For me it's boiling down to:
Salah or No Salah (I think most won't start with Kane)
Whether to take a shorter term view or not (good fixtures, ignore many WC players, wary of Chelsea turmoil, etc)
If I try to have Salah and a Short term view I can build a team around the following:
Salah, Sane, Mkiti/Ramsey,
Leaves enough for a £6.5m and a support cast of £4.5m-ers
Or a even 2-3 in the £5-6m range and maybe throw in a £4m.
I wont name names, but if you look at fixtures there are some cracking options 4.5m to 5.5m...
Yes it means a pretty uninspiring bench*, but the team can be very robust.
Especially if you take into account fixtures and think about a 5-3-2 / 4-4-2
*Is it maybe smart not to bother picking the popular benchwarmers? They're the type of players that probably won't play much and because they have high ownership will be sold more and then lose value? Sometimes better to pick an absolute no hoper?
If you sell Salah and a £5-6m player you can get 1 from Col A and 1 from Col B
Column A: Sanchez, Hazard, DeBruyne, Eriksen, Mane, Firmino, Vardy, Mahrez
Column B: Son, Pogba, Zaha, Arnie, Wood, Lingard, Gross
Based on last season points per match:
Salah (8.5) + £5.5m-er (3.5)
Eriksen (5.5) + Pogba (5.5)
Not much in it, will Salah stay so potent??
Aguero (7) + £5.5M-er (3.5)
Eriksen (5.5) + Zaha (4.5)
Still favours Aguero and a fixture orienated £5.5m-er...?