Many fantasy football managers were brought back down to earth this weekend after Gameweek 1’s high points totals.

Teemu Pukki (£6.7m) bagged a hat-trick at home against Newcastle , and was the top scorer of the week with 17 as he unsurprisingly also collected three bonus points.

Liverpool again showed defensive weakness as they conceded in their win at Southampton . But things could have been worse for Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m), Andy Robertson (£7.0m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.0m) owners if Danny Ings (£6.0m) had equalised from a few yards out.

Raheem Sterling (£12.1m), Sergio Aguero (£12.0m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£9.6m) all delivered for Man City, but managers with Aymeric Laporte (£6.5m) and Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) were left disappointed as Tottenham scored twice to earn a draw at the Etihad.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) scored for the second week in a row for Arsenal , but his future prospects look bleak as the Gunners face tough tests against Liverpool and Spurs in their next two matches.

Ahead of Gameweek 3, Mirror Sport has picked out some trends to keep an eye on:

Sticking with Salah

Fantasy Football managers should not be quick to discard Mohamed Salah

FPL managers are not known for their patience, especially when it comes to the most expensive players in the game.

With De Bruyne, Sterling and Sadio Mane (£11.5m) all outscoring Mohammed Salah (£12.5m) this week, some managers may be tempted to get rid of Salah for a cheaper option, freeing up funds to spend elsewhere.

However, the Egyptian has a good record against Arsenal, with three goals in four games vs the North London side.

It would be wise to persevere with the Liverpool man, despite his failure to score against Southampton, as he is still the second-most selected player in the game with a known appetite for goals.

Premium defenders Unlucky

Tottenham scored with both their shots on target against Man City
 

Expensive defenders are very popular this season, with many bosses opting to have at least two players from Man City and Liverpool.

Both sides conceded this week, with City letting Spurs score twice at the Etihad and Liverpool almost allowing Southampton to comeback from two goals down.

The stats suggest City were very unlucky to concede one, let alone two, with Spurs having an expected goals of 0.2, scoring twice from just two shots on target.

Meanwhile, it was an error from Adrian (£4.5m) that was responsible for Southampton wiping out Liverpool’s clean sheet, as opposed to poor defensive organisation.

It really is a case of fine margins, with these results leaving managers with two City/Liverpool defenders with 2-4 points instead of 12-15.

Pukki peaked early?

Teemu Pukki bagged three goals against Newcastle

Pukki has had an electric start to the season, popping up with an unlikely consolation goal at Anfield before netting a hat-trick against Newcastle over the weekend.

With four goals in two games, the Finn has already seen his price rise £0.2m from the start of the season as managers look to him as a bargain forward.

Despite top-scoring in the Championship last season, Pukki’s top level pedigree is questionable, with unsuccessful stints at Sevilla, Schalke and Celtic raising doubts about his abilities.

It remains to be seen whether the 29-year-old can continue his red-hot form, and facing Chelsea and Man City in his next two home fixtures might curtail his goalscoring exploits.

Chelsea’s rotation rollercoaster

Frank Lampard's early squad rotation at could be an early sign of things to come at Chelsea

Frank Lampard seems the polar opposite of his predecessor Maurizio Sarri, whose team selection was often very predictable.

Lampard changed two of his attacking quartet from Gameweek 1, with Tammy Abraham (£7.0m) and Ross Barkley (£6.0m) missing out to Olivier Giroud (£7.0m) and Christian Pulisic (£7.5m).

Mason Mount (£6.0m) and Pedro (£7.0m) have started both games, with the former netting against Leicester .

Pedro’s place, however, could be under threat with Willian’s (£7.0m) imminent return to fitness.

Although Chelsea seem to create chances freely and may be appealing with relatively cheap players, Mount seems the only ‘nailed on’ option for the near future.

Crossing game reaping rewards

Lucas Digne has proven himself to be a danger going forward

Swinging the ball into the box with pacey wingers is nowhere near as popular as it used to be, but that’s not to say good crossers should be overlooked.

James Maddison (£7.0m) assisted from a corner against Chelsea, and De Bruyne twice assisted from crosses for Man City.

Everton ’s Gylfi Sigurdsson (£8.0m) also provided two enticing balls for Richarlison (£8.0m), who somehow headed over both times.

Lucas Digne (£6.0m) bagged an assist for Everton, and although his was not a cross, the ball to Bernard (£6.5m) highlighted his fantastic eye for a pass and supreme technical ability.

All four men (along with Mount) are also set-piece specialists and known technicians, so could be worth having in your team for consistent attacking returns.

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Digne went off injured for Everton, but Marco Silva played down the severity: “He started to feel a bit more tired and gave the sign to me to make the change.”

Zinchenko appeared to only stay on the pitch as City had already made all their changes, but reports post-match suggest it was just cramp.

John Stones (£5.5m) missed the Spurs game entirely, and Pep Guardiola said he could be out for “one week, 10 days”, casting doubts over his availability for Gameweek 3.

Joelinton (£6.0m) was subbed off for Newcastle and Steve Bruce indicated the Brazilian would need an X-ray to determine the extent of the injury.