This week we run the FanDuelTips lens over the most in form Premier League forwards most likely to take us to FanDuel glory. With £750 on offer for the winner of the weekend’s Fan Favourite and a whole lot more throughout the other contests, I’m not sure what we are waiting for…
Harry Kane (TOT) – V Swansea (H) – £13.5M
Could there be a better fixture on paper this week for England’s front man? Although football isn’t played on paper (as the cliché goes), this week we can’t see it going any other way. Swansea have conceded 8 goals in their last 3 games and their set piece defending is truly atrocious. Don’t forget Kane is on penalty duty too and Swansea have already conceded 3 of those this season through some clumsy defending.
To be fair, it might not be all one-way traffic this game, as Spurs are hardly at top gear and Swansea will probably come out flying after their truly amazing result last week at The Liberty. Even still, we just can’t see them keeping out the Spurs front man and for that reason, he’s the first man on our team sheet and should be on yours too.
Charlie Austin (SOU) – v Crystal Palace (A) – £8.8M
Another English forward makes our lineup this week – who would’ve thought it!? Austin is a pure goalscorer, always has been. Since finally being given a run in the team by new manager Puel, he’s shown just why he managed 18 goals for a relegated QPR a few seasons ago. 6 goals in the league already this season and a chance to rack up some more against one of the leakiest defences in the league this week is enough to convince us.
40+ FanDuel points against Hull, Burnley and Everton is just one more reason why we have no worries about selecting him against Palace this week and expect a healthy return once again.
Alexis Sanchez (ARS) – v West Ham (A) – £13.7M
After two tough games without a goal against Man United and Spurs, Sanchez burst back onto our radars this week against Bournemouth with 2 goals, 5 chances created for teammates and a man of the match performance, securing a week high 60.5 points like only Sanchez can. As the second highest priced forward in the game he really needs to be delivering these returns almost every week to justify the price tag. Thankfully this week we see no reason why he can’t.
He’s scored over 35 points in every away game he’s played this season so far (other than the drab draw at Old Trafford) and having been rested midweek in the cup we expect big things from the little Chilean, against a porous West Ham defence.
Diego Costa (CHE) – v Man City (A) – £12M
Costa has the highest average points per game of any forward in the game when playing away from home this season and for that reason is very difficult to ignore. 6 goals in 6 away games so far for the Chelsea man and up against a City team with only 2 clean sheets all season bodes well for Costa’s selectors. It will be interesting to see if Pep can in fact unlock Conte’s ‘secrets’ as he suggested this week. Either way Costa has been involved in 14 goals already this season and if Chelsea are to continue their great form and get a few more, it will be because he has helped them do it.
Divock Origi (Liv) – v Bournemouth (A) £6.8M
Fresh from his goalscoring exploits in the EFL cup mid-week and against Sunderland last week in the league, Origi has a chance to shine in the absence of both Coutinho and Lallana this week. He’s also likely to push Firmino (if he plays) back into a wide position in order to own the number 9 spot. Bournemouth are a different team at home and so this will by no means be a pushover. However, Liverpool have only failed to score on one occasion this season and so if they are to continue that run we expect Origi will be involved. At £6.8M he’s great value and unlikely to have high ownership…yet.
Solomon Rondon (WBA) – v Watford (H) – £8.1M
After an emphatic performance at home to Burnley in GW12 with over 40 points, Rondon disappointed those that backed him again away at Hull last week. The striker is inconsistent at the best of times but does seem to favour the home comforts of the Hawthorns. With Phillips and Chadli back in the side and creating chances too (yes West Brom fans, actual chances) Rondon could easily have another blinder this week and add to his 4 premier league goals tally. Watford themselves are just as inconsistent but if they play anywhere like they did in their last away game at Anfield it will only go one way.
It’s fair to say then that Rondon certainly falls under the ‘risk’ category this week. But then that is the point of this section isn’t it…?
Arnautovic (STK) – v Burnley (H) – £7.8M
If Bony was more assured of starts, we might have considered him instead this week but as it stands we are happy to save £0.2M on a guaranteed starter like Arni. A plum home fixture against the worst away team in the
world league pretty much puts every attacking Stoke City player on our radar this week. But for a differential we fancy Arnautovic to produce the goods. A consistent chance creator – which is a big plus for FanDuel – the fact he’s only got one assist this season probably says more about his teammates shooting ability than his creative talents. Often in and around set pieces and occasionally even on penalty duty, we can see Arnautovic finally producing the goods this week and rewarding those willing to take a risk.
A quick shout out to Firmino too, who could easily have made our top picks list this week. But having missed the midweek cup tie through injury and still a doubt at the time of writing we’ve had to overlook the most consistent player in FanDuel this season