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FPL winter watchlist: Antonio can keep rivalling premiums

The Scout 13 Nov 2021
Michail Antonio, West Ham

The Scout picks out the best forwards priced at £7.5m and above for the run-up to Christmas

The Scout looks at the best players to target, per position and price, ahead of the busy winter period in Fantasy Premier League.

Forwards over £7.5m
Michail Antonio (WHU) £8.2m

West Ham United’s talisman is the top-scoring forward on 61 points, scoring six goals and assisting a further four.

That form has made Antonio the second most-owned player in Fantasy, found in 47.8 per cent of squads.

The Hammers’ striker has frustrated those backers recently, returning just one goal in the last five Gameweeks.

But the underlying numbers show he has still offered a major all-round threat.

Antonio’s 10 shots in the box and 10 chances created both put him among the top three forwards in Fantasy from Gameweek 7 onwards.

Antonio's goal v Spurs

West Ham’s 3-2 win over Liverpool in Gameweek 11 highlighted their fixture-proof potential ahead of encounters with Manchester City and Chelsea in the next four Gameweeks.

Following that spell, the Hammers have one of the most appealing schedules of any club.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), seven of their nine matches from Gameweek 16 score only two. 

Jamie Vardy (LEI) £10.8m

The Leicester City striker sits one point behind Antonio after scoring seven goals and supplying an assist.

While Vardy owners will be concerned by his run of three blanks ahead of a Gameweek 12 meeting with Chelsea, his schedule beyond that point looks encouraging.

Three of Leicester’s subsequent four matches, against Watford, Southampton and Newcastle United, score only two in the FDR.

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Although the veteran may have his minutes managed towards the end of matches over the hectic festive schedule, the numbers show why Vardy can still deliver goals.

His 23 shots in the box and seven big chances both put him among the top four players in Fantasy this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo (MUN) £12.4m

The Portuguese has failed to live up to his premium price tag in Fantasy since returning to Manchester United.

Ronaldo has blanked in five of his eight appearances, with all of his attacking returns this season - four goals and an assist - coming in matches against Newcastle United, West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur.

However, the underlying numbers show Ronaldo has been a major threat since making his second debut for the Red Devils in Gameweek 4.

His 28 shots and 23 shots in the box both rank second only to the tallies of Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) among all players.

Man Utd now embark on a very favourable long-term run of opponents that can revive Ronaldo’s appeal.

Seven of their next 10 matches score just two in the FDR. 

Harry Kane (TOT) £12.2m

The arrival of Antonio Conte as Spurs head coach could prove the turning point in Kane’s campaign.

The England star has managed only one goal and one assist this term, in stark contrast to his 23 goals and 14 assists in 2020/21.

However, he scored a hat-trick for his country against Albania on Friday, and Spurs’ immediate schedule gives him the perfect opportunity to get back to his best at club level.

According to the FDR, each of Spurs’ next four matches score only two.

Conte’s side host Leeds United, Brentford and Norwich City, and also visit Burnley

If Kane can hit top form in those fixtures, he could prove a strong long-term pick for the winter. Like Man Utd, seven of Spurs’ next 10 matches score only two in the FDR.

Also in this series

Part 1: Ramsdale among best goalkeepers
Part 2: Johnson can be cut-price gem
Part 3: Stock up on premium defenders
Part 4: Experts pick out the best defenders
Part 5: Gallagher leads best budget midfielders
Part 6: Son one of premium midfielders set to thrive
Part 7: Experts pick out the best midfielders
Part 8: Wilson can shine under Howe
Part 10: Experts pick out the best forwards

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