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

We’re fairly sure we won’t see a fantasy football weekend like this one again for a while.

Despite fairly routine wins for the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, the big boys didn’t really step up to the plate.


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No Harry Kane, of course, whilst Romelu Lukaku and Mohamed Salah both produced poor returns in their bid to keep up with the runaway Dream Team highest points scorer this season.

But what did we learn from a pretty odd fantasy football weekend?

1 Three unheralded heroes finish as top points scorer

Fernandinho celebrates his goal at West Brom with Kevin De Bruyne

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Fernandinho celebrates his goal at West Brom with Kevin De Bruyne

You can now officially bet on Dream Team – but even the boldest punters among you won’t have seen this coming.

Fernandinho, Sead Kolasinac and James Milner aren’t the most obvious fantasy football picks, but this week they were the cream of the crop.

Each player earned 15 points over the weekend and earned that crucial Star Man award in their respective fixtures.

Milner managed a clean sheet, an assist and the Star Man award against Huddersfield

Milner managed a clean sheet, an assist and the Star Man award against Huddersfield

We still believe Fernandinho’s heroics are a bit of a fluke, but in Milner you might have a Dream Team secret hack to glory.

The Liverpool man is still down as a defender on the game after playing the majority of last season at left back, so garners regular clean sheet points despite playing further forward this year.

Interestingly, Glenn Murray was the highest scoring striker on Dream Team this weekend – and he was way down in eighth place.

2 Sterling form paying off for Raheem

Raheem Sterling is among Citys top-scoring performers this season

Raheem Sterling taps in against West Brom

Raheem Sterling is a completely different player under Pep Guardiola – something which is so frustratingly obvious whenever he struggles in an England shirt.

The City flyer has scored seven goals in his last eight games now for the league leaders and took his tally for the season to nine against West Brom.

City’s embarrassment of riches going forward is a fantasy football dilemma as predicting who starts every week is a real head scratcher.

But in this kind of form Sterling is undroppable, meaning the likes of Sergio Aguero often miss out.

3 Zaha is Palace’s only hope

Zaha is doing his best to give Palace hope

Zaha is doing his best to give Palace hope

Crystal Palace look effectively dead and buried already this season after their disastrous start.

But if anybody can give them a glimmer of survival hope it’s Wilfried Zaha.

It’s no surprise to see Palace pick up four points from three games since the winger’s return from injury and he could be a real Dream Team asset too.

His late equaliser against West Ham on Saturday took his total to 16 points from just four appearances.

4 Why are so many of you keeping faith with Baines?

Leighton Baines, pictured here centre, is another who will be expecting to help lead the side back to form

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Baines and Everton are really struggling this season

Last week we took an in depth look at Leighton Baines’ fall from grace – and this weekend was a case of rinse and repeat.

Baines is still extremely popular amongst Dream Team managers – he’s been picked by nearly 100,000 of you – but continues to justify that faith.

His -1 from the weekend after another Everton defeat at Leicester means his season tally is a paltry 5 points.

There are so many more suitable alternatives to Baines out there so it puzzles us why so many are persisting with him.

5 Ayew taking note of West Ham’s new main man?

Ayew smashed in a screamer against Palace

Ayew smashed in a screamer against Palace

Andrew Ayew has had a strange 14 months or so since leaving Swansea but he’s beginning to find his feet again.

The West Ham forward scored three times in the last seven days and would have been a match winner twice if it weren’t for some naive defending at Crystal Palace.

He’s going through his best run of form since joining the Hammers and Slaven Bilic prefers him to both Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho.

At just £3.6m he could be worth a punt.