The Premier League begins today and time is running out to select your Dream Team XI.
The fantasy world is also full of frantic last minute transfers, as managers scramble to assemble the best team possible before the deadline strikes.
It’s a stressful time, but fear not, because here at talkSPORT.com, we’re on hand to help.
We’ve already picked out ten hidden gems with low ownership, but there’s a reason why everyone picks the big dogs.
If Mohamed Salah scores a hat-trick and he’s not in your team, you could be in serious trouble.
So we’ve taken a look at the highest owned players in the game. You’ll definitely need some of these…
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Bernardo Silva (£4.5m) – 30.8 per cent
Bernardo Silva was quite simply sensational last season, emerging as a real star in the absence of Kevin de Bruyne.
The Belgian is back fit this season, but that shouldn’t keep B. Silva out of the side, even though Pep Guardiola loves to rotate.
He got seven goals and seven assists in the Premier League last season.
Harry Maguire (£3.5m) – 31.3 per cent
When the game was launched, Maguire was a Leicester player. We’re not sure why his stock has risen to much since he joined a lesser club.
But now that he’s at Manchester United, he becomes the third-most owned defender in the game.
The Red Devils should be tighter at the back this season – and Maguire guarantees the odd goal from a set-piece.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£6m) – 35 per cent
The Arsenal striker shared the Golden Boot last season with Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. So he’s understandably a popular choice.
Aubameyang netted 22 times in the Premier League, plus he’s on penalty duties for the Gunners, so that total could increase with the introduction of VAR.
Sadio Mane (£6m) – 36 per cent
Goals from midfield are key in Dream Team, with extra points on offer, so it’s difficult to overlook Mane.
The Senegal international matched Salah’s tally last season – and he’s £1.5m cheaper than his Liverpool team-mate.
However, he only returned to training on Monday due to his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations, so there is a chance he won’t feature against Norwich on Friday night.
Andy Robertson (£4.5m) – 37.8 per cent
Clean sheets, assists, bonus points – what more could you want?
Liverpool boasted the best defence in the league last season and Robertson was the highest-scoring defender in Dream Team.
A real no-brainer, this one.
Harry Kane (£7m) – 43.9 per cent
Imagine how many goals Harry Kane would score if he stayed fit and bagged a few in August?
As it stands, he’s already won the Golden Boot once and hit 30 goals in the 2017/18 campaign, despite an ankle injury.
Last term, he only managed 17 strikes, but his goals-per-minute ratio was actually better than Salah’s.
If he plays 38 games, he’ll be difficult to beat, especially with the introduction of VAR possibly resulting in more penalties.
Sergio Aguero (£7.5m) – 45.2 per cent
Given how incredible Aguero has been for such a sustained period of time, it seems strange he only has one Golden Boot to show for it.
What’s even more bonkers is last season was the first time he was named in the PFA Team of the Year.
But end-of-season awards are biased in favour of people who have been exceptional for a short amount of time, which means longevity can often be overlooked.
Aguero remains one of the deadliest strikers in Europe, although beware of Pep Guardiola’s infamous rotation policy.
Mohamed Salah (£7.5m) – 47.4 per cent
Two seasons in the Premier League. Two Golden Boots. That’s not a bad return.
Those who labelled Salah a one-season wonder were given several slices of humble pie as the Egyptian just kept on scoring.
It doesn’t matter how you defend, whether you play a high line or sit deep, Salah will find a way to get in behind.
He’s another player set to benefit from the possibility of more penalties next season.
Virgil van Dijk (£6m) – 51 per cent
The reigning PFA Player of the Year will ensure Liverpool keep plenty of clean sheets.
He also chips in with the odd goal and rakes in the bonus points – plus you can absolutely guarantee he starts every game.
But with Robertson available for £1.5m less and more likely to get assists, we’d suggest picking the Scot. Or just get both!
Raheem Sterling (£6.5m) – 56.2 per cent
No surprises here. You’ve got a midfielder, almost guaranteed to start for Manchester City, who has reached double figures in goals and assists for the past two seasons.
City are a minefield for fantasy football players due to Guardiola’s rotation policy, but despite their incredible depth in attack, Sterling still gets the nod every weak.
He’s surely a must for your Dream Team XI.
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