The most fun part of picking a pre-season squad has to be choosing which strikers to go for. There are always the big names present and the toughest task is choosing which ones we should fit into our squads and if they justify their pricetags. Last season, RVP, Aguero and Rooney all had cracking seasons, with all of them notching above the 200-point mark. So to be expected their pricetags have risen, however, there are some others who may be able to sway our attention this coming season. Here is our analysis going into the 2012-13 premier league fantasy season…
- With the crazy news of Van Persie (13.0m) on the verge of signing for Manchester United, defences across the country (and wales) must be quaking in their boots and checking their fixture lists frantically. The Dutchman collected an incredible 269 points last season, scoring at will and at United he will be given plenty of service. If he can continue his form from last season, he could very well justify being the most expensive player in the entire fantasy premier league game.
- The second highest points scorer from last season is RVP’s future partner in crime, Rooney (12.0m), who racked up a massive 230 points. Although, this strikeforce would put you back a quarter of your entire budget, having the two of them last season would have got you over 500 points before captain choices! With them both playing for United this will change the situation entirely but if they gel quickly and find an understanding, they will be one of the most lethal strikeforces in the world.
- To challenge United’s duo, City can boast of a deadly Argentinian double act in the form of Aguero (11.5m) and Tevez (9.0m). Aguero had an awesome debut season scoring 23 goals, creating a further 9 and receiving 30 bonus points! This made him the third highest points scorer in the entire game and Mancini will be hoping Aguero’s second season in the Premier League can be just as fruitful.
- However, Tevez may steal some of the limelight now that he has returned from the golfing darkness. Everything seems to be settled and Tevez has been working hard in pre-season to show his dedication to the cause. This has already begun to show with Tevez’s excellent strike against Chelsea in the Community Shield. At 9.0m he could be great value if he manages to keep his mind on the game.
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- With Chelsea’s initial double gameweek, Torres (10.0m) must be considered. Towards the end of last season, you could see that Torres’ confidence was slowly returning with glimpses of his quality and the goal in the Community Shield will have given him a boost. With Drogba leaving, much is expected of the Spaniard this season and a lot of eggs seem to be in his basket right now.
- In Suarez (9.5m), Liverpool have a striker who genuinely worries defenders with his directness and trickery. He had his troubles last season with a lengthy ban but when Suarez did play, he was a constant menace to the opposition and had the ability to wriggle out of the tightest positions with excellent close control. Rodgers will be looking forward to managing such a talent and will be hoping that his style of play will bring the best out of him.
- Jelavic (8.5m) settled right in at Everton and provided a much needed finishing touch to their attacking play. Everton have struggled with strikers in the past but Moyes has finally seemed to have found his man. Despite joining in January, Jelavic notched up 9 goals and collected 11 bonus points. With Pienaar back, Jelavic will receive greater service from his midfield and should be given the opportunities to prove his worth as a striker.
- Spurs seem to be short on attacking options going into the start of the season with Defoe (7.5m) as the only recognised striker. He rarely featured last season due to Adebayor’s form but as he showed last night, he still has a bullet of a right boot. At 7.5m, he provides great value but fantasy managers should keep a close eye on who Spurs bring in as funds will surely be released from Modric’s exit to Madrid.
- Demba Ba‘s incredible first half of the season was completely overshadowed by his fellow Senegalese striker, Cisse. In the second half of the season Ba (7.5m) was pushed out wide to accommodate his pricier counterpart, Cisse (9.5m), who scored some stunners to settle right in at Newcastle. In this Senegalese duo, Newcastle have a strikeforce that can drive them forward this season and if Ba is pushed back up front in a 4-4-2, he could be excellent value.
- Swansea had a great debut season in the Premier League and Graham (6.0m) made the step up look easy as he grabbed 12 goals, created a further 3 and collected 16 bonus points in the process. Laudrup has stated that he thinks Graham is capable of scoring between 15 and 20 goals this season, with him already developing an understanding with new signing Michu. If Laudrup’s prediction proves to be correct, he could provide great value at just 6.0m.
With only 3 spaces up top, there is some serious decision-making to be done and a lot of this will come down to how much money you have to spend on your strikeforce. With some of the deadliest strikers we have seen in a while, this season seems set to be high scoring and Fantasy Football Addict can’t wait for it to begin, and for the sweet, sweet fantasy points to start rolling in once again.
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