The Scout’s panel of Fantasy Premier League experts discuss the key dilemmas facing managers when building their Gameweek 17 squads with the unlimited free transfers.
I think there is a strong case to go with Erling Haaland (£12.2m) as a permanent captain and use the funds elsewhere for different options.
That allows for a rotating second premium such as Kevin De Bruyne (£12.6m) or Harry Kane (£11.6m), or spending more in defence on Joao Cancelo (£7.4m), Reece James (£5.8m) or Andrew Robertson (£6.8m).
Haaland is a gift and certainly the go-to for captaincy each Gameweek. However, I'll certainly be going for two premiums in my Gameweek 17 team, given Mohamed Salah’s (£12.8m) time off and Liverpool's favourable fixtures.
Haaland has had a long break and I am expecting him to come back refreshed and fitter than ever.
I expect he'll remain key to our teams, as we continue to build around him with a mixture of mid-priced players, another premium like Salah in midfield and cheaper enablers like Miguel Almiron (£5.8m), who has also been well rested.
Having not played at the FIFA World Cup 2022, I can see Haaland and Salah being popular come Gameweek 17. Kane will be in the conversation but may well go deep into the tournament with England, so two premiums are probably enough for me.
I'll balance those premiums with good budget options, like Almiron in midfield and Kepa Arrizabalaga (£4.5m) in goal.
For as long as Haaland is fit, he will be a set and forget. With so many good enablers in the game this season, owning three premium attacking players still feels very balanced.
Having Haaland won’t prevent me owning other premiums, as I'll look to own three premiums up front in Haaland, Kane and Darwin Nunez (£9.0m), especially as there are so many nice budget-friendly picks in midfield.
The likes of Andreas Pereira (£4.6m), who has a Double Gameweek 19, Almiron and Dejan Kulusevski (£8.0m) all allow managers to have multiple premiums.
Haaland and Salah have both been well rested, having not featured at the World Cup, and with the emergence of value picks such as Diogo Dalot (£4.8m), Kieran Trippier (£5.9m), Ben White (£4.7m) and Pereira, it is easier than ever to get a third premium in.
De Bruyne or Kane alongside those two big-hitters is very much possible while keeping a balanced squad.