With the likes of Phil Foden (£8.1m) and Leandro Trossard (£6.7m) outperforming popular picks such as Mohamed Salah (£12.8m), Luis Diaz (£8.2m) and Gabriel Martinelli (£6.6m), The Scout's panel of Fantasy Premier League experts reveal their midfield plans.
What the experts say
Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily)
I'm keen to stay invested with a heavy front three, so finding value in the midfield is key. Players like James Maddison (£8.0m) and Foden are great value, and even with Martinelli not quite hitting the heights of the early part of the season, he is ticking over the points and passing the eye test.
Rodrigo (£6.3m) has made his first start since Gameweek 5, getting the nod instead of Patrick Bamford (£7.3m), and is now low owned. With Leeds United facing Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Fulham in three of their next four fixtures, he could be a good differential. Leandro Trossard likewise, given the new, more attacking Brighton & Hove Albion system.
Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg)
If struggling for midfield picks, a change of formation to only play three is an option. I'm looking to attack the fixtures, still playing four with Maddison, Wilfried Zaha (£7.3m) and Raheem Sterling (£10.0m) in my team, and Jarrod Bowen (£8.1m) maybe coming in soon.
Pranil Sheth (@Lateriser12)
Despite their blank in Gameweek 12, Manchester City are simply the best attack in the league. They are head and shoulders above the rest. Foden is my favourite in this midfield spot.
Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily)
The mid-priced midfielder bracket is tricky to navigate right now. Despite Leicester's malaise, Maddison has the fixtures to find some form, as do Zaha and Bowen, with the latter looking to build on his haul from Gameweek 9.
I would stick with Martinelli despite his upcoming Blank Gameweek. Liverpool are conceding lots of big chances and then the Brazilian faces Leeds. I'll likely just bench him for Blank Gameweek 12.
Utkarsh Dalmia (@zophar666)
The mid-priced midfielder bracket is perking up and several good picks are emerging, like Bowen, Zaha, Foden and Maddison. With Erling Haaland (£12.1m) being the default captain, it might be wise to spread the funds around with these midfielders, rather than go for a second premium.
Holly Shand (@HollyShand)
I'm a very happy Kevin De Bruyne (£12.3m) owner but I've had my head turned by Foden's derby performance. I'm now considering losing Joao Cancelo (£7.2m) to get on an attacking Man City triple-up.
Managers who went against the grain with picks like Foden, Trossard and Bowen have been rewarded. These players have shown they have the potential to score big in any Gameweek. Sterling at Chelsea is one player I've been keeping an eye on, and with some great fixtures coming up he could be an excellent Salah replacement.
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Part 2: GW9 Bonus points
Part 3: FPL Saturday review: Bowen finds form ahead of kind run
Part 4: GW9 Lessons: Foden can lead midfield refresh