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The fantasy football guru - Gamweek 1

As always, the first week of the new Premier League season offered much excitement and some surprise results.

The surprising results we often see in the Premier League make the challenge of being a successful fantasy football manager all the more difficult, with each game being so hard to call.

So how did you get on in Gameweek 1?

How many of you predicted that Manchester United would lose and fail to score against Everton?

How many of you predicted that Fulham would smash five past Norwich City?

Well if you did, you must be sitting pretty, near the top of your fantasy football leagues.

If you were caught out by the results in Gameweek 1, Total Football's very own fantasy football guru, Glen Walter, is here to offer some words of wisdom to help you find the right players to propel you to the top of your fantasy leagues.

Gameweek 1 - The big point scorers

Chelsea had two games in Gameweek 1 and managed to claim maximum points, so it's no big surprise to see some of Roberto Di Matteo's men already picking up big points in fantasy football.

Their two stand-out point scorers were new boy Eden Hazard, who managed to bag himself an incredible five assists in the two matches, and defender Branislav Ivanovic who shocked many by scoring in both of Chelsea's opening fixtures, picking up some decent bonus points for his efforts.

Out of the players that only had one fixture in Gameweek 1, Swansea's Miguel Michu was the highest scoring player, gaining 18 points, notching up an assist and two goals.

Damien Duff was another player that fantasy managers will wish they had in Gameweek 1.

The Fulham winger grabbed a goal and an assist, as well as receiving two bonus points for his performance.

Tips for Gameweek 2

Next up for Swansea is a home game against West Ham, so this may provide further opportunity for Miguel Michu to rack up some points.

Manchester United entertain Fulham at Old Trafford and they will be looking to bounce back after being beaten and outplayed by Everton in their season opener at Goodison Park.

Robin van Persie may be in line to start against Fulham after his brief cameo role against Everton, and it would take a brave fantasy manager to bet against him continuing where he left off last season at Arsenal.

Tottenham are another team looking to get their first points of the season after a loss in their first fixture.

Spurs lost to away to Newcastle, but having signed last season's prolific striker Emmanuel Adebayor on a permanent deal, this may be a move that fantasy managers should take notice of, considering he is likely to be in contention to start at home against West Brom.

Hazard has got off to a flying start in his Chelsea career, but faces a much sterner test as Chelsea take on the impressive Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge in Gameweek 2.

Despite this, Hazard will be in a confident mood heading into the game with Newcastle, and it won't be a shock to see him picking up an assist or two if Chelsea manage to break down Alan Pardew's well constructed defense.

So good luck, and don't forget to choose your team wisely!

By Glen Walter - The fantasy football guru - Follow me on Twitter: @GlenWalter27

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