Fantasy Premier League

FPL Lessons: Firmino soars as a forward

The Scout 25 May 2018
Roberto Firmino, Liverpool

The Scout on how Liverpool's Brazilian can keep on rewarding the faith of Fantasy managers despite his position change

With the 2017/18 Fantasy Premier League ended, The Scout reviews each position to highlight the players managers should consider for 2018/19.

Forwards

Fantasy managers had to reassess Roberto Firmino when he changed from being a midfielder to a forward.

But any concerns about his ability to become a key player faded quickly.

Starting the campaign priced at £8.5m, Firmino’s total of 181 points earned him third place in the forward standings.

He was the second-most bought player, transferred in by over 4.6million managers. Only Harry Kane, bought by 5.3m, was more popular.

Bonus boost

Firmino benefited from an extra boost in the Bonus Points System (BPS).

Forwards score 24 points in the BPS for every goal scored, whereas midfielders are awarded 18 points.

He exploited this by recording his most prolific season for Liverpool, scoring 15 goals.

Firmino’s all-round style of play also strengthens his prospects in the BPS.

He placed first for chances created, with 57, and second for successful tackles, with 65, among FPL forwards.

That helped him collect bonus points in 12 of the 13 matches he scored in.

By comparison, his team-mate Mohamed Salah was awarded bonus points in just 11 of the 24 matches he scored in.

Indeed, Firmino was second only to Kane for bonus points this term by 29 to 31.

Popular target

He will start the 2018/19 season as a popular target in Fantasy.

However, his prospects may yet depend on Salah.

The Egyptian tallied 32 goals and 12 assists while playing on the right of Liverpool’s front three, but was classed as a midfielder.

If Salah is listed as a forward, he will go head-to-head with Kane as the go-to premium target up front.

If he retains his midfielder status, then team-mate Firmino will be the player to rival Kane and perhaps even surpass his peak ownership of 2.9m from this season.

Also in this series

Part 1: FPL Lessons: De Gea's season a game-changer
Part 2: FPL Lessons: Burnley battle is key for managers
Part 3: FPL Lessons: Promoted goalkeepers can save seasons
Part 4: FPL Lessons: Chelsea defence still on top
Part 5: FPL Lessons: Liverpool full-backs set to fly
Part 6: FPL Lessons: Cresswell a rare bargain
Part 7: FPL Lessons: Position and price crucial for Salah interest
Part 8: FPL Lessons: Watch out for 'forward' midfielders
Part 9: FPL Lessons: Set-pieces key for midfield bargains
Part 10: FPL Lessons: Kane still the go-to Fantasy forward
Part 12: FPL Lessons: Can Perez save the 3-4-3?

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