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Fantasy Football stats leaders: Gross, Kulusevski, Haaland and Mitrovic lead the way after FPL Gameweek 1 – Sporting News

Gameweek 1 is in the books and, admit it, you’re already thinking about playing your wildcard, aren’t you?
But before you wipe those Southampton defenders, Chelsea attackers or Manchester United players of any description from your screen, maybe take a deep breath. Fantasy Football is a marathon, not a sprint.
We’ll try to demonstrate just this with our weekly updates on the leaders in each player position. You can see how the pattern gradually emerges over the course of the season, who is a flash in the pan and who is here to stay.
Read on for more on the Golden Boot battle between Erling Haaland, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Pascal Gross.
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This is a fairly simple category to navigate after the first gameweek: did you keep a clean sheet? Come on down! Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy and Manchester City’s Ederson lead the way with seven points apiece. Mendy made three saves during the Blues’ battling 1-0 win at Everton, while Ederson was typically underworked in the traditional aspects of goalkeeping, producing one routine save but still earning a bonus point for his all-round contribution as City beat West Ham.
There were also clean sheets for Aaron Ramsdale, Nick Pope and Mark Travers after Arsenal, Newcastle United and Bournemouth all opened with 2-0 wins.
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In front of Ramsdale, Oleksandr Zinchenko enjoyed a stellar Arsenal debut. The diminutive Ukraine international provided an unlikely headed assist for Gabriel Martinelli’s opener and his tidy all-round contribution helped to rack up three bonus points.
An overall tally of 12 made Zinchenko the joint-second highest scoring defender behind Fabian Schar, on account of the Newcastle man smashing home arguably the goal of the weekend to break the deadlock against Nottingham Forest. Schar’s 15 points topped Bournemouth’s Lloyd Kelly, who matched Zinchenko with an assist and a full haul of bonus points.
Ben Chilwell was brought down for Chelsea’s decisive penalty at Goodison Park and fellow wing-back Emerson Royal notched a pair of assists in Tottenham Hotspur’s 4-1 win over Southampton to give them both nine points.
These players all have less than 2% ownership and scored double-digit returns in Gameweek 1 🔎

🔵 Gross – 15 pts (0.5%)
⚫️ Schar – 15 pts (1.3%)
🍒 Kelly – 12 pts (0.4%)
🍒 Lerma – 10 pts (0.5%)
🐺 Podence – 10 pts (0.9%)#FPL pic.twitter.com/uyxbJlGy64
Dejan Kulusevski was the star of that Spurs rout, setting up Ryan Sessegnon’s opener and capitalising on Emerson’s good work to complete the scoring. That gave the Sweden international 13 points, two more than Jorginho, the beneficiary of Chilwell drawing a foul from Everton’s Abdoulaye Doucoure.
In between those two with 12 points is Mohamed Salah (yes, he’s still listed as a midfielder) after he teed up Darwin Nunez before pouncing himself to rescue a point for Liverpool at Fulham.
But leading the way is Gross after his matchwinning brace for Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford. Gross now has six career goals against United — he really did give you fair warning to get him in your side!
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Danny Welbeck excelled against his former club, setting up Gross’ first goal for seven points, making him the fifth-best forward in Gameweek 1. Ivan Toney‘s goal to spark Brentford’s comeback in the 2-2 draw at Leicester City gave him eight overall as he joined Welbeck in claiming two bonus points.
A Golden Boot tussle between Nunez and Haaland is anticipated by many and the Uruguay international came off the bench to score and assist at Craven Cottage. His nine-point haul was bettered by Haaland, who scored both goals a day later on the other side of London for City at West Ham to end the weekend with 13 — the same as Liverpool’s two-goal tormentor Mitrovic.
Haaland, Nunez, Mitrovic and Toney — maybe this really is the season where the big men make big statements.
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