Most of you already know that our ratings are provided by WhoScored.
Our number-crunching friends use an algorithm to give each player a rating out of ten (to two decimal places) for each fixture.
Any player who achieves a rating of 7 or above gains three Dream Team points and the player with the highest rating in the match is awarded Star Man and receives an additional five points.
The use of a stats-based algorithm means all players are judged equally and objectively, resulting in ratings free from bias.
Although it still stings when one of your players misses out on points after getting a rating of 6.99.
Since WhoScored has a considerable impact on the performance of your Dream Team, it’s probably worth checking in to see which Premier League players have the highest average ratings on their site so far this season.
- Harry Kane – 8.28
- Jack Grealish – 7.97
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 7.8
- Son Heung-min – 7.78
- Bruno Fernandes – 7.75
- James Rodriguez – 7.73
- Sadio Mane – 7.72
- Ollie Watkins – 7.66
- Ben Chilwell – 7.66
- Mohamed Salah – 7.65
It’s a testament to WhoScored that their leaderboard correlates with the eye test — many fans would name a similar top five based on their observations of the first quarter of the season.
Credit to Ollie Watkins (£3.6m) as the only non-international player to make the top ten, six goals in his first eight top-flight games has been just as key to Aston Villa’s bright start to the season as Jack Grealish’s (£4.5m) talismanic playmaking.
What’s notable is that Son Heung-min (£5.2m) has the fourth-highest average rating and yet he’s the only player in the list yet to be awarded Star Man in a 2020/21 league game.
That’s because Harry Kane (£7.8m) has hoovered them up — the England captain already has five Star Man awards in league competition.
Of course, one of the key aspects of Dream Team is how wide the net is cast.
Players score points in both domestic cups and European competition, as well as the bread and butter of the Premier League.
Three Dream Team players currently feature in WhoScored’s top ten Europa League players: Kelechi Iheanacho (£2.5m), Nicolas Pepe (£3.6m) and James Maddison (£3.7m).
Just two eligible players are among the best the Champions League has to offer at this stage.
Four assists in two group games has given Kevin De Bruyne (£6.4m) an average rating of 8.33 in the prestigious competition, a figure only bettered by Erling Haaland, Ciro Immobile, Joshua Kimmich and Lionel Messi.
Diogo Jota (£3.0m) isn’t far behind with an average rating of 8.22 after his hat-trick against Atalanta in Bergamo.
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