FPL forwards to own
The Big Question: What is the perfect FPL frontline for the final games?
We are going into the final gameweeks of the FPL season.
The template has been set for weeks but, as templates often do in FPL, the template has changed massively week on week.
Jesse Lingard and Kelechi Iheanacho have slowly creeped into our teams, premium assets like Salah and Son have had their appeals reduced over time.
The frontline, though, has mainly stayed the same, with the majority opting for Kane and Bamford as their main strikers, but are the high ownership players really necessary as we head into the final run in?
Patrick Bamford and the Leeds debate
Patrick Bamford has emerged as one of the most unlikely FPL player of the season.
With his history in the Premier League, not many would have expected him to be chasing down the Golden Boot. As at GW31, he is on 14 goals, 5 behind the leading pack.
There will be some doubt to having him for the home stretch, especially since Leeds play Liverpool and Manchester United in the next 2 gameweeks.
That said, Leeds just stunned Man City at the Eithad with Dallas hauling 17 points.
I would hold on to Bamford. Even though they are likely to lose the next two games, they are always likely to find the net with their press and Bamford is their principal attacker.
Kane all the way
Harry Kane could never be stopped by anyone, not even Jose, which is why he is top of the goals and assist charts in a team that would probably be relegated without him.
Kane and Son, two of the stars of this FPL season, have accounted for 65% of the goals scored by Spurs this season (as at GW31).
Throughout the season, Tottenham Hotspur have title contender, top 4 challengers to mid-table strugglers but Kane has continued to deliver.
Kane is definitely an asset to hold onto for the rest of the season, not because of his scary ownership, but simply because he will score the goals.
Since GW15, only Lacazette can match his goal tally of 10 and he has also raked up 13 FPL assists. Lose trust in Kane at your own risk.
The third striker conundrum
The third striker is a very interesting subject.
Some managers play a bench fodder, normally a player of 4.0m to 5.0m in value (eg Brewster / Davis) to free up funds for the rest of the pitch.
Some managers, though, treat the third striker as any other player, and will want only the best they can get.
Ultra Budget FPL forwards to own
To start, the Burnley boys, Vydra (4.8) and Wood (6.3), have looked quite good over the last few weeks.
Burnley are no out of the woods in the relegation battle and probably still need around 3 wins from their last 7 games to be absolutely safe.
Wood has scored 3 goals and provided 2 assists in his last 3 games. He has managed at least 10 goals every season since 2017/18 and is currently on 7 so is in the money to reach that with 7 games to go. His xG (2.85) is also amongst the top 8 highest over the last 5 games.
At 4.8m, no one offers more than Vydra. He scored twice in his last 2 games and had started every game since GW25 so his place looks nailed on in the run-in.
Budget (1) FPL forwards to own
Callum Wilson (6.5) is back, playing 33 mins on GW31.
Manager Steve Bruce is probably being very cautious about his return, hoping to get the most of him in the run-in as Newcastle faces another relegation dogfight.
The Magpies have to play Liverpool, Arsenal, Leicester and Man City but their last two games are against Sheff Utd and Fulham. If they get a couple of points against the big sides and win their last two, they should be safe.
Budget (2) FPL forwards to own
It is now very hard to ignore Kelechi Iheanacho. (6.9) The Nigerian has 7 goals in his last 5 games, taking over goal-scoring duties for the Foxes from Vardy.
The next four games are of utmost importance to Leicester – they certainly need wins over WBA, Palance, Southampton and Newcastle.
The race for the top 4 is heating up and Iheanacho is now the key man for Leicester if they are to avoid their debacle of last season.
Semi-Premium FPL forwards to own
A bit more expensive, Alexandre Lacazette (8.3) has scored the same amount of goals as Harry Kane (10) since GW15.
With Aubameyang out of sorts and Pepe still struggling to get into stride, Lacazette is cementing his position as Arsenal’s main man going forward.
Arsenal need a season revival, and he could be the person to help it along. The Gunners also have Fulham, Newcastle and WBA to play – they have an outside chance of finishing high enough to qualify for the Europa League,.
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