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Fantasy football tips: What transfers do you need to make after the weekend?

Fantasy football will take a back seat for the next week or so as we’re graced with another pesky international break.

But there’s absolutely no harm in taking a look back at another weekend of barnstorming Premier League action.


Alvaro Morata broke a six-game streak without scoring by being today's matchwinner

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Morata powered Chelsea past Manchester United

Manchester City look utterly invincible while neighbours United continue to flatter to deceive away from home at a fellow title rival.

But what did we learn in the Dream Team stakes?

Fantasy football tips:

1 Mohamed Salah is simply a must have

Mohamed Salah is arguably the signing of the summer so far

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Salah is arguably the signing of the summer so far

Salah has very quickly silenced any doubters who felt his previous spell at Chelsea proved he wasn’t cut out for the Premier League.

His two-goal, man of the match haul at West Ham took his tally to 12 in 17 appearances and a whopping 113 Dream Team points.

Only Harry Kane has more.

No Liverpool player has been as prolific in front of goal since Luis Saurez and Salah currently has a better conversion rate this season than Lionel Messi.

World. Beater.

2 Pope continues to sparkle for Burnley

Burnley keeper Nick Pope has impressed since replacing the injured Tom Heaton

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Pope has been an able deputy for Heaton

Tom Heaton is arguably Burnley’s best player so when the goalkeeper was ruled out for a while in September with an injured shoulder, many feared the worst.

Step forward Nick Pope.

Starting with a brilliant display at Liverpool in a 1-1 draw, Burnley’s number two has deputised for Heaton brilliantly in recent weeks.

He kept his 10th clean sheet in 14 appearances at Southampton on Saturday, taking him to 44 points already.

3 Mahrez back in the groove

Mahrez scores Leicester’s second at Stoke

Mahrez scores Leicester’s second at Stoke

We’ve only seen flashes of the genius that is Riyad Mahrez since he won the PFA Player of the Year back in 2015/16, but he was very much in the mood on Saturday.

Mahrez ran Stoke ragged in the early kick off, scoring a fine goal and generally emerging as Leicester’s main threat.

The Algerian and Demarai Gray look to have been released to express themselves a bit more under Claude Puel, so he might be one to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.

4 Richarlison

Richarlison scored his fourth of the season at Everton

Richarlison scored his fourth of the season at Everton

Watford pulled of a real coup when they beat a host of European heavyweights to the signing of Richarlison in the summer.

And, so far, the Brazilian wonderkid is really living up to the billing.

He’s slightly enigmatic but he’s racked up 49 Dream Team points in his last seven appearances – including another goal and Star Man award at Everton on Sunday.

Four goals, four assists and at just £4.4m, a real fantasy football bargain.

5 West Ham have no defence for their form

Here’s Hart showing his class in the warm up against Liverpool

Here’s Hart showing his class in the warm up against Liverpool

All of Joe Hart, Aaron Cresswell and Angelo Ogbonna are still firm Dream Team favourites, with nearly 50,000 of you still keeping faith in the latter.

But why? West Ham have conceded more league goals than any other side and capitulated again at the back against Liverpool on Saturday.

Hart is a shadow of his former self while his defenders look like a bunch of individuals completely out of sync with each other.

If you want cheaper alternatives at the back, you’re better looking at Burnley or one of the promoted sides for your targets.