Steven Gerrard is currently 21.33 and has been producing well, but there are cheaper alternatives producing better results, especially across the front line. But to get those players - Rooney, van Persie, Kuyt, etc - you'll need that Gerrard money. So as a quick experiment in lieu of the Monday Morning Manager - for now as I just don't have the time to write the MMM at the moment - let's see if we can put together a half-decent midfield for this week's matches spending no more than 21.33.
O'Hara. Great place to start. I have him at 4.23, but he'll cost you 6.26 now. Still, he's the hub of an admittedly terrible Pompey side and has averaged 9pts per week since his loan to the South Coast three weeks ago.
Everton host Stoke, and with Pienaar a doubt after being stretchered off at the weekend, let's bring in his replacement, Diniyar "Bily" Bilyaletdinov. 4.71 for an attacking middie who will take kicks... sounds good to me.
Moving on to Wolves hosting Pompey, we'll bring in Michael Kightly who got 45mins at the weekend and seems a good bet to start this match. 5.41 is a great price for a player that lit up the Championship for
Let's do some quick math... 6.26 + 4.71 + 5.41 = 16.38. That leaves us 4.95 to round out a midfield foursome. That's just enough to bring in Joey Gudjonsson. He's 4.93 and will be starting in place on Chris McCann again as Burnley host Birmingham. I've liked Joey since his Leicester day and Burnley at home have been a very tough side to beat. I could see him scoring some points.
Other options? Rodwell is still very cheap at 3.85. You could pick him up and move O'Hara to Hunt (home to Wigan) who isn't unreasonable at 8.96. Personally, I hate Michael Brown but he's been picking up points recently and could be 3.52 well spent if he can stay out of the referees notebook. Or staying with Pompey KPB is 6.83 and has been given attacking freedom by Paul Hart. Of course, any of this would eliminate the need for you to spend any money on Mokoena.
So there you go. O'Hara/Bilyaletdinov/Kightly/Gudjohnsson for 21.31 with options should you choose to go a different direction. Do you have a different direction in mind?