Having strikers who score goals in your team is essential for achieving a big points total in this seasons Fantasy Premier League. But with the attacking options from the ‘big’ clubs costing a small fortune, including a cheaper forward to supplement your strike force is a good option to free up some much needed funds for other positions. It is also important to have substitutes that can rotate into your starting 11 as they play matches against teams who don’t have the best defensive records. After all, all 20 teams are going to score goals this season, and the strikers up fields in a forward position are best placed to get those. So lets look at five of the best budget Forwards for the 2014/15 Fantasy Premier League Season. The criteria is Forwards worth £6.0m and less.
Top 5 Cheap Forwards
First in our top 5 bargain Forwards is Leicester City’s main man David Nugent. At just £5.5m he’s less than half price of some of the big name strikers! But Nugent is a guaranteed starter for Leicester City, and is coming off a very impressive season in the Championship which gained them promotion to the Premier League. Last season Nugent finished up with 20 goals and chipped in with 11 assists last season. Many of their attacks came through him, so if Leicester get some goals, he’ll surely be involved. He looks good value for a starting striker who knows where the back of the net is. Fantasy Premier League managers can use Nugent as an active substitute or an starter. Leicester City do have a touch early run though, facing Chelsea, Arsenal & Manchester United in the first 5 rounds. From Gameweek 6, we could see the Foxes get on a nice run. That’s when you’d be wanting Nugent to start getting into some points.
2. Shane Long £6.0m
Coming in at number two is Hull City’s Irish speed machine Shane Long. Pacey and with an eye for goal, Shane Long will start upfront for Hull along side Nikica Jelavic this season. Last year Long had an injury interrupted season but still managed 7 goals and 3 assists, finishing with a tally of 97 points. Hull City have strengthened will over the summer, bringing in Thomas Ince and Robert Snodgrass to play down both flags and proving the quality balls into the box that Long will benefit from. Long is a consistent performer, scoring just under 10 goals per season for the past 3 years in the Premier League. Could this be the season for him to break the 10 goal mark? Hull also have a very nice opening run of fixtures, avoiding all the big clubs until Gameweek 6 (Fixtures are QPR (A) Sto (H) Villa (A) WHam (H) New (A)). You could well argue that only Manchester United have a more favorable start to the season in terms of fixtures. Just over 5% of Fantasy Premier League teams have Long at the moment, and Long has scored two goals in Pre-Season to date. A good tip as a cheap option up front for the start of the season.
Time for another super cheap option up front, at number three it’s Everton striker Steven Naismith. Everton’s failure to secure their top scorer last season, Romelu Lukaku, on a permanent deal – or find a replacements, means that second choice striker Steven Naismith is currently in line to shoulder Everton’s goal scoring needs. Naismith does have a certain quality to him, managing 5 goals and 3 assists from limited game time last season. With young England midfielder Ross Barkley proving the attaching thrust from midfield, Naismith will be sure to have opportunities to score goals. At £5.0m, he’s a nice option as a starter at a club with regular Premier League football. Keep an eye on Everton’s transfer activity over the next two weeks, which will determine the extend of Naismith’s game time. With just under 6% of managers choosing Naismith at the moment, that will either increase or they’ll be a mass exodus with any new signing.
If you’re looking for the cheapest option possible up front, and want someone who will at least get a bit of game time – then QPR veteran Bobby Zamora is the man for you. At £4.5m he’s the cheapest strikers come, and scored the goal in the playoff final that too Queens Park Rangers back to the English Premier League. Charlie Austin will be QPR’s main main up front, but Zamora will give them a variation for the last 20 or so minutes as they either look to freshen things up or push two up front in search of a goal. Zamora has featured in pre-season, rotating with Austin as many expected. He’s also a man with considerable Premier League experience, impressing during his time Fulham under Roy Hodgson. Just over 6% of Fantasy Premier League managers have Zamora in their squad at the moment. If you’re going two up top and need a sub, then Harry Redknapp’s Zamora fits just right.
5. Danny Ings £6.0m
The last forward on our list, closing out the Top 5 Cheap Forwards is from another of the newly promoted clubs, Burnley’s Danny Ings. Ings had a a stellar 2013/14 season in the Championship, scoring 21 goals and contributing with 6 assists in 40 appearances. The sidelining of fellow striker Sam Vokes at the end of last season due to injury, means Ings will be the focal point of Burnley’s attack going to the 2014/15 Premier League season. Burnley have Chelsea and Manchester United at home early in the season, then things look a a little better in terms of goal scoring potential. Just under %5 of teams have Ings at the moment, probably due to the fact that there are a few other options in the £5.0-£6.0 striker bracket. But if you have the budget to spare, and need a cheap guaranteed starter for your first 11, then Ings is a good option.
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