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- Best Budget Defenders (4.0 - 4.5m)
- Best Mid-Priced Defenders (5.0 - 5.5m)
- Best Premium Defenders (6.0+)
- Best 4.5m Midfielders
- Best Budget Midfielders (5.0 - 5.5m)
- Best Mid-Priced Midfielders (6.0 - 8.0m)
- Best Premium Midfielders (8.5m+)
- Best Mid-Priced Forwards (6.5 - 7.5m)
- Best Premium Forwards (8.0m+)
Identifying the best Fantasy Premier League budget forwards is no easy feat. It’s probably the hardest position to nail down as the players are quite limited and quite frankly not very good FPL wise – hence their low price.
The Best Budget Forwards in FPL
Teemu Pukki (£6.0m) – Norwich City
Following Norwich City's immediate promotion to the Premier League after being relegated in the 2019/2020 season, we witness the return of Teemu Pukki.
He got off to an absolute flier that season, scoring six goals and two assists in his first five games. This included a goal and assist against Manchester City.
The Finland international finished the season on 11 goals and three assists which was disappointing after his great start.
His statistics were good with 80 Shots, 35 Shots on Target, 59 Shots in the Box and 17 Big Chances. He also created 30 Chances and four Big Chances.
He helped Norwich to Championship glory in the last campaign, scoring 26 goals and creating four assists. Pukki is now priced at £6.0m in FPL which is £0.5m cheaper than he was in 2019/20. I think it’s a fair price and I can see him getting similar returns in this campaign, which for £6.0m provides decent value.
Looking at the selection of forwards in the budget category this season, Pukki is the best option on paper. He is on penalties and is also the talisman for the Canaries. The next best option in their team was Emiliano Buendía (£6.5m) who has now joined Aston Villa. They will be more reliant on the Finnish striker than ever.
He may not be the best budget forward to start with though as his opening fixtures are as tough as they come. They play Liverpool (H), Manchester City (a), Leicester City (H) and Arsenal (a) in their first four matches.
It's worth noting that in 2019/20, Norwich had a similarly difficult start to the season when they played Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City in their first five games. Pukki scored three goals and made two assists against them.
Danny Welbeck (£6.0m) – Brighton & Hove Albion
Out of all the budget forwards, Danny Welbeck is the one with the most Premier League experience. He has played 13 seasons in the top flight but his career has been marred with injuries.
Last season he managed to play the most minutes in six years and also registered his best attacking returns tally. Notching six goals and four assists, the English forward had 35 Shots, 15 Shots on Target, 30 Shots in the Box, and 13 Big Chances whilst also creating 22 Chances and six Big Chances.
He started 17 games for Brighton but really picked up in the second half of the season where he bagged four goals and two assists in his last 10 matches. Welbeck missed six games through injury all season.
I think he has done enough to earn his place as a sure starter and the fact that Graham Potter resigned the veteran striker further supports this. If he stays injury-free, he could provide great value as Brighton are a very good side. Their league position in the last campaign didn’t justify their performances.
Furthermore, the Seagulls have some fantastic opening fixtures. They play Burnley (a), Watford (H), Everton (H), Brentford (a), Crystal Palace (a) and Norwich (a) during their first eight games. Our Fixture Ticker ranks them in the top five overall!
If you fancy a budget striker to start the season, then I think it would be wise to look no further than Welbeck.
Troy Deeney (£5.5m) – Watford
Troy Deeney is another budget forward with plenty of Premier League experience. He has 47 goals and 22 assists in five seasons in the English top flight. During his latest stint in 2019/20, he managed an impressive 10 goals and two assists.
In only 14 starts last season in the Championship, he scored seven goals and made three assists. He missed eight games through a knee injury and 16 games with an Achilles tendon. Deeney made it back for the last game of the season where he played 18 minutes so should be fit and firing to go.
The Englishman comes in at quite an attractive price point at £5.5m. He is a proven player in the Premier League and if he gets enough minutes while staying injury-free, I can see him getting at least 10 league goals which is great value for his price.
Deeney is also the penalty taker for the Hornets and I would say he is the safest £5.5m forward.
Watford’s opening run of games aren’t too bad either from an attacking perspective. They play Aston Villa (H), Wolverhampton Wanderers (H), Norwich (a), Newcastle United (H) and Leeds United (a) during their first eight games.
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The Best From the Rest FPL Budget Forwards
João Pedro (£5.5m) is certainly the most exciting budget forward in Fantasy Premier League. The 19-year-old Brazilian scored nine goals and three assists in 31 starts for Watford last season. He played the most minutes from any of the Watford forwards and looks to have earned his manager's trust.
Fabio Silva (£6.0m) could have his breakthrough season this year. He was bought in as one for the future for Wolves, playing 1352 minutes for them last season and grabbing four goals and three assists. With Raul Jimenez (£7.5m) back fit, it’s not clear how the young Portuguese will be utilised but he’s definitely one to keep an eye on.
There are quite a few budget strikers in the game this season. However, I can’t see any other good options who are guaranteed a significant amount of minutes or provide any sort of adequate attacking threat. With so much time left until the season starts, we may see some new options emerge.
The Best £4.5m Forwards in FPL
There aren’t any feasible £4.5m budget forward options with only four strikers in this category this season. We have Keinan Davis (Aston Villa), Daniel N’Lundulu (Southampton), Michael Obafemi (Southampton) and Stipe Perica (Watford).
The best out of this bunch is probably Keinan Davis who played 265 minutes last season and managed a goal and an assist.
Obafemi only played 57 minutes last season, and 655 minutes in 2019/20 where he picked up three goals and two assists.
N'Lundulu played 102 minutes last season with no returns and Perica only managed to accrue 16 minutes for Watford in the Championship last season. Yet the Hornets' forward managed to notch a goal despite his limited playing time.
If you are playing a 3-5-2 formation, and are looking for a bench fodder striker, then your best bet for minutes is Keinan Davis or Michael Obafemi.
As I alluded to earlier, with so much time left until the season starts, and with the transfer window closing on the 31st of August, there is still a lot of business left to do. I am hoping one or two more viable £4.5m forwards get added to the list.
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