One of the hardest decisions to make when picking your Draft Fantasy side is which striker to go for. Forwards often possess the biggest potential to get points in the bag, so making the right call is vital.
Here, it’s important to remember that assists provide only point less than goals, so a creative striker could be just as prolific pointswise as a goal poacher.
In Draft Fantasy, there’s room for three strikers in each squad, but here at The Boot Room, these are our tips for first pick in the draft…
10. Jamie Vardy – Leicester City
He may have been disappointing for much of last season, but as the season wore on and after the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri, there were signs of the Vardy of old. With a World Cup on the horizon, the forward will know that he needs to get back to his goalscoring best.
9. Christian Benteke – Crystal Palace
Benteke re-established his reputation last season after a disappointing spell at Liverpool. His 15 goal return for Palace will only improve under the tutelage of Frank de Boer if he remains at Selhurst Park, if not then expect him to get plenty of service to improve on that tally.
8. Sandro Ramirez – Everton
Another potential wildcard, Sandro scored 16 goals in 31 games last season for Malaga and even added five assist for good measure. When you consider that they spent much of the season in the bottom half of the table, that makes it even more impressive. If he can adapt to the Premier League as quickly as he adapted to his move from Barcelona to Malaga, he’ll be a hit.
7. Fernando Llorente – Swansea City
The physical and tough Spaniard may miss the start of the season after breaking his arm on holiday in a bizarre injury, but he will still be a reliable source of goals upon his return. With an effective partner up-front alongside him, it would even be fair to expect a few more assists from him too.
6. Jermain Defoe – Bournemouth
Not being at a big club can play to Defoe’s advantage here, as many players will opt for the big names. Defoe’s goals for a woeful Sunderland team in 2016/17 season mean that even at his age, he could be prolific for Bournemouth. At 34, injury may be a threat, but it’s a risk worth taking for a player who rarely suffers from injury.
5. Alexandre Lacazette – Arsenal
A gamble, but one with very good odds. He managed nearly a goal a game in Ligue Un last season with 28 in 30 and whilst he may struggle to replicate that in the Premier League on the first attempt, he should still provide a substantial amount of points leading the Arsenal attack.
4. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City
He may be in contention with Gabriel Jesus for a starting spot, but you can’t write off one of the Premier League’s most regular contenders for the Golden Boot. Even when he was relegated to the bench at times last season, he managed 20 league goals from 31 games.
3. Romelu Lukaku – Manchester United
In new surroundings at Old Trafford, Lukaku will be expected to take up the reigns from Zlatan Ibrahimovic who notched 26 goals last season. It may take him some time to adjust to the expectations at Old Trafford, but expect him to be a regular pick for Jose Mourinho and the goals will come.
2. Gabriel Jesus – Manchester City
After a bright start last season, expect the Brazilian to come on leaps and bounds in his first full season in Manchester. Seven goals and four assists in his first 10 Premier League games, with only eight of those being starts, show his terrifying potential.
1. Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur
The Premier League’s top scorer with 29 goals last season, if he can steer clear of injury this time around then the 30 goal barrier will surely be in his sights. Such prolific goal scoring cannot be ignored, even if his seven assists may seem low compared to some of his competitors.