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There was no winner of the £100,000 on offer for the Fantasy Football Ultimate XI, but who made the line-up after the Premier League made its return?

What is Ultimate XI?

Ultimate XI is a new game mode that lies within Sky Sports Fantasy Football, running for Gameweek 1 only.

Managers had to pick a side in a 3-4-3 formation, with no budget or team restrictions, and match the highest scoring 11 players in order to win the £100,000 jackpot prize.

There was no winner, but which players out of your side made the cut below?


Fantasy Football Ultimate XI team of the weekend

David de Gea - £7.5m - 12 points

David De Gea: The goalkeeper helped Manchester United keep a clean sheet against Chelsea
David De Gea made seven saves against Chelsea

With a new look back-four containing summer signings Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, David de Gea kept a clean sheet against Chelsea, making up half of what he achieved at Old Trafford last campaign.

The Spain international made a fine save with his feet and registered tier two save bonus points in the 4-0 demolition of Frank Lampard's side.


Jonny Evans - £7.4m: 12 points

Harry who? One game and one clean sheet for Jonny Evans, who was paired at the back by 23-year-old Caglar Soyuncu.Wolves did have a goal ruled out due to VAR, which saved Evans five of his 12 points. Five more were earned by tier two passing bonus points, off the back of Leicester seeing 70 per cent of the ball.

Tackle tier one points were also achieved in a good opening weekend for the 2.56 per cent of Fantasy Football bosses who had Evans.

Ricardo Pereira - £8.5m: 11 points

Ricardo Pereira: Leicester full-back in action against Wolves
Ricardo Pereira: Leicester full-back in action against Wolves

Following on from Evans' performance, Pereira was resolute in defence for Brendan Rodgers' side, highlighted by the clean sheet and tackle tier one bonus points.

He too achieved passing tier one bonus points, seeing much of the ball down the right flank.

Erik Pieters - £6.4m: 15 points

A flying start for Burnley and a flying start for Erik Pieters, who made two of the goals in a 3-0 victory over Southampton at Turf Moor, subsequently earning five points for the clean sheet too. Tackle tier one bonus points were met, rounding off a good weekend for Pieters.


Riyad Mahrez - £9.9m: 13 points

Raheem Sterling's hat-trick and Kevin De Bruyne back to his best - these were two of the main outtakes from Manchester City's thumping of West Ham, but the performance of Riyad Mahrez went under the radar to an extent, with the Algerian looking threatening all afternoon.

Three assists out of five City goals reiterates his presence and the effect that he had on Saturday, helping to ease the blow of losing Leroy Sane to a long-term injury. Mahrez made tier one tackle bonus points too, helping in defence as well as attack.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson - £7.6m: 8 points

Only 0.52 per cent had faith in Johann Berg Gudmundsson, and he delivered, finding the net against Southampton.

Although Paul Pogba registered the same amount of points, Gudmundsson made the Fantasy Football Ultimate XI due to his cheaper price and therefor value-for-money, a shrewd pick for managers.

John McGinn - £7.4m: 11 points

Many were questioning whether John McGinn could cut it in the Premier League, but it did not take the Scot long to answer his critics as he put Aston Villa ahead at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

A battling performance was rewarded by tackle two tier bonus points, contributing three points to his tally of 11.

Tanguy Ndombele - £8.9m: 8 points

Tanguy Ndombele: French midfielder in action for Spurs
Tanguy Ndombele scored on his Premier League debut

Tanguy Ndombele demonstrated a calm and personified performance in his first Premier League game as a Tottenham player.

His finish from outside the area replicated this, which drew the game level and put the hosts on their way to a comeback victory.

There is no doubt the new signing can really impose himself on the Premier League, and be a real point-puller for Fantasy Football managers.


Ashley Barnes - £8.9m: 15 points

Ashley Barnes scores his first against Southampton
Ashley Barnes scores his first against Southampton

Two shots on target, two goals for Ashley Barnes. Not many tipped him to get off to a serious start, backed up by the mere 1.11 per cent of Fantasy Football bosses who believed he could.He would have scored an extra three points for his Sky Sports Man of the Match award, but with the Ultimate XI rules, there were no Man of the Match points added on to totals.

Harry Kane - £12m: 14 points

Harry Kane: Tottenham forward celebrates his second goal in the comeback against Aston Villa
Harry Kane fired in two late on, paving a route into the Fantasy Football Ultimate XI

Notoriously known for not liking August, Harry Kane banished the hoodoo as he scored twice in quick succession to land a blow to Aston Villa's return to the Premier League.

With his two goals came tier one bonus points, rewarding the 22.22 per cent of managers who had selected his services.

Raheem Sterling - £11.6m: 19 points

Raheem Sterling scores his second goal against West Ham
Raheem Sterling scores his second of three goals against West Ham

Moved to a striker in Sky Sports Fantasy Football? No problem.His 19 points in Ultimate XI made Raheem Sterling the highest scoring player in Gameweek 1, and this was with a point deduction for a yellow card and without his Man of the Match points.

His three goals made him the only other player (along with Ashley Barnes) to hit tier two shot bonus points, racking up a hefty points total in just the first weekend.


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