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7 of the best players from outside the Premier League’s big six this season

We all know that playing fantasy football is about more than just picking the best players from the Premier League’s ‘big six’.

After all, there’s plenty of gems knocking around in the clubs expected to finish further down the table this season.

Including this lot, who’ve all been particularly popular on Dream Team ahead of the new season…


1 Wilfried Zaha – 13.2%

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By and large, Wilfried Zaha is the most popular player on Dream Team from outside the Prem’s big boys.

And we can’t say we’re particularly surprised, as Wilfried Zaha is undoubtedly one of the most exciting wingers in the league and has become a huge fantasy football favourite in recent years.

In fact, such is his talent, there’s still a chance he could move to one of the bigger clubs before the end of the summer window.

2 Raul Jimenez – 11.6%

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Wolves were the surprise package of last season and Raul Jimenez was their main man, netting 13 times last time out to become the sixth-best striker on fantasy football in terms of overall points scored.

Priced at £3.5m for 2019/20, he’s not quite the bargain option he was this time last year but that seemingly hasn’t harmed his popularity.

3 Lucas Digne – 11.1%

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Speaking of mega signings in the summer of 2018, how about World Cup-winning Lucas Digne swapping Barcelona for Everton?

The left-back became an excellent addition to the ambitious Toffees back-line, and has perhaps done the seemingly-impossible by replacing the ageing Leighton Baines.

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4 Rui Patricio – 8.5%

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Rui Patricio was perhaps one of the signings of the summer a year ago, with the Portugal No.1 opting to join Wolves in a surprise move from his homeland and boyhood club Sporting Lisbon.

And so far, the Euro 2016-winner has been everything we expected; confident, more or less fault-less, and overly professional.

And with his Dream Team price being a snip compared to some of his goalkeeping rivals – notably Brazilian duo Alisson and Ederson – we think he’s well worth snapping up for the season ahead.

5 James Maddison – 8.3%

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It’s shaping up to be an exciting year ahead for James Maddison, as the young midfielder looks to improve on his eye-catching first season in the Premier League.

The future England star was the only player to create 100 goal-scoring chances in the Prem last season and was the first English player to create 100+ in a single campaign in four years.

We’re hoping for more of the same in 2019/20.

6 Jamie Vardy – 6.8%

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He might be the grand old age of 32, but Vardy is still one of the Premier League’s most dangerous goal-scorers.

He netted 18 times last time out, putting him just shy of the Golden Boot-winning tally of 22, and with Maddison (see above) continuing to pull the strings in midfield this season, we’re looking for more of the same from our favourite Blue WKD connoisseur.

7 Jack Grealish – 5.2%

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Jack Grealish scored six times in the Chamopionship last term – including an important winner in the heated Birmingham derby – and will likely be Aston Villa’s main source of creative impetus as they look to stick around in the Premier League beyond this season.

He’s also matured considerably since his last foray into the top-flight, and could be one to watch this year.


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He is the best scout around when it comes to helping you with the nitty gritty decisions that can make such a big difference!

Who are the most expensive players on fantasy football?

We initially teased just a handful of the player prices for this season’s Dream Team game over on our Twitter.

And in the process we revealed who the most expensive player is – or should we say PLAYERS ARE – this season.

After much deliberating and number crunching, Mo Salah and Sergio Aguero lead the way on £7.5m at the top of the charts.

Reigning champions

Reigning champions

Behind them is Harry Kane on £7m, which could prove a bargain if the Spurs man can stay fit.

The rest of the player prices have officially been finalised ahead of game launch. Find them here.

What are the best fantasy team names out there?

Every year choosing your team name seems to become a bigger and bigger deal.

Witty? Original? What’s your priority?

Whether you’re more 50 Shades O’Shea than Pjanic at the Disco you should find this extensive list both useful and entertaining.

What is Dream Team Draft and how does it work?

Kevin De Bruyne is always a smart buy – get him on Draft so your mates can’t use him

Kevin De Bruyne is always a smart buy – get him on Draft so your mates can’t use him

As we mentioned, we’ve launched a Draft game this season and to say we’re excited would be an understatement.

Draft pits you in a league against other managers as you try to build a 15-man squad to takes you to the top.

But the key difference is if you own a player, nobody else in your league can have them.

That’s right, if you have Salah in your team, then that means Steve from HR doesn’t.

Game weeks work on a head-to-head basis which means leagues must consist of an even number to work.

For more details check out this explainer article.

Which fantasy football leagues should you join?

This season everyone who is everyone is playing Dream Team.

Alan Shearer and Alex Scott both have their own mini-leagues which you can join.

Then all of Sun Sport’s top reporters and journalists have their mini-leagues too, from Shaun Custis to Neil Ashton.

Check out all the celebrity leagues here.