moutinho was arguably the signing of the season while Ruben Neves proved to be a genuine star of the future, but it was Jimenez who stunned Dream Team fans.

The Mexican netted 13 times in the league and amassed the sixth-best fantasy football points total from this season’s strikers, bettering the likes of Son Heung-min, Callum Wilson and Jamie Vardy.

2 Matt Doherty (189 points)

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From one Wolves hero to another.

Doherty has been a huge favourite Dream Team this season, finishing up in well over 10% of all teams.

Having started the campaign priced at a measly £1.5m, the Irishman finished up with a price tag of £4.5m – the biggest price increase of any player on the game.

3 Lucas Digne (168 points)

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Much like with Doherty above, Lucas combined attacking flair with solid defensive skills to rise above some of Dream Team’s best defensive options.

The Frenchman’s eye-catching displays, goal-scoring flair, and bursting runs down the wing were a staple of Everton’s season, and he’ll no doubt start next term as one of the game’s most popular back-line options.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (166 points)

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Gylfi’s always been a popular player for fantasy football and this season was no different.

The Icelandic playmaker was in plenty of teams as he thrived under Marco Silva’s tutelage, often being deployed in his favoured No.10 role behind the attackers.

As a result, he enjoyed his best-ever goalscoring campaign in the Premier League with 13 goals and finished up as the best Dream Team midfielder outside the top six.

5 Ryan Fraser (158 points)

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Bournemouth will likely spend this summer fighting off a number of clubs interested in signing Fraser after his outstanding season in midfield.

The Scotland international finished the campaign with 14 assists to his name – just one below Hazard at the top of the chart – while his record for creating goalscoring opportunities was the best around.

6 Felipe Anderson (156 points)

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Anderson is perhaps one of the most technically gifted players in the Premier League and it’s pretty spectacular that West Ham were able to convince him to sign for them last summer.

And after a slow start to the season, the Brazilian showed off his playmaking talent in the Hammers’ midfield, leading their goalscoring tally and finishing up as the player with the most nutmegs in the league.

7 Callum Wilson (151 points)

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While Fraser was working away in the midfield to create goalscoring chances, Wilson was often the man putting those chances away.

Seven of Bournemouth’s goals this season were a Wilson goal resulting from a Fraser assist, which means the duo were the league’s most potent assist-to-goal partnership.

In total, Wilson finished the campaign with a tasty haul of 14 goals and 9 assists – his best tally in the Premier League – and it was no surprise to see him linked with Chelsea back in January.


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