Better Luck Next Year! This Season's Biggest Fantasy Premier League Flops So Far

We all feel exactly the same way; after finally putting together your finished fantasy squad, you sit back, take a deep breath and wait for your perfectly selected concoction of talent to bring home the points. 

But wait, it's week four and you're already thinking of playing your wildcard. You're sitting second from bottom in your league, avoiding last place thanks to that one guy who logs on once a year just to make a team, what are you doing?! 

Here's a look a some of the players you probably should have left back on the fantasy training pitch.

1. Javier Hernandez

Signed last summer by the now out of work, Slaven Bilić, many had tipped the ex-United forward to bring great things to the London Stadium as West Ham's new first choice striker. However, as the games began to unfold, the Hammers looked more and more like a team that were convinced Dimitri Payet had just popped to the shop and was taking the long way back to training. 

Hernandez just doesn't have that level of talent to counteract the departure of a player like Payet and has only managed four goals so far.

2. Michael Keane

Before the season started, Michael Keane was looking like one of the first names on Gareth Southgate's World Cup team sheet. Signing from Burnley for around £25m, he joined Everton along with Wayne Rooney, Jordan Pickford and Gylfi Sigurðsson among others.

Everton's active transfer market led many to believe the Toffees would do rather well this season, though what happened in reality has been very different thus far. Koeman was sacked after a dreadful start which put Everton's defence under a lot of pressure.

Keane has only managed three clean sheets and though he probably will still feature in England's World Cup squad, how many games he starts is up for question.

3. David Luiz

David Luiz has long been regarded as one of the best centre backs in Europe and when he returned to Chelsea in 2016 he continued along these lines. 

However, this season hasn't gone to plan and after a heavy defeat to Roma back in October, and after reports of a bust-up between Conte and himself, he was dropped from the first team. He hasn't played since and now with an asking of £5.7m, his out of favour status is now reflected in his price. 

4. Victor Lindelöf

Just another from the truckload of signings Manchester United seem to have made since Ferguson's departure. 

Lindelöf was brought in for around £32m in the summer in a transfer which many thought was a starting eleven type signing. In fact, the defender didn't experience his first minutes of English football until week eight where he played just one minute against Liverpool in a 0-0 draw, unfortunately just not enough time to register the clean sheet points.

Since then, the Swede has only managed three clean sheets and is still yet to hold down a starting place in Mourinho's side. 

5. Sadio Mané

One of last season's best signings, Sadio Mané was in almost everyone's team, scoring 13 goals and creating another seven. It seemed as though the same would continue after scoring back to back goals in the first two games of this year.

However, since then, Mané's season has been setback by injury plus the way Liverpool have been able to continue so effectively without him has put some pressure on his first team status. He does have five goals this season already which isn't too bad for a midfielder at this point of the season, though with only 6.9% of managers selecting him, it's clear to see his dip in form.

6. Michail Antonio

This one is a real disappointment with regards to England's World Cup hopes. Antonio was one of the real breakout English talents over the last few seasons and although he's still likely to be picked by Southgate, the excitement surrounding him has generally dimmed this season.

He's only hit the net once so far despite having a lot of game time under his belt. Hopefully his performances are more a reflection of West Ham rather than of himself, though either way it's unlikely he'll be collecting many fantasy points anytime soon.

7. Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe has been the classic cheap third striker option for a couple of seasons now and has largely succeeded in his role. He managed 15 goals and two assists in a sinking Sunderland side which he almost managed to keep afloat.

Now at the ripe old age of 35, it would be Bournemouth who would provide him with a lifeboat back into the Premier League. Though perhaps his body has finally caught up with him this time around as injury concerns have been hard to shake. His team selected stat now sits at 1.6% with many opting for other cheap third strikers like Everton's Calvert-Lewin or Leicester's Okazaki.

8. Alexandre Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette isn't having a terrible season, he looks like a good addition to Wenger's side and can hold the ball up well for his team as well as being a great striker of the ball. He must have been in most Arsenal fans' teams at the beginning of the season but to many fans' dismay, he was being benched far too often. 

Bought in the summer for a club record fee of around £47m, at the very least you would expect him to start. Nevertheless, he has managed eight goals and four assists and could very well improve on that this year. Though for a fantasy fee of £10.3m your money will probably be best spent elsewhere.