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Fantasy football: Tips and transfers after Game Week 3

Just as the Premier League and fantasy football seasons were getting going we’ve been slapped in the face by the tedium of an international break.

Cruel.


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But what did we learn from another bumper weekend of action? And do you need to make any transfers?

1 The top points scorer so far this season is criminally underpicked

Firmino is the top points scorer on Dream Team this season

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Firmino is the top points scorer on Dream Team this season

Roberto Firmino has begun the season like a house on fire and, by some distance, leads the Dream Team scoring charts with a massive 41 points.

Liverpool’s two Champions League qualifying games have made their players attractive picks for Dream Team managers so far, with Firmino the pick of the bunch.

The Brazilian has scored three goals and has two assists in all competitions and the Reds front three of himself, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah make up three of the top four points scorers.

Despite Firmino’s brilliance, only 8.9% of fantasy football managers have selected him so far – 7% less than Gabriel Jesus who has just seven points.

2 Huddersfield defenders could be the find of the season

Schindler is second in the Dream Team points rankings

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Schindler is second in the Dream Team points rankings

We all know those hidden gems are the secret to fantasy football success, and Huddersfield’s backline could be just that.

Nobody gave the Terriers a chance after their promotion via the Championship playoffs last season but in three Premier League games they’ve yet to concede and sit third in the division.

The likes of Christopher Schindler, Chris Lowe and goalkeeper Jonas Lossl are all inside the top 15 performers so far this season – and all priced at £2m or less.

3 Nicolas Otamendi continues to be a Star Man machine

Otamendi won another Star Man award against Bournemouth

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Otamendi won another Star Man award against Bournemouth

Nobody quite knows how, but Nicolas Otamendi is proving to be some kind of fantasy football machine.

The often-shaky Manchester City centre-back won his second Star Man award in a week to take his points tally to 23 from just three appearances.

He might be rash, but the WhoScored algorithm Dream Team ratings is based on clearly loves him and at £4.5m is cheaper than the likes of Gary Cahill and Jan Vertonghen.

4 Can anybody stop Henrikh Mkhitaryan?

Mkhitaryan has five assists in three games

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Mkhitaryan has five assists in three games

Despite some impressive displays during Manchester United’s successful Europa League campaign, Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s first season in England was a bit of damp squib.

The Armenian captain was given a tough treatment by Jose Mourinho initially, but that approach looks to have paid off after a barnstorming start to this campaign.

Mkhitaryan has FIVE assists already this season in just three games as United sit pretty at the top of the Premier League tree with the only 100% record.

At this rate, Mkhitaryan will finish the season with 63 assists. Not bad.

5 Alvaro Morata HEADING in one direction

Morata looks to be settling into life at Chelsea just fine

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Morata looks to be settling into life at Chelsea just fine

Alvaro Morata’s start to life in England has been rather low key, particularly after Chelsea’s stunning opening day defeat to Burnley.

But the stats don’t lie – the Spaniard has actually made a fairly impressive introduction.

In his three appearances – he’s only started two of those – Morata has two goals and two assists.

Amazingly, all four of those goal contributions have come with his head too, proving how useful he is in the air.

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