Never mind the US presidential election or the countrywide lockdown, the only news worth mulling over right now is the release of Dream Team’s November transfers.
The first Friday of the month means a fresh batch of transfers and many gaffers will be keen to make some changes before Game Week 8 gets underway.
You’ll have to be quick though as Brighton vs Burnley kicks off at 5:30pm on Friday afternoon — any transfers made after this time won’t go through until the international break.
If you know you need to mix things up but can’t decide how to use your transfers then allow us to put forward some recommendations.
Diogo Jota (£2.4m) hoarded a whopping 36 points from Game Week 7, which is the biggest individual haul of the season so far.
The Potuguese forward’s hat-trick in Bergamo cast further doubts over Roberto Firmino’s (£3.1m) place in Liverpool’s best XI.
Once the first name on the team sheet, the 29-year-old with the blinding dental work may be spending more time sat on the bench than he would like this month.
Jota has only been an Anfield resident for two months and he’s already scored more goals for Liverpool than Firmino in 2020.
With just 17 points to his name, Dream Team gaffers have all but lost faith in the Brazilian while Jota is sure to be a popular recruit in November as one of the most in-form players available.
Liverpool’s newest hotshot currently features in less than 1% of teams — think of all those points that have gone to waste.
Willian (£2.9m) has got to go, doesn’t he?
The Brazilian lured tens of thousands of you in with a promising performance against Fulham in Game Week 1 but hasn’t added another point since!
64 midfielders have scored more points than Willian at this stage of the season and yet only six are more popular.
Ferran Torres (£2.8m) has emerged as an enticing alternative.
Pep Guardiola has been used the 20-year-old as a makeshift centre-forward in the absence of Gabriel Jesus (£4.6m) and Sergio Aguero (£6.2m) with decent results.
The ex-Valencia starlet has especially enjoyed himself in the Champions League and has quietly amassed 41 points, a tally bettered by only five other midfielders.
While this transfer seems a surefire winner, we must not overlook Pep Guardiola’s penchant for rotation.
Jesus returned from injury against Olympiakos and scored after coming off the bench to make a case for a starting place against Liverpool and beyond.
Guardiola may stick with Torres but the youngster is certainly not guaranteed the game time Dream Team gaffers crave.
Perhaps Harvey Barnes (£2.3m) is a suitable upgrade on Willian?
Leicester’s No15 is working well in tandem with Jamie Vardy (£5.7m) this season and has ticked along to 29 points.
The Foxes have Europa League commitments which allow Barnes to bolster his returns on Tursday nights, an oft overlooked source of points.
Despite what you may have concluded from their opening games of the season, it seems Chelsea are relatively airtight at the back.
The Blues have kept five consecutive clean sheets and with fixtures against Sheffield United, Newcastle and Rennes to come next their excellent defensive record is likely to extend.
Not only has Kurt Zouma (£3.0m) racked up the clean sheet points, his aerial threat at set-pieces has produced three goals.
With 73 points, the Frenchman is the best performing defender in Dream Team right now, with team-mates Ben Chilwell (£3.8m), Reece James (£3.7m) and Thiago Silva (£4.0m) making up the rest of the top four.
Thousands will be bringing Zouma into their Dream Teams but which popular defenders should make way?
It goes without saying that if you didn’t have any transfers left when Virgil van Dijk (£5.1m) was clobbered then he should be first out the door.
Those with Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£3.9m) in defence can definitely find better value for money elsewhere.
Defensively, the 22-year-old is almost in a league of his own among right-backs but he is eclipsed by most his peers in terms of attacking output.
He bagged an extremely rare goal against Newcastle in October but there’s no comparison to the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold (£4.7m) in terms of goal involvements and the extra points that come with them.
With Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s team not functioning at maximum capacity, Wan-Bissaka’s points tally of 22 does not reflect his individual quality and Dream Team gaffers should act now to avoid further disappointment.
Wan-Bissaka will never be a total flop, he’s the kind of player who will tick over all season, but it’s unlikely future mini-league champions will stick by him throughout the campaign.
Matt Doherty’s (£3.7m) plummeting price tells the story of his Dream Team season so far.
Spurs are flying high in the table but Jose Mourinho’s men have only kept clean sheets against Burnley and LASK this season.
A whole of host cheaper defenders are offering more than the ex-Wolves right-back in 2020/21: Kyle Walker (£3.3m), Gabriel (£3.3m) and Jannik Vestergaard (£2.4m) all jump out.
IN: Jota, Barnes/Torres, Zouma
OUT: Firmino, Willian, Wan-Bissaka/Doherty