When selecting your team its very important to plan the structure first, before introducing the players. A budget needs to be allocated for each position . Otherwise a very unbalanced team will result. The best by test method is to concentrate the bulk of your budget on the midfield and forward lines.
I will illustrate the point with an example . This illustrates what i regard as just about perfect distribution for a team set up to play 343 formation. Dont worry to much about the players selected, this is intended more as a guide to asset allocation .
- 9m on keepers
- 24m on defenders
- 37.50m on midfielders
- 29.50m on strikers
Naturally there is some leeway, but the above is a very good rough guide. Such a structure has served me well over the last four seasons. However it isnt simply a case of allocating money into each category, that is only the first step.
Nine million on keepers is best spent on finding two keepers that rotate together well. Dosent have to be for the entire season, but preferably up to the winter wildcard. Any starting keeper with a price of four million would be especially welcome. Having keepers from poor clubs isnt as bad as it sounds due to the increased amounts of save points generated. By having two keepers its possible to avoid their worst fixtures
There are a number of different strategies for defence, they all have their merit. Personally i like to have two defenders that i will play every week. Naturally they need to be playing for good clubs and preferably have plenty of attacking potential. They will take up around half the defence budget, the remainder being split between the other three. Only one of those three will be starting each week, so we are dont mind them playing for poor clubs as we will only use them when they have a favourable fixture. At least two should cost the minimum 4m as we dont want to leave extra money sitting on the bench
Again there are different strategies, but there are a couple of important points. Its very good to have one midfielder that is of the minimum price, usually 4.5 he is the bench player and again keeps money sat on bench to a minimum. I like to leave two spots for premium mids , one for mid priced and another for a cheaper option. There are normally good options at all price points so its important to be able to slot them in without having to make multiple changes
I like to be generous in allowance for strikers, these are where most of the weekly capt choices come from and need all three spots to be firing. For the top two spots you really want the best two players in the game. The third spot can be used for a cheaper option.
I hope this guide has been helpful, remember its only a guideline, i have tweaked it here and there on occasion myself, and remember its only a template for 343 if you plan to use another formation then budgeting would need to be very different