Making sure you’ve got the right front line is one of the biggest dilemmas around for FPL players ahead of the new season.
We’ve been very busy since the end of last term, trying to find the best way to determine which Premier League stars might go under the radar in FPL this coming season. Introducing our FPL rating system… the Squawka Score.
The Squawka Score judges a player’s output per 90 for a group of selected stats, with various weightings based on their potential to lead to actual points in FPL. Our tool then gives each player a percentage rating from 0 to 100. You can learn more about how we devised our fantasy football ranking system here.
In this article we’ve been looking at the best forward options for Gameweek 1, but keep in mind that we won’t take into account players who weren’t in the Premier League last season — we’ll be introducing their Squawka Scores in later Gameweeks as the new season begins to take shape.
Using their 2022/23 FPL Squawka Score, we’ve compiled this list of the top 10 forwards. We’ve also added their 2023/24 FPL Price to the table so you can start to identify where their might be value for your FPL squad.
|Player||22/23 FPL Squawka Score||23/24 Team||23/24 FPL Price|
|Erling Haaland||80%||Man City||14.0|
|Julian Alvarez||69%||Man City||6.5|
|Anthony Martial||67%||Man United||6.5|
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.
Welcome to our Differential Duel feature. The aim here is to pick out a player who scores well on our system but isn’t being picked up by the majority of managers on FPL. We’ll 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.
Here’s who we think might be a good shout to lead the line for your team. This week we’re comparing Julian Alvarez (3.5% ownership) to team-mate Erling Haaland (86.5%) ahead of their opening game of the season against Burnley. Alvarez might have a slightly lower Squawka Score (69% to Haaland’s 80%) but he comes with a huge saving in cost, with the Argentine priced at 6.5 compared to the big Norwegian’s 14.0. Here’s how their per 90 stats compare on our Comparison Matrix.
Here, we’ve run the numbers from last season through our Squawka Score super computer and found the budget defenders ahead of Gameweek 1.
The best 5.0 picks for 23/24 FPL
- Carlos Vinicius, Fulham (34%)
- Jean-Philippe Mateta, Crystal Palace (28%)
- Chris Wood, Nottingham Forest (26%)
The best 5.5 picks for 23/24 FPL
- Eddie Nketiah, Arsenal (60%)
- Wout Weghorst, Burnley (36%)
- Odsonne Edouard, Crystal Palace (33%)
The best 6.0 picks for 23/24 FPL
- Danny Welbeck, Brighton (63%)
- Evan Ferguson, Brighton (53%)
- Danny Ings, West Ham (50%)
You’ve probably got a pretty good idea of who will be leading your line this weekend, but we’ve got one more thing for you to consider. We’ve crunched the numbers on the FPL’s official Fixture Difficulty Rating (FDR) and used our Squawka Score to determine the best player to pick from each club with a favourable opening game.
|Team||Top pick||22/23 FPL Squawka Score||23/24 FPL Price|
|Crystal Palace||Odsonne Édouard||58%||5.5|
|Man City||Erling Haaland||81%||14.0|
|West Ham||Danny Ings||63%||6.0|