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FPL Draft: Rodriguez could be this season’s Ings

Neal Thurman 30 Aug 2020
Jay Rodriguez

Neal Thurman tips Burnley striker to follow in footsteps of Southampton frontman and be a big success in 2020/21

With Fantasy Premier League Draft leagues getting set to stage their drafts over the next couple of weeks, expert Neal Thurman concludes his position-by-position look at players who are likely to be bargains.


Reclassifications of players over the past two seasons have depleted the forward options in a pretty big way.

There will be a rush to get competent ones so if you don't fancy taking Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy or Sergio Aguero in the first round or two, here are some appealing options who will almost certainly be available later than they should be.

Early-round targets
Danny Ings (SOU)

He doesn’t play for a big club so Ings is not going to get the love he should as a first-round forward. If you can get him in the second or third round, that’s highway robbery.

Raul Jimenez (WOL)

The Wolverhampton Wanderers frontman may not score much more than he did in 2019/20, but he seems less likely to break down than the strikers who will almost surely be picked ahead of him in the draft.

Timo Werner (CHE)

You can make the argument that Werner should be the first forward taken. He’s young, doesn’t have an injury history, and should be the undisputed starter in a dynamic attack at Stamford Bridge.

Mid-round targets
Michail Antonio (WHU)

David Moyes seemed to find an effective formula after the restart, and using Antonio at centre-forward was integral to that. There's a risk that it was just a great run but, outside of the first five rounds, any forward who could be a credible starter has value.

Jay Rodriguez (BUR)

I expect Rodriguez to be the closest thing we see to Ings this term. We know he can have a great Fantasy season because he’s done it, and he seems to finally be back from injury. Getting him in the middle rounds is a steal.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (FUL)

The Fulham forward could be good for 12 to 14 goals. The frequent yellow cards will frustrate you, though.

Late-round targets
Neal Maupay (BHA)

Brighton & Hove Albion are fishing around for a new striker but if they can’t make it happen, Maupay is a low-upside solid third forward who will probably be available late.

Eddie Nketiah (ARS)

This may be a season when it makes sense to fill your second or third forward spots with job-shares like Alexandre Lacazette and Nketiah, or Southampton's Che Adams and Michael Obafemi.

Also in this series

Part 1: Ramsdale can thrive with Blades
Part 2: Target Tierney in the mid-rounds
Part 3: Pick Pulisic early on

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