Forwards are relatively easy to choose. Penalty taker…check. Goalscoring-form…check. Easy home fixture…check. Chance-creator and not just a poacher…double check. This last point is an important one actually. Take Defoe as an example; he has scored 6 goals so far in the league this season and so has Alexis Sanchez. Only Lukaku, Costa, Hazard and Aguero (will he ever stop scoring?) have more this season so far. Defoe however only averages 17.3 points per game on FanDuel whereas Sanchez and the others average 27+. In fact Defoe has only reached the magical 40 points in a gameweek once this season whereas Sanchez has surpassed it 4 times already. When you analyse the relative performance of just these two players it’s actually easy to understand why.
Sanchez as a more creative player, involved in both build up of goals and finishing of them himself has created 24 chances for teammates since the start of the season (that’s 72 points!) Defoe however has created a measly 3 in the same time period. Similarly the likes of Firmino, Charlie Austin and Benteke all offer better points per game ratios even though they’ve scored less goals than Defoe this season. The message therefore is simple (and the same as it was when choosing midfielders). Goals on their own are not enough. For a forward to deserve to be chosen in your team they must be running into the channels, getting involved in build up play and most importantly creating chances for others. If they can continue to pop up with a goal or two and enjoy plenty of attempts at goal too you’re onto a winner for sure. If you’ve read any of the other “Picking the best players” posts on here you’ll know I’ve been preaching about saving money elsewhere in the team to spend on your strikers and I’m not going to stop now. Aguero, Costa, Sanchez (providing he continues to play upfront) are simply must haves on their day but they are also super expensive so plan wisely.