With just one day to go for the new season, FPL managers will be busy assembling their squads and balancing between budget options and big name players ahead of the big Premier League Friday Night kick-off on 11 August.
Everyone loves a bit of FPL, but it is not always easy to get your selections right, which is why over the next few hours we will bring you the top 5 players to pick from each position which will help you to beat your friends in private and public leagues. Yes, just like we did last season and the season before that. Having analysed the top five goalkeepers, the top five defenders and the top seven midfielders in our first three articles, we now shift our attentions to the costliest position in the game that is up front.
Top quality forwards wins you games. They are the difference between winning the league or narrowly missing out, and the same can be said for your FPL team. You have just three forwards to pick, you need to have balance in your side and it is important to have players contributing points from every position, but if you don’t have forwards who are scoring goals on the regular basis then you have no chance of winning the top prize. In short, you need to pick poachers, who can sniff out chances and convert week in, week out. You need to pick forwards who are playing in front of the little geniuses, who can spot a pass and thread through killer balls. You want it served on a plate, you don’t want your forwards to work too hard for it.
In terms of tactics, this position should probably be the most fluid throughout the season. With forwards, it is all about the confidence, and therefore it is important to react accordingly – transfer in or out – when they are in form, particularly if it coincides with some favourable fixtures. At the same time, you will need to spend the majority of your budget on this position, depending on your formation. If you are opting for three up front, you will likely need to get a budget option, but that may be less of an issue if you are going for a strike partnership or just one up front.
Here, we have a look at the top 7 forwards to pick in your FPL squad this season. If you haven’t yet registered then you can do so over here and don’t forget to join our private league. The code is 1129890-271257.
Seven to avoid...
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, £11.5m), Diego Costa (Chelsea, £10.0m), Jamie Vardy (£8.5m), Josh King (Bournemouth, £7.5m), Troy Deeney (Watford, £6.5m) Charlie Austin (£6.5m), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United, £5m).
Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal, £10.5m), Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea, £8.5m), Jermaine Defoe (Bournemouth, £8.0m), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace, £8.0m), Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton, £7.0m), Javier Hernandez (West Ham United, £7.0m), Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United, £6.5m)
JAY RODRIGUEZ (WEST BROM ALBION)
Price – £6.0m. Selected by – 3.2%. FPL points last season – 73.