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DIFFERENTIALS

The best possible Dream Team XI using only players with an ownership below 5%

We’ve heaped plenty of praise on Mohamed Salah (£7.9m) and the superstar full-backs in recent days.

It’s once again time to celebrate the differential players who have been racking up points for a small minority of Dream Team gaffers.

Here we’ve assembled the best possible XI using only players with an ownership below 5%.

GOALKEEPER: Aaron Ramsdale (£3.4m)

Still not over this save, to be quite honest

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Still not over this save, to be quite honest

It’s something of a mystery why Arsenal’s new first-choice keeper still only appears in 4.4% of teams.

He may have incurred -3 points in Game Week 12 but he won’t face Liverpool every week – plus he made two or three impressive saves to prevent the Gunners suffering a humiliating thrashing.

With 43 points to his name, Ramsdale is the third-best asset in his position and is outscoring the likes of Ederson (£3.4m) and David de Gea (£2.7m).

DEFENDER: Trevor Chalobah (£3.7m)

The top three performers in Game Week 12 so far are all Chelsea defenders and it’s their 22-year-old academy product with the bronze medal around his neck.

Chalobah racked up 21 points at the expense of Leicester and Juventus, thanks in part to an unexpected goal against the Old Lady of Italian football.

The England Under-21 centre-back is a fair way down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, hence his 3.3% ownership, but he’s capitalised when Thomas Tuchel has thrust him into the mix – Tuesday night’s strike was his third goal of the season.

Chalobah has a whopping 74 points despite sitting out eight fixtures in 2021/22.

DEFENDER: Andreas Christensen (£4.7m)

It’s a similar story for Chelsea’s Danish centre-back, who is more established than Chalobah but lacks the same lucky touch in front of goal.

3.2% of Dream Team bosses are currently backing Christensen, who has 68 points, and will hope he gets some playing time in Game Week 13 after he skipped the Blues’ wins over the Foxes and Juve amid transfer speculation.

Chelsea defenders just get the job done

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Chelsea defenders just get the job done

DEFENDER: Kostas Tsimikas (£4.0m)

The Greek left-back has done well to accumulate 66 points considering he’s played just 699 minutes in all competitions for Liverpool this term.

Andy Robertson (£3.6m) remains Jurgen Klopp’s go-to man which explains Tsimikas’ ownership of 2.2% but the latter averages 6.6 points per outing compared to just 2.6 for the Scotsman.

The former Olympiacos full-back is pushing hard for as many minutes as possible and will keep Dream Team gaffers interested as long as he keeps providing returns when selected.

DEFENDER: Mohammed Salisu (£2.6m)

The Southampton man is something of a Dream Team cult hero this season.

He’s the only player in the top 20 defenders who doesn’t represent either Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool or West Ham.

Salisu’s ownership started at 0.1% but has risen to 4% as he’s managed to produce 55 points – a more than respectable tally after 12 Game Weeks without European commitments.

MIDFIELDER: Jarrod Bowen (£3.4m)

Hammer time

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Hammer time

We highlighted the West Ham winger’s potential not that long ago and would hate to repeat ourselves.

Essentially, he’s one of David Moyes’ favourites and treads that glorious line between midfielder and forward that Dream Team managers adore.

Three goals and five assists make up the bulk of his 53 points and it’s probably reasonable to expect his ownership of 2.5% to increase once the Hammers’ fixtures even out.

MIDFIELDER: Leandro Trossard (£3.0m)

Another asset we have drawn your attention to recently.

The Belgian has started playing as a false nine for Brighton and has seemingly been appointed first-choice penalty-taker.

Trossard is a player who has generally passed the eye test but his talent hasn’t always translated to Dream Team success.

He’s made a decent start in attempting to rectify that this season having accumulated 48 points while setting himself on course of his best-ever campaign in terms of goals for the Seagulls.

Rather helpfully, he’s something of a Star Man magnet too but only 0.8% of bosses are backing him at the time of writing.

A massive differential possibility

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A massive differential possibility

MIDFIELDER: Jordan Henderson (£2.8m)

Experienced Dream Team managers know that the Liverpool skipper’s attributes aren’t conducive to a healthy flow of points.

While Henderson lacks nothing in energy and endeavour, he has generally left the direct goal contributions to the Reds’ forwards and full-backs.

However, the 31-year-old has somewhat bucked the trend this term with five goal involvements in 16 appearances – nothing breathtaking but enough to earn him a spot in this XI.

He’s produced 47 points and has an ownership of 1.9%.

FORWARD: Christian Benteke (£3.1m)

Now there’s a name we didn’t think we’d be singling out for praise this season.

The Belgian target man has desperately struggled for goals in recent years but he’s enjoying something of a renaissance under Patrick Vieira.

Granted, he’s still missing the occasional golden chance but with Conor Gallagher (£2.7m) and Wilfired Zaha (£3.7m) providing plenty of creativity, Benteke has scored four goals in his last five games.

A permanent aerial threat, Crystal Palace’s No20 has come from nowhere to bag 45 points in the last five Game Weeks!

Surely his ownership of 0.2% will rise once transfers are refreshed?

A Belgian renaissance!

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A Belgian renaissance!

FORWARD: Roberto Firmino (£3.9m)

The Brazilian’s ownership has dipped to 1.8% since he was ruled out for approximately a month with a hamstring injury.

Prior to that he was enjoying his best spell in front of goal for quite a while, predominately because of a hat-trick against Watford.

Firmino is averaging a goal every 85.8 minutes in 2021/22, hence his relatively healthy points tally of 54 points.

Of course, the issue the No9 faces in the popularity stakes is that people will naturally side with Salah and Sadio Mane (£5.4m) when considering Liverpool goal threats, and rightly so – even Diogo Jota (£4.5m) has more points (62).

FORWARD: Josh King (£2.5m)

The Norway international has quietly gone about his business effectively this season.

He’ll never be a Golden Boot candidate but four goals and two assists in 729 minutes of Premier League action represents a great effort at this stage.

Watford may be closer to the relegation zone than the top half but they’ve scored more league goals than Arsenal, Spurs and Leicester this season so their attacking assets shouldn’t be disregarded.

King has mustered 49 points for the 0.2% of gaffers brave enough to back him – he’s just six points away from breaking into the top ten forwards.