As Fantasy Premier League managers can now select their 15-man squads, The Scout analyses standout budget and premium players in each position.
A kind opening run of matches raises the West Ham United centre-back's prospects in FPL.
West Ham schedule, GW2-12
|2||BHA (A)||2||8||CRY (H)||3|
|3||WAT (A)||3||9||EVE (A)||4|
|4||NOR (H)||2||10||SHU (H)||2|
|5||AVL (A)||2||11||NEW (H)||2|
|6||MUN (H)||4||12||BUR (A)||2|
Indeed, according to the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR), six of those matches over Gameweeks 2-12 score only two.
Balbuena's attacking threat at set-pieces highlights his all-round potential for FPL points.
The centre-back was limited to only 23 appearances due to injury last season.
Yet his 19 shots and 15 headed shots from set-pieces were more than any team-mate.
Balbuena was a big presence prior to sustaining an injury against Watford in Gameweek 18.
Indeed, the Paraguayan's 13 headed shots were second only to the 19 of Michael Keane (£5.5m) in FPL over that period.
He is priced at £4.5m to the £5.0m of Hammers' goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
That suggests Balbuena's potential for points at both ends of the pitch can make him a big value pick for initial squads.