It’s easy enough to name the best Dream Team players this season off the top of your head: Mohamed Salah (£7.9m), Reece James (£5.9m), Cristiano Ronaldo (£7.7m)…
But what about the top performers who aren’t taking up too much of your budget?
Here are the ten best Dream Team assets currently priced below £4.0m…
Mohammed Salisu (£2.6m) – 53 points
This isn’t the first time we’ve mentioned the Southampton centre-back this season and as long as he continues to punch above his weight it won’t be the last.
With the top end of the defensive rankings dominated by Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City players, Salisu sticks out like a sore thumb and deserves plenty of praise for his efforts – a couple of Star Man awards have boosted his tally.
The 22-year-old is even outperforming Kyle Walker (£4.2m) after eleven Game Weeks.
Craig Dawson (£3.3m) – 53 points
Without wanting to give the game away, this list is densely populated with West Ham players.
Like several of David Moyes’ troops, the ex-Watford defender has found a new lease of life in recent months and has somehow amassed 53 points despite not being a regular starter.
Dawson managed to bag 21 points across two Europa League fixtures earlier this term but his place in the pecking order at the London Stadium means he’s probably not a great long-term option for Dream Team bosses.
Jarrod Bowen (£3.4m) – 53 points
Long story short: he’s averaging a goal involvement every 159.8 minutes in all competitions this season.
Trevor Chalobah (£3.7m) – 53 points
Such is Chelsea’s defensive might it’s very rare to find a Blues spoiler for under £4.0m.
The 22-year-old stepped in for Thomas Tuchel when several first-team players were sidelined with injury at the start of the season and put his name in lights with a couple of Premier League goals on top of the usual flow of clean sheets.
Dream Team managers will wisely look elsewhere if they are keen on a Stamford Bridge defender but Chalobah has shown that he may have the potential to be a regular starter in the future.
Declan Rice (£3.1m) – 54 points
The West Ham boys just keep on coming.
Defensive midfielders rarely mix it with the top dogs in Dream Team but the England international has expanded his game this term, often playing as a box-to-box engine.
As a result, he goal involvements have increased significantly.
With three goals and three assists to his name after eleven Game Weeks, Rice is on course for his best ever campaign from an attacking perspective – by a landslide.
Roberto Firmino (£3.9m) – 54 points
Rumours are the Brazilian No9 will be out until the mid-December with the hamstring injury he incurred against Atletico Madrid prior to the international break.
And that’s a shame because he was enjoying his best spell in front of goal for a couple of years.
By now everyone knows Firmino’s link-up play is his greatest attribute but six goals in eleven appearances, including a hat-trick against Watford, had thrust him into the minds of Dream Team gaffers everywhere.
His injury now means Diogo Jota (£4.5m) could be a shrewd option.
Conor Gallgher (£2.7m) – 55 points
Another player we’ve waxed lyrical about a number of times already this season.
The Chelsea youngster has reached a new level since his loan switch to Crystal Palace, thriving in a more attacking role where his relentless energy and intensity has produced four goals, two assists and three thoroughly deserved Star Man awards.
£2.7m looks dirt cheap for an asset who has probably already pencilled his name in for a Young Player of the Year nomination.
Youri Tielemans (£3.4m) – 55 points
A similar situation here to Rice in that previously his efforts haven’t translated to huge points but an increase in attacking output has produced tremendous results this term.
Undeniably a class act, the Belgian’s habit of scoring Goal of the Month contenders on top of accomplished all-round displays has served him well in 2021/22.
Only five midfielders have bagged more points than Tielemans at this stage and if he can continue at his current pace and end the campaign close to 20 goal involvements then his owners (11.8% of the total base currently) will be very happy.
Ivan Toney (£3.7m) – 61 points
Two goals in eleven league appearances may seem underwhelming but Brentford’s primary striker has ticked along nicely thanks to plenty of 7+ ratings, three Star Man awards, and a 15-point haul against Stoke in the Carabao Cup.
Favourable cup games won’t last forever and Dream Team managers will hope to see more from Toney as the season progresses but you can’t complain about a newly-promoted forward sitting joint-sixth in the rankings in his position.
Said Benrahma (£3.9m) – 72 points
Top of this list is another West Ham asset who has grabbed the bull by the horns this season.
It took the Algerian a little time to adapt to life at the London Stadium but this term we’re seeing the kind of performances that lit up the Championship when he represented Brentford.
With his silky skills and penchant for shooting on sight, Benrahma has impressed domestically and in the Europa League – he has six goals and three assists in all competitions.
Dream Team bosses recognised his potential early and his ownership of 23.9% makes him the third-most popular midfielder at the time of writing.
And deservedly so, considering only Riyad Mahrez (£5.7m) has more points to his name – it must be an Algerian thing…