Commentator Dan Dawson has picked out five players to look out for at the PDC Autumn Series, which gets underway on Saturday.

Dawson will be joined by Paul Nicholson and Chris Murphy as part of the PDCTV commentary team across the five days of Players Championship events from September 12-16.

Michael van Gerwen

1. Michael van Gerwen

It is not often that we head into Pro Tour events thinking that the world number one is in need of putting some results together, but after failing to make the playoffs in the Premier League, this is a big week for MvG.

If he emulates his displays at the Summer Series (where he won two of the five events) it could help him get back some of the confidence he appears to have lost, and things could be back on track in time for the World Series Finals, World Grand Prix and Grand Slam.

Devon Petersen

2. Devon Petersen

Africa's number one has made giant strides in terms of his performance levels over the last few months, after tweaking his action and working with Wayne Mardle.

Petersen is sitting comfortably in the top 10 in the averages list for Players Championship events this year, and was only denied a first ever ranking final position by Gerwyn Price in the Summer Series, despite averaging a monstrous 113 in that game.

If he continues to produce these levels of performance, there is little doubt he will reap some major rewards.

Dimitri Van den Bergh

3. Dimitri Van den Bergh

The most recent new major champion had not even won a senior title in PDC darts until his success at the World Matchplay, but now needs to follow up that victory.

The young Belgian has always been regarded as a major threat on big stages and in televised tournaments, but his floor form has meant he has not qualified for as many as he would have liked.

Things have steadily improved in Pro Tour events for Dimitri, but now that his Matchplay win has catapulted him up to 12th in the world rankings, he can no longer be regarded as a star of the future - he is one who needs to start adding more titles to his collection.

Danny Noppert

4. Danny Noppert

A regular in quarter-finals and semi-finals, Noppert still only has the one PDC title to his name.  However, if he continues to have deep runs in Pro Tour events, he will have opportunities to add to his haul.

Only 11 players are averaging more than the Dutchman in the Players Championship series this year, and sometimes his slightly slow pace can disguise the immense quality of his performances.

It is a real dogfight for the Dutch number two spot right now, with Noppert, Jeffrey de Zwaan and Jermaine Wattimena all nestled next to each other in the world rankings (and Vincent van der Voort) not far behind.

A good Autumn Series for any one of them could cement a place at the World Cup of Darts alongside Michael van Gerwen.

Jose De Sousa

5. Jose de Sousa

Behold the Portuguese Man o' Scores, marvel at his ridiculous scoring power, and laugh at his slightly-too-frequent mathematical errors.

Why would you single out a player ranked only just inside the world's top 50 and who can barely count?

Because he's unreal. That's why.