While the marquee players are scoring the most points and should find a place in your team, it really is your budget options that differentiate you from the crowd. With the last gameweek of the first quarter around the corner, now is the time to get your Fantasy Premier League back on track, with these 5 cheap must-have picks for Gameweek 9:
#5. Xherdan Shaqiri (Midfielder - Stoke City)
Upcoming Fixtures: Bournemouth(H), Watford(A), Leicester City(H)
Despite being thrashed 7-2 last gameweek, Stoke City showed promise when they almost turned the game around after going 3 goals down. Stoke may not be a part of the "Big-6", but they are not an easy team to beat, in fact, a game against Mark Hughes's men is one of the trickiest fixtures of the Premier League.
With a price-tag of just £6.0, Shaqiri is the best option for your midfield this gameweek, as the Potters will look to get back to winning ways against Bournemouth who have picked up just four points since the start of the season.
Shaqiri is the creative hub of Stoke City and has created 20 chances out of Stoke's 68 (More than any other Stoke Player). 2 of those chances resulted in goals and the Swiss ace has scored one himself since the season kicked off.
Shaqiri is also an accurate passer of the ball, completing 83% of his 201 passes, 65% of which were attacking in nature. His stats suggest he is a bargain at his price, and I suggest the same, as I feel he is worth the gamble, with Stoke's upcoming fixtures looking very tempting.