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Robin van Persie picked up where he left of in racking up Sky Sports Fantasy Football points

Robin van Persie: Proving well worth his hefty price tag in Sky Sports Fantasy Football

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Over half of all Sky Sports Fantasy Football bosses were rewarded for splashing the cash on Robin van Persie in the opening gameweek.

The Dutchman was by far the most popular pick for the opening weekend, with 52 per cent selecting him despite the hefty fee of £10m, the highest in the game.

A 17-point haul was their reward as he bagged a brace and picked up the Sky Sports man-of-the-match award in Manchester United's 4-1 win over Swansea, maintaining the sort of form which has seen him top the Premier League scoring charts for the last two seasons.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was the second most selected player with a place in 30 per cent of sides and also rewarded the faith.

His penalty save which denied Jonathan Walters not only saw him rack up five points for a clean sheet but an additional three bonus points, leaving him with more points than any other stopper.

Having still been at Sunderland at the point when valuations were formulated, the Belgium international is relatively well priced at £4.9m compared to the likes of Joe Hart (6m) and David de Gea (£5.9m).

Two players touted as potential stars in our 'Wonderkids' season preview also delivered the goods on gameweek one, with Luke Shaw and Ross Barkley impressing.

Shaw was the second highest scorer with 15 points, having helped Southampton keep a clean sheet and earning the Saints' decisive penalty, also landing the man-of-the-match award in the process.

Barkley picked up just three less as he produced a standout display and scored a stunner in Everton's 2-2 draw at Norwich.

The pair are bargains at £5.3m and £4.3m respectively and could well play key roles for their sides this season.

Another cheaper option who showed potential to shine is Chelsea's Kevin de Bruyne, who assisted Oscar's opener against Hull.

The attacking midfielder is a mere £4.5m but how many more starts he is handed by Jose Mourinho remains to be seen, while his services seem to have eluded the attentions of Fantasy bosses with a place in just two per cent of sides.

Of the more popular picks, Philippe Coutinho (in 27% of sides) , Leighton Baines, (23%) and Jack Wilshere (23%) all failed to deliver, while the most popular summer signing, Roberto Soldado (18%), delivered seven points with a goal on his Tottenham debut.