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FPL watchlist: Best budget forwards for the run-in

By The Scout 25 Mar 2022
Cucho Hernandez, Watford

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The Scout pinpoints the players who can score big points over the upcoming Gameweeks in Fantasy Premier League.

Forwards under £7.0m
Cucho Hernandez (WAT) £5.0m

The Watford forward provides an in-form option for Fantasy managers who are playing a 3-5-2 formation.

Cucho has started each of Watford's last three matches, producing double-figure returns on two of those occasions.

He earned 11 points against Arsenal thanks to a goal and an assist before scoring twice at Southampton to pick up a further 12 points.

Cucho's double v Southampton

Four of Watford’s next six matches score only two in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), lifting the Colombian's appeal as a budget pick.

The Hornets also have a match against Everton to be rescheduled, which should lead to a Double Gameweek later in the season.

Wout Weghorst (BUR) £6.4m

The Dutchman made a strong start to his Burnley career, claiming 21 points in his first four outings thanks to a goal and two assists.

Weghorst has since blanked in each of his last five appearances, dropping to 4.7 per cent ownership ahead of a busy schedule for Burnley.

The Clarets are the only side who have a Double Gameweek in both Gameweeks 31 and 33.

They host Manchester City and Everton in Gameweek 31 and then face West Ham United and Southampton in Gameweek 33, with a visit to Norwich City sandwiched in between.

Weghorst could be a key figure as Burnley aim to avoid relegation.

Jean-Philippe Mateta (CRY) £5.2m

The Frenchman appears to have secured a starting role as Crystal Palace's lone forward.

Mateta has scored in three of Palace's last six matches in all competitions, including strikes against Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers in Gameweeks 26 and 28 respectively.

Mateta's goal v Wolves

Over his last four matches, his total of eight shots in the box was bettered by only three other forwards in Fantasy.

Like Watford, four of Palace’s next six matches score only two in the FDR, while they also have a match against Everton to be rearranged.

Che Adams (SOU) £6.9m

Southampton’s top scorer has been one of the most consistent forwards in Fantasy recently.

Adams has blanked only twice in his last seven outings, amassing 36 points thanks to three goals and two assists.

Over his last four matches, his total of nine shots in the box is bettered only by the 15 of Harry Kane (£12.5m) among forwards.

Southampton's upcoming matches give Adams the chance to extend his run of returns. 

Only two of their seven opponents over the next six Gameweeks sit in the top 11 in the Premier League. 

Also in this series

Part 1: Best goalkeepers
Part 2: Best budget defenders
Part 3: Best premium defenders
Part 4: Best budget midfielders
Part 5: Best mid-priced midfielders
Part 6: Best premium midfielders
Part 8: Best premium forwards
Part 9: FPL experts' best players to own for the run-in

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