Bargain buys: The 10 best cheap options for Fantasy Premier League 2023-24

The best players to help you make ends meet this season

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Spotting a bargain buy has always been a vital part of Fantasy Premier League, but it will be even more important this season.

With Erling Haaland valued at an all-time-high £14m thanks to his avalanche of goals last season, and Mo Salah not far behind at £12.5m, money will be tight for anyone wanting to add both to their ranks.

Fortunately, there are plenty of options to help cut costs while also ensuring strong points returns, and we’ve found the best 10 to help you finish top of your leagues.

10. Alphonse Areola (West Ham United): £4.0m

Starting off in goal, and is widely expected that Frenchman Alphonse Areola will be taking the no.1 spot at the London Stadium this season.

Often a backup option to Lukasz Fabianski in recent seasons, Areola has been priced as though he will continue to play that role, but if he does indeed get the nod he is the perfect goalkeeper option at just £4m.

9. Bart Verbruggen (Brighton): £4.5m

If Areola isn’t your man, it may well be worth a gamble on the man who seems set to be Brighton’s new no.1, Bart Verbruggen.

A new arrival on the south coast and handed a price tag of just £4.5m, the shot-stopper is set to take the gloves from Jason Steele (also an option at the same price) and, with Brighton continuing to soar up the Premier League, could be an excellent addition to any squad.

8. Sven Botman (Newcastle United): £4.5m

Defensive bargains are hard to come by this year, but one who may have flown under the radar is Newcastle’s Sven Botman.

The Dutchman is 2m cheaper than teammate Trippier and offers a route into one of the best defences in the country.

Likely to play just about every game he can next season, Botman could be a valuable addition to any FPL side this season.

7. Pervis Estupinan (Brighton): £5.5m

The undisputed best bargain that you can pick up for your defence is Brighton left-back Pervis Estupinan.

The Ecuadorian fullback returned 128 points last season, which included a mammoth 7 assists as he transformed under Roberto de Zerbi.

There is no reason to suggest that he won’t be able to replicate that again this season, and even improve on last season’s returns.

6. Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace): £6.5m

Englishman Eze was in excellent form for Palace when Roy Hodgson returned towards the back end of last season, and with the veteran manager staying that could well continue.

Priced at £6.5m, Eze takes penalties for Crystal Palace and popped up with seven-goal contributions in the final games of last season.

With early fixtures including Wolves, Sheffield United, Fulham and Nottingham Forest, he could well continue that form into the new campaign.

5. Morgan Gibbs-White (Nottingham Forest): £6.0m

Gibbs-White is priced at just £6m but, like many on this list, is set to be central to any hopes his side have next season.

A first season for Forest showed moments of brilliance as he managed five goals and seven assists, and he has also enjoyed an excellent U21 European Championships.

4. James Maddison (Tottenham): £7.5m

The most expensive player on this list, Maddison could nonetheless prove a cut-price bargain for your side.

In recent seasons, it has been hard to get Tottenham players in your team unless their name was Harry Kane, but now with the addition of Maddison it should be much easier.

10 goals and 9 assists last season for Leicester should translate well into a Tottenham side that new boss Ange Postecoglu has already confirmed will be far more attacking than in recent years, and we can already see him striking up an excellent partnership with Harry Kane should he stay in north London.

3. Byran Mbuemo (Brentford): £6.5m

Ivan Toney’s ban for the rest of 2023 has left a gaping hole in Brentford’s attack, but Bryan Mbuemo is more than capable of stepping up to the plate.

Perhaps crucially, he has been listed as a midfielder on this year’s game, but is likely to play in the frontline, meaning that he could be soon making a mockery of his £6.5m price tag while he is also expected to be on penalty duties for the Bees.

2. Evan Ferguson (Brighton): £6.0m

One of the stars tipped to explode this season, Evan Ferguson found the net six times in 19 appearances last campaign after making his debut early in the season.

The Republic of Ireland striker could finally be the goalscoring no.9 that Brighton so desperately need, and could even find himself on penalties following the departure of Alexis Mac Allister.

At just £6.0m, should he find himself in the starting XI early in the season, he could prove quite the bargain.

1. Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth): £6.5m

Can’t be tempted into the risk of Ferguson, but still needing to save funds across the frontline? Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke is certainly one player that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Though playing for a Cherries side that didn’t tear up trees in their first season back in the top flight last season, the ex-Chelsea and Liverpool man still managed 13 goal contributions, enough to return him 130 points.

On penalty duty and the focal point for all good things the Cherries do, he could be excellent value as a regular scoring option at just £6.5m.

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Ben Browning

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