Fantasy Premier League

FPL Dream Team: Foxes duo beat the odds

The Scout 5 Jan 2018
Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton, Leicester City

The Scout reviews the latest top performers as two Leicester City midfielders outscore Double Gameweek stars

Fantasy Premier League managers flocked to Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United midfielders ahead of their two Gameweek 22 fixtures.

But a pair of Leicester City options – with just one fixture – outshone them all.

The Foxes’ in-form Riyad Mahrez (£8.6m) and Marc Albrighton (£5.5m) find their way into the elite XI as the top-scoring players in Gameweek 22.

Karl Darlow (NEW) £4.4m; 9pts

The Dream Team debutant defied Stoke City with four saves to guide Newcastle United to a 1-0 away win. Darlow has delivered back-to-back shutouts and 16 points since returning to the teamsheet in Gameweek 21.

Ragnar Klavan (LIV) £4.4m; 11 pts

Earning his second Dream Team appearance of the campaign, Klavan produced 11 points, thanks to a goal and the maximum three bonus in Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Burnley.

Steve Cook (BOU) £4.7m; 9 pts

The only AFC Bournemouth defender to be named in the Dream Team this season, Cook claimed a second appearance thanks to a goal and two bonus points – earned from 16 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) – in the 2-2 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Dream Team, Gameweek 22

Kieran Trippier (TOT) £5.3m; 9 pts

The right-back helped Spurs to their ninth clean sheet of the season in a 2-0 win at Swansea City. Trippier was awarded three bonus points after supplying three key passes and two open-play crosses at the Liberty Stadium.

Riyad Mahrez (LEI) £8.6m; 14pts

Top scorer in the Gameweek, Mahrez climbed into fourth in the FPL midfield standings courtesy of 14 points in the win over Huddersfield Town. Signed by 104,000 managers since, he has produced a goal or an assist in eight of the last nine Gameweeks.

Marc Albrighton (LEI) £5.5m; 13pts

Like his team-mate Mahrez, the winger produced a goal and an assist to claim a second Dream Team call-up of the campaign. Owned by just 2.4%, Albrighton has returned 27 FPL points from his last four Gameweeks. Leicester City's next four opponents at the King Power Stadium all score just two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR). 

Paul Pogba (MUN) £7.9m; 12pts

A pair of assists and maximum bonus points in the 2-0 win at Everton gave the Frenchman 12 points, a first double-figure score since Gameweek 12.

Kevin De Bruyne (MCI) £10.2m; 12pts

Sold by 328,000 FPL managers ahead of the Gameweek, De Bruyne recovered from injury to provide two assists and 12 points against Watford. He boasts 11 assists for the season, more than any other player.

Son Heung-min (TOT) £8.1m; 12pts

The top transfer target for Gameweek 22, he was brought in by 498,000+ for Spurs’ two fixtures. A superb equaliser against West Ham United means that Son has now scored in six of his last seven home matches ahead of a Gameweek 23 visit from Everton.

Ayoze Perez (NEW) £5.2m; 9pts

Handed just a second start since Gameweek 15, the Newcastle United striker scored the only goal in a 1-0 at Stoke to be rewarded with his first Dream Team appearance of the campaign.

Andy Carroll (WHU) £5.8m; 12pts

Signed by just 32,000+ managers for West Ham United’s two matches, Carroll scored twice and returned 12 points to earn a vital home victory over West Bromwich Albion in the Hammers’ first outing.

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