How to pick the Best Forwards in Fantasy Premier League

Southampton's English striker Danny Ings (Photo by ANDREW BOYERS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Southampton's English striker Danny Ings (Photo by ANDREW BOYERS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

Forwards in Fantasy Premier League are very tricky picks and are the difference between huge gains or immense loss – which can be made by picking the right one or choosing the wrong one.

How Points Scoring works for forwards

In the image below I have illustrated how a forward can score points both positively and negatively.

How forwards score points:

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Premium Bracket

As I did in the midfielders segment I consider every player priced 10m or above as a Premium but unlike the forwards, the Premium options are very limited for the frontmen. Harry Kane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Jamie Vardy are the only Premium options.

I would classify them 3 in short as…

  1. Harry Kane: Linked with a move away; AVOID for now asses later if he moves to Man City
  2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: AVOID at the start; really struggled last year
  3. Jamie Vardy: AVOID; really struggled the second half of last season

As we can see most Premium options upfront arent good except Kane but there are concerns over his future at Spurs.

MID Priced Segment

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This price segment is the place where we can find the real gems. Between 7m to 10m is what I would consider the MID priced segment to be.

These are my picks for the best 3 forwards to start with this FPL run.

Danny Ings

The new Aston Villa signing has had 16 and 24 goal involvements in his last 2 seasons and starts off the season facing two newly promoted sides in Watford and Brentford and also has Newcastle sandwiched between the two and I think he is the best forward to start with.

Michail Antonio

The West Ham number 9 had an xGi of 0.63 last year and 5.4 FPL points per 90. He also starts the season well, facing Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Southampton, and a Leicester side struck heavily by injuries. The only massive concern with him is his fitness.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin

The Everton talisman started last season in blistering form. This season is more of the same, he starts off with very easy fixtures in the first 6, not facing any of the Premier League’s top-6. But just like Antonio he also has a slight injury concern which meant he couldn’t start the last preseason friendly for Everton.


The strikers below, 7m, are considered as Bargain Basement by me and they generally consist of forwards who either aren’t nailed, or are newly promoted, or play for a lower mid-table team.

There are possibly only 2 viable picks in this price range.

Ivan Toney

The highest owned forward in the game. Toney had 43 goal involvements in the Championship last year and has good fixtures to start the season with.

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Teemu Pukki

Terrible opening games to start the season with but will ease after GW5 and a switch from Toney to Pukki could be popular. Proven last time that he can do it in the Premier League.