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FPL experts: Is Alvarez or Jackson the better forward to pick?

22 Aug 2023

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The Scout's panel of Fantasy Premier League experts discuss who they will pick as their second forward from Manchester City's Julian Alvarez (£6.6m) or Chelsea's Nicolas Jackson (£7.0m).

Pranil Sheth (@lateriser12)

I still haven't made up my mind between Jackson and Alvarez but as things stand, I am leaning towards Jackson. Despite not getting returns, he has looked lively. My only worry is that this Chelsea team might not have many goals, but I'm not confident about Alvarez's minutes. 

See: FPL experts: Lessons learned from first two Gameweeks

Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

The Alvarez and Phil Foden (£7.6m) set-up worked perfectly for Pep Guardiola against Newcastle United. With Kevin De Bruyne (£10.3m) out of action, I can see Guardiola turning to these two more often, in that middle-of-the-park axis.

Foden's in there with a mass of different midfield options in FPL, but Alvarez as a £6.6m forward is definitely in my thoughts.

Ali Jahangirov (@FPLGunz)

Unless Chelsea sign a new forward, Jackson looks like a better pick than rotation risk Alvarez. Although both have great fixtures ahead, Alvarez plays deeper and could be less involved in the final third.

Harry Daniels (@FPL_Harry)

Jackson has such a great run of matches. While Alvarez also has nice fixtures, Man City will have Bernardo Silva (£6.4m) back and are not far from having UEFA Champions League football to play.

That's enough for me to favour Jackson currently.

See: Scout Selection: Best FPL team for Gameweek 3

Holly Shand (@HollyShand)

Yoane Wissa (£6.1m) would be my top target since he's top for shots and has the form and fixtures to continue this run. Alvarez is also a good shout with two consecutive 90 minute appearances and an attacking return in each fixture.

Part 5: Wissa or Mbeumo: Who is the better pick in FPL?

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

Alvarez feels like the one who got away for me. When Harry Kane was having his medical in Munich, I originally plumped for Alvarez as his replacement and then ended up shifting the money into midfield.

He seems the best second asset at City as well as the best second forward after Erling Haaland (£14.0m).

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Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg)

Jackson looks the best forward given fixtures and possible rotation, but he could frustrate owners. I wouldn't be surprised to see him miss some sitters one week and get a brace the next.

Nick Harris (@WGTA_Nick)

Jackson is obviously the popular pick in the forward category but he is yet to get off the mark. A left-field shout would be Wissa, who has filled the shoes of Ivan Toney (£7.9m) nicely since the start of the season and could well continue with Brentford's decent run of fixtures.

Utkarsh Dalmia (@ZopharFPL)

Alvarez and Jackson are both great picks, but with Man City the chances will fall mostly to Haaland, while Jackson is Chelsea's primary goal threat.

Mark McGettigan (@FPLGeneral

There's a lot of talk about Jackson and Alvarez this week, but Wissa should be in the conversation too. His underlying numbers are the best in the league among forwards over the first two Gameweeks.

Jackson just about edges it for me due to Chelsea's great fixtures.

Also in this series

Part 1: Best replacements for benched Joao Pedro in Fantasy
Part 2: Whose FPL prospects have improved after Gameweek 2?
Part 3: FPL experts: Lessons learned from first two Gameweeks
Part 4: The Scout’s FPL Gameweek 3 Ones to watch
Part 5: Wissa or Mbeumo: Who is the better Brentford pick in FPL?
Part 6: The Scout’s Gameweek 3 Differentials
Part 7: FPL experts: What to do with Fernandes and Rashford?
Part 8: FPL long view: Be wary of Brighton fixtures from Gameweek 4
Part 10: Scout Selection: Best FPL team for Gameweek 3
Part 11: Best alternatives to Haaland as FPL captain in Gameweek 3
Part 12: How penalty duties are changing the FPL landscape in midfield
Part 13: Best replacements for injured Shaw in Fantasy

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