DREAM TEAM managers should know by now not to underestimate the additional competitions.
The Premier League will always be the bread and butter of our beloved fantasy game but points scored in Europe and the domestic cups often prove pivotal.
Take last night's Carabao Cup action as a prime example.
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Manchester United strolled to a welcome 3-0 victory at home to a second-string Crystal Palace in a result that has changed the complexion of Dream Team rankings.
Casemiro (£4.2m) scored one goal and assisted another to take the Eagles for 13 points by the final whistle.
The five-time Champions League winner's form has been subject to criticism at the start of this season with several pundits suggesting he doesn't have the necessary mobility or running power at 31 years old to play as the Red Devils' lone defensive midfielder.
While there may be some truth to that notion, the Brazilian deserves praise for his unexpectedly effective contribution in the final third.
Casemiro has scored four goals and provided one assist already, putting him above the likes of Martin Odegaard (£5.1m), Bryan Mbeumo (£3.7m), Luis Diaz (£4.1m) and team-mate Bruno Fernandes (£6m) in terms of goal involvements.
His decisive display at Old Trafford on Tuesday night took him to 57 Dream Team points overall – only three midfielders boast a greater total at the time of writing.
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