Fantasy Premier League

GW8 Forwards #1: Harry Kane

The Scout 4 Oct 2017
Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur

As managers face a problems up front, The Scout says it is almost impossible to overlook Spurs striker

As we face a forward crisis in Fantasy Premier League, The Scout looks at six players who can help us cope with injuries to Sergio Aguero (£11.6m) and Alvaro Morata (£10.3m).

Harry Kane (TOT) £12.7m

The form

Harry Kane ended his August goal drought in spectacular style, scoring 11 goals in his last six matches across all competitions.

In FPL terms, the Tottenham Hotspur striker has provided six goals and a trio of 13-point hauls.

But significantly, all of these have arrived in away matches, as Spurs struggle to break down opponents at Wembley Stadium.

The statistics

Kane’s underlying numbers back up his recent his scoring streak.

He has attempted more shots (44), more penalty-area shots (30) and had more shots on target (16) than any other forward.

Kane has also hit the woodwork on five occasions this season, three more than any other player.

And yet he ranks only fourth for big chances, with seven.

If Spurs can improve the service to Kane (particularly at home where he has had just one big chance) then his consistency should improve.

Harry Kane in 2017/18
  Total FPL forward rank
Goals 6 2=
Shots 44 1
Shots in box 30 1
Shots on target 16 1
Big chances 7 4=
ICT Threat 563.0 1
The prospects

Now owned by 37.1%, the case for Kane is becoming overwhelming.

But Spurs’ struggles at home and a testing schedule of fixtures provide a catch.

Meetings with Liverpool (H), Manchester United (A) and Arsenal (A) in the next five Gameweeks will be tough for Kane.

That run raises doubts over Kane as the optimum choice of FPL captain, but to ignore him completely looks a major risk.

Should Spurs click at home, Kane’s output could be unrivalled.

Significantly, of their next seven opponents at Wembley, only one scores more than two in the Fixture Difficulty Rankings.

The Scout's verdict: If you do not have Kane, now should be the time to join the crowd.

Tomorrow The Scout on Alexandre Lacazette

Also in this series 

Part 1: How to resolve your Fantasy forward crisis

Part 3: GW8 Forwards #2: Alexandre Lacazette

Part 4: GW8 Forwards #3: Jamie Vardy

Part 5: GW8 Forwards #4: Romelu Lukaku

Part 6: GW8 Forwards #5 Gabriel Jesus

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