There has been one cardinal sin committed by almost 30% of Fantasy Premier League players this season. Not picking Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian starlet has been in the form of his life for Liverpool with many calling him the best footballer in the world, which is no mean feat.
In ten Premier League games so far, he's managed to score ten times and bag six assists, totaling an incredible 112 points for those who stuck with him from the start.
As far as FPL is concerned, all you have to do is look at the list of the top points earners for 2021/2022 to see how Salah is in a league of his own.
The Liverpool standout is 53 points ahead of every other player. 53 points. Next placed is West Ham's Michael Antonio on 59 points. No player has even broke the 60 mark.
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) October 30, 2021
Can Salah Continue His Dominance?
Last year, Bruno Fernandes lead the points total for players with 244. That gave him an average of just shy of 6.5 points for the 2020/2021 season.
So far this year Mohamed Salah is averaging 11.2 points per game. It seems almost inevitable that his average rating will drop with an injury or dip in form.
While Salah has shown no signs of slowing down so far, it leaves you to wonder how he's fared in previous seasons where he's racked up plenty of goals.
In 2020, he managed 231 points, coming third overall. In 2019, he accumulated 233 points, which was enough for second overall behind KDB.
His best performing FPL season was in 2017/2018, where his record-breaking year earned him 303 points and the most in FPL history.
SCOUT: This is the fourth time Mohamed Salah has managed 20+ points in a game 🔥
The previous occasions are:
17/18 - GW31 - 29pts
18/19 - GW16 - 21pts
20/21 - GW1 - 20pts
21/22 - GW9 - 24pts#FPL #MUNLIV pic.twitter.com/9iuvopfet2
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) October 24, 2021
An FPL Record Breaker
It would seem almost fitting for the Egyptian to be the one to break his own three-season record in total fantasy points. As a matter of fact, 303 is not far away.
With 28 more games to play in the season, Salah is on course to break the 400 point mark at his current points rate. That would be outrageous.
Now, that's given he plays in all 28 games, which is unlikely if Liverpool go on deep cup runs and rest players for the lesser games of the season.
Nonetheless, it's truly remarkable to see one player carry out such dominance from an FPL point of view and swing the trajectory of many leagues.
I am one of the 30% who have not picked Salah in my team, and I look upon everyone above me in leagues and wonder why they're all so far ahead.
Maybe it's poor choice, lack of research or just a lack of luck. However week-in, week-out every team above me is boosted by 10, 20, even 30 points thanks to one man.
After writing this, the first thing I'm doing is selling the house and finding a way to put Salah into my team. As captain.