Premier League fantasy football: The best player at each club last season
The new Premier League season and all the fantasy football fun that goes along with it just got very real.
Our brand new 2019/20 Dream Team game is arriving on Friday 12th July, which means it’s time to think long and hard about your team for the season ahead.
To give you a helping hand, we’ve looked back at the best Dream Team players from each Premier League club during the 2018/19 campaign.
Arsenal – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (290 points)
One of the most popular strikers on the game last season was also one of the best, go figure?
PEA netted 31 goals in total in his first full season in England, including 22 in the Premier League which meant he shared the Golden Boot title with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Bournemouth – Ryan Fraser (158 points)
His teammate Callum Wilson (151 points) ran him pretty close, but in the end it was Fraser who finished up as the Cherries’ best player on Dream Team.
In fact his surprisingly high points return coupled with his relatively low price (he finished the campaign valued at just £4.2m) made the Scotland international one of the game’s biggest bargain favourites.
Brighton – Shane Duffy (129 points)
It was a season to forget for the Seagulls as they escaped relegation by the skin o’ their teeth.
Glenn Murray (115 points) was in decent goalscoring form once again, but it was Duffy who maintained his form to finish top of the Brighton lot.
Especially lethal from set-pieces (he netted five times in the league last season), the Irish centre-back became a favourite among Dream Team fans looking for a points-scoring defender.
Burnley – Chris Wood (112 points)
What happened to Burnley last season?
The year before, the Clarets were a rich source of Dream Team stars with both James Tarkowski and Nick Pope ending up as mega-favourites.
But after a difficult campaign – which saw Sean Dyche’s side finish up in 15th place, a far-cry from their 7th-place the season before – the best player was New Zealand striker Chris Wood, who scored 10 goals in the Premier League.
Chelsea – Eden Hazard (360 points)
Here he is; Dream Team’s best player of last season!
And while Hazard’s time in the Premier League has come to an end courtesy of his big-money move to Real Madrid, we’ll always have the memories.
With 21 goals in all competitions – including 16 in the Prem – and a haul of 19 Star Man awards, Hazard really was the best player money could buy.
Crystal Palace – Luka Milivojevic (140 points)
It wasn’t Wilfried Zaha or even new Man United signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka who topped the points tally for Palace last season.
Instead it was penalty-taking expert Milivojevic, who finished the season as the best spot-kick scorer with 10 goals from 12-yards out in the Premier League.
Everton – Lucas Digne (168 points)
Digne was arguably one of the finest summer signings of last season and is perhaps one of the best players from outside the Premier League’s big six.
We expect him to be a huge favourite among Dream Team fans this season, as Everton look to improve on their 8th-place finish.
Leicester – Jamie Vardy (148 points)
Another season, but the same old Vardy.
Everyone’s favourite Blue WKD-connoisseur was once again one of the Premier League’s top goal-scorers, finishing up with 18 goals to his name.
But at the age of 32, how many more years does he have in him?
Liverpool – Mohamed Salah (291 points)
It wasn’t quite the same season for Salah, having blitzed our Dream Team standings with over 400 points the year before.
But it was still an outstanding campaign for the Egyptian King, whose goals helped spearhead Liverpool’s Premier League challenge and Champions League success.
Man City – Raheem Sterling (312 points)
It was a season of overwhelming success for many of City’s players, but Sterling rose above the rest with a points-tally that just fell short of Hazard’s final total.
With a mixture of goals and assists – including a brilliant hat-trick in the FA Cup final – Sterling was undoubtedly one of the best player’s of their Premier League-winning campaign.
Man United – Paul Pogba (199 points)
It was a difficult season for United and many of their players, including Pogba.
But despite everything, the Frenchman still ended the season as by-far their best player on fantasy football, and even made the PFA Team of the Year.
Newcastle – Ayoze Perez (134 points)
A late-season flurry from Perez – which saw him net six goals in his final five appearances – put him above Salomon Rondon and Fabian Schar in Newcastle’s player-rankings.
Will he enjoy similar success at Leicester this season?
Southampton – Nathan Redmond (123 points)
Redmond was one of the players who really benefited from Southampton’s appointment of Ralph Hasenhuttl mid-season, enjoying a purple patch of form under the Austrian that not only saw him score a barrel-load of goals after December, but even earned him an England call-up.
Spurs – Harry Kane (239 points)
It wasn’t quite the season he would’ve wanted, but Kane still brought home plenty of Dream Team points in 2018/19.
But 17 goals in the Prem was well off his usual end-of-season total, largely down to two lengthy injuries.
Let’s hope for better luck this season.
Watford – Troy Deeney (145 points)
The Hornets were great fun to watch last season, and deserved better than their FA Cup final annihilation against Man City.
Gerard Deulofeu and Etienne Capoue were solid Dream Team points-scorers, but it was their talisman Deeney who really impressed.
West Ham – Felipe Anderson (156 points)
We still can’t quite believe West Ham managed to pull this one off.
Anderson turned out to be an unbelievable signing for the Hammers, and didn’t disappoint in his debut Premier League campaign by notching nine goals and four assists in the league.
Wolves – Raul Jimenez (193 points)
It was a billboard first season back in the big time for Wolves.
Full-back Matt Doherty became a huge Dream Team star by scoring 189 points, but it was his Mexican teammate Jimenez who stole the show.
A stunning 13 goals and seven assists in the Prem was enough to rank him sixth in the best strikers on the game last term, but can he repeat it in 2019/20?
When does Dream Team start next season?
We’re all ready for the new Dream Team season.
Nothing has been confirmed yet, but we imagine the game will open in the second week of July – although you’ll be able to pre-register well before then.
And then it all kicks-off on August 9th, with Liverpool hosting newly-promoted Norwich at Anfield.
As always, Dream Team will be completely free to play and there’ll be a tasty jackpot up for grabs if you finish inside the top 10 at the end of the season.