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The 7 players who have increased in value the most this season

Just as real-life players fluctuate in value, so too do Dream Team assets in accordance with their form.

If a player is performing well and producing lots of points then their price will go up.

And conversely, if they are out of form and finding points hard to come by they their price will drop.

To spare anyone at Dream Team HQ the embarrassment of having to do maths, the weekly price changes are determined by an algorithm that monitors total points in relation to current price and makes any necessary alterations automatically.

So which players have increased in value the most since the start of the season? Let’s take a look…

The forgotten man, remembered!

The forgotten man, remembered!

Aymeric Laporte +£0.7m

The Frenchman-turned-Spaniard started at £3.5m but has quickly risen to £4.2m having reestablished himself as first-choice centre-back before injury intervened.

Laporte was chosen to partner Ruben Dias (£4.7m) after returning from the Euros in good form while John Stones (£4.0m) was late to report for Man City duty because England made it to the final of the summer tournament.

It will be interesting to see how Pep Guardiola sees the pecking order once all his centre-backs regain full fitness.

Mason Greenwood +£0.7m

Before you know who returned to Old Trafford, Man United’s main man was their 19-year-old sharpshooter.

Greenwood earned the Red Devils four points in August with decisive goals against Southampton and Wolves that caused his price to increase from £3.5m to £4.2m.

However, he blanked in Premier League fixtures either side of a DNP in the Champions League so his price may be on the way back down this Friday.

Is Cristiano Ronaldo muscling in on Greenwood’s territory?

Is Cristiano Ronaldo muscling in on Greenwood’s territory?

Dominic Calvert-Lewin +£0.7m

Everton’s No9 scored in each of his three outings before injury spoiled the party.

DCL was a popular man having established an average of 9.7 points per game, a rate of return that also nudged his price from £5.0m to £5.7m.

Last week, Rafa Benitez told reporters that the England international was still ‘two or three weeks’ away a return to action.

Davinson Sanchez +£0.8m

Remember when Spurs were the only team in the Premier League left with a 100% record having not conceded a goal?

That feels like a long time ago after back-to-back 3-0 defeats in the league and a 2-2 draw to Rennes in the Europa Conference League but it was, briefly, a reality.

Sanchez catapulted from £2.5m to £3.3m and became a viable asset but Dream Team bosses are now shying away from Nuno Espirito Santo’s troops.

Sanchez sat out the loss to Crystal Palace and the European draw but he came off the bench against Chelsea to incur some minus points so expect his price to decrease soon.

Still going strong

Still going strong

Cesar Azpilicueta +£0.8m

In contrast to Sanchez, Chelsea’s experienced defender continues to gain momentum after yet another clean sheet at the weekend.

The Blues’ defence has become the best in Europe under Thomas Tuchel’s watch, so good in fact that the likes of Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger (£4.2m) and Reece James (£5.0m) have all risen is price despite already starting the campaign along the most-expensive players in their position.

The Spaniard has increased the most in the value out of the Stamford Bridge assets, jumping from £4.0m to £4.8m.

Andros Townsend +£0.9m

Along with his partner in crime Demarai Gray (£2.5m), the 30-year-old has been one of the surprise packages of the Dream Team season so far.

At the time of writing, Townsend is the second-best midfielder in the game having amassed 35 points.

This unexpected spell of healthy returns has seen the Everton winger rise from £2.5m to £3.4m.

He gave his rivals an extra game to catch up this weekend

He gave his rivals an extra game to catch up this weekend

Michail Antonio +£0.9m

Last but not least, it’s the Premier League’s joint-top scorer and second-best assist provider this season.

West Ham’s bullish forward was unquestionably the standout player in August and not even a red card against Southampton could ruin his Game Week 4 as he bagged against Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League a few days later.

42 points from five games has resulted in a price increase from £3.5m to £4.4m.

Having served his suspension this weekend, Dream Team gaffers will be keeping an eye on Antonio going forward – his ownership is still a relatively modest 9.3%.