Fantasy Premier League

Dream Team: Negredo leads comeback call-ups

The Scout 2 May 2017
Alvaro Negredo, Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough striker claims a place in the top-scoring FPL XI to punish the 146,000+ managers who lost faith in Gameweek 35

A source of huge frustration in Double Gameweek 34, Middlesbrough’s Alvaro Negredo (£6.2m) earns a spot in the latest Dream Team line-up after bouncing back with a 12-point haul against former side Manchester City.

Elsewhere, Chelsea’s Pedro (£6.8m) and Swansea City playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.4m) both ended recent dry spells to receive call-ups and revive their Fantasy Premier League fortunes. 

A graphic of the FPL Gameweek 35 Dream Team

Eldin Jakupovic (Hull City) £4.1m

The Hull City goalkeeper earns a third Dream Team call-up thanks to a late penalty stop at Southampton, his second spot-kick save of the season. Benched by 81% of his 994,000+ owners at the weekend, Jakupovic next faces relegated Sunderland at the KCOM Stadium on the back of successive clean sheets. 

Gary Cahill (Chelsea) £6.6m

Overtaking team-mate Marcos Alonso (£6.8m) as the top-scoring FPL defender, Cahill is now level with West Bromwich Albion’s Gareth McAuley (£5.2m) on six goals from defence. A goal, clean sheet and maximum bonus points in a 3-0 win at Everton earned a 14-point haul, joint-top with Jakupovic for the Gameweek. 

Kieran Trippier (Spurs) £4.7m

Making his third start over the last six Gameweeks, the right-back claimed maximum bonus points in the 2-0 derby triumph over Arsenal to gain a third Dream Team selection. Trippier has produced either defensive or attacking points in all four of his Gameweek starts.

Jose Fonte (West Ham) £5.3m

A Dream Team debutant, the centre-back secured maximum bonus points and helped the Hammers to a third clean sheet in four Gameweeks, courtesy of a 0-0 stalemate at Stoke City

Emre Can (Liverpool) £4.7m

A spectacular overhead kick at Watford, along with maximum bonus points, earned the midfielder a second Dream Team outing. Owned by only 2.2% of FPL managers, Can has netted five times this term, having scored once in each of his previous two campaigns.

Joshua King (AFC Bournemouth) £6.2m

A 15th goal of the season consigned Sunderland to relegation and again underlined the Norwegian’s FPL value. Ranked top for outfield players for points-per-million (26.5), King was awarded a third appearance among the select XI and remains a key asset over the run-in. 

Chelsea's Pedro
Pedro ended an eight-match goalless streak to earn a fifth Dream Team call-up

Pedro (Chelsea) £6.8m

A sublime long-range goal steered the Blues to victory at Goodison Park, with a pair of bonus points and a clean sheet point enough to cement a fifth Dream Team call-up. Ending a run of eight matches without a goal, Pedro’s FPL ownership is back on the rise following a five-Gameweek decline.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) £7.4m

Another player to end a dry spell, the Swans midfielder fired his first goal in 11 Gameweek starts with a spectacular free-kick at Old Trafford. An 11-point haul earns Sigurdsson a fourth call-up to the Dream Team and suggests that he can provide further returns over his remaining three matches.  

Sergio Aguero (Man City) £12.8m

Aguero gains recognition for a fifth time of the season thanks to a first double-figure haul since Gameweek 13 in the 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough. Forced off with a groin injury late on, more than 22,000 managers have already parted company with the Argentinian, who is losing owners to team-mate Gabriel Jesus (£8.7m).

Alvaro Negredo (Middlesbrough) £6.2m

Returning only four points from his two fixtures in Gameweek 34, the Middlesbrough striker was the most-sold player ahead of Gameweek 35. But Negredo punished his doubters with a first double-digit return since Gameweek 17 in Sunday’s draw with Man City.

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) £4.5m

Having returned a sixth goal of the season and three bonus points in the 2-0 win at Crystal Palace, Barnes remains a viable budget forward option. Burnley’s remaining three fixtures all score two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR).

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