Forwards are often where the large majority of fantasy football budgets are spent given the reliance on goals.
At the start of the season, the top forwards will cost upwards of £9m and the best will have you spending into the 10s. But this season they haven’t been great.
The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku have struggled to make major influences in the fantasy football world, overshadowed by midfielders such as Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. So now more than ever it’s vital you get the most bang for your buck when it comes to forwards in fantasy football.
The question is, who are the right forwards to spend your money on? Who gives you the best points return against how much they cost?
You can use these tips to your advantage if you’re looking to start afresh in the New Year having watched your original fantasy team go south. FanTeam have launched a free-to-enter Second Chance competition which kicks off in January and includes a £100,000 prize pool.
How to join FanTeam’s Second Chance Premier League 2021/22 Fantasy Football tournament for free:
- Head to FanTeam and sign up
- Join the ‘Second Chance Season Game’ tournament with your free entry ticket
- Create a team and click ‘Enter Tournament’
FPL value picks: Top five Forwards
5. Ivan Toney (Brentford)
Value on FanTeam: £6.3
Points so far: 65.4
Points per million: 10.38
When Brentford were promoted there was a lot of hype surrounding Ivan Toney, after the Englishman had scored 33 goals in 48 games to help the Bees reach the Premier League via the play-offs. The question was, could he transfer that form to the top flight? So far Toney has had a decent season, scoring four goals in 14 league appearances plus two assists. Half of Toney’s goals have come from penalties too, with the forward Brentford’s designated spot-kick taker.
4. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City)
Value on FanTeam: £6.1
Points so far: 63.4
Points per million: 10.39
In his first season in the Premier League, Teemu Pukki got off to a brilliant start, scoring six goals in his opening five matches. While he hasn’t had as good an impact in his second campaign, Pukki has still done well on Norwich’s return to the top flight. The Finnish forward is currently on five Premier League goals this season, more than the rest of the Norwich squad combined (three). Like Toney, Pukki is Norwich’s penalty taker with two of his five strikes coming from the spot.
3. Michail Antonio (West Ham United)
Value on FanTeam: £7.5
Points so far: 79
Points per million: 10.53
Michail Antonio has been excellent for West Ham this season, even when not directly contributing to goals. The Jamaican international started the campaign in fine fashion, scoring four goals and recording three assists in his first three appearances, while adding another two goals in his next five. No forward has scored more points in FanTeam than Antonio’s 79, with 11 goal involvements (six goals, five fantasy assists).
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2. Joshua King (Watford)
Value on FanTeam: £5.8
Points so far: 51.5
Points per million: 10.60
Watford aren’t doing too well in the Premier League this season but their forwards are certainly holding their own. Joshua King joined Watford in the summer after five months of struggles at Everton and has quickly put that behind him to score five goals in 17 Premier League appearances. Aided by a hat-trick against Everton, King is Watford’s second-top scorer but has also recorded three fantasy assists and one penalty scored.
1. Emmanuel Dennis (Watford)
Value on FanTeam: £5.5
Points so far: 78.1
Points per million: 14.20
King is being overshadowed by his teammate, however, the brilliant Emmanuel Dennis. There was some uncertainty over Dennis’ arrival in the Premier League as he had had a few disappointing domestic campaigns, including failing to score for both Club Brugge and FC Koln in the 2020/21 season. But Dennis has put that firmly behind him to set the Premier League alight, as one of just two players to record at least five assists and score at least five goals, alongside Mohamed Salah. In total, the Nigerian has seven goals and six fantasy assists and has scored in four of his past five league appearances.