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The best strikers to buy, sell and hold based on FPL goal threat from open play

With so many goals already this season, it’s all about strikers in Fantasy Premier League – but which ones should we sell, keep or buy?

We have already witnessed 103 goals over the first 28 matches of the campaign, an average of 3.68 per game. To put that into perspective, the previous Premier League record across the course of a full season was an average of 2.82 goals per game. 

With nets bulging up and down the country, it is natural to assume that the bulk of the goals will be scored by strikers and, with the new handball regulations leading to more penalties being awarded, it is only natural to favour front-men on spot kick duties.

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For example, the following forwards take penalties for their respective clubs:

  1. Neal Maupay (£6.5m) – Brighton
  2. Chris Wood (£6.5m) – Burnley
  3. Richarlison (£8.0m) – Everton
  4. Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.0m) – Fulham
  5. Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) – Leicester City
  6. Callum Wilson (£6.4m) – Newcastle
  7. Danny Ings (£8.4m) – Southampton
  8. Harry Kane (£10.5m) – Spurs
  9. Charlie Austin/Hal Robson-Kanu (£5.4m) – West Brom
  10. Michail Antonio (£6.4m) – West Ham
  11. Raul Jimenez (£8.6m) – Wolves

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That’s a pretty large share out of the 20 teams. So, while 3-5-2 has been gaining popularity over the last few years, the number of penalty takers available at budget prices in forward positions may very well help cement the classic 3-4-3 as the preferred formation.

But do we want to be investing in strikers who rely exclusively on penalties? While there could be merit in that approach, surely we want to investing those who offer plenty of threat from open play as well.

So, let’s have a look how the league’s strikers have done so far using the Fantasy Football Scout Premium Members Area.

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  1. ragsyboys
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Barnes or Sterling for this week ? Have KDB

    1. Camzy
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Sterling.

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Sterling

      1. ragsyboys
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Sure he starts ? Game time not a worry ?

  2. jason_ni
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    If sheffield are paying record fee, you'd have to assume brewster gonna be first choice right?
    Have him, but had been toying moving him out for ings, may as well hold now.

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Will be handy in future

    2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Sheff United have Fulham gw5 against a pacy Brewster out to impress.

  3. Galza-The Wanton Trader
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    W/C ok...?

    McCarthy
    Robbo / Castagne / Lamptey
    Salah / KDB / Bruno / Grealish
    DCL / Wilson / Mitrovic

    Button / 4.5 / Cooper / Ferguson

    Any recommendations on a 4.5 mid?

    1. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Dale Stephens is 4.4 if don't like him than Franck Zambo Anguissa

      1. Galza-The Wanton Trader
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Cheers.
        Anguissa top of my list currently

    2. Nikolai Volkoff
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Bissouma, Burke, Mendy

      1. Galza-The Wanton Trader
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Thanks Bam Bam.
        Mendy looks good until Ndidi comes back.

    3. Amey
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Alzate

  4. eazy
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Wc or not?

    Ramsdale
    TAA Robbo KWP Davies
    KDB Salah Havertz
    Werner Adams Mitro

    Got 2FT

    1. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Use the 2 FT and reassess after the break

    2. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Mitro to Wood
      Davies to Holding

      WC during international break if needed.

    3. Shineonme
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Adams and mitro are a worry for me

      1. mirkomen77
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Werner Mitro > DCL jimi/ings

  5. Betarna
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Will Tarkowski return to Burnleys starting XI again and send Dunne back to the bench?

    1. subhojit123
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      No IMO

    2. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Yes, he already started the league cup

    3. Dsmythy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Of course he will. Their best defender.

  6. rozzo
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    I like the look of Trossard.

    Had a load of chances but is it a case of he can't finish or just been unlucky?

    Would Foden be a better pick?

    1. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Trossard looks more nailed. Foden has higher potential.

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I prefer Trossard

    3. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Been unlucky. Brighton have looked great all round this season and Trossard has hopefully nailed his spot in that team.

      Foden or Trossard? I guess it depends in whether you can stomach Pep rotation. I’s be tempted to go Trossard tbh since I don’t have the patience.

  7. ratchet
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Any love for Auba? If you were on a WC, why wouldn’t you have him longer term?

    1. SouthCoastSaint
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Playing too wide for my liking

    2. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I am never comfortable captaining him, and for 12m you expect to be doing that regularly.

    3. Shineonme
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Price is to high where he is playing wide

  8. subhojit123
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    How does this WC team look -
    McCarthy
    TAA Robbo James Dunne 4.0
    KDB sterling podence Costa Burke
    Ings Jimmy DCL

  9. SouthCoastSaint
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Do you really want Brewster with those fixtures or are you just facilitating a more expensive midfield?

    1. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      More expensive midfield. But I will be tempted to play hin next week against Fulham

    2. Pacer.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      It's not like anyone can defend anyway

  10. BoleynWin
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Considering James on a wildcard due to the next two plum fixtures on paper, my worry is that Chilwell & Azpi will be the preferred fullbacks for Lampard. Likely shift for Robertson long term for the double Pool defence.

    Opinions welcome gentlemen....

    1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      If you have a half decent sub defender could be an OK risk

  11. Wiltonj
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Bruno and wilson to Jimi and Mahrez for -4 ??

    Dont really wanna get rid of bruno but only way to get Jimi in

  12. Bank$y
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    A unique signing for Sheffield. Google checks out. http://www.brewsterpartners.co.uk/

  13. Toothless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Martinez
    Saiss James Justin
    J.Rodriguez Salah KDB Zaha
    DCL Bamford Jiminez

    Steer Taylor Mitchell Son

    1FT £0.2m ITB

    Really stuck between:

    a) Son -> Mahrez
    b) Son -> Podence then use cash to upgrade defence next GWK (i.e. James to TAA/Robo).
    c) Save and have 2FT over break. (and probably do B's transfers anyway).

  14. Leeds23
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 2 months ago

    McCarthy (Ryan)
    Saiss, Robertson, R.James, Justin (Lamptey)
    De Bruyne, Salah, Maddison, Podence (Mandy)
    Jimenez, Ings (Brewster)

    1.5 million in bank to potentially play with during the international break any tips to improve?

  15. Nikolai Volkoff
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Looking forward to Havertz's performance this weekend. Chelsea v Palace early kick off could trigger a lot of early transfer activities

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      The Int break will trigger alot of Havertz to Son transfers.

  16. CelticBhoy1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Anything worth a hit?

    Ryan
    TAA Keane Taylor Justin
    Salah J Rod KDB(c) Soucek
    Kane Werner

    Subs: Brewster Bissouma Egan

    1. Shineonme
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      nice team

  17. fpork
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Play ASM or Son (depending on who is fit), or transfer Son to Mahrez?

    1. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Play Son with ASM first sub.

      Son fixtures from GW5 are heaven.

      1. fpork
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Thats what I am currently at. My only "concern" is that I will end up wildcarding anyway, and then not benefit from the transfer.

  18. Foresting
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Werner to Jimi for a -4?

    Good or bonkers??

    1. Annie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      you know what's going to happen if you do and if you don't

      1. Foresting
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        All to well 😉

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Bonkers

    3. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I think you will get those 4 pts back and more over the next 4-5 weeks. I think the best thing is to forget about Chelsea assets until they start firing. Better to be one week late than 6 weeks early. It’s a yes from me.

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        The 4 pts will pay itself off over 4-5 weeks... but it can be done for free next week so how can you justify doing it for a hit?

        1. Rasping Drive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          Because this I expect Jimenez to outscore Werner by more than 4 points.

          1. Rasping Drive
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            *this week

    4. Shineonme
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      no way keep werner

  19. Nimby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Right. Is this a crazy thing to do? Team sheet first.

    Ramsdale
    TAA Saiss Bertrand
    Salah (c) J-Rod ASM Soucek
    Jimenez Calvert-Lewin Ings

    Button, Lamptey, Son, Mitchell

    I've already done one transfer. Would it be stupid to do a -8 to sell ASM and Son for Foden and Mahrez? I think the potential upside is very large and could be for a while into the future. I'm obviously reluctant or I wouldn't be asking.

  20. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    On WC:

    Martinez
    Robertson, Coady, Justin
    Salah, KDB, Barnes, Foden
    Jimenez, Ings, DCL

    Steer; Lamptey, Mitchell, Stephens.

    0.5 ITB

    What to do with the 0.5?

    A) Robertson -> TAA
    B) Coady -> Semedo
    C) Keep it ITB for a rainy day (maybe Barnes -> Zaha in a couple weeks)

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      B, don’t like Coady

    2. Shineonme
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Robbo to TAA for me

    3. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Id hold for this week. Robbo to TAA not a bad shout but Robbo is attacking very well right now

  21. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Start Taylor or Lewis this week? Lascelles a doubt...

    1. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Taylor for me

  22. Bolivian Seaman
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Arsenal, Rapid Vienna, Molde, Dundalk

    Tottenham,Ludogorets, Lask, Antwerp

    Playing six games in a group is a bit silly after seeing these groups. Arsenal Pl6 W6 D0 D0 Tottenham Pl6 W6 D0 D0

    1. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Hopefully means both teams play their respective stiffs in the Europa league.

    2. Dsmythy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Never that easy

  23. FantasyFooty01
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Into week 4 of last man standing, who should I pick? comment below.
    Already picked:
    Leicester
    Everton
    Manchester United

  24. Yossarian79
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    I have 1 available transfer and 1.1m

    Thinking of playing my wildcard but probably gonna wait until after the international break.

    McCarthy Ryan
    TAA Taylor Justin Holding Mitchell
    KDB Podence Salah Son Bissouma
    Werner Wilson Adams

    However I am gonna transfer out Son. Please give me your opinions on the following:

    A: Mahrez in for Son
    B: Mahrez in for Son and Jiménez in for Werner for -4
    C: Mahrez in for Son, Jiménez in for Werner and Ings for Wilson -8

    1. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      B. C is way too big of a hit imo

  25. fpork
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    I wouldn't do B or C. E.g. with C, how likely is it that Ings+Jimenez will outscore Wilson+Werner by 8 points? I think it could go either way tbh.
    A: This is something I am considering myself. If Son is not fit, you need to play Mitchell or Holding.

  26. nico05
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Could get anyone's thoughts please before I do my transfer this week? I have 1 ft and 1.5 to spend.
    Mccarthy
    TAA Justin Doherty Lascelles (Mitchell)
    Fernandes Salah DeBruyne Podence (oriol Romeu)
    Mitrovic Martial (Davies
    A. Mitro - DCL
    B Martial - Jimi
    C. Both for a -4
    D. Something else?
    Thank you for looking

  27. Usmanov
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Which of these two options?
    1) Mahrez and DCL
    2) Barnes and Ings

  28. Dele
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Callum Robinson worth a look at?