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FPL best forward picks: Gameweek 3 Budget, differential and premium tips

By Andrew Francis

FPL forwards Gameweek 3

Published: 9:00, 25 August 2023

Picking the right forwards to play alongside Erling Haaland could prove to be the difference ahead of Gameweek 3. 

Using our new FPL rating system — Squawka Score — we are providing you with our top recommendations for selection heading into Gameweek 3.

What is Squawka Score? You can learn more about how we devised our fantasy football ranking system here.

Best FPL forwards
Top forward pick for Gameweek 3
Best cheap forwards for Gameweek 3
Best forwards with easy fixtures

Best FPL Forwards

Here are the top 10 Premier League forwards based on their FPL Squawka Score from the 2023 calendar year.

Player FPL Squawka Score 23/24 Team 23/24 FPL Price
Erling Haaland 75% Man City 14.0
Julian Alvarez 73% Man City 6.5
Callum Wilson 70% Newcastle 8.0
Darwin Nunez 65% Liverpool 7.4
Alexander Isak 63% Newcastle 7.7
Cody Gakpo 63% Liverpool 7.5
Danny Welbeck 62% Brighton 5.9
Eddie Nketiah 61% Arsenal 5.5
Ollie Watkins 61% Aston Villa 8.0
Yoane Wissa 54% Brentford 6.1

For the FPL forwards Squawka Score, the per 90 output of each player is compared to all strikers across the past three top-five European league seasons.

Top forward pick for Gameweek 3

In our Differential Duel feature, we look for a player who scores well on our system but is not being selected by most FPL managers.

We will then pit that player against a comparable asset who is being widely selected and it’s on you to make the all-important final decision.

Ahead of Gameweek 3, we take a closer look at Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah (6.1% ownership) and Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa (24.8%)

There is no difference between the two when it comes to Squawka Score, with both sitting on 61%. The two English strikers are separated by a price difference of 2.5m, but that isn’t truly reflective of their FPL points haul so far this season, with Nketiah claiming 13 points and Watkins picking up 10.

Here’s how their per 90 stats compare on our Comparison Matrix

Best cheap forwards for Gameweek 3

We have run the numbers from 2023 through our Squawka Score super computer to find some budget forwards ahead of Gameweek 3.

Here are our recommendations.

The best 5.5 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Eddie Nketiah, Arsenal (61%)
  2. Odsonne Edouard, Crystal Palace (37%)
  3. Neal Maupay, Everton (33%)

The best 6.0 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Danny Welbeck, Brighton (62%)
  2. Yoane Wissa, Brentford (54%)
  3. Evan Ferguson, Brighton (53%)

Best forwards with easy fixtures

You more than likely have a pretty good idea of who you want leading your line this weekend, but we have one more factor for you to take into consideration.

Combining the numbers on the FPL’s official Fixture Difficulty Rating (FDR) with our Squawka Score system, we have determined below the best forwards to pick from each club with what is considered an ‘easy’ match this Gameweek.

Team Top pick FPL Squawka Score 23/24 FPL Price
Arsenal Eddie Nketiah 60% 5.5
Aston Villa Ollie Watkins 58% 8.0
Brentford Yoane Wissa 51% 6.1
Brighton Danny Welbeck 63% 5.9
Chelsea Nicolas Jackson* N/A 7.0
Everton Dominic Calvert-Lewin 36% 5.9
Man City Erling Haaland 80% 14.0
Man United Anthony Martial 67% 6.5
Spurs N/A N/A N/A
Wolves Matheus Cunha 28% 5.5

*Does not qualify for a Squawka Score because he has not yet met the minimum Premier League minutes played threshold for 2023.