Premier League Fantasy Picks: From Brighton's man of the moment, to in-form goalkeeper with double gameweek
With the cup competitions taking a back seat again for a moment, it's back to the Premier League this weekend.
As it's the first round of games since the transfer deadline passed, there's bound to be some new faces on display.
But new signings – particularly in January – can pose a bit of a risk at first in fantasy football, so sticking to what you know may be the way to go for now.
Harnessing Opta data, Stats Perform identifies some fantasy picks who will hopefully give you the edge.
David de Gea (Manchester United v Crystal Palace, and Manchester United v Leeds United)
Erik ten Hag has improved United in a host of ways, but arguably their most significant improvement has been defensively.
As such, De Gea's eight clean sheets this season is bettered by only Nick Pope (12) and Aaron Ramsdale (nine), with his average of 0.4 per 90 minutes his best record since the 2017-18 season.
United also have a double gameweek consisting of two home matches, the first of which is against Crystal Palace, whose haul of 18 goals scored is only better than five teams.
Benoit Badiashile (Chelsea v Fulham)
French centre-back Badiashile appears to have settled in well at Stamford Bridge, certainly making his presence known defensively with his 13 clearances across his two games bettered by just two players in the league.
Both of those matches have also resulted in clean sheets for Chelsea, who are starting to look a little sturdier at the back.
Fulham are an entirely different proposition this season compared to their usual efforts in the top flight, so they should not be taken lightly, but Badiashile is contributing to Chelsea being stronger defensively.
A third successive clean sheet is not out of the question.
Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton and Hove Albion v Bournemouth)
The man everyone seems to be talking about at the moment.
Mitoma is among the Premier League's most exciting players currently, with his brilliant ability with the ball at his feet getting fans off their seats.
But there is substance to his play as well. He has been involved in eight goals in his past 11 league outings, while only seven players have more than his five involvements since his first top-flight start on October 29.
Further to that, over the same period, James Ward-Prowse (33.3 per cent) is the only player with a better shot conversion rate (minimum 10 shots) than Mitoma (30.8 per cent).
Bournemouth have been warned.
Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa v Leicester City)
Watkins has not really kicked on since his promising first campaign in the Premier League, but there have been signs of promise under Unai Emery.
Since the Basque coach was appointed, Watkins' four goal involvements for Villa is a high in the Premier League, and up next is one of the division's leakiest defences on current form.
Leicester have conceded 10 league goals since the post-World Cup restart, with only Everton (11) letting in more.