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Fantasy budgets: The balanced approach

The Scout 7 Aug 2017
Swansea City v Stoke City

In one of three FPL strategies, The Scout advises how managers can cover all positions for £100m

Building a £100million Fantasy Premier League squad can seem at first daunting for managers, so The Scout looks at three popular strategies for your squad to stand up to the rigours of the early Gameweeks.

The balanced approach

This squad set-up is designed to offer managers the greatest flexibility, with expensive options in every position.

The £100m budget is distributed as evenly as possible from defenders to forwards.

This makes it easier for managers to bring in any players who have made an instant impact early on. 

A graphic of how an FPL budget should be allocated using a balanced squad approach
The balanced approach: How you should allocate your £100m budget
Be flexible in defence

The £9.0m spend for goalkeepers will be a popular sum. 

This can be split with two £4.5m goalkeepers rotating in and out of the XI, or with one £5.0m pick who offers good early fixtures.

The defence includes a player at almost every price point.

This allows for an easy swap for any emerging target who offers value over the opening fixtures.

Crucially, the most expensive defender (£6.5m) can also be downgraded to a cheaper option in the early Gameweeks, freeing up funds for attacking areas. 

Key pick Antonio Valencia (MUN) £6.5m

Cover your midfield

With so many talented but expensive options available, it is easy to overspend in midfield and leave funds short for elsewhere.

We have guarded against this but still allowed for two big investments: a £10.0m player and a £9.0m player.

Again, the emphasis here is on a good spread of prices, making it easier to act on any early transfer targets.

By including a £4.5m midfielder, managers can start with a 3-4-3 or a 4-4-2 formation when their defenders have promising fixtures.

However, even the cheapest midfielder can also feature when his fixtures are favourable.

Key man Tom Carroll (SWA) £4.5m (pictured top)

A big front two

A total of £28m is spent on the attack.

Two major investments are joined by a cheaper third striker who is ideally selected according to early fixtures.

Flexibility is key. Managers can downgrade one of their expensive forwards to rebalance if a strong mid-price third forward option becomes clear.

However, managers must ensure a forward is on hand to offer a reliable captain option.

Key man Harry Kane (TOT) £12.5m

See: Fantasy budgets: The midfield approach

Reminder - GW1 deadline is Friday 11 August, 18:45 BST

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