All the best recipes contain a couple of ‘KEY’ ingredients, which elevates the taste and brings life into an ordinary morsel of fodder. Similarly, selecting the best striking options can raise your team to another level. While there might be a tonne of options to choose from, we will help you separate the best from the rest.
The players are divided into three categories.
- Premium Options (£9.0m-£12.5m)
- Second-tier Options (£7m-£9m)
- Budget Options (less than £6.5m)
Harry Kane (£12.5m)
The England captain enjoyed a brilliant World Cup and won the Golden Boot in the process, having found the back of the net six times. Having vowed to return before the opening game against Newcastle, the Spurs striker will be eager to break the dreaded ‘August’ curse. Kane was last season’s top scoring forward with 217 points, only behind Mo Salah and Raheem Sterling. With a whooping 105 league goals and 129 bonus points in four seasons, Kane will definitely be among the top scorers this year. With games against Fulham, Newcastle and a dreadful Manchester United side next month, expect king Harold to shower your teams with points.
Roberto Firmino (£9.5m)
Bobby was an FPL revelation last season. Along with the likes of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, the Liverpool forward dominated most of FPL’s attacking charts and broke a slew of records in the process. The Brazilian finished with 181 points, just two behind second-placed Jamie Vardy. He averaged an astounding 4.9 points/90 mins, which is only bettered by Aguero, Aubameyang, and Kane, all much costlier than the fifteen goals and nine assists star. With home fixtures against West Ham, Brighton, and Southampton in the first six gameweeks, expect Firmino to grab plenty of goals during this period.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11m)
The Gabon international arrived in North-London during the winter transfer’s deadline day, and still managed to register 10 goals and four assists. He averaged 6.7 points per game, only bettered by a certain Sergio Aguero. He was involved in a goal every 75 minutes, signifying his killer instinct and poaching abilities. Even though Arsenal have difficult opening fixtures against Manchester City and Chelsea, Aubameyang’s undeniable goal threat is just too good to ignore. With a resurgent trio of Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan by his side, the one in four owned forward will surely be hot property within a matter of weeks.
Marko Arnautovic (£7m)
Arnautovic has been re-classified as a striker this season, having played sixteen of his thirty-one PL games up-front for West Ham last season. He was directly involved in 18 goals, averaging 4.6 points/90 mins in the process. The Austrian has scored five times in four impressive pre-season games. With the likes of Jack Wilshere, Chicharito, Felipe Anderson, and Andriy Yarmolenko for support, expect the maverick forward to bag plenty of goals this season. However, West Ham have not been blessed with the best of opening fixtures as they face five of the last season’s top six within the first nine gameweeks. Expect big things from their big man post gameweek 13.
Wilfried Zaha (£7m)
Another re-classified striker, the Palace fan-favorite enjoyed a career best tally of nine goals (along with seven assists) last term. Zaha completed 119 dribbles last season, a number only bested by Eden Hazard. The Ivorian was involved in seven goals (five goals and two assists) in the Eagles’ final ten league matches. He was instrumental in keeping the London-based club far from the relegation zone. Crystal Palace lost every single game in which he did not play. This statistic decreased by four times when Zaha was on the pitch. The winger turned forward has shaken off every inch of rust and has demonstrated his lethal form by scoring three times in pre-season. Expect big things from him considering an easy opening ten fixtures.
Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.5m)
The Serbian international just completed his move from Tyneside to London today morning after enjoying a brilliant loan spell with The Cottagers. Mitrovic was The Championship’s leading goalscorer post January with 12 goals to his name. He scored a goal every 115 minutes and took 3.3 shots/90 mins. His influence was one of the main reasons for Fulham’s promotion. With favorable fixtures and at a modest £6.5m, Mitrovic could play the role of an enabler to bring in some premium forward options to your squad.
Danny Ings (£5.5m)
We are taking a punt with this pick. Ings was instrumental under Sean Dyche when Burnley gained promotion in 2014. He was the team’s leading scorer with 11 goals and also set up a further four. Fast-forward to mid-2018 and the now Liverpool player has only registered 602 minutes thanks to a couple of career threatening injuries. However, he did show signs of improvement at the end of last season, scoring and assisting once in two games. With a transfer to Crystal Palace likelier by the day, expect the lad from Winchester to rediscover his form and push Palace closer to a mid-table finish.