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The best FPL forwards for a Gameweek 4 Wildcard

Having already assessed the best goalkeepersdefenders and midfielders on offer, our position-by-position analysis of the stand-out Fantasy Premier League (FPL) options for a Gameweek 4 Wildcard continues as we take a look at the forwards.

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BEST PREMIUM FORWARDS

Lukaku on target as Chelsea assets prosper at Arsenal

Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m) may now be 36-years-old, but remains one of the world’s best players. The Portuguese scored 29 Serie A goals for Juventus last term, averaging 5.4 shots per match, and will surely pose a serious threat now at Old Trafford. 

Following an isolation period, Ronaldo could feature for Manchester United in their next Premier League outing, an appealing Gameweek 4 fixture against Newcastle United at home.

Romelu Lukaku (£11.5m) looks like an equally enticing prospect.

The Belgian enjoyed the most productive season of his career for Inter Milan last term, scoring 23 goals and providing 11 assists for the Serie A champions.

Since his move to Chelsea, he has scored against Arsenal and already racked up 10 goal attempts in just two appearances. 

The Blues have a particularly appealing schedule from Gameweeks 7 to 11, but getting him in early could pay off, with Aston Villa up next at Stamford Bridge.

However, during the international break, Lukaku revealed that he has been nursing a minor injury and will have a scan on his thigh. It certainly doesn’t sound too serious, but of course, is one to monitor ahead of deadline.

Elsewhere, with Ronaldo and Lukaku dominating Fantasy discussion, it does perhaps feel like Harry Kane (£12.3m) is going a little under the radar. Last season’s golden boot winner returned against Watford in Gameweek 3, and will now hope to open his 2021/22 Premier League account at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Also consider…  

Jamie Vardy (£10.5m) has a tough fixture against Manchester City up next, but it is worth noting that he has scored eight times against Pep Guardiola’s side in the last five years, and follows it up with games against Brighton and Hove Albion (a), Burnley (h) and Crystal Palace (a).

BEST MID-PRICE FORWARDS

Five-time top 1k FPL finisher Tom Freeman on Calvert-Lewin, Wolves and his Gameweek 2 plans 6

For Wildcarders, picking the Premier League’s most in-form striker Michail Antonio (£7.9m) is a bit of a no-brainer. 

The West Ham United forward has enjoyed an excellent start to the season, producing double-digit FPL hauls in each of the opening three Gameweeks. 

Given his history of hamstring problems, the only real concern is his schedule. Antonio has featured for Jamaica during the international break, while the Hammers Europa League campaign kicks-off next week.

However, on current form, he does feel like a must-have, and if he were to pick up an unfortunate injury there are at least plenty of alternatives we can turn to at a similar price.

Everton’s start to life under Rafa Benitez has been promising, with two wins and a draw from their opening three fixtures. During that time, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.2m) has netted three goals, and providing he can recover from injury in time for Gameweek 4, looks like an excellent option to lead our lines. 

As the focal point of Everton’s attack, with penalties in his locker too, Calvert-Lewin could be an effective set-and-forget option.

Patrick Bamford (£7.9m) also deserves a mention here having blanked in only one of his three outings so far. After Gameweek 4 has passed, Leeds United’s fixtures are excellent, and with an ownership of just 12.3%, is perhaps going under the radar.

Michail Antonio (left), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (centre) and Patrick Bamford’s (right) xG shot maps 2021/22 via our Premium Members Area

Raul Jimenez (£7.4m), who currently sits in just 2.8% of FPL squads, has blanked in each of his first three fixtures, but could do well when you consider that Wolverhampton Wanderers face Watford (a), Brentford (h), Southampton (a) and Newcastle United (h) next.

It’s also worth noting that he is the only Premier League player to register double-figures for both shots and chances created so far this season:

Also consider…

Callum Wilson (£7.5m) has already scored twice for Newcastle United, though it has been reported that the Magpies no. 9 could be out for a number of weeks due to a thigh injury. 

Danny Ings (£8.0m) has made a real impact since moving to Aston Villa, scoring on his debut, before then netting an excellent overhead kick on his home debut. However, his immediate fixtures – Chelsea (a), Everton (h), Man Utd (a) and Spurs (a) – do suggest that there are better options available on a Wildcard.

That could be his replacement at Southampton, Adam Armstrong (£6.0m), who is a nice cheap option to go alongside the premiums. After scoring on his debut, he was involved in the goal in the 1-1 draw against Man Utd, and also won the late penalty which saw the Saints grab a point at Newcastle in Gameweek 3.

That leaves Ivan Toney (£6.4m) and perhaps Chris Wood (£6.9m) as alternatives, though it does feel like other forwards have the more appealing schedules.

BEST BUDGET FORWARDS

The best FPL forwards for a Gameweek 4 Wildcard 1

Having dropped to £5.9m, Teemu Pukki is the standout budget option on offer. The Norwich City forward scored 26 goals in the Canaries Championship-winning side last term, and converted a penalty against Leicester City in Gameweek 3 after a couple of testing opening matches against Liverpool and Man City.

His next five fixtures suggest that he could be a shrewd pick, too:

Below Pukki, options are limited.

The majority will struggle to see enough minutes, but Emmanuel Dennis (£5.2m) and perhaps Josh King (£5.5m) could be the exception, especially with Troy Deeney and Andre Gray departing Vicarage Road.

However, it is worth noting that Dennis took up a wider role against Spurs in Gameweek 3, with King operating through the middle, which is something to keep an eye on moving forward. 

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855 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bavarian
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    A - Sa-Reguilon-Sarr
    B - Sanchez-Coady-Torres

    1. caldracula
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      A

  2. Paddyburns
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Would you do Son and Ings to Lukaku and Jota for -4

    Do we know anything about Sons injury?

    Cheers 🙂

    1. Patty
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I’d rather Ronaldo over Lukaku, but yes that seems a good move

      1. Paddyburns
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I just need 0.1 to do Ronaldo and Jota :/

    2. caldracula
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      The moves I’m looking at doing

  3. Amphetamine Logic
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Question on transfer values - is the £0.2m increase required to bank a £0.1m gain on transfer out calculated relative to the player's original price or the price he was brought into the team at?

    For example, take a player that originally cost £7.0m but was brought into my team when his price had risen to £7.1m. If his price rises again to £7.2, do I bank the £0.1m gain, along with all those who bought at £7.0m, or would I have to wait for the price to hit £7.3m?

    1. Don Rogers FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      you'd have to wait. the base price for the calculation is the price at which you bought the player.

      1. Amphetamine Logic
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Thanks!

  4. hammersp2000
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Morning All,

    So i currently have a core group of the following on my wildcard:-

    Sanchez (Steele)
    Ayling, TAA, Shaw, Livramento, ?
    Raphina, Torres, Jota, Salah, ?
    Ronaldo, Antonio, ?

    The choices for the ? positions are

    1) Rudiger, Gray, Dennis
    2) Coady, Gray, Armstrong
    3) Coady, Benrahma, Dennis

    Also open to swapping Ayling for Coady in the main group.

    Any thoughts?

    Cheers

  5. Denis Tueart on the wing
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Will Ronaldo start on Saturday?

    1. Harry the Hack
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Unusual query?

      1. Denis Tueart on the wing
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Who will be dropped?

        1. Harry the Hack
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I don't think James retains his spot..

          1. Denis Tueart on the wing
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Good answer 🙂

            1. Harry the Hack
              • 12 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              😀

              1. Denis Tueart on the wing
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Looks like I'll need to Son + Ings out and Ronaldo + 6.0M midfielder in (Any suggestions?)

                1. JakeTheRed
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Sarr, Traore, Gray seem to be the obvious ones.

                  1. Denis Tueart on the wing
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Thanks Jake, I am thinking of Gray with the fixtures.

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      if you own him the answer is yes, if you don’t own him it is probs 50/50

  6. Ppss90
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Thoughts on this WC:

      Sanchez
      TAA shaw Semedo
      Torres Gray Salah Jota
      Antonio Jimenez CR7

      Bench- Williams, Livramento, Sissoko, Foster

      1. JakeTheRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        D'you not fancy getting Raphinha in there somewhere?

      2. Ppss90
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Im thinking of him after lfc fixture tempted to add him or james as a punt

      3. Patty
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Would you rather
        A. Bruno + Sarr
        B. Greenwood + Jota + 2.8 ITB

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          B

        2. Sleepless in Settle FPL
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          A

        3. caldracula
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          B easily

      4. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Morning all What do you think of this wc? Strong squad rotating between a 3/4/3 when Dennis has a strong fixture and 4/4/2 otherwise

        Sanchez 4.0
        Rudiger, tierny, Semado, Ayling, Taa
        Salah greenwood jota Raph
        Ronaldo Antonio Dennis

        Obvious plans would be lukaku for Ronaldo and greenwood or jota to Mount for the Chelsea triple up potentially

      5. The Bad Seed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Bottomed - reposting for insights (appreciated lads)

        Been genuinely lost between the Ronaldo and the Lukaku WC Teams...
        Which looks better?

        A) SA
        Semedo - TAA - Tierney- Rudiger - Livra
        Salah - Jota - Sarr - Doucoure - Gilmour
        Ronaldo - Antonio - DCL

        B) Meslier + Raya (perfect roation when leeds have top 6)
        Semedo - TAA - Tierney - Rudiger - Livra
        Salah - Jota - Raphina - Doucoure - Gilmour
        Lukaku - Antonio - DCL

        So basically difference is:

        SA + Sarr + Ronaldo OR Meslier+Raya +Raphinha + Lukaku?

        with A, i still plan to do Ronaldo -> lukaku by gw7

      6. ksmith5666
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Currently on WC, i am 0.1 away from this:-

        Sanchez
        TAA | Shaw | Semedo | Tierney
        Salah | Jota | Greenwood
        CR7 | DCL | Antonio
        Steele | Allan | Gilmour | Williams

        Just need Torres to rise once more and i am good to go. Plan to move Greenwood / Jota to Raphinha next week, then Shaw and CR7 to Rudiger / Chillwell and Lukaku in GW7.

        1. Rbyrne95
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          See if you are to transfer out Torres, do you only get the extra 0.1 after the transfer is made or will it add to your potential transfers when making them before clicking the button

          1. ksmith5666
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            So, if i understand your question correctly - added to your total once you have removed him from the squad. I added him on WC Saturday night, he has risen once so far. Once he, hopefully, rises again, should be before the deadline, i can transfer him out and bank that 0.1 profit into the squad.

      7. Rbyrne95
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Hola, what are people's thoughts? On WC. 0.0 itb

        A) Torres and Semedo
        B) Mount and Marcal
        C) Jimenez for Dennis, Torres/Benrahma to 4.5, Marcal at back and Duffy to White/other.

        Sa
        TAA, Shaw, Semedo* (Livra, Duffy)
        Raph, Salah, Jota, Torres*, Benrahma
        Ronaldo, Antonio (Dennis)

        1. Rbyrne95
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          *Sorry, with option C Duffy would have to be Williams from Norwich unless I swapped out Torres for cheaper option

      8. Maraudingmane
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Pretty happy with this WC team. Thoughts?
        Sanchez Steele
        TAA Shaw James Coady Livra
        Salah Mount Raphina ESR Allan
        Ronaldo Antonio Jimenez

        0.4ITB

        1. CAVEAT KING
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          nice

        2. Nikolai Volkoff
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Tidy

      9. Fpl_Ludwig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Should i sacrifice TAA and go down to a 6 mil def to get Jota or keep TAA for now?

        1. CAVEAT KING
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          A balance between loss and gain. In the big scheme of things you are going against a tried and trusted 7.5 option who out performs similar priced mids and forwards for a short term gain. How are you prepared to bring TAA back in a moments notice?

          1. JUNITED
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            You think you can find a player who takes free kick, direct free kick and corner like Trent and still able to produce assists from open play for your midfield option?

      10. Billybigspuds
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        He’s almost worth 7.5mil if he were classed as a midfielder. Roll in defence points amd he’s one of first on my team sheets being relatively fixture proof

      11. FPL Kaka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        So is Jiminez eligible to play or not?

        I am so confused!