WARNING: the following content is likely to make Dream Team gaffers feel intensely jealous.
Andrew Burton is the man currently leading Dream Team overall.
His team ‘Red Raptors 10’ have amassed a frankly ridiculous 766 points after eight Game Weeks, meaning he’s got a 29-point lead on the next best XI in the country.
While there’s a long way to go until the jackpot is dished out at the end of the season, we thought it would be worth a closer look at the team currently in pole position.
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Nottingham Forest fan Andrew was quick to recognise the almost instantaneous transformation at Chelsea when Edouard Mendy (£3.2m) replaced Kepa Arrizabalaga (£2.0m) between the sticks.
A deluge of clean sheets propelled the Senegalese stopper to the top of the goalkeeper charts while the Blues first-choice back four are the best performing defenders at this stage.
Kevin De Bruyne (£6.4m) may have missed a spot-kick against Liverpool but it’s notable how many penalty-takers Andrew has in his XI.
In addition to the Belgian, Mohamed Salah (£6.8m), Harry Kane (£7.8m), Bruno Fernandes (£5.3m) and Timo Werner (£5.0m) have all benefited from the steep increase in penalties this campaign.
It seems set-piece specialists have never been more important in Dream Team.
Some gaffers would have been tempted to move away from Jack Grealish (£4.5m) after Aston Villa’s 3-0 defeat to Leeds and with no European commitments to provide additional fixtures.
But Andrew was one of those wise enough to remain to loyal to the Villains’ captain and be handsomely rewarded as a consequence.
Check out this comparison between Grealish and 2019/20 favourite Adama Traore (£3.3m).
The Wolves winger also comes up short in a more detailed breakdown.
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The strengths of Andrew’s team are obvious but where could it potentially go wrong for him?
He’s very dependant on Chelsea with six Stamford Bridge residents in total.
A 1-0 defeat for the Blues would likely be enough to ensure an underwhelming Game Week that could dethrone him.
Block-picking in defence (selecting three or more players from the same team) has its advantages but it also means ultra reliance on just one team and a difficult run of fixtures may force Andrew into using the majority of his monthly transfer allotment in one go.
At this stage however, he’s very much the man to beat.
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