We feel genuinely bad for the 0.3% of you that had Ryan Bertrand in your Dream Team last week.
Having being sent off for Southampton on the way to their 9-0 capitulation against Leicester on Friday night, the left-back picked up a scarcely believable -11 points in Game Week 10 – quite possibly the single worst points haul we’ve ever seen.
Dream Team? More like a nightmare.
In normal circumstances, Bertrand is a perfectly good option for fantasy football and is something of a bargain right now, priced at just £1.4m on Dream Team.
Not only is he a popular player on the game but he’s a well-experienced Premier League defender, and is also a full England international (with 19 caps, would you believe?) and perhaps one of Southampton’s better players over the last few years.
But he’ll go down in infamy as the player that sparked the joint-worst defeat in Premier League history.
With Leicester already 1-0 up on Friday – courtesy of an early strike from Ben Chilwell – Bertrand became the first Prem player to be sent off by VAR, with video footage capturing his rash challenge on Ayoze Perez in the buildup to the opening goal.
The dismissal of the 30-year-old threw the Saints into further disarray following their chaotic start to the game and they ended up shipping eight more goals – including hat-tricks for both Perez and Jamie Vardy.
As you might already know, a player receives -3 points for a red card on Dream Team.
And if they’re a defender or goalkeeper, then they also receive -1 point for conceding two goals, and then a further -1 point for every goal conceded thereafter.
That’s right; a defender is still punished for the goals his team concedes even when he’s been sent off.
So, if you do the sums, that’s a fair -11 points for the former Chelsea full-back.
As you can imagine, it was a tough day at the office for his defensive colleagues too, with Jack Stephens, Yan Valery, Maya Yoshida, Jannik Vestergaard, Jan Bednarek and goalkeeper Angus Gunn all receiving -8 points for Game Week 10.
For what it’s worth, Perez was the biggest beneficiary; picking up 28 points, while Vardy went away with 23.
But there’s one tiny silver-lining for those of you with Bertrand in your team at the moment, as he’s NOT even the worst player on the game so far this season.
While his GW 10 haul of -11 points means his total for the season is now -14, he’s still above Watford’s Kiko Femenia – who’s somehow mustered -15 points at this stage of the campaign.
It’s certainly grim at the bottom of the table, isn’t it?
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