You can’t win the league in August but you can lose it.
That old saying is as true for the ‘Big Six’ battling for the Premier League as it is for your Dream Team as you look to conquer your mini league.
With that in mind, we have run through each club’s first four games so you know who to pick and who to stay clear of over the course of the first few games.
Right, where better to start than the champions?
Pep Guardiola’s boys have a trip to the Olympic Stadium on week one, a happy hunting ground for them after winning their last two games against West Ham with an 8-1 aggregate scoreline.
Spurs will offer a bigger challenge on week two at the Etihad but you would imagine City can get past Harry Kane and the boys, despite the scars still healing from the North Londoner’s miracle at the Etihad in the Champions League back in April.
A trip to Bournemouth and a home game against Brighton won’t offer too much of a threat for the top dogs in the League.
So fill your team head-to-toe with Sky Blue – price permitting – for some guaranteed early-season points.
Top picks – Bernardo Silva £4.5m, Sergio Aguero £7.5m
Cheap thrill – Oleksandr Zinchenko £3.5m
Stay clear – Leroy Sane – £4.5m
Liverpool, like Man City have a relatively pain-free start to the season.
Norwich visit Anfield for the first game of the new season, the Reds then have to deal with Southampton, Arsenal and Burnley before August is up.
Arsenal, on paper, is the biggest challenge but Liverpool have made light work of The Gunners in their last three Anfield encounters, winning 12-2 over the 270 minutes.
Top picks – Virgil van Dijk £6m, Mohamed Salah £7.5m
Cheap thrill – Joe Gomez £3.5m
Stay clear – Joel Matip £3.5m
Chelsea’s opening game is the mouth-watering tie away to Man United.
After that, the Blues have an easier run, with home games against Leicester and Sheffield United and a trip to Norwich.
Chelsea’s side is a hard one to predict with so many players fighting for so few spots.
One man who is in great form and set to play is Ross Barkley, the midfielder has had a great pre-season and will play further forward in the Blues’ midfield.
Top picks – Cesar Azpilicueta £3.5m, Kepa Arizabalaga £3.5m
Cheap thrill – Ross Barkley £2m
Stay clear – Pedro £3m
Spurs launch their new season with a very winnable game at home to Aston Villa. But don’t bulk up on Spurs players just yet.
A trip to Man City followed by a game at Arsenal means that Mauricio Pochettino’s men have a tougher start than most.
They are also without their Player of the Year from last season Heung-Min Son, who is suspended for the first two games, but he’ll back in time for their third clash of the season at home to Newcastle.
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Top picks – Harry Kane £7m, Dele Alli £3.5m
Cheap thrill – Lucas Moura £3m
Stay clear – Hugo Lloris £4m
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Arsenal have a tough first month back in the Premier League.
The first two matches against Burnley and Newcastle are winnable, but then more difficult games against Liverpool and Spurs may well set Unai Emery’s men back.
Basically stay clear of Arsenal players until the leaves turn brown.
Top picks – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang £6m, Alexandre Lacazette £5m
Cheap thrill – Bernd Leno – £2.5m
Stay clear – Mesut Ozil £3.5m
Man United have the tough challenge of Chelsea in their opener, before some slightly less daunting games come their way.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men travel to Wolves – who defeated them twice last season – and Southampton, with a home game to Crystal Palace wedged in the middle.
With the futures of both Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku very much in question, you should stay clear of their two highest scoring players from last season.
Top picks – Aaron Wan-Bissaka £3.5m, Marcus Rashford £3.5m
Cheap thrill – Daniel James £1m
Stay clear – Romelu Lukaku £3.5m
What are the best fantasy team names?
Picking your team name is just as important as assembling your squad in the first place.
Witty? Original? Anything but Neville Wears Prada for the 12th year in a row?
We’ve created an extensive list of classics which might help you decide if you’re struggling…
Who are the most expensive players on fantasy football?
This season Mo Salah and Sergio Aguero lead the way on £7.5m, with Harry Kane nicely placed just behind on £7m.
For the full player list click here.