5 surprise stars who are unlikely hits on the game

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We’ve got some rather exciting news for you – the Premier League and fantasy football seasons are edging closer and closer by the day.

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 is back and better than ever before

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 will have been mulling away over their fantasy football sides way before that date because the game is officially live already.


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Yes, that means you can start thinking about how to give yourself the best chance at that £750,000 jackpot a good month before the big kick off.

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?

Ro,e;u Lukaku is likely to be a team-mate of Man Utd ace Paul Pogba within days

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Pogba and Lukaku will be popular picks again – especially now they’re team-mates

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)

Nicolas Otamendi immediately appeals to referee after Riyad Mahrez penalty

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Otamendi is a WhoScored algorithm favourite

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)

Daley Blind will play a huge role for Man United in defence on Wednesday

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Blind’s consistency makes him a safe bet

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)

Yoshida outshone some more mainstream Southampton players

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Yoshida outshone some more mainstream Southampton players

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)

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Fuchs is worth considering in defence

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)

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Vokes’ goals kept Burnley in the Premier League

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.

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