The return of the Premier League sees Fantasy Football make a comeback.
“It's only a game”, you say to yourself,.”I'll forget about it after three weeks”, and you probably will. But the lead up is all consuming.
Whether you're a fully fledged professional Fantasy Football player who analyses and prepares meticulously or simply someone who participates in a league to be social with their friends the fear is real; you don't want to embarrass yourself.
Pride is at stake.
Do you go with the guaranteed points – the players who always deliver? Or are you more of an Arsené Wenger pre-2002 – always looking to find the undervalued talent in the hope it gives you an advantage?
If you're one of the many in the world who want instant rewards then why not try Yahoo's Daily Fantasy Football. It's quick, easy and if you know your stuff you can be in the money by Saturday evening.
Here at Football Whispers, we've done the hard work for you and taken a look at five players you should definitely build your team around this season.
The Tottenham striker is a must for all. He's by no means cheap – £12.5 on the Premier League's Fantasy Football game and £29 on Yahoo Fantasy Football – but he's worth it. Goals are the currency and over the past three seasons Kane has been cash rich.
He's scored 75 goals during that time and last season only Dele Alli (225) and Alexis Sanchez (264) finished with more points than the Spurs striker (224). He's bound to be in the goals again this time around, especially when he's on free-kick and penalty duty.
He's as close to a sure thing as there is in the world of Fantasy Football.
Firmino may be viewed as a bit of a wildcard inclusion but he could well end up being great value for money. He's £8.5 in the normal game while you can make him a part of your Yahoo team for just £24.
The former Hoffenheim attacking midfielder was converted into a striker by Jürgen Klopp and he's hit double figures in both seasons and finished as the fourth best rated striker in Fantasy Football last season (180 points).
He's not been prolific by any stretch of the imagination but this season he's on penalty duty and with the pace of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané in their side Liverpool may see their spot-kick tally rise.
The 25-year-old is likely to chip in with a number of assists.
David De Gea
De Gea is the goalkeeping equivalent of Kane. He's going to earn you points throughout the season. Manchester United are unlikely to be breached as often as other clubs with the team José Mourinho has pieced together.
Furthermore, when the defence does let him down, the Spanish ‘keeper pulls of match winning saves at an alarming rate. He may not be as busy as others and therefore will miss out on bonus points but for £5.5 (and £16 on the Yahoo version) he's worth sticking with throughout the season.
Why look to save £0.5 by opting to go with Tom Heaton when he could be on the receiving end of a couple of maulings?
Kevin De Bruyne
You need a Manchester City player in your side but it's a question of who. Sergio Agüero will score goals but he is guaranteed a start? Gabriel Jesus is a dark horse but like Agüero he might not be starting on a regular basis.
Pep Guardiola has amazing depth at his disposal with plenty vying for a starting spot and very few could be classed as being ‘the first name on the team sheet'. But Kevin De Bruyne is one of them. He can pull the strings in a deeper role and do just as much damage in attack.
City will fancy their chances in the opening game of the season against Brighton and if the Premier League new boys are fazed by the occasion there's a chance for Pep's boys to really make a statement.
He's available for £10.5 – or £27 if you prefer to play on Yahoo – and if he repeats last season's performances which saw him finish as the fifth best ranked midfielder in the game it'll be money well spent.
Cedric may not be an automatic starter for many in defence with many managers instead opting for defenders from Man United and Spurs but under Southampton's new manager Mauricio Pellegrino, Cedric could be a revelation.
Last season he scored 102 points in a what was a disappointing Saints side but under Pellegrino, who puts emphasis on his full-backs being attacking outlets, he could see that number bulge.
For just £5.0 you're getting a defender who is part of a system that should, in theory, not concede many and he's part of the team's attacking plans.