Fantasy Premier League Tips: Five forwards to score you goals this season

Harry Kane has been gifted his lowest starting price in five seasons of Fantasy Premier League

Holly Shand shares her five forward picks for the beginning of the 2020/21 season. There's a cluster of appealing premium assets, but options are thin for those on a smaller budget...

"There's no denying Chelsea have been conducting some fantastic business during this summer transfer window."

The Headline Pick: Timo Werner (£9.5) - Chelsea

There's no denying Chelsea have been conducting some fantastic business during this summer transfer window, and many of us fantasy managers are keen to have a slice of the pie come Gameweek 1. Ordinarily, Christian Pulisic would be the go-to acquisition, but he's still struggling with the hamstring injury picked up in the FA Cup Final.

That means that we are forced to look elsewhere, and there's no prospect more enticing than Timo Werner. He's expected to be first choice striker for Chelsea in this campaign and has a proven track record in the Bundesliga, with 28 goals and eight assists last season.

The big question mark for players arriving new to the Premier League is always how quickly they can settle into the demands of the most physical top-flight league in Europe. However, his ownership already exceeds 40% and so in this case, it's certainly worth the risk to start the season with him.

Chelsea are now available to back at 6/4 to win and score over 2.5 goals against Brighton in their opening fixture.

The Budget Pick: Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.0) - Fulham

When it comes to looking at the pool of cheaper forwards, it does seem to be slim pickings this season. Mitrovic was the one name that jumped out when the game was launched this season and momentum for signing him has increased after the fixtures were released for the season ahead.

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Fulham do face Arsenal in Gameweek 1, but then have a kind schedule of Leeds United, Aston Villa and Wolves. They don't face another side involved in European football until Gameweek 10. One thing is for sure, if you do get on board Mitrovic for the start of the season, you'll need to give him time.

Now I'm generally not a big advocate for buying players from promoted sides, but Mitrovic has had a couple of promising spells in the Premier League already. Even when Fulham seriously struggled in 2018/19, he amassed 11 goals and four assists. They're arguably a much better side this time around.

The VAR Pick: Harry Kane (£10.5) - Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane has been gifted his lowest starting price in five seasons of Fantasy Premier League, which makes him a tantalising prospect for the season ahead. We know his capabilities, although his last two campaigns have been blighted by injury.

His goalscoring has slowed down somewhat, with 18 and 17 goals in the last two seasons, significantly below the 29 goals he managed in the two campaigns previous to that. However, we know what to expect from him in this Mourinho side: he's likely to score a goal in most games and scoop some bonus points along the way.

He's also on penalties for Spurs and is the talisman of the side. Should he stay fit for the entire campaign, I can expect to see him score upwards of 25 goals. Spurs start the season with a kind fixture run, but their involvement in other Cup competitions in the early weeks could be relentless.

You can back the former Golden Boot winner and bet on Kane to be top goalscorer at odds of 5/1.

The Sleeper Pick: Jamie Vardy (£10.0) - Leicester City

One man going quietly under the radar is Jamie Vardy. Surprisingly, there are five forwards right now that have significantly higher ownership than the Leicester City man, despite him being the highest scoring fantasy forward last season. He amassed 210 points, grabbing the Golden Boot with a tally of 23 goals.

It's clear that the shiny new Chelsea signing of Timo Werner has taken the limelight away from the consistent Foxes forward. However, it would be risky to completely ignore Jamie Vardy and you should certainly have a plan to bring him in should he start the season with a bang.

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He had periods last season where he was absolutely essential, with his goalscoring record between October and December blowing all his rivals out of the water. It was a tougher time at the start of this calendar year, but Vardy did go on to produce four goals and one assist during Project Restart.

The Wildcard Pick: Danny Ings (£8.5) - Southampton

The final name on the list is Danny Ings: his consistency during the 2019/20 campaign came as somewhat of a surprise to seasoned fantasy veterans. He'd earned himself a reputation with the community of being injury prone, but dispelled those myths to produce his best every campaign.

From 2,800 minutes, the Englishman racked up 22 goals and two assists, ending on a final total of 198 fantasy points. He also seems to have wrestled spot-kick duty away from James Ward-Prowse, who was inconsistent in his finishing during the Project Restart period.

Southampton are another side who have an appealing opening spell of fixtures: they face Crystal Palace, Spurs, Burnley and West Brom in their opening four games. Ings is a great price point to jump on board and can be easily switched to Anthony Martial or Raul Jimenez if they display better form.

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