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Looking back at the Dream Team predictions we got right (and wrong) at the start of the season

January is a time of self-reflection and resolutions, and for us at Dream Team it’s no different.

So with the summer months a distant memory, we’ve decided to look back at some of the fantasy football tips and predictions we made just before the beginning of the season to see what we got right… and what we got wrong.


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1 Avoid picking Chelsea’s youngsters – WRONG

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Tammy time

Over the summer, we were adamant that a combination of Chelsea’s transfer ban and Frank Lampard’s lack of managerial experience would see the Blues struggle to compete in the top six.

What’s more, we had little faith in the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and even Christian Pulisic, and figured the more-experienced Olivier Giroud and Jorginho would be the ones to watch in their team.

But so far this term, Chelsea have been pleasantly surprising and, despite some recent inconsistency, look good enough to finish in the Champions League qualification places.

Even more embarrassing for us is the form of Abraham, who’s one of the Prem’s top marksmen right now and has become a Dream Team favourite with 140 points.

2 The decline of these former fantasy football favourites – RIGHT

Pick me?

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Pick me?

There’s no room for sentiment when it comes to fantasy football; you need to be ruthless!

That’s why we strongly suggested avoiding some of your old Dream Team favourites at the start of the season, for various reasons.

Benjamin Mendy, for example, has been one of the most-picked defenders on our game in recent seasons, but we felt it was time to give up with this frustrating and frequently-injured left-back.

We also looked towards Chelsea duo Marcos Alonso and Willian — each great players in their own right, and fantasy football legends in recent years — but their steep decline over the last year means they should no longer be making your team.

3 The impact VAR would have on fantasy football – WRONG

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VAR out

We all remember Charlie Austin’s brilliant VAR-related rant last season, and we all spared the former Southampton striker a thought when it was announced that the video technology was coming to the Prem this term.

And while we were cautious not to focus too hard on the new technology, we did suggest maybe picking one or two regular penalty-takers for your Dream Team — such as Luka Milivojevic or Joshua King — as we presumed we’d see a spike in spot-kicks.

But that’s not really been the case, with most of the VAR decisions relating to excruciatingly tight offside calls instead.

4 Brilliant players you should avoid – RIGHT

Brave little N’Golo

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Brave little N’Golo

Dream Team regulars should know by now that great players don’t always translate into great fantasy football players.

Defenders, for example, should be able to keep clean-sheets or contribute offensively, while it helps if midfielders can play further forward and score goals.

So while N’Golo Kante and Fabinho are two of the best midfielders around at the moment, their defensive-orientation means they don’t make particularly good players on Dream Team.

It’s also imperative that the players you choose can play regularly and consistently, which is why we mentioned Leroy Sane, Gerard Deulofeu and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

5 Bernardo Silva is the one player you must have – WRONG, SO FAR

Not quite the Silva-lining

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Not quite the Silva-lining

We can all agree that Bernardo Silva is in the top-tier of Premier League talent, and he was especially crucial last season as Man City stormed to the Premier League title.

Naturally, we expected even more from him this year, including regular goals and assists.

And while he’s still a very good player (just watch his performance against Man United in City’s Carabao Cup walkover) he’s not quite pushed on this season, while his Dream Team total of 86 points puts him just 28th in the overall ranking.

There’s still a long way to go, of course, so don’t rule out the little Portuguese just yet.

6 Jack Grealish will be worth a punt this season – RIGHT

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Great-lish

Villa’s Premier League return this season meant we got to see Jack Grealish back in the big time — and so far he hasn’t disappointed!

It’s always a bit of a risk taking a punt on a newly-promoted player at the very start of the campaign, but Grealish has proven to be worth it with his creativity and attacking talent converting into a tidy haul of 106 points.

Valued at just £2.5m on Dream Team at the start of the season, the youngster has nearly doubled in price since — proving that he was also one of the genuine bargain buys of our game.

7 Daniel James and Mason Greenwood are brilliant bargains – RIGHT

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Bargain buy

One of the first fantasy football articles we wrote ahead of the 2019/20 season was a piece on the best players on Dream Team priced at just £1m.

A majority of the players we mentioned were certainly worth your small change, but none more so than Man United pair Daniel James and Mason Greenwood.

United have a long list of problems right now, but the quality of their younger players isn’t one of them and both of these starlets have enjoyed a good run of games so far — and each have picked up a healthy dose of points.


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