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FPL reflections: Ceballos can spark mini-league rise

The Scout 7 Sep 2019
Dani Ceballos, Arsenal

The Scout's Panel of experts says Arsenal's Spaniard is one of several budget midfielders exceeding their price tag

With the international break giving us time to reflect on the start of the season, The Scout consults the Panel of experts to highlight the best budget and premium picks for Gameweek 5 and beyond.

Budget midfielders

Dani Ceballos (£5.7m) is a prime example of a player who is outperforming his price tag.

The Arsenal playmaker made a big impression on his first start in the Premier League, guiding the Gunners to a 3-1 win at home to Burnley in Gameweek 2.

His two assists and 11 FPL points in that match turned the heads of many Fantasy managers.

He is the sixth most-bought midfielder in the game, brought in by 794,000+ new owners, and is one of many cut-price players in his position catching the eye of the experts.  

What the experts say

Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily): Ceballos was left out against Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal lacked creativity behind the front three. He immediately had a shot when he came on and encouraged the crowd to get behind the team, so I like his attitude heading into a nice run of fixtures.

Holly Shand (@FFCommunity_): This is a price bracket I'm struggling with on Wildcard. I’m tempted by John McGinn (£5.6m) who has had a decent start to the season and offers some good upcoming fixtures.

Tom (@WGTA_FPL): This is a dodgy price bracket, much like forwards under £7.0m, but there are many in the race. Mason Mount (£6.4m) at Chelsea looks to have both the numbers and his manager's backing to flourish.

Ash (@FPLHints): I can't look beyond Todd Cantwell (£4.8m). He's not just an enabler. He plays in advanced roles and was unfortunate not to score in Gameweek 4.

Paul Gee (FPLPaulGee): Ceballos had a really impressive cameo against Spurs and his price point is fantastic. Just make sure you have a playing first sub as a back-up in case of rotation around Arsenal’s UEFA Europa League line-ups. 

Josh Landon (@hailcheaters): Have we slept on Daniel James (£6.1m) long enough? He can look peripheral in matches but seems to have a remarkable knack for being in the right place at the right time.

Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg): Andriy Yarmolenko (£5.9m) could be a surprise package over the next few fixtures. He looks to be over his long-term injury, has quality and likes to shoot.

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily): With Sebastien Haller (£7.5m) up top, West Ham midfielders now have a target man to play off. This makes Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson (£6.9m), Pablo Fornals (£6.3m) and Manuel Lanzini (£6.5m) look promising. Lanzini is my preferred option, with two assists already this term, as well as goals in pre-season.

Neal Thurman (@nealjthurman): Call me suspicious of young midfielders like James and Mount keeping up their goalscoring exploits, so give me Youri Tielemans (£6.4m) and his combination of goals and assists on a budget.

Also in this series 

Part 1: FPL reflections: Lundstram is Fantasy gold
Part 2: FPL reflections: Digne has form and fixtures
Part 4: FPL reflections: De Bruyne can hit 200 points
Part 5: FPL reflections: Barnes can extend goal spree
Part 6: FPL reflections: Matches lift Aubameyang appeal

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