Three novel ways to spend your £100m Fantasy Premier League budget this season

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With just days remaining before the Premier League season kicks off, there is a strong chance you’re wondering whether you’ve taken the correct approach in selecting your Fantasy Premier League side.

From balancing the budget to prioritising midfielders or strikers, selection can cause headaches – so why not put your faith in one of the following approaches?

All Out Attack

Arsenal’s transfer dealings have left them with a stacked attack but a less impressive defence. Following the same tactic in FPL prompts the question: how much heavy artillery can you squeeze into your squad?

There are six players who cost £10m or more in this season’s competition, but fitting them all in one team is impossible under the £100m budget restriction.

By downgrading Sadio Mane to his cheapest possible midfield equivalent (From £11.5m to £4.5m) we can fit five of the six most expensive players into a squad – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11m) Sergio Aguero (£12m) Harry Kane (£11m) Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) and Raheem Sterling (£12m).

So while your defence and half of your midfield will be weak, you will be blessed (in theory) with the game’s greatest possible attack for your £100m – worth the risk?

Last Season's Wonders

Most FPL managers will take the previous season into consideration while putting their squad together, but how many 2018/19 points could a manager afford in this year’s starting XI?

The answer (with as cheap a bench as possible) is 2,079 (2,338 with Salah as captain all season) a score which would easily have placed you in the top 1% of players last season.

Following such a method would leave bosses with a well-stocked defence, made affordable by bargains up front and in midfield in the shape of Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser and Wolves’ Raul Jimenez, both of whom notched 181 points last year.

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New Faces In England

However, if you’re not one for living in the past, you might want to consider a more refreshing approach…

Yes, this is an FPL squad made entirely of players who weren’t playing Premier League football last season – if you’re looking to unearth a hidden gem or two, this could be the strategy for you.

Prices in this squad of unknowns are modest, which means the team is worth just £91m of a possible £100m.

Only Arsenal’s record signing Nicolas Pepe (£9.5m) is priced higher than £7.5m, while West Ham’s Sebastien Haller (£7.5m) and Everton’s Moise Kean (£7m) catch the eye up front.

Apart from Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic (£7.5m) the rest of the team reads like a who’s who of players who could either emerge as must-have bargains, or else fall by the wayside. Would you dare leave your FPL team’s chances in the hands of this squad?

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