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The 2017-18 Premier League season is almost here and fans across the country will be picking their fantasy football teams.

As ever, Profit Accumulator has its own FPL mini-league - and this season, we're throwing it open to non-members.

Matched bettors are a pretty savvy bunch and there's a lot of football knowledge among them. But, for those who would like to take them on, you are more than welcome.

Join the league here and use the code 776818-188835 

The prize breakdown looks like this:

1st place: 12-month free membership
2nd place: 6-month free membership
3rd place: 1-month free membership

Last season, 146 entered the league.

Daniel R's Denzel FC took the title with 2,402 points, head of Alan P's Team Handsome on 2,331.

Dave B's FC Madballs was third just a point behind on 2,330, while Chris P's Expected Toulouse was fourth on 2,269.

Roger W took the one-month free membership prize by finishing fifth on 2,253.

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Fantasy Premier League tips

Getting off to a good start is essential if you're hoping to be in the mix for honours at the end of the season. But who should be in your dream team?

The pundits at Draft Fantasy have crunched the numbers, analysed the stats and hereby declare the five golden rules to winning fantasy football this season.

Bring in a big gun

Harry Kane is the most picked player but you actually only need one or two of the big guns to help you bring home the trophy.

Here’s the top 10 most selected players so far on Draft Fantasy:

  1. Harry Kane, Spurs
  2. Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal
  3. Romelu Lukaku, Man Utd
  4. Dele Alli, Spurs
  5. Eden Hazard, Chelsea
  6. Sergio Aguero, Man City
  7. Christian Eriksen, Spurs
  8. Kevin De Bruyne, Man City
  9. Sadio Mane, Liverpool
  10. Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal

Look at the new boys

In terms of the highest point scorers, the top 10 is pretty much as you might expect, but don’t forget talent from newly promoted teams. Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert and Huddersfield’s Tom Ince are good options based on their performance last season.

This is what the top 10 highest scoring players would look like if Championship points counted:

  1. Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal
  2. Dele Alli, Spurs
  3. Anthony Knockaert, Brighton 
  4. Eden Hazard, Chelsea
  5. Tom Ince, Huddersfield 
  6. Christian Eriksen, Spurs
  7. Romelu Lukaku, Man Utd
  8. Glenn Murray, Brighton 
  9. Kevin De Bruyne, Man City
  10. Matt Richie, Newcastle 

Make a shortlist

Use this shortlist of the best-scoring players for each position to arm you with options:

Strikers

  1. Harry Kane, Spurs
  2. Romelu Lukaku, Man Utd
  3. Diago Costa, Chelsea
  4. Roberto Firmino, Liverpool
  5. Joshua King, Bournemouth
  6. Sergio Aguero, Man City
  7. Jermaine Defoe, Bournemouth
  8. Jamie Vardy, Leicester
  9. Fernando Llorente, Swansea
  10. Christian Benteke, Crystal Palace

Midfielders

  1. Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal
  2. Dele Alli, Spurs
  3. Eden Hazard, Chelsea
  4. Christian Eriksen, Spurs
  5. Kevin De Bruyne, Man City
  6. Gylfi Sigurdsson, Swansea
  7. Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool
  8. Mesut Ozil, Arsenal
  9. Pedro, Chelsea
  10. Sadio Mane, Liverpool

Defenders

  1. Marcos Alonso, Chelsea
  2. Gary Cahill, Chelsea
  3. Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea
  4. Kyle Walker, Man City
  5. James Milner, Liverpool
  6. David Luiz, Chelsea
  7. Toby Alderweireld, Spurs
  8. Leighton Baines, Everton
  9. Charlie Daniels, Bournemouth
  10. Ashley Williams, Everton

Goalkeepers

  1. Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea
  2. Hugo Lloris, Spurs
  3. Petr Cech, Arsenal
  4. David De Gea, Man Utd
  5. Fraser Forster, Southampton
  6. Tom Heaton, Burnley
  7. Artur Boruc, Bournemouth
  8. Ben Foster, West Brom
  9. Lukasz Fabianski, Swansea
  10. Heurelho Gomez, Watford

Assess new arrivals

Just because they were expensive doesn’t mean they’ll earn you points. Here’s how the Premier League’s new signings would’ve performed in Draft Fantasy based on last season:

  1. Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal
  2. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool
  3. Davy Klaassen, Everton
  4. Bernardo Silva, Man City
  5. Steve Mounie, Huddersfield
  6. Sandro Ramirez, Everton
  7. Benjamin Mendy, Man City
  8. Javier Hernandez, West Ham
  9. Florian Lejeune, Newcastle
  10. Antonio Rudiger, Chelsea