What the experts say
Holly Shand (@FFCommunity_)
Despite a wealth of premiums this season, Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) is the FPL king and the only premium justifying his price tag. Choose him alongside cheap players with the form and fixtures.
Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily)
Salah is essential! He is the only Fantasy asset who is currently a must-have; his consistency of returns means that budgeting for him should be a priority for FPL managers.
This should be easy as, once again, the early part of the season has shown some great value in those midfield slots, especially Said Benrahma (£6.6m) and Bryan Mbeumo (£5.5m).
Going with Salah and then a few differential picks in midfield feels wise from what we have seen in the opening few Gameweeks.
Pranil Sheth (@Lateriser12)
The ecosystem in FPL is ever-evolving. I wouldn’t dive in on too many budget midfielders, in-form mid-priced ones will soon emerge.
Tom Cantle (@WGTA_FPL)
Keep an eye on the mid-price bracket at £7.0m upwards in midfield. Although the budget picks are outperforming them, it’s inevitable there will be a breakout star before long.
Utkarsh Dalmia (@zophar666)
The number of budget midfielders who started at £6.0m or under this season is immense. The likes of Mbeumo, Ismaila Sarr (£6.3m), Abdoulaye Doucoure (£5.6m), Conor Gallagher (£5.7m), Demarai Gray (£5.8m) and Andros Townsend (£5.6m) offer great potential for their price and can be shuffled around depending on fixtures and form.
Paul Gee (@FPLPaulGee)
After his performance against Manchester City, the massive lesson for all of us is Salah is undroppable.
Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily)
As we wait for the £8.0m+ midfielders of choice to reveal themselves, I’ve been happily shopping in the bargain basement!
Gallagher, Emile Smith Rowe (£5.3m), Doucoure and others have been superb and have allowed us to leave more funds for those big-money purchases up front.
Ben McNair ()
Mbeumo has been the big surprise for me. His non-penalty expected goal involvement (npxG) of 4.1 is fourth best of all midfielders in the league, yet he will set you back only £5.5m.
Tomorrow: Pair up Salah with Son
Also in this series
Part 1: Ramsdale can be go-to goalkeeper
Part 2: Livramento looking a worthy starter
Part 3: FPL experts: Look to Man City and Chelsea defences
Part 4: Alexander-Arnold a must-have when fit
Part 5: Raphinha a top long-term pick
Remember, the Gameweek 8 deadline is at 11:00 BST on Saturday 16 October.