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Koscielny leads FPL Dream Team elite

By The Scout 4 Oct 2016
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The Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 7 Dream Team built its success from the back, with a pair of north-London based defenders playing starring roles.

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny (£6.1m) gained 15 points, the first time that a defender has finished a 2016/17 Gameweek as the top-scoring player.

His last-minute winner at Burnley was combined with a clean sheet and maximum bonus points.

Koscielny is now the top-scoring defender in Fantasy Premier League and has already been acquired by 40,000 new owners ahead of Gameweek 8.

This was his second appearance in a best XI this season having previously earned selection in Gameweek 4. Koscielny is the only defender to earn two Dream Team call-ups this season. 

Gameweek 7 FPL Dream Team

Danny Rose (£5.9m) recovered from injury to help Tottenham Hotspur end Manchester City’s unbeaten start. The left-back provided an assist and a clean sheet and has now averaged 6.5 points per match; Koscielny is the only defender who can better that figure (7.0)

Rose and Koscielny are joined in a three-man back line by Virgil van Dijk (£5.4m), who marshalled Southampton to a third successive Premier League shut-out in the 0-0 stalemate at Leicester City. Saints have now kept clean sheets in their last six matches across all competitions.

Man City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo (£5.5m) also features. He made six saves in the 2-0 loss at White Hart Lane, denying Erik Lamela (£6.9m) from the penalty spot.

Once again, a pair of Liverpool midfielders claimed Dream Team recognition. Roberto Firmino (£8.4m) provided a goal and an assist in the Reds' comeback win at Swansea City to collect a 12-point return.

The Brazilian's team-mate James Milner (£6.6m) continues to profit from penalty-taking duties after scoring his fourth spot-kick of the campaign.

This is Milner's third appearance in the Dream Team, more than any other player, yet he is owned by only 4.2% of FPL managers. 

Swansea City v Liverpool
Milner earns his third Dream Team appearance this season - more than any other player

West Bromwich Albion’s summer signing Nacer Chadli (£6.4m) earned his second Dream Team place in the last four Gameweeks.

Having netted in the Baggies’ 1-1 draw at Sunderland, the Belgian has played a part in five of his side’s six goals since making his debut in Gameweek 4, averaging 8.5 points across that period.

Chelsea’s Willian (£7.3m) and West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet (£9.4m) complete a five-man midfield after both found the net.

Payet's stunning solo effort in a 1-1 home draw with Middlesbrough clinched his first Dream Team appearance of 2016/17. Since making his first start in Gameweek 4, the Frenchman has produced a goal, four assists and six bonus points in four fixtures. 

Diego Costa (£10.0m) claimed his second Dream Team slot of the season.

The Chelsea striker climbed to the top of the FPL forward standings thanks to a 12-point haul in a 2-0 win at Hull City. Having produced points in six out of seven outings under Antonio Conte, he has earned more transfers in (69,000+) than any forward in the Gameweek.

Troy Deeney (£7.0m) joins Costa in the two-man frontline with his first Dream Team appearance.

Handed a lone striker role as Walter Mazzarri moved from 3-5-2 to 4-3-3, the Hornets captain netted in a 2-2 draw against AFC Bournemouth and also collected three bonus points.

Deeney has scored in three of the last four Gameweeks and has the schedule to maintain momentum against Middlesbrough, Swansea City and Hull City after the international break. 

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