The Scout's panel of Fantasy Premier League experts are revealing their current 15-man squads for the start of the 2023/24 season.
Harry Daniels (@FPL_Harry)
Jordan Pickford (£4.5m): A nice run of opening fixtures combined with a defensive-minded manager could provide Pickford with a chance not only for clean sheets but saves and bonus points as well.
Alphonse Areola (£4.0m): Lukasz Fabianski (£4.5m) has been the first choice at West Ham United for a while, but Areola has been waiting patiently for his chance and I believe he has the best chance of starting out of the current £4.0m goalkeepers.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (£8.0m): With a price increase, Alexander-Arnold is now £1.5m more than any other defender. But he is worth it if he continues playing in the inverted right-back/central-midfield role he was so successful in at the end of last season.
Luke Shaw (£5.5m): Shaw had a very strong campaign last season and with Manchester United looking to strengthen defensively, Shaw could be great given the opening fixtures for potential clean sheets, his attacking threat and bonus-point potential.
Pervis Estupinan (£5.0m): Brighton were mixed defensively during the 2022/23 season, so picking the most attacking of their defenders is key. This for me is Estupinan, who looks to be a bargain.
Rico Henry (£4.5m): My £4.5m defender of choice is Henry at Brentford. He's had no price increase despite a great campaign last season, and he has a good run of fixtures if he’s ever needed from my bench.
Amari'i Bell (£4.0m): He and Burnley's Jordan Beyer (£4.0m) look like the two £4.0m options with the best chance of starting consistently, and I’ve favoured Bell due to favourable fixture rotations with the other defenders in my squad.
Marcus Rashford (£9.0m) and Bruno Fernandes (£8.5m): Given the opening fixtures, the double-up could be golden. Rashford was such a threat in open play last season, while Fernandes has penalties and the potential for assists. There is just an uncertainty over Fernandes's position week to week. I will be keeping a close eye on how advanced he plays in pre-season as to whether he will be worth picking for Gameweek 1.
Bukayo Saka (£8.5m): Saka was not worth the additional £1.5m or more over Martin Odegaard (£8.5m) and Gabriel Martinelli (£8.0m) last season, but with less price difference between them now, he looks the standout choice because he has penalties and is less of a rotation risk. That being said, there is some concern regarding the minutes for all of the Arsenal attackers once the UEFA Champions League starts.
Bryan Mbeumo (£6.5m): The second in my midfield is Brentford's Mbeumo. Reclassified as a midfielder this season, he gains an extra point per goal and clean sheet compared to when he was a forward. If Brentford don’t sign a striker, he may also play a more focal role until the return of Ivan Toney (£8.0m).
Kaoru Mitoma (£6.5m): Mitoma offered incredible value last season and with a price increase up to only £6.5m, he remains undervalued. This, combined with the opening fixtures for Brighton, means he is the first value player in my midfield.
Erling Haaland (£14.0m): There isn't much debate around Haaland. The opening fixtures combined with the consistency of returns last season mean I will likely captain Haaland for the majority, if not all of the opening fixtures, so £14.0m is a price worth paying.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£6.0m): A few years of injury-plagued seasons see him fall to £6.0m. However, it’s clear that if he can stay fit he has the makings of a great forward and FPL option. I will be keeping a close eye on his fitness over pre-season, but for now he’s in my squad as I don't have the funds left for a more expensive forward.
John McAtee (£4.5m): As of now it doesn’t seem like any of the £4.5m forwards will get consistent minutes, even off the bench. I have opted for a Luton Town option given it is unlikely I will want to triple up on the Hatters at any point.