Goal takes a look at some of the best goal-getters, as well as some cheaper options, for fantasy football ahead of the upcoming season
As the 2018-19 Premier League season inches closer to the big kick-off, fantasy football teams around the world are taking shape.
Getting the right balance across the pitch is essential in the hunt for virtual glory and being shrewd with your budget could be the difference between success or failure.
One area of the pitch where it generally doesn’t pay to be frugal in fantasy football is attack, but some talented additions can still be picked up for a reasonable price.
Ahead of the new campaign, Goal takes a look at some of the best strikers to buy in fantasy football, as well as some bargain signings.
Best Fantasy Football Strikers
As you’d expect, the most important consideration when selecting a strike force in any fantasy football game is how many goals a player is likely to score.
Forwards who have a proven track record over a number of seasons are the most precious commodities and, as such, they tend to be the most expensive.
Having at least one top quality striker on your panel is a must if you want to make a splash in fantasy football, so it is unwise to be thrifty in this department.
Below are some of the best strikers to choose in fantasy football for 2018-19.
Harry Kane | Tottenham | £12.5m
Harry Kane’s credentials as a goalscorer are unquestionable after four remarkable seasons with Tottenham, which have seen him consistently improve his tally year on year. The England captain is the most expensive striker in the game (and second only to Mohamed Salah overall) so he will put a considerable dent into your budget.
When weighing up whether or not to include him in your team, it may be wise to take into consideration Kane’s odd difficulty in the month of August, a period when he has infamously struggled to find the net. However, once he gets going, there are few who come close in the Premier League.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang | Arsenal | £11m
Arsenal endured a desperate season in 2017-18, finishing sixth and failing to book a place in the Champions League, but one of the success stories of the season was their acquisition of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund mid-way through the season. The striker chipped in with 10 goals in 13 appearances and his precision in front of goal will be an important factor in any success the Gunners enjoy under new boss Unai Emery.
Sergio Aguero | Man City | £11m
A long-time favourite of fantasy football aficionados, Sergio Aguero inevitably comes up with the goods. The Manchester City striker is heading into the final stages of his career, but he showed that he still has a sharp predatory instinct in front of goal with 21 goals in the Premier League last term. If you opt for Aguero in your fantasy football team, it will be crucial to keep an eye on how Pep Guardiola approaches the new campaign, with Gabriel Jesus offering the Catalan coach a strong alternative to the Argentine.
Romelu Lukaku | Man United | £11m
Belgium international Romelu Lukaku got off to a tremendous start to the season last term when he scored seven goals in his first seven games, but experienced an inconsistent campaign thereafter, finding the net in just nine of his subsequent league appearances. Nevertheless, Lukaku’s value in fantasy football has not diminished, an indicator that the striker’s potential threat in front of goal is still as potent as ever.
Gabriel Jesus | Man City | £10.5m
Gabriel Jesus’ Manchester City career has been somewhat stop-start thanks to injuries and the form of Aguero, so he will be keen to hit the ground running in 2018-19, and the fact that he is so highly valued shows what he is capable of. Jesus scored 13 goals in 29 appearances last term and that figure could easily increase with more minutes on the pitch. However, as mentioned, that will depend on Guardiola and whether or not he prefers an attack led by Aguero, so it is one to keep a close eye on.
Alexandre Lacazette | Arsenal | £9.5m
Having arrived at Arsenal last summer in a £46m (€50m) move from Lyon, Alexandre Lacazette took his time to adjust to life in the Premier League, but managed to hit double figures nonetheless. His price has decreased somewhat for his second campaign – which may also have something to do with Aubameyang’s arrival – but the France international should, in theory, improve. He was directly involved in 19 goals in the Premier League last term (14 goals, five assists).
Roberto Firmino | Liverpool | £9.5m
Roberto Firmino was in the top three among fantasy football forwards – well ahead of Aguero and Lukaku – at the conclusion of the 2017-18 season, but he continues to be priced below £10m. The Brazil international was a key component in Liverpool’s attacking trident, which also included Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, and will be keen to build on what was his best personal campaign at the club.
Best Fantasy Football Bargain Strikers
Wilfried Zaha | Crystal Palace | £7m
He may not have made the grade at Manchester United, but Wilfried Zaha’s form for Crystal Palace in recent seasons has seen him linked with a host of top Premier League teams. Nine goals and seven assists saw him end the season as one of the Premier League’s top 10 fantasy football strikers in 2017-18.
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Marko Arnautovic | West Ham | £7m
West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic concluded last season with a higher points haul than the likes of Lacazette, Jesus and Alvaro Morata after being involved in a total of 18 goals (11 goals, seven assists). The Hammers have a new boss at the helm this season, so there is likely to be some upheaval, but Arnautovic is sure to be to the fore as they look to improve.
Bobby Reid | Cardiff City | £5.5m
A potential bargain can be found in Cardiff City forward Bobby Reid, who recently joined the promoted side from Bristol City. The 25-year-old was sensational for City in the Championship, scoring 19 goals and setting up seven more. The Premier League will be a step up, but if he can produce half of what he did last season, it will be money well spent.
Luciano Vietto | Fulham | £5.5m
Fulham have recruited an experienced forward in the form of Luciano Vietto, who arrives on loan at Craven Cottage with experience playing for clubs such as Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Valencia. While he has often been forced to contend with a bench role at those clubs, the Argentine has shown himself to be prolific when given the chance.