There's something incredibly addictive about Fantasy Premier League, but apart from fuelling rivalries among friends and workplace banter, the game also provides an intriguing look at each weekend's best performers.
As the English top-flight approaches the 10-game milestone, here is the current Premier League Dream Team based on the points-based system used in the massively popular online game.
Goalkeeper: Artur Boruc (Southampton) | 45 points
With five clean sheets under his belt and only three goals conceded so far, Boruc is having a fine start to the new season.
His Fantasy Premier League stats show that he has made 23 important saves for his club and is already just 18 points away from reaching his points total from last season.
Right Centre-Back: Jose Fonte (Southampton) | 47 points
Jose Fonte is the joint-highest scoring defender on the game. Part of the Premier League's current best defensive four, the Southampton defender has collected five clean sheets, a goal, and maximum bonus points (three) in 1-0 victories against West Brom and Liverpool.
Centre-Back: Dejan Lovren (Southampton) | 51 points
Dejan Lovren is proving to be a superb signing by Southampton. A rock in the heart of the saints defence, he has held the line well along with Fonte and has also picked up 5 clean sheets.
The Croatian sits above Fonte in overall points despite having the same number of clean sheets, bonus points and goals scored.
However, Lovren picked up an assist in Southampton's recent 1-1 draw with Manchester United to give him the edge over Fonte.
Left Centre-Back: John Terry (Chelsea) | 47 points
The Chelsea captain looks back in business after a quiet season last year. Having a worrying partner in David Luiz, Terry is more alert than ever and has been a nightmare for opposition forwards – and defenders – this season.
Terry has managed some outstanding stats this season including two matches with a clean sheet and two bonus points, 11 points against Tottenham, largely thanks to his goal, and 12 points in the clash with Fulham when he picked up another clean sheet and an assist – also managing full bonus points in both games.
Right Midfield: Oscar (Chelsea) | 45 points
Possibly new manager Jose Mourinho's favourite player; Oscar has stepped up to the plate since pushing Juan Mata out for Chelsea's central no.10 position.
In a team where the midfield and defenders score more goals than their strikers, Oscar has hit the net four times in four separate games, picking up maximum bonus points in three games.
He has also contributed to the teams defence by helping out with three clean sheets for the Blues.
Central Midfield: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) | 58 points
What a start to the season Ramsey is having. With the arrival of Ozil and the midfield talent that Arsenal possessed already, it was looking as if Ramsey wouldn't even be on the pitch.
But this has not been the case, as with Cazorla out at the start to the season, Ramsey had to step up and boy is he living up to the level people felt he could reach.
With five goals and three assists, he has produced his best goalscoring season for Arsenal just eight games into the campaign. Only 25 points off his overall haul from last year, Ramsey is a real star for the Gunners at the moment.
Central Attacking Midfield: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) | 56 points
Not exactly a midfielder, but I have chosen for Aguero to sit just behind the two front men in this line-up. The Argentine is a monster on his day, and can rip Premier League defences apart with his blistering pace, ball control and dribbling.
Picking up six goals and four assists in seven games, Aguero, who has only played a full 90 minutes once this season, looks set to improve on his rather quiet 2012-13 campaign.
Central Midfield: Yaya Toure (Manchester City) | 52 points
With five games scoring seven points or higher, Yaya Toure has been a towering beast at the centre of Manchester's Midfield.
Picking up four goals as well as contributing to 3 clean sheets, Toure has notched bonus points on a number of occasions this season including the maximum of three in City's 2-0 victory over Hull.
Playing the full 90 minutes in every game so far this season, Toure is a great asset to have in your fantasy team as it doesn't look like he'll be off the pitch any time soon – unless injury strikes.
Left Midfield: Adam Lallana (Southampton) | 44 points
Lallana has been a real driving force for Southampton up front. With the defence sorted and having fantastic games week in, week out, Lallana is helping push the Saints front line forward with main man Rickie Lambert out of form.
Lallana has picked up two goals and two assists, while also picking up an amazing six clean sheets!
The reason why Lallana has more clean sheets than his team-mates this season is because he was taken off before Southampton conceded during the 1-0 loss to Norwich.
A real danger man to look out for, Lallana has picked up 11 points and 12 points in his last two games against Swansea and Manchester United.
Right Forward: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) | 59 points
What a signing for Liverpool! Daniel Sturridge has been amazing for the Reds since his January transfer to Anfield last season.
The fastest player to score 20 goals for Liverpool, he is also currently the highest points scorer on Fantasy Premier League.
The league's top scorer has seven goals in eight games, as well as two assists and a total of 10 bonus points.
With Suarez back in the line up, it looks like the 'SAS' partnership is going to continue racking up goals and assists for the rest of the season.
Left Forward: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) | 53 points
With four goals in Arsenal's first four games, Giroud has been quiet in front of goal ever since with no goals in the last four games.
However, if it's not Giroud being supplied with chances, then the Frenchman is the one setting up goals for his team-mates. With the creative genius playing behind Giroud, he'll surely be back to his scoring ways soon enough.
However, in his last four games he has picked up three assists including two in Arsenal's recent 4-1 demolition of Norwich City.
Not picking up any bonus points since the last match he scored, Giroud will be looking to hit the back of the net in the next few games.
Leighton Baines (Everton) | 44 points
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) | 43 points
Robbie Brady (Hull City) | 42 points
Loic Remy (Newcastle United) | 42 points
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) | 39 points
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