Fantasy Premier League: Five budget options to consider

Finding the biggest bargains in Fantasy Premier League is essential to a successful season, with low-cost point scorers freeing crucial funds to secure premium assets.

After the launch of the game for the 2023/24 campaign, FPL managers have been busy building a team readymade to make an impact from Gameweek One. Struggling for solutions to free up funds? we’re on hand to offer advice with five bargain buys to consider for your squad.

Five budget options to consider in Fantasy Premier League this season.

Amari’i Bell – Luton (£4m)

Luton Town are a top-flight side for the first time in the Premier League era, with The Hatters having completed a remarkable rise from non-league football just a decade ago.

Rob Edwards’ side will have the odds stacked against them this season, but Luton can offer some fine value to FPL managers. Amari’i Bell has already proven a popular pick, given his pricing at just £4m – the lowest price point in the game.

Bell made 51 appearances in all competitions last season and as an almost guarantee of regular first-team football, he could prove to be the perfect enabler in your squad. A budget-friendly option likely to feature on a regular basis this season, expect the Jamaica international to feature in a large number of FPL squads on Gameweek One.

Julio Enciso – Brighton (£5.5m)

Julio Enciso made his mark towards the latter end of last season, with the teenager earning a regular role in the Brighton side.

The Paraguayan is an exciting talent and is expected to receive more minutes this season, having scored four goals and provided two assists in the final 12 league fixtures of the campaign.

Spectacular goals against Chelsea and Manchester City were examples of his class and confidence, with Enciso the latest prospect hoping to develop into a leading name at Brighton. Classified as a midfielder in FPL and priced at just £5.5m, he could be a fine option.

Brighton begin the season with a favourable run of fixtures on paper, hosting Luton in their season opener before clashes with Wolves (A) and West Ham (H). Expect Brighton assets to be popular early on, with Evan Ferguson (£6m) also of interest.

Tariq Lamptey – Brighton (£4m)

Tariq Lamptey has struggled to build on his exciting early emergence at Brighton, with last season a frustrating campaign for the right-back as he made just three league starts.

As a result, Lamptey’s price has dropped to just £4m ahead of the new campaign, a price point the Ghana international could make a mockery of if he can return to his best level.

Lamptey was linked with big-money moves to some of the Premier League’s top teams before injury problems derailed his progress and the 22-year-old has the potential to produce explosively in FPL from a wing-back role.

The upside is clear, but a decline in the popularity of touchline hugging full-backs means Lamptey is one to watch rather than a lock for Gameweek One.

Folarin Balogun – Arsenal (£4.5m)

Folarin Balogun will return to Arsenal this summer after a brilliant loan spell in France last term, with the forward thriving amid regular first-team football at Reims.

Balogun rivalled the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Jonathan David at the top of Ligue 1’s leading scorers list, after scoring 21 league goals in 37 appearances.

Balogun’s future remains unclear with links to a host of top clubs across Europe, but he should be monitored closely should the 21-year-old make a Premier League move.

Crystal Palace and Chelsea have been credited with interest in the USA international and a transfer to a divisional rival could make Balogun a must-have bargain at his £4.5m price point.

Rico Henry – Brentford (£4.5m)

Brentford exceeded expectations to push for a place in Europe last season, with Rico Henry again an outstanding performer for the Bees. The left-back continues to stake a claim for an England place with consistent performances and looks an attractive option in FPL in 2023/24.

Last season Henry started 37 of Brentford’s 38 league fixtures, recorded 11 clean sheets and totalled 112 FPL points. His attacking output needs improvement if he is to reach the next level after no goals and three assists, but at £4.5m there are few better options for the season’s opening weeks.

Brentford face an appealing run of games to start the season and ranked sixth in the Premier League for xGA (expected goals against) last season, behind only the top four and Brighton.

A solid, sensible choice for the season’s opening weeks and one who can be rotated with other £4.5m defenders. Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings and Newcastle’s Sven Botman are alternative popular picks at this price point.

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