Last season's Bundesliga top scorer added his name to the scoresheet after goals either side of the break from Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Jermaine Jones put Schalke in control, before Torsten Oehrl netted a consololation for the visitors late on.
Big Papa Pump
A bit of a slow burner early on, the game sprung to life in the tenth minute when Aristide Bance broke free and saw his goal-bound effort spin behind for a corner off Papadopoulos. Schalke were struggling to find the sort of tempo that stretched Hannover 96 to great effect last time out, with long balls down the flanks failing to find their targets.
Just like last week, though, Schalke made the most of a right-wing corner as Papadopoulos powered Farfan's pinpoint delivery into the net for 1-0 after 33 minutes. The returning Farfan provided a consistent outlet for his back four, but Augsburg's Bance was just as much of a threat at the other end, just about edging an intriguing first-half duel with goal-scorer Papadopoulos.
Schalke needed just 60 seconds to stretch their lead after the restart, as Jermaine Jones darted into the box to fire low and hard past the helpless Simon Jentzsch, before Augsburg's Knowledge Musona wasted a glorious opportunity to reduce the arrears five minutes later.
That was as good as it got for the Bavarians as Jones struck the post and Huntelaar rose to meet a Farfan cross for his second in as many games in the 72nd minute. Augsburg did manage a consolation, though - substitute Oehrl stroking across the line after Lars Unnerstahl could only parry Daniel Baier's cross.