Fantasy Premier League: Which Strikers Should You Pick?

These are the best forwards on the market ahead of the new FPL season
15:32, 12 Aug 2021

It’s the last day before the Premier League season kicks off and the time for tinkering with your teams. 

If you haven’t already read our goalkeepers, defenders and midfielders previews for the season, then have a scan to pick up some top tips, but now it is time for the glory-getters, the strikers.

The Big Guns (9.0m+)

Only five strikers are worth more than £9.0m on the game, and it is tough to back any of them. 

Harry Kane (£12.5m) is likely to miss Tottenham’s opener and his future at the club is uncertain, but if he does get his move to Manchester City, he is surely a must-have asset. It is thought that Romelu Lukaku will be a similar price once his move to Chelsea has been confirmed and it is going to be a case of either/or, especially if you have picked up some premium midfielders.

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Jamie Vardy (£10.5m) will score goals but seems a little expensive compared to other options while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s move from a midfielder to a striker in FPL is enough to put me off picking him at £10m. Timo Werner (£9m) is one to stay away from given Lukaku’s imminent arrival and Roberto Firmino’s role in Liverpool’s team and nine goals in each of his last two seasons make his £9m price too much for my liking.

The smart picks, Kane aside, are all cheaper, and it is worth spending this extra money on your midfield.

Premium Mid-Range (£8.0 to £8.9m)

This is where the value lies. Everton have signed Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray purely to provide balls into the box for Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.0m) who looks like a great choice with his aerial ability and could improve on his 16 goals last term.

Leeds United’s Patrick Bamford (£8.0m) got 17 goals and 11 assists last term as the second highest points scoring forward and is a must pick, and Danny Ings (£8.0m) at Aston Villa looks like a potential high scorer.

If I had the money, I’d pick those three without hesitation, before potentially looking to include Kane or Lukaku at a later date. 

Mid-Range (£7.0m to £7.9m)

If you can’t quite afford the aforementioned three, this bracket may interest you. The returning Raul Jimenez (£7.5m) could be an unknown quantity after his long lay-off but if he could find the form he showed two years ago, that is a great price.

Michail Antonio (£7.5m) at West Ham is perhaps a safer bet and if he can stay fit, I’d be keen on him given his rise in goalscoring form, and Chris Wood (£7.0) is guaranteed goals at that price point. 

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Michail Antonio

I’d steer clear of Leicester duo Kelechi Iheanacho and Jeremy Doku (both £7.5m) with Vardy difficult to get past, while Che Adams is also another to avoid at £7m. Callum Wilson (£7.5m) may be playing for a poor Newcastle side but knows where the net is and is a solid option, while Everton’s Richarlison (£7.5m) is coming back from a hectic summer, and likely to play wide.

Bargain Bucket (Less than £7.0m)

All eyes here will be on Ivan Toney (6.5m) who scored 31 Championship goals last term, is on penalties, and could set the Premier League alight, but his 30% ownership is off-putting. For some even cheap differentials, consider Norwich’s Teemu Pukki (£6m), Burnley’s Jay Rodriguez (£5.5m) who has been on fire in pre-season, or potentially Watford’s Joao Pedro (£5.5m).

Best picks at each price point

Harry Kane (£12.5m)

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8m)

Patrick Bamford (£8m)

Michail Antonio (£7.5m)

Chris Wood (£7m)

Ivan Toney (£6.5m)

Teemu Pukki (£6m)

Joao Pedro (£5.5m)

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