Fantasy football is back on the menu with the Premier League season inching closer and closer.
Arsenal and Leicester get the 2017/18 campaign underway on August 11 ahead of what many expect to be one of the most exciting seasons yet.
Dream Team 2017/18
How does the game work?
- This year’s fantasy football game will be absolutely FREE for all players to play
- The total prize pot is an approximated £750,000
- Game Weeks will run from Friday to Thursday
- £50m budget on 11 eligible players
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But Dream Team managers should already have their teams drilled and ready before that date because the game is officially live already.
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Yes, that means you can now start thinking about how to give yourself the best chance of pocketing £150,000 at the end of the season.
And while the usual suspects – Alexis Sanchez, Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard and co. – will again be popular picks, what about those who might surprise a few?
We’ve trailed through the data from the last couple of Dream Team seasons to find you five players you might not to expect to excel in fantasy football terms…
1 Nicolas Otamendi (Man City)
Otamendi is one of those defenders Gary Neville likes to call ‘Playstation players’, in that he’s entertaining but completely irrational.
The City defender has a penchant for diving in and last ditch tackles – but he’s strangely an algorithm favourite.
He was a regular Star Man merchant last season, with WhoScored giving him a rating of 7.49 – the highest for any defender in the Premier League.
Otamendi also racked up 174 Dream Team points despite netting just one goal, finishing the season as the third highest scoring defender.
2 Daley Blind (Man United)
Mr Consistent at Manchester United, Blind is a glorified version of John O’Shea having proving his versatility in a number of different positions already.
His surety on the ball and pass completion rate means he rarely puts a foot wrong; a trait recognised by the WhoScored algorithm.
Blind’s 168 Dream Team points last season made him the third highest scoring Manchester United player on the game.
3 Maya Yoshida (Southampton)
What’s this? A Southampton bench warmer?
Yes, that’s right, Yoshida was a bit of a Dream Team joker in the pack last season thanks to the Saints’ record in cup competitions.
Southampton played a hell of a lot of games, competing in the Europa League and reaching the League Cup final, so Yoshida saw a lot of game time.
His 130 Dream Team points was the same as Olivier Giroud and more than Kyle Walker…
4 Christian Fuchs (Leicester)
This applies more to Leicester’s phenomenal title-winning campaign of the season before last, but Fuchs is a bit of a fantasy football gem.
He regularly receives ratings of 7 and above on WhoScored (the player earns 3 points on Dream Team when this happens) so has to be considered as a more maverick option.
123 points last season matched the total made by Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny.
5 Sam Vokes (Burnley)
Vokes went under the radar last season but his goals essentially were the reason Burnley stayed in the Premier League so comfortably.
Andre Gray’s lengthy suspension at the start of the season opened the door for Vokes to start more games, which he capitalised on emphatically.
10 goals and three assists was a brilliant return – and 140 Dream Team points was more than Hugo Lloris, Willian and Cesc Fabregas.
The setup for Dream Team is rather simple – as a manger you get a budget of £50m to spend on your team of 11 players.
Game Weeks will run from Friday to Thursday this season and you’ll be allowed to transfer out players who have already played in that Game Week.
What will Lacazette offer on Dream Team?
Each manager gets a maximum of three transfers a month – so it’s important to pay attention to upcoming fixtures.
And if the incentive of beating your mates in our Mini-League system isn’t enough, there’s a whopping £750,000 prizepot at stake too.
Which fantasy football team names are the most popular?
Team names have become almost as important as picking winning sides in recent years, with the punnier the better the general perspective.
So whether it’s Lallana in Pyjamas, Giroud Sandstorm or Teenage Mutant Ninja Skrtel, take a look at our foolproof list to help you decide.
What’s different this season?
Well the main difference between Dream Team this season and last season is that entry is absolutely free for all managers, with the golden prize pot at the end of the shiny rainbow a whopping £750,000.
There’s also a massive shake up on the Game Week front, with Game Weeks running from Friday to Thursday in 2017/18.
You can stay up to date with all the latest fantasy football news with our fantasy football live blog and sign up to Dream Team for next season right here.
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