Winning 26 national fantasy football prizes in games such as The Sun, Telegraph and SkySports since 2010, Russell Cane now works for daily Fantasy Football game Oulala.
By Russell Cane
Every week, I will highlight a batch of players that will offer you options on how to revamp your fantasy football team. The selections should help you achieve success in whichever fantasy game you play. Whether you're looking for a cheap option or an alternative pick that your rivals do not have, you'll find them here.
This weekend's watchlist are...
The Must Have - Kevin De Bruyne v Bournemouth
With three goals and two assists in his opening four Premier League games, the Belgian has impressed early on. He has scored or assisted at an average of every 67 minutes and with both Sergio Agüero and David Silva missing from action, the 24-year-old will be looked upon to continue his recent form for City in their absence. With games against Bournemouth, Norwich and Aston Villa in the coming weeks, De Bruyne is a pick that should reap rewards for your fantasy football side.
The Bargain Buy - Sadio Mané v Leicester City
Reasonably priced in every game, if you don't already have the Senegalese midfielder then this is the weekend to get him in. 2 goals and 4 assists already, Mané faces a Leicester City side this weekend that is yet to keep an away clean sheet so far this season. The 23-year-old has been involved in almost half of the goals that the Saints have scored. With games against Bournemouth and Sunderland on the horizon too, his fantasy football points return should be fruitful.
Leftfield Pick - Saido Berahino v Sunderland
Berahino has a low '% picked' in most games, making him a reasonable alternative option who your rivals probably don't have, his summer troubles appear to be firmly behind him. With two goals in his last two appearances against Everton and Aston Villa, a home game against a struggling Sunderland is as good as it gets. Fixtures against Norwich and Leicester follow Sunderland, as should more fantasy football points.
One to Avoid - Sergio Agüero
The most selected player in most fantasy games before the international break, it's likely that he features in your side. Get rid! It's expected that he could miss up to seven games after suffering a hamstring injury for Argentina. No fantasy football team can afford to include a non-playing premium player. Who do you replace him with? Alexis Sanchez would be the number one choice for obvious reasons if you do not already have the Chilean. Alternatives include Agüero's replacement Wilfried Bony who has attractive fixtures, however a lack of game-time and form is always a concern. Daniel Sturridge has returned from injury in good-form and Diego Costa is back from his suspension and likely to be chomping at the bit to get firing again.