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Fantasy football tips: What transfers should you make after the weekend?

This fantasy football weekend belonged to one side – Manchester City.

Five, yes FIVE, of Pep Guardiola’s starting XI scored at least seven Dream Team points during the quite stunning 7-2 victory over Stoke.


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And it could have been more.

Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne seven points or above in that rout.

But what else did we learn from the weekend? And what transfers should you consider making?

NB: You will have to wait until Friday morning to bring in or swap out any players who are involved in European football this week.

1 City slickers provide a selection headache

How do you get Sergio Aguero into the City team?

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How do you get Sergio Aguero into the City team?

City are the best attacking force in Europe right now and have scored 32 goals in their last eight games in all competitions.

So how on earth do you make room for arguably the most clinical striker in Premier League history?

Pep Guardiola’s side dismantled Stoke and beat Chelsea before the international break, both without Sergio Aguero (£7.3m) after his horror car crash.

Aguero has returned to training on Tuesday

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Aguero was on the bench against Stoke

But Aguero is back in the reckoning now, which means either he or another one of City’s in-form stars will have to settle for a place on the bench.

The likes of Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane have both scored 50+ Dream Team points, but you’d think one of them would have to make way for the Argentine.

2 The ‘Harry Kane team’ is far from a one man side

Harry Kane had an unusual off day up top for Spurs

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Harry Kane had an unusual off day up top for Spurs

Guardiola cheekily labelled Tottenham the ‘Harry Kane team’ last week to irk Mauricio Pochettino after the England striker’s sensational September.

But Kane still can’t find the net at Wembley as his struggles there continued against Swansea.

Luckily for Spurs they have Christian Eriksen (£6.1m).

Eriksen is the most consistent attacking midfielder in the Premier League and popped up to score a crucial winner against Bournemouth when the hosts had laboured throughout.

3 Bargain strikers outshine the big boys

Abraham was the top performing player on Dream Team this weekend

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Abraham was the top performing player on Dream Team this weekend

Nearly 50% of Dream Team players have Kane and/or Romelu Lukaku in their sides, but this weekend was not one to shout home about.

Both strikers – the top points scorers so far this season – drew blanks after weeks of saving many managers’ teams.

Instead, the likes of Tammy Abraham (£3.2m) and Chris Wood (£3.3m) were the real heroes, with the former earning 18 points – more than any other player.

It just goes to show the more left-field options need your consideration because you can’t always rely on the household names.

4 Carroll continues early season struggles

Carroll couldn’t have any complaints with his sending off

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Carroll couldn’t have any complaints with his sending off

Andy Carroll (£2.8m) is a defender’s worst nightmare when it’s his day.

Unfortunately, that day hasn’t arrived at all yet this season and the West Ham striker is still stuck in negative points on -2.

That was compounded by his quickfire red card against Burnley at the weekend which saw him score a pretty horrendous -3.

Carroll is yet to score this season and will now miss the next game too, so you should steer well clear until his luck turns around.

Carroll is still some way off plunging to Kevin Wimmers depths though

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Carroll is still some way off plunging to Kevin Wimmers depths though

Still, it could be worse, as Kevin Wimmer (£1.3m) is currently rooted to the bottom of the Dream Team standings this season was a eye-watering -10 points. Ouch.

5 Zaha is back to make an impact

Eagles flier Wilfried Zaha angles his winner late in the first period

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Zaha slots the winner past Thibaut Courtois

Crystal Palace are pretty lifeless without Wilfried Zaha (£4m) and that proved the case this weekend after the flying winger made his first start since the opening day.

Palace were goalless and pointless without their main creative outlet until his brilliant winner against Chelsea.

Zaha ran the Blues defence ragged and made the Eagles instantly more of a threat, but can you find room for him in your Dream Team in the long term?