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