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Top 3 budget options for your FPL team Gameweek 5 – Fantasy Premier League 2019

Pranil Sheth
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12 Sep 2019, 23:45 IST

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Fantasy Premier League Wizard

This season of FPL is in full swing and a lot of the big hitters are already hitting top gear. Liverpool lovebirds Mane and Salah have started the season in great gusto. Trent has already given us 3 assists and a clean sheet. Sterling, KDB and Aguero all have already scored at-least 35 points. The likes of Kane, Aubameyang, Vardy, Son, Pepe, etc all have a run of great fixures.


Pranil Sheth - Fantasy Premier League 2019
Pranil Sheth - Fantasy Premier League 2019

Accommodating so many big-hitters in one team almost becomes impossible and we need all the help we can get in terms of Budget enablers for your FPL team. Keeping that in mind, I am going to recommend 3 budget enablers for your FPL team. This week I am going to leave out Ashley Barnes and Haller both of whom I recommended in my article last Gameweek. These two are great frontline budget options for your FPL team in addition to the names I will recommend in this article. 

My top 3 budget picks for your FPL team are as follows:


#1 Nicolás Otamendi (£5.4M)

Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League
Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League

Gameweek 4 saw Aymeric Laporte stretchered off after just 36 minutes. The Frenchman has damaged the cartilage in his knee and it doesn’t look like he could be playing competitive football in 2019. Keeping that in mind, a budget city defender has appeared in the form of Argentine Nicolas Otamendi. While you maybe argue that Zinchenko is offering that value already, it is worth noting that Benjamin Mendy is expected to be fit after the international break and with Champions League football on the horizon, we could see rotation in that spot.

While you may think that £5.4M is not exactly budget for a defender, the value that Otamendi offers is staggeringly good. We are talking about a team that kept 20 clean sheets last year. Otamendi is the most natural replacement for Laporte at left centre-back. He started for 13 out of 17 matches that Laporte did not play in his natural position last year.

In addition, we all remember Otamendi making darting runs in 2017-18 when he scored 4 goals. This is from 24 attempts he had inside the box in that season telling us that his goal threat is massive. He ended that season as a £6.4M defender (starting at £5.5M) and that is probably what is true price is. This tells us that he could be a million underpriced with this opportunity arising for him. In addition, Man City have a flurry of favourable fixtures as well with them not facing a single team from the top 6 until they face Liverpool in Gameweek 12.

Man City have already made an arrangement with Otamendi for him to miss the second international game for Argentina this International break which means we should see him start for City this weekend vs. Norwich. 

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