Having looked at the best midfielders to pick for GW15 earlier this week, we now focus our attention on those Forwards most likely to make the difference to our teams to ensure we continue our run of finishing in the green and not with a nasty black £0 next to our name.
As always we look at our recommended Top Picks as well as some cheaper differentials for those that prefer to take risks.
Alexis Sanchez (ARS) – v Stoke (h) – £15.4M
Sanchez is simply unstoppable and on current form should be the first and easiest name on your team sheet – regardless of his price. A record breaking 88.5 points last week is the highest points scored by any player since FanDuel started in UK and followed a sensational 60.5 points the week before at Bournemouth. Sanchez has more goals (11), assists (4), & chances created (35) than anybody else in the Arsenal team. Why then, does this pick come with a warning?
Well, Arsenal have 3 Premier League games in the next 7 days and that includes away days at both Everton and Man City. Having surprisingly played nearly the full 90 minutes against Basle midweek there is a very real threat of rotation for Sanchez in the coming week – especially after the impressive hattrick mid-week from his fellow forward Perez. The seemingly easier fixture of the three against Stoke this weekend could be the one Arsene uses to rotate his super forward. So with that in mind, our decision will have to wait until the lineups are announced. If he’s in the lineup he makes our team 100%. If not, we’ll look at one of the other options below.
Diego Costa (CHE) – v West Brom (h) – £14.6M
Although a question mark still looms over his potential injury this week, we are pretty confident Diego Costa will line up against West Brom and will continue his fine form. Having scored 37 points or more in 4 of his last 5 appearances, his style of play seems perfectly suited to the FanDuel points scoring system – just like Sanchez. For those that have not had in him recent weeks you’ve probably spent every Sunday night wondering why…!
Not only has Costa consistently scored goals (he’s still joint leading goalscorer in the Premier League with 11 goals) he’s also ranked joint 3rd in the league for assists (5) behind only De Bruyne and his teammate Matic. Interestingly, Costa also tops the charts for a number of other important FanDuel metrics and in the last 5 games has managed 12 fouls drawn & 10 clearances too. These additions to his game make him a more attractive proposition than the likes of Defoe or Austin who rely solely on goals to earn the big points each week.
Divock Origi (LIV) – v West Ham (h) – £7.8M
3 games and 3 goals. What more can you say about Divock Origi right now. When news of Coutinho’s long term injury was announced, Origi was seemingly the only player in the team looking at the positives. While Firmino has struggled to replicate his form without his compatriot in the team (as have a few others), Origi has had no such problems and has taken his chance by scoring in every appearance since. For him to really start holding down a starting birth in our FanDuel teams over the coming weeks however, Origi is going to need to start providing more than just the finishing touch. Only 1 chance created in each of his two appearances and a single shot on target is not enough, but with a plum home fixture this week against a depleted and confidence-lacking hammers, we are backing the Belgium and giving him another chance to prove his worth.
Important to also note West Ham, fresh from their 5-1 thrashing from Arsenal last week, still have an incredible injury list that even Wenger would have been proud of back in the day. What’s worse is they look completely devoid of confidence. Payet, their star-man looks disinterested and unmotivated and we fancy Bilic is only another couple of loses away from being the bookies favourite to get the chop. If budget permits, Origi won’t be the only Liverpool player in our team this week. Our prediction; Big home win.
Christian Benteke (CRY) – v Hull (a) – £8.1M
Still looking for their first clean sheet of the season, and having been quite lucky not to concede more at Boro last week, another Belgian this time in the form of Beneteke takes on a Hull side this week that simply can’t help but concede chances. They’ve not been helped by injuries and lack of depth and quality in their squad but this week’s relegation 6 pointer (ye I went there again) gives Benteke a perfect opportunity to repay back some of his hefty price tag with another much needed top performance. 3 goals and an assist in his last 4 games shows Benteke is some way to the form we know he can produce.
Having finally secured his first home goal of the season last week, Benteke and Palace will be full of confidence and are perfectly suited to playing away this season too. It’s no coincidence with the big man up top they lead the way for crosses into the box compared to any other Premier League teams and so we fancy the Belgian to not just get on the scoresheet but have his fair share of chances in box too. With 5 points on offer for every shot on target a healthy points total should be in store this week.
Roberto Firmino (LIV) – v West Ham (h) – £12.9M
Although last week was a disappointing one for Firmino’s owners (all 71% of them), and already there is concern the loss of Coutinho is going to have a negative impact on his output, we think it’s too soon to right him off just yet.
GW14 was only the second time this season Firmino scored less than 20 points and the first came against Arsenal in week 1. He still tops the scoring charts for numerous metrics that are important to FandDuel and he’s still the most consistent player in the game. Up against a poor West Ham side this week, we see no reason why he can’t produce again. Another blank and we might see his price drop next week to more reasonable levels, and at £12.9M he’s certainly the expensive route in Liverpools attack this week. However his ownership is likely to be as low as it’s ever been before mainly due to the price of Sanchez and Costa, so this week could be the perfect time to jump on board?
Pedro (CHE) – v West Brom (h) – £8.8M
Quite why we think Pedro is a risk this week we aren’t entirely sure? In fact his home form is so consistent that he’s scored over 30 points in almost every game at Stamford Bridge this season. With 3 goals in his last 3 home games and coming up against a West Brom side that are seemingly doing everything they can to NOT play the Pulis way and actually entertain their fans, we fancy Pedro to have another good week. Named in this section as he’s likely to have low ownership, if you are looking for a cheaper way into the Chelsea attack this week look no further than the little Spaniard.
Anichebe (SUN) – v Swansea (a) – £7.1M
25+ points in three of the four games he’s played this season, including a 50.5 points haul at home to Liverpool shows his potential. At £1M cheaper than Defoe and due a goal after some great performances recently, we fancy Anichebe could be a great differential for those looking to save some funds.
Sam Vokes (BUR) – v Bournemouth (h) – £7.1M
Having scored at home to Everton, Liverpool and Palace already this season and up against a Bournemouth side that have conceded 6 goals in their last two games it could prove a smart move for those that back the outsider Vokes this week.
Although he was rested last week he has started every home game so far this season as Sean Dyche appears to be targeting Burnley’s home games for attacking returns, playing two upfront. 3 Goals, 1 assist, 7 chances created and 14 clearances isn’t quite the returns the likes of Sanchez or Firmino have managed however with three 25+ point weeks already to his name this season, there is no reason he can’t replicate that again this week too.
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