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The Scout 22 Aug 2020
Danny Ings, Southampton

Kind run of opening opponents could help Southampton striker get goals from the start of 2020/21 FPL

The Scout takes a look at the 2020/21 Fantasy Premier League player list and assesses the best options according to position and price.

Danny Ings (SOU) £8.5m

The Southampton striker finished runner-up for the 2019/20 Golden Boot after scoring 22 goals.

Ings produced a career-best FPL haul of 198 points as the third top-scoring forward in the game.

Despite a rise of £2.5m from the start of last term, he remains one of the most in-demand strikers and only three other forwards can better his 23.3 per cent ownership.

Saints' early schedule, in which they face just two of last term's top-nine teams in the opening eight Gameweeks, suggests Ings can immediately reward those investors.

Ings' Premier League goals 2019/20

Raul Jimenez (WOL) £8.5m

Jimenez has been one of the most consistent all-round forwards in FPL over the last two seasons.

He has scored 30 goals and supplied 17 assists, in addition to earning 64 bonus points during that period.

The underlying numbers show why he is such a big success.

The Mexican's 118 shots and 93 shots in the box both ranked top among FPL forwards in 2019/20, while his 48 chances created sat second.

A favourable run of early opponents also lifts the appeal of the Wolverhampton Wanderers frontman.

Five of his first seven matches score just two in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR).

Timo Werner (CHE) £9.5m

Managers have flocked to the new Chelsea recruit, who is the most-selected forward in the game with an ownership of 38.8 per cent.

Werner was prolific for RB Leipzig in last season's Bundesliga, scoring 28 goals and supplying eight assists.

The German faces Brighton & Hove Albion, West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace and Southampton in the first five Gameweeks.

Harry Kane (TOT) £10.5m

Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane can also benefit from a favourable early schedule.

Spurs meet just one of last season’s top eight sides in the first eight Gameweeks. Indeed, six of those matches score a mere two in the FDR.

This immediately hands Kane the opportunity to bring in returns and replicate his successful end to 2019/20.

He scored seven goals after the season resumed in Gameweek 30+, joint-top with Ings among FPL forwards.

Jamie Vardy (LEI) £10.0m

Last season's Golden Boot award winner scored 23 goals to finish joint-fourth in FPL on 210 points.

Vardy recorded 35 big chances in 2019/20, more than any other player.

Despite his prolific campaign, the Leicester City striker sits in just 13.4 per cent of squads ahead of a Gameweek 1 visit to West Brom.

However, with home matches against Burnley, West Ham United and Aston Villa in the first five Gameweeks, Vardy could find his way into more managers' plans sooner rather than later.

Anthony Martial (MUN) £9.0m

The Manchester United attacker has been reclassified from a midfielder to a forward in FPL after playing as the lone striker in 2019/20.

Martial totalled a best-ever 200 points in FPL last season with 17 goals and nine assists.

The Frenchman starts the new campaign with a blank Gameweek 1 but then faces Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal in the opening seven Gameweeks.

However his record against such opponents shows managers should not be put off.

Martial scored nine goals in meetings with the top-10 sides last term, joint-top among all players.

Also in this series

Part 1: Ryan No 1 among budget goalkeepers
Part 2: Save points boost appeal of Dubravka 
Part 3: Vinagre standout option from budget defenders
Part 4: Wan-Bissaka an all-round prospect
Part 5: Alexander-Arnold still a bargain
Part 6: Armstrong offers goals at little expense
Part 7: Greenwood can provide outstanding value in new role
Part 8: Salah goal threat gives edge over rivals
Part 9: Maupay can shine among budget forwards

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