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The Champions League is over; it’s time to focus on domestic fantasy football!

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Will captain David Silva deliver a couple of assists this week? I think so!
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Fantasy football is finally back after a roller coaster Champions League ride that will give managers headaches to pick and pray players who are fully-fit with the possibility of starting and getting maximum points. So let’s get down to the business right away!

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Goalkeepers

Tim Krul (£4.5, Norwich v Burnley)

Despite Norwich having no clean sheets this season due to tough fixtures against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City, Tim Krul’s presence has been vital for them.

The Canaries stunned City last weekend, with Krul playing a massive part by having six saves. This was the third consecutive match where Krul recorded five or more saves, putting him third in the Premier League with 22 total.

Bernd Leno (£5.0, Arsenal v Aston Villa)

This is a tough call to make since Arsenal’s back line has clearly been in trouble lately, but Leno can become profitable due to up-coming fixtures later. After facing Manchester United next week, the Gunner’s goalkeeper has the next nine fixtures without facing any ‘top six’ teams. Emery is seeking to fix his defensive issues and start seeing multiple clean sheets, but then again, this is a risky choice to make.

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Defenders

Serge Aurier (£4.9, Tottenham v Leicester)

Serge Aurier did not feature in the game against Olympiakos in the Champions League, so he will likely start this week against Leicester. The Spurs’ defender delivered two impressive assists v Crystal Palace and looked dangerous down the right-hand side, giving him upside potential.

Lucas Digne (£6.2, Everton v Sheffield United)

Digne has become vital for the Everton side, cementing his place in the team. He attempts the most crosses, leading towards more chances for assists, plus he has a good chance to keep a clean sheet. There is a reason why Digne has a high price.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal v Aston Villa)

Every Arsenal defender will be questionable, so not many will opt to risk them. But this choice is for chances of gaining assists rather than a clean sheet. Maintland-Niles has played 90 full minutes of every Premier League game so far, going forward with the likes of Pepe, Aubameyang and Lacazette – so he creates chances for those attackers to convert crosses.

Martin Montoya (£4.5, Brighton v Newcastle)

The most reasonable option at this price; could produce when facing the likes of Newcastle. Graham Potter prefers an attacking style of football, and with a vulnerable Newcastle defense, Montoya can give an assists moving forward.

Joao Cancelo (£5.4, Man City v Watford)

Pep Guardiola will focus on his defensive approach more than his attacking style due to the loss of Aymeric Laporte and John Stones. With Kyle Walker playing almost 80 minutes of football this week against Olympiakos, Cancelo may start and look for his first clean sheet in a City shirt.

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Midfielders

James Maddison (£7.1, Leicester v Tottenham)

Despite Maddison having the most key passes in the league with 100 last season, he has only nine after five matches now, which doesn’t even put him in the top 10 so far. However, placing bets on him against an unpredictable Spurs side could deliver points to fantasy managers.

Todd Cantwell (£4.7, Norwich v Burnley)

Cantwell has become the heart of Norwich, the main man behind Teamu Pukki’s many goals. The English midfielder should put in an impressive performance against a struggling Burnley side, so he should produce the points.

David Silva (£7.5, Man City v Watford)

D. Silva has already provided four assists in five games. He didn’t even feature in the Champions League this week, so he will start and provide another world-class performance against Watford with a couple of assists or even a goal for fantasy managers.

Richarlison (£8.0, Everton v Sheffield United)

The Brazil forward looks to bring his goal-scoring form back to a Marco Silva side that finally looks a bit more organized than last season. So Richarlison should shine, especially against Sheffield.

Heung-Min Son (£9.5, Tottenham v Leicester)

Son played only the final 15 minutes in the Champions League, and is coming from a confidence-boosting brace last weekend against Palace. Center stage will be set for him, so expect a couple of goals from this guy.

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Forwards

Teemu Pukki (£7.1, Norwich v Burnley)

The surprise package of the season will not stop scoring. With six goals in five games, expect him to continue adding to his tally against Burnley.

Sebastien Haller (£7.5, West Ham v Man United)

The Red Devils are still looking to reign in their defensive errors, and Haller is looking to regain his momentum of putting the ball in the net, so this will be an interesting game to watch, especially after United’s defense runs in Europa League today (Thursday). West Ham’s forward is one who needs one opportunity to poach a goal, so his chance to score will be high.

Sergio Aguero (£12.1, Man City v Watford)

There really is not much to say since Aguero’s second name has become ‘goals’. The Argentinian was rested in City’s Champions League fixture so will feature against a sloppy Watford defense.

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What players are you planning to add and remove? Who is worth risking in fixtures such as Liverpool v Chelsea? Are you planning to go all-in with your wildcard for this week? What players will you go for despite European football and travel midweek? Please let us know in the comments below!

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