Friday, 14 July 2017

Three Budget Strikers - FPL 2017/2018

Tammy Abraham (SWA):

Price: 5.5m

Fixtures: sot, MNU, cpl, NEW, tot

Tammy Abraham secured a loan move from Chelsea to Swansea for the upcoming season. In terms of FPL, he comes in at the very low price of 5.5m. Having scored 23 goals in the Championship last season and participating the U21 Euros representing England, in which he helped them to the semi-finals, Abraham will have momentum and confidence going into this season. A loan move to Swansea will hopefully see him further develop closer to what Chelsea and their fans imagine him being in a few seasons time. However, a loan move to Swansea doesn’t mean guaranteed game time.

Therefore, to analyse Abraham’s starting prospect we have to look at how Swansea lineup and any potential injuries that could see him start for the Swans come GW1 and make him a great budget option which we should all consider. First up is the main factor, the Llorente injury. According to many reports, Llorente is doubtful for the start of the season as he sustained a broken arm on holiday and the statement "We have to see. It’s not impossible that he could be ready for the start of the season”, courtesy of, boosts Abraham’s appeal as this situation gives Abraham an opportunity to break into the team. Furthermore, in the last five matches of last season, Clement decided to play with two forwards in front of a midfield diamond, with the forward partnership of Llorente and Ayew combining for pace and strength in attack. This system was quite successful as Clement was able to steer Swansea away from relegation.

However Abraham will be competing against the likes of Ayew for starts in the Premier League. That said, regardless of competition, Abraham should still get multiple starts in the upcoming season and the England tag will assist him in doing just that. So, at a very affordable price of 5.5m and good prospects to start for the Swans in the upcoming season, Abraham is a budget option that should be considered.

Jay Rodriguez (WBA):

Price: 6.0m

Fixtures: BOU, bur, STK, bha, WHU

When West Brom announced that they had signed Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez, there was a large buzz in the FPL community as he would be the perfect 4th/5th midfielder considering the allocated price. However, when @OfficialFPL announced that he was reclassified as a forward in the upcoming FPL season, the buzz died down.

He shouldn’t be disregarded as an option purely based on other options being more viable in his position. Rodriguez is an experienced player in the Premier League. When fit and healthy, Rodriguez is exceptional. This was evident in the 2013/14 season when Jay Rodriguez scored 15 goals and ended on 152 points in FPL along with 6 goals and 8 assists in the 2012/13 season. A few injury stricken seasons dampened his development but he still managed 5 goals and 2 assists last season. For the upcoming season, Rodriguez is in a West Brom team in which he will be one of the key stars and will be crucial to WBA having a successful season. Therefore, barring any major injuries, Rodriguez will most likely be able to regain the form of his previous seasons and this makes him a viable option for the forward position in FPL, especially with the 6.0m price tag and the fixtures to start the season.

Dwight Gayle (NEW):

Price: 6.5m

Fixtures: TOT, hud, WHU, swa, STK

Gayle had an exceptional season with Newcastle in the Championship last season. He managed 23 goals and 2 assists in 26 games. As a result, Gayle was given a 6.5m price tag for the upcoming FPL season. The selection of Gayle in fantasy has divided many manager with some saying that he is a great budget option enabling the selection of other premium players while others are saying he’s too much of a rotation risk with Newcastle’s plethora of attacking options available for Benitez to use, which are both, solid arguments that must be considered.

Gayle is a great budget option has a good track record in the Premier League in his several seasons with Crystal Palace with 15 goals over 3 seasons given limited amount of game time in that period. The low price of 6.5m and a decent run of fixtures does indeed make him a good budget option. On the other side of the spectrum, Gayle has also shown himself as a rotation risk during the season in the Championship as he was constantly rotated with Mitrovic, Perez and Murphy. Further, 26 games played is a lot compared to the Premier League but when considering the 46 game Championship season, he was rotated for almost half of the season. Therefore, Gayle is a good budget option with his respective goal scoring ability and influence but fantasy managers should be aware of the rotation risk involved with owning him.