Well the, the return of the Premier League and fantasy football came around quickly didn’t it?
After a barren summer of next to no football, Arsenal and Leicester kick it all off again at the Emirates tonight.
And Game Week 1 in fantasy football is not only intriguing from a fixture point of view, it also poses some questions about how well the top-flight’s newest faces will get on.
The Premier League’s best clubs have made some brilliant signings already this summer with nearly three weeks of the window remaining.
So how will those expecting to make their league debuts for their new clubs get on?
Fantasy football tips: New players
1 Alexandre Lacazette
The biggest name to make his debut in the curtain raiser between Arsenal and Leicester on Friday night, Lacazette’s currency is goals.
The Gunners’ club-record signing joined for a whopping £52m last month and got off the mark for his new side in the Emirates Cup against Sevilla.
What will Lacazette offer on Dream Team?
- Highest rated player (7.57) in France last season
- 28 league goals in as many appearances for Lyon
- 61 points on Dream Team Europe after helping Lyon reach the semi-finals of the Europa League
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The spotlight really be on the Frenchman to see if his prolific Ligue 1 record can carry through to England, but 28% of Dream Team managers so far have faith he can do so after selecting him in their sides.
2 Alvaro Morata
Morata came out on Friday expressing his disbelief at the speed at which he’s already been written off in a Chelsea shirt after just 15 minutes of action and a penalty miss in the Community Shield.
Again a club-record signing, the Spain international was brilliant for Real Madrid when given the opportunity but he was fed up with playing a bit-part role there.
Morata now has extremely big shoes to fill after Diego Costa’s banishment and the Blues’ home fixture with Burnley could indicate whether he’ll be a fantasy football favourite or flop.
3 Mohamed Salah
We’ve earmarked the Liverpool new boy as the most important player for your fantasy football team this year and it’s easy to see why.
Salah was one of just a handful of players to rack up double figures in both the goals and assists categories in a top five league last season, with Alexis Sanchez the sole Premier League representative.
What will Liverpool new boy Salah bring to Dream Team?
- 15 goals and 11 assists in Serie A for Roma last season
- Had a higher rating (7.48) than Paulo Dybala (7.46) in Italy last season
- Quick, nippy winger with a point to prove after failed spell at Chelsea
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And the flying Egyptian winger’s four goals in pre-season suggest he’s going to continue that kind of form in England as he looks to prove a point after his disappointing spell at Chelsea in 2014.
At £4m, he’s probably the biggest Dream Team bargain available and could put Watford to the sword on Saturday lunchtime.
4 Javier Hernandez
Another player making a return to the Premier League fold is Hernandez after West Ham made a statement of intent to sign him from Bayer Leverkusen.
He has a different point to prove to Salah after a successful stint at Manchester United at the turn of the decade, so instead he now needs to show his goalscoring exploits haven’t faded.
The Hammers have bought a lot of strikers in the last decade with little reward, so they’ll be hoping Hernandez can finally solve that lingering issue starting at his former club United on Sunday.
5 Bernardo Silva
One of the best players in France last season, Silva was at the heart of a bristling Monaco side that pipped PSG to the Ligue 1 title and reached the Champions League semi-finals.
He’s now a Manchester City player and will have his work cut out to make a regular first-team berth his own considering Pep Guardiola’s embarrasment of riches in attacking positions.
Silva is earmarked as the long-term replacement to namesake David and can show his credentials at Brighton on Saturday evening.
6 Sandro Ramirez
Everton have a tough set of opening fixtures but in Sandro they have a new striker capable of proving the Toffees can break into the top six this season.
The Spain man was electric for Malaga last season, registering 14 goals and five assists in La Liga which turned the heads of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Everton head to Manchester United on Sunday but Sandro could be the man to cause an upset and emerge as a fantasy football wildcard this season.
7 Victor Lindelof
Lindelof was signed in the hope of establishing a Vidic-Ferdinand type centre-back partnership with Eric Bailly.
But his rather patchy pre-season performances for United have put him firmly under the spotlight in terms of his fantasy football value.
Nearly 12% of Dream Team managers believe he will do the business this season – but he needs to repay their faith with a solid display against West Ham on Sunday.
Romelu Lukaku, Alexandre Lacazette or Alvaro Morata – which new signing should I pick?
Three of the biggest signings of the summer has seen three strikers arrive for big fees hoping to fire their sides to the Premier League title.
Romelu Lukaku (£6m) is more than a familiar face, of course, but the arrivals of Alexandre Lacazette (£5m) and Alvaro Morata (£5m) in England really has set fantasy football players’ tails wagging.
So which one will you back to fire your Dream Team to glory this season?
Which fantasy football team names are the most popular?
Team names have become almost as important as picking winning sides in recent years, with the punnier the better the general perspective.
So whether it’s Giroud Sandstorm, Neville Wears Prada or Teenage Mutant Ninja Skrtel, check out our foolproof list to help you decide.
Fantasy football injuries – which players do you need to avoid in the opening weeks?
The season hasn’t even got underway yet and a host of clubs are staring down the barrel of some pretty crippling injury crises.
Arsenal (of course) currently have the most players sidelined, with key man Alexis Sanchez almost certain to miss the first couple of games.
The likes of Eden Hazard, Adam Lallana and Virgil van Dijk have more long-term problems, which must be taken into consideration when picking your fantasy football team.