Finding the right balance between premium expensive, mid price and bargain basement players can make or break any any fantasy EPL teams right from the start of the season. Sure every FPL manager wants to sign in on a Saturday morning and see Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa as their front three strikers – but doing so exposes massive points gaps in other area’s of your team. A cheap third striker in your forward lines allows you to upgrade your midfield to some of the premium priced heavy hitters. So which are the best cheap forwards out there this season that you should consider picking in your team? Who is going to start? Who is going to get goals? Lets have a look at the top 5 cheap starting forwards in the Fantasy Premier League this season.
Top 5 Cheap Strikers for 2015/16
Troy Deeney £5.5m Watford
Troy Deeney was Watford’s top scorer in the league last season with 21 league goals and 8 assists from 37 starts. He’ll be the first name on the team sheet for Watford come August 8th, with fellow strikers Odion Ighalo and Matej Vydra battling it out for the other starting berth. We saw last year how well Charlie Austin and Danny Ings backed up 20 goal season’s in the League Championship to score a bag of goals in the Premier League. Deeney could be the bargain of the season at just £5.5m, and his ownership has jumped up over 11% which shows he’s a popular cheap forward pick. But for every Charlie Austin there is a David Nugent who just can’t quite make the setup up in the Premier League. Only time will tell if Watford create enough goal scoring chances for Deeney to deliver on. Deeney picked up a goal in pre-season in a 4-0 win against St Albans City on July 9th, which will be a confidence booster.
Watford First 5 Gameweek Fixtures
Everton (A), West Bromwich Albion (H), Southampton (H), Manchester City (A), Swansea City (H)
Cameron Jerome £5.0m Norwich City
If you’re looking for a dirt cheap forward to rotate in your fantasy team, then Cameron Jerome might be just your ticket. He comes in at only £5.0, which is slightly cheaper than some of the other high performing strikers from the championship last season. In the Championship Jerome was Norwich’s top scorer with 20 goals and 6 assists, and comes with some valuable Premier League experience. He has also been on fire in pre-season, including a hattrick against Gorleston and a brace against Hitchin Town. He looks like a clear starter if he can keep himself fit, and Norwich have quite a nice opening fun of fixture which might sway FPL managers his way. His ownership is surprisingly sitting at just 1.6%, which avoids a mass exodus and price drop.
Norwich City First 5 Gameweek Fixtures
Crystal Palace (H), Sunderland (A), Stoke City (H), Southampton (A), AFC Bournemouth (H)
Gabriel Agbonlahor £5.0m Aston Villa
With the departure of Christian Benteke to Liverpool and Andreas Weimann to Derby County, Aston Villa are currently short on striker options up front. That opens the door to speedy Gabriel Agbonlahor to lead the line for Aston Villa going into the new season. Agbonlahor averages just under 8 goals a season, for the past 9 seasons. It’s not record breaking stuff, but you’d be looking at a solid 100+ points return from a £5.0m striker – not to be frowned at. Last season Agbonlahor managed 6 goals and 1 assist for 93 points, which gave him more points than Radamel Falcao, Daniel Sturridge or Danny Welbeck. So if you’re looking to stay steer clear of the promoted clubs until we’ve got a better picture of how they’re going to handle the step up, Agbonlahor might be a safe bet.
Aston Villa First 5 Gameweek Fixtures
AFC Bournemouth (A), Manchester United (H), Crystal Palace (A), Sunderland (H), Leicester City (A)
Callum Wilson £5.5m Bournemouth
2013/14 was Callum Wilson’s breakthrough year in the League Championship following his £3 million transfer from Coventry City last summer, the 23 year old scored 20 goals managed 8 assists, leading the way to the Championship title and automatic promotion to the Premier League. Bournemouth were in League Two just a few years ago, so their story is certainly one that has captured the imagination. Their stadium is the best indication of their rapid rise, with their home ground Dean Court Stadium about to be the smallest stadium in Premier League history – with a capacity of just under 12,000. But what a signing Callum Wilson turned out to be. He’s a pace striker who likes to spring the offside trap. His ownership currently sits at 6% of teams selected by. Just like Troy Deeney, he’s an unknown force at Premier League level, so monitor closely.
Bournemouth First 5 Gameweek Fixtures
Aston Villa (H), Liverpool (A), West Ham United (A), Leicester City (H), Norwich City (A)
Jermain Defoe £5.5m Sunderland
Another cheap forward with Premier League goal scoring experience is former England International Jermain Defoe. Defoe signed for Sunderland during the January transfer window, and got off to a flyer with 2 goals and an assist in his first 3 matches. But it turning into a long hard season for Sunderland, narrowly avoiding relegation. Defoe finished his half season with 4 goals and 2 assists for a total of 61 points. Double that, and you’d be looking for around 122 points for the full season if he can avoid injuries. His experience means he’ll get plenty of playing time, but it’s get to be seen how much Sunderland have improved over the summer. But Sunderland have a very favorable first 4 gameweeks, so Defoe isn’t the worst choice you can make for a £5.5m third striker.
Sunderland First 5 Gameweek Fixtures
Leicester City (A), Norwich City (H), Swansea City (H), Aston Villa (A), Tottenham Hotspur (H)