The key to building a stout fantasy squad to start the year is making the correct decisions when it comes to players on the come up at a bargain. Yes, capitalizing on other factors matter; schedule, form and even ownership percentages. But the one thing that is similar to everyone’s team from now until after the first week? We all start with £100. So finding the right 4.0 defender, 5.5 midfielder and 7.0 striker is clutch in the world of wanting all the shiniest toys. I.E the Salah’s, the Aguero’s and the Aubameyang’s. All big priced commodities that takes some tinkering to get all three in… and you have to cut corners. So cutting corners we will. Here is a look at my 7.0 and under forwards and what I could see them producing this year (as 7 millions seems to be a popular price point for value at the striker position). Lots of names and popular options. So which one will you choose, and is only one the right answer?
Marko Arnautovic, West Ham – The most popular belle at the ball, and with good reason. West Ham has retooled the front lines and surrounded him with some interesting playmaking pieces. Yarmalenko and Felipe Anderson add some intrigue to the Hammers piece that return. Is scoring in bunches in preseason and is owned by 26% of current owners and with just okay opening fixtures he and West Ham are going to have to outscore folks, because defensively they don’t look like a top 10 side. Lucky for you forwards don’t get no clean sheet points. Come for the Marko goals, don’t roster a Hammer defender. Simple premise.
Cenk Tosun, Everton – Much like West Ham, Everton has retooled a bit and added pieces to the front four that fit better than last years attempt at offensive prowess. Richarlison why not being trusted by FPL folks because of last year, fityys the Toffee model. He pushes Gylfi Sigurdsson inside to a comfy 10 role and that is a good thing for the talisman Turk up top. Has seen some success playing with the first team in preseason, and Everton’s schedule is better than the Hammers to start. So if you need my opinion to who I am leaning it is tipped this fellas way.
Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace – At 25 whaat year will be the year. Well as long as he stays healthy and Palace stay relevant in the standings this could be his year. The FPL universe agrees as he is the most owned player of his salary. Owned by 32% of players is a giant number to date. If he gets 2800 minutes he is a 12g/10a player, and a top 8 strike option. But I think Zaha is loosely translated into if. I would take a 12/10 season right now, because given his last 3 years of results he has bounced around those numbers. Just does Palace have enough around him with Benteke, Sorloth, Townsend. With one really challenging fixture out of the first 9, Palace could hit the ground running.
Josh King, Bournemouth – Dropping down half a buck, and much like Zaha, can King be king for a Bournemouth squad that struggled to score from the front lines last year. Surrounded by ‘maybe’ striker options…sorry Jermain and Callum, he has the talent to win the spot with a strong Spring. The bad part is he is a season and a half removed from everyone falling in love him. That may be a great thing for you because, no one trusts him or ournemouth for that matter to make the right decision and just go with him.
Chris Wood, Burnley – He is clearly the 5th best option either by trust or basic stupidity from other FPL managers. It is his spot on most days for FPL fixtures, only concern is Burnley’s extra set of fixtures in the Europa. Coming off a 10 goal affair in only 1600 minutes, he could score just as many goals as Marko, but not be owned as much. And boom! Now you understand why he is included in this list. He basically Jamie Vardy at a £2.5 discount. Assists will be limited as he is a do it alone, last man to touch the ball striker. 15 goal and 3 assist season incoming.