It’s no secret that goals mean points and for that reason, Fantasy Premier League managers will nearly all be spending the bulk of their £100 million budgets assembling a formidable forward line.
So far this season, it is two of the biggest hitters that have made the most significant impact on the goals front with the campaign just two weeks old. Manchester rivals, Sergio Aguero and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, somewhat predictably, are leading the way, having found the net three times each already.
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Aguero is the most expensive player in the game’s transfer system at £13.1m, with Zlatan also among the priciest options at £11.7m.
To succeed though, it is necessary to spend big somewhere in the squad and Aguero’s price tag is a reflection of an annual huge points haul.
He is almost guaranteed to score goals when he plays. Managers who hand him the captain’s armband without variation for the entire season usually do well.
Be wary though, that he rarely manages a full season without an injury lay-off and Pep Guardiola could choose to rest him on occasion, especially now a double-header against Barcelona is in the pipeline.
By comparison, Ibrahimovic’s value is based solely on his reputation. Having started like a house on fire though, the Swede seems like he will be worth every penny. Aside from playing each other in two weeks time, both Manchester clubs have a favourable run of games on the horizon, which should see the two men continue their quick scoring.
A slightly cheaper, but certainly no less menacing forward is Diego Costa at Chelsea (£9.6m). The hit man has twice proved to be the difference for his club already this campaign and looks to be on good form.
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He will be eagerly anticipating more goals with Burnley his next opponent. Costa though comes with a warning. Handing him the captaincy has the potential to back-fire. He has miraculously escaped a red card twice already and managers should be ready for his inevitable sending off in the coming weeks.
Last season’s other top performers have started slowly. Jamie Vardy looks to be expensive at £9.9m after one blistering season compared to Costa or even Romelu Lukaku at £9.0m.
Harry Kane will currently set you back £10.9m, having enjoyed two seasons of goal getting. It is wise however when it comes to Kane, to wait until he has registered a couple of strikes. It seems, looking at last season, that is one of those forwards who is simply on form, or off it.
Looking for bargains further down the list is generally what makes the difference when it come to your weekly FPL points total, as most managers will only be able to afford one of the most expensive strikers.
Christian Benteke is yet to make his Crystal Palace league debut but his Premier League record suggest he could be a snip at £7.4m. Not only that, he is now a forward with a point to prove.
Jermaine Defoe (£7.1m) is another man who is likely to gather at least a certain amount of points. The evergreen forward though will be reliant on Sunderland creating some chances.
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Alvaro Negredo and Solomon Rondon, £6.7m and £6.5m respectively look to be men on form and it is Rondon who seems likelier of the two to provide a return in the upcoming weeks, with the Baggies gearing up for two home games, separated by a trip to struggling Bournemouth.
Managers really on the hunt for a steal though, should look no further than Enner Valencia who seems to be key to Slaven Bilic’s plans at West Ham and will cost only £5.5m.
Adama Diomande is also impressing for Hull City and is valued at a bargain basement £4.6m. Things look set to get tougher for the Tigers quickly though, with both Manchester Unite and Arsenal coming up in the next month.