Fantasy football is officially back in our lives and as good as ever, with another Premier League weekend very nearly upon us.
Last weekend saw Chelsea get their title-defence underway by beating Spurs, Manchester United remain the talk of the town with their 4-0 win over Swansea and Arsenal look bereft of ideas already.
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So with Gameweek 3 looming, we take a look at the players you should seriously be considering transferring into your Dream Team this weekend.
Fantasy football tips: Game Week 3
1 Nicolas Otamendi – £4.5m
This transfer recommendation is specifically for those of you who have Kyle Walker in your side.
The former Spurs man is suspended for City’s trip to Bournemouth this weekend, having picked up a red card in Man City’s last game against Everton.
Fortunately, for the price of Walker you can transfer in his teammate Otamendi, who continues to rake in those sweet fantasy football points.
He’s scored 16 points on Dream Team so far this season, and has proven time and time again to be a fantasy football gem.
With the Cherries yet to score this season, we think City defenders are worth
2 Ahmed Hegazi – £1.5m
The man everyone is talking about on fantasy football this season is Hegazi.
The West Brom man helped his new club start their campaign with back-to-back clean sheets and even scored the winner against Bournemouth in Gameweek 1.
He currently tops the total points chart on Dream Team with 31 points, with Tony Pulis’ side facing his former employers Stoke City this weekend at the Hawthorns.
Will it be another three points and a cleansheet for the Baggies?
3 Christopher Schindler – £2.0m
After two wins from their opening two games in the big league, it’s time to take David Wagner’s Huddersfield side seriously.
Aaron Mooy was the hero against Newcastle last time out, while striker Steve Mounie could be one of the fantasy football picks of the season.
And keeping things tidy at the back for the Terriers so far is German defender Schindler.
The centre-back was the club’s Mr. Reliable during their successful Championship campaign last season and continues to impress in the Premier League.
Can Huddersfield continue their bright start to the season against Southamtpon on Saturday?
4 Sadio Mane – £6.0m
If we learned anything from Liverpool’s clash against Crystal Palace last weekend, it’s that Jurgen Klopp will be heavily rotating his squad this season.
We were all a little gutted when we saw Mohamed Salah sitting on the bench at Anfield, but with the Reds important Champions League tie against Hoffenheim during the week, the decision was justified.
However, up against Arsenal this weekend, Klopp will need all the fire-power he can muster, so we fully expect a strong – albeit slightly fatigued – Liverpool line-up.
And with Mane starring in the game against the German side, who better to put the sword to the Gunners?
5 Henrikh Mkhitaryan – £4.5m
Our favourite Armenian in the whole wide world continues to impress, having notched four assists already this season.
If that wasn’t enough, he’s won the Star Man award in each of Manchester United’s opening two Premier League fixtures.
With United up against Leicester on Saturday evening, you know what to do.
6 Javier Hernandez – £3.5m
It’s not been the best of starts for West Ham this season, but at least Hammers fans can take solace in the fact that Hernandez is already off the mark.
The Mexican scored twice in their 3-2 loss against Southampton last weekend, amassing a tasty 18 points in the process.
Up against equally hapless Newcastle this weekend, we can see the former Man United poacher putting on his goalscorer boots once again.
7 Richarlison – £2.5m
Watford fans have lots to be optimistic about this season.
With a young, exciting manager in the form Marco Silva taking charge of the club over the summer, joined by the likes of Nathaniel Chalobah and Will Hughes, times ahead look promising for the Hornets.
But the one to watch this weekend is Brazilian forward Richarlison – who scored his first goal for the side last week.
Up against Brighton, we’re expecting him to get plenty of chances.
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