Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne lead Sky Sports Fantasy Football rankings
By Cameron Hogwood
Last Updated: 23/02/18 10:24am
What is the highest-scoring XI in Sky Sports Fantasy Football so far this season?
The top six have asserted their superiority in ruthless fashion in the Fantasy Football stakes, affording no room for players outside of the fight for silverware and European qualification.
Burnley shot-stopper Nick Pope is the closest to competing for a place, with his 139 points making him the 19th highest Sky Sports Fantasy Football scorer in the league. Leicester's Riyad Mahrez is the nearest out-field player, sitting on 132 points having supplied eight goals and nine assists to date.
Here is a run-down of the frontrunners heading into a defining stage of the campaign...
David De Gea (£8m) - 177 points
Manchester United's shot-stopper has been at his best once again this season, serving as a rock at the back for Jose Mourinho.
The Spaniard has accumulated 177 points this campaign courtesy of his 15 clean sheets and two Sky Sports man-of-the-match awards in 27 starts. His 50 points from the last 10 outings serve as testament to his value in a team that still seems to fall short of convincing the majority.
De Gea's form stretches back to the beginning of the season when he earned eight clean sheets in the opening 10 Premier League fixtures.
Kyle Walker (£9.5m) - 157 points
Doubts over Kyle Walker's eye-watering transfer fee could be quashed once and for all as Manchester City home in on Premier League glory.
Walker has injected fresh energy and athleticism into a previously ageing City defence, helping collect 11 clean sheets and recording five assists on his way to 157 points. The former Tottenham defender has also reaped the benefits of City's possession football, picking up 15 passing tier bonuses.
Cesar Azpilicueta (£10.3m) - 184 points
Cesar Azpilicueta has starred as a key figure in Antonio Conte's central-defensive trio, exhibiting the passing quality crafted during his time at right-back while posing as a leading organiser in a tactically-demanding system.
His 184 points have entailed six assists from defence, primarily courtesy of an inspired understanding with striker Alvaro Morata earlier in the season.
The 28-year-old's 13 clean sheets have seen Chelsea concede just 23 goals in the league - bettered only by Manchester City's 20 and Manchester United's 19.
Nicolas Otamendi (£8.6m) - 193 points
Manchester City currently flaunt a defensive stability few believed might be possible with Pep Guardiola's attacking approach. City's second-best goals against record in the league is evidence of Nicolas Otamendi's progress since a troublesome first season.
The Argentine leads the league in successful passes having connected with a team-mate 2152 times - marking a primary source of his 193 points tally. His four goals have also been a generous bonus on top of City's devastating attacking force.
Marcos Alonso (£10m) - 161 points
A relatively unproven commodity has developed into a key contributor. Marcos Alonso has been a surprise attacking asset for the reigning champions, providing the width which is key to Chelsea's set-up and notching six goals in the process.
Wembley was a happy hunting ground for Alonso back in August as he bagged a brace and a man-of-the-match award against Tottenham to amass 20 points - a score he later matched in December's 1-0 win over Southampton.
Mohamed Salah (£9.4m) - 263 points
Salah's remarkable 30 goals across all competitions this season - a feat only 12 other players have achieved in Liverpool's history - include 22 Premier League strikes to help accumulate 263 points.
His eight assists have showcased his multi-faceted impact in Jurgen Klopp's interchanging attacking system. Salah's form has warranted him a joint-top nine man-of-the-match awards this campaign, as well as spearheading the Reds' determined response to Philippe Coutinho's £142m move to Barcelona.
Kevin De Bruyne (£11.5m) - 235 points
Manchester City's defence-dissecting playmaker finds himself in direct competition with Salah for the Premier League Player of the Season award.
The Belgian boasts a league-high 15 assists and a tally of seven goals and his 235 points make him City's most productive Sky Sports Fantasy Football player as well as second only to Salah in the top flight.
Eden Hazard (£11.8m) - 163 points
Though he hasn't been a regular standout contributor as far as Sky Sports Fantasy Football points are concerned, Hazard has popped up with a number of noteworthy performances on his way to 163 points.
The playmaker has mustered six goals in his last six outings, in which time he has registered a 13-point performance away to Arsenal and two 19-point performances in recent victories over Brighton and West Brom.
Hazard's most productive game of the season came against the latter in November's corresponding fixture when he recorded two goals, an assist and a shots tier bonus to warrant a man-of-the-match award that saw him collect 23 points.
Raheem Sterling (£9.8m) - 167 points
One of Guardiola's greatest achievements at the Etihad has been Sterling's goalscoring improvement, with his 15 goals making him the fourth-top scorer in the division. A complimentary nine assists also recognise how industrious he has been as part of City's loaded stockpile of attackers.
Harry Kane (£12.9m) - 225 points
The Tottenham striker leads the league with 23 goals and is in good shape to win his second consecutive Golden Boot. With seven of Spurs' 11 remaining games coming against bottom-half clubs, Kane will inevitably have one eye on surpassing his 2016/2017 tally of 29.
His back-to-back hat-tricks and man-of-the-match awards against Burnley and Southampton in December earned successive 24-point game weeks and saw him break Alan Shearer's record for most league goals in a calendar year. Kane has since scored five times to reach 225 points and counting.
Sergio Aguero (£12.8m) - 195 points
Four goals and a man-of-the-match award in City's win over Leicester last time out have catapulted Sergio Aguero to 195 points for the season. The Argentine has prospered on the reliable service of De Bruyne, Sterling, Leroy Sane and David Silva - who have combined for a total of 42 assists. Aguero's 21 goals put him just one behind Salah, despite having started four fewer games.
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