The international break gave Fantasy Premier League managers an opportunity to sit back and take assess how their season has started.
While it might be tempting to play your first wildcard, the UEFA Nations League games could throw a spanner in the works injury wise so it’s best to hold fire until they are out of the way.
Liverpool have started the Premier League season on fire and remain one of the title favourites through the Croatian portal Sportskokladenje24, but Watford and Chelsea are also on maximum points from four games.
Reigning champions Manchester City lurk ominously just two points behind and still lead the way in terms of the shortest odds.
While there is little value in backing Pep Guardiola’s side for the title, there are plenty of viable options for your fantasy football team, and we have picked out five that are worth consideration.
Sadio Mané | Midfielder | Liverpool | £10.0
There are no doubt plenty of smug managers in WhatsApp groups across the globe giving it the big one about how they had Sadio Mané in their team from day one. And who can blame them?
The Senegal international has been on fire so far and has bagged ten more points (39) than the second highest scoring midfielder.
The fact that he is listed as a midfielder and plays so far forward for Liverpool only adds to his value, and is a nice alternative for those not willing to stump up the cash for Mohamed Salah.
Be warned though, Liverpool face Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester City in three of their next four game.
Kieran Trippier | Defender | Tottenham Hotspur | £6.0
After a superb World Cup for England, there was concern that Kieran Trippier may be rested for the early part of the season, or be heavily rotated with Serge Aurier as was the case last season.
However, with Spurs yet to fire on all cylinders Mauricio Pochettino will want to go with his strongest side possible in the coming weeks, and that definitely includes Trippier.
The difference between this season and last is the fact that Trippier is now seen as something of a deadball expert from corners and free kicks, and he has already scored one of the latter against Fulham.
Every team should have one premium defender around the £6.0 mark and Trippier is proving a popular choice.
Danny Ings | Striker | Southampton | £5.6
After an injury riddled few years, Danny Ings decided that it was time to leave Liverpool on loan in search of first team football.
A move to Southampton looks like a good one for both sides; the Saints have struggled for a regular goalscorer in recent seasons, while Ings gets a proper crack at the Premier League.
Two goals in four games so far is a good return and could be a sign of things to come when the 26-year-old reaches full match fitness.
As cheap options go, you could do worse than having a striker who will start every week when fit.
José Holebas | Defender | Watford | £4.8
Everybody loves a cheap defender because it allows you to redirect some of your finances to the more glamourous positions.
While Watford’s bubble is likely to burst sooner rather than later, José Holebas is a very viable option over the course of the season because he’s a regular in their starting line up.
He has also started the season on fire, with a goal and four assists as well as a clean sheet against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Watford players probably won’t start for you every week going forward but someone like Holebas could prove a shrewd option to have in your five-man defensive rotation.
Neil Etheridge | Goalkeeper | Cardiff City | £4.6
Admittedly, Neil Etheridge’s 32 points are thanks in large part to two penalty saves but the Cardiff City goalkeeper has been in good form overall.
The Bluebirds will very likely occupy a spot at the bottom end of the table throughout the campaign but that means plenty of work for Etheridge between the posts.
In the 3-2 defeat to Arsenal, he made eight saves, having registered six against Newcastle United in Gameweek 2.
Etheridge may not be your starter every week but is a good option when your first choice goalkeeper has an unfavourable match up.