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Fantasy football tips: Premier League – 5 transfers to make after the first weekend


Fantasy football is back with an emphatic bang after the return of the Premier League over the weekend.

And, as always, the top flight through some brilliantly unpredictable results.


Romelu Lukaku started the fantasy football season in style

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Romelu Lukaku started his Manchester United career with a double against West Ham

There were impressive wins for Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham but champions Chelsea were shocked by Burnley and Arsenal and Liverpool’s defensive showing were, well, pretty hilarious.

But what did we learn from a Dream Team perspective? And which transfers should you consider making this week?

Fantasy football tips: 5 transfers to make

1 Sergio Aguero is still the man

Aguero is still a fantasy football favourite

Aguero was as clinical as ever at Brighton

Many questioned whether Aguero was still central to Pep Guardiola’s plans at Manchester City, particularly after the arrival of Gabriel Jesus in January.

The answer? Absolutely yes.

City have an embarrassment of riches in attacking areas but Guardiola went for both Aguero and Jesus to give Brighton a warm welcome to the Premier League on Saturday.

Both ran riot, but Aguero was more clinical than his strike partner and got the crucial first goal in the 2-0 win.

For those that doubted his fantasy football value, it might be time to reconsider that opinion.

2 Victor Lindelof is far from a guaranteed starter

Lindelof is probably over selected on fantasy football

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Lindelof was dropped from Manchester United’s match-day squad

Lindelof was signed from Benfica this summer with the hope that he could forge an instant understanding at centre-back with Eric Bailly.

His pre-season performances, however, were shaky to say the least and he was exiled from the Manchester United squad altogether for their win over West Ham on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho went for Bailly and Phil Jones at the heart of his defence with no suggestion that Lindelof was injured.

Nearly 10% of Dream Team managers have selected the Swedish centre-back in their fantasy football side, but that will almost certainly decrease after this weekend.

3 Mohamed Salah justified his ‘must-have’ pick tag

Salah is one of the most in-demand fantasy football players

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Salah got his Liverpool career off to the perfect start

He wasn’t even that good, but Salah proved why he’s a fantasy football essential this season on his Liverpool debut at Watford.

The flying winger lacked composure at times and should probably have scored another, but even a pretty average display produced a goal and an assist in the 3-3 draw.

It’s positive signs from Salah who reached double figures for goals and assist for Roma last season and, at £4m, is an absolute steal.

The Egyptian is likely to play a lot of games this season too, with the Reds in Champions League qualifying action against Hoffenheim on Tuesday night.

4 Steve Mounie could be the find of the season

Mounie could be the fantasy football find of the season

Mounie could be the find of the season for Huddersfield

Huddersfield’s Premier League induction couldn’t have gone any better, could it?

The Terriers utterly dispatched Crystal Palace in their own backyard with a dominant 3-0 win and new striker Steve Mounie was the star of the show.

The Benin forward’s signing went relatively under the radar this summer in amongst the eye-watering deals going on in the rest of the league, but his signature could prove one of the most effective.

Two goals on his debut – after which he declared ‘Now people know who I am’ – suggests he’ll be Huddersfield’s focal point this season and a potential fantasy football hidden gem.

5 Jamie Vardy is still an asset

Can Vardy make a fantasy football impact again?

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Vardy twice put Leicester ahead at Arsenal

Vardy’s remarkable career story has faded into obscurity in the last 12 months or so but at Arsenal on Friday night he underlined how clinical he can still be.

The Leicester striker’s form dipped dramatically last season, along with the rest of his team-mates, as they understandably struggled to emulate their odds-defying heroics the campaign before.

But two goals at the Emirates in their 4-3 defeat point to a man with his hunger back and ready to lead the line for the Foxes this season.

A striker partnership with new boy Kelechi Iheanacho looks deadly on paper.

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