Who is the best mid-range FPL forward?
The Premier League season is set to get underway in less than a month’s time and, along with it, of course, comes the return of Fantasy Premier League.
101 will be bringing you plenty of weekly content to help with your FPL team throughout the season, so make sure to check on the site on a regular basis for the best tips and advice.
Ahead of the campaign getting underway, we have already begun to provide some insight into the best options for your team, including in the articles below:
And now, we will be assessing the best mid-range forwards for your FPL sides over the season ahead.
Whilst the likes of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy are usually solid options, it can often be hard to fit such players in your team, alongside the more expensive midfielders.
So, in turn, many players opt for more middle-priced alternatives in their forward line. And in this article, we will highlight the best available to you in the price range of 6.5m to 8m.
Bamford vs Calvert-Lewin
Starting at the more expensive end, both Patrick Bamford and Calvert Lewin have been handed a price-tag of 8.0m this season.
The pair both enjoyed fine 2020/21 campaigns, with Bamford scoring 17 and Calvert-Lewin netting 16. Bamford also notched 191 more minutes than the Everton hitman in the Premier League.
In terms of finishing, both players proved similar last time out. Bamford outperformed his non-penalty XG slightly, having managed his 17 goals from 16.69 expected finishes. DCL, meanwhile, actually underperformed slightly, with a NP XG of 16.31 in the league.
So, if you are going to pick one of the two based purely on finishing, there is very little to separate the attackers.
Therefore, it is probably best to look at Bamford and Calvert-Lewin’s respective fixtures to decide who you should begin the season with.
And, on paper, it is Everton who have the advantage in this regard. The Toffees avoid all of the traditional ‘big’ clubs in their opening five outings, instead facing Southampton, Leeds, Brighton, Burnley and Aston Villa.
Leeds, on the other hand, will take on Manchester United, Everton, Burnley, Liverpool and Newcastle.
Aston Villa, Leicester & more stars compared
If you do not wish to pick one of Bamford or Calvert-Lewin, though, there are still plenty of decent budget striking options you can choose from.
One of the best that springs to mind is Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins (7.5m), who shone in his debut Premier League campaign, notching 14 goals and nine assists.
Villa should only improve as an attacking force this year, too, with creative midfielder Emi Buendia now on their books.
Elsewhere, Chris Wood (7.0m) has proved himself to be a solid source of goals for many years now. The Burnley striker has managed at least 10 goals in each of the last four Premier League terms, 12 of which came in 2020/21.
One potential drawback for Wood, however, is the fact that Burnley will face Brighton, Liverpool, Leeds, Everton and Arsenal to kick off the campaign.
Leicester City now also boast a couple of mid-range forward options, after Kelechi Iheanacho’s (7.5m) starring end to last season, and the arrival of Patson Daka (7.5m) from RB Salzburg. The Zambian racked up 34 goals and 12 assists in 2020/21.
But with Iheanacho and Daka now likely to vie it out for a spot next to Jamie Vardy, it could mean that we do not see both play regularly enough to warrant a starting spot in your side.
The final player you may wish to keep an eye on over the early months of the term to come is Raul Jimenez (7.5m).
The Mexican is now back playing after his horrific head injury, and should be Wolves’ main striker next time out.
Whilst you may need to be cautious in selecting Jimenez due to his lengthy layoff, if he does find form early on under Bruno Lage, the hitman could prove a solid differential option.
Newly promoted options
Finally, Ivan Toney (6.5m) of Brentford could be a potential bargain in FPL this year.
He would score 33 and assist 10 in 52 games for the Bees across last season. The attacker is also a prolific penalty taker, having converted all nine of his spot-kicks last season.
Brentford, meanwhile, have a fairly favourable opening to the season, with matches against Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Brighton and Wolves to come.
And whilst Teemu Pukki (6.0m) does not technically fall into our mid-range category, he could also be one to keep an eye on once Norwich have played out their opening four league fixtures, versus Liverpool, Manchester City, Leicester City and Arsenal.
The best mid-range FPL forwards
Calvert Lewin, Everton (8.0)
Patrick Bamford, Leeds (8.0)
Ollie Watkins, Aston Villa (7.5m)
Chris Wood, Burnley (7.0m)
Raul Jimenez, Wolves (7.5m)
Kelechi Iheanacho, Leicester (7.5m)
Patson Daka, Leicester (7.5m)
Ivan Toney, Brentford (6.5m)
Teemu Pukki, Norwich (6.0m)
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This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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