The Forward Watchlist – Gameweek 8

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Continuing the new format @liambednarski reviews those forwards who returned points in GW8 in the hope of uncovering an early bandwagon.

The Watchlist – Star Forwards –

Sergio Aguero (13.1) carrying a knock from international break the superstar started from the bench, missed a penalty and then was battered by Barcelona.

Southampton have serious defensive troubles with no available left-backs or first choice right-back expect a battering this weekend. Buy.

Diego Costa (10.2) The combustive striker has returned to his bustling best under the guidance of Antonio Conte.

His aggressive style of play is always on the edge of respectability, it is a fine line that few players can walk along. When it works he leaves defenders in his wake with efficient finishing and intense physicality.

He is an accumulator of yellow cards, can struggle to obtain bonus points and is quite injury prone but you can’t deny his current form. Buy.

Romelu Lukaku (9.5) a stunning individual effort against Manchester City as he darted from the halfway line snapping the back-three to pieces with a peach of a finish. Buy.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (11.4) even the great Zlatan can go on barren streaks in front of goal or maybe that is age catching up with him?

He had a wonderful chance against Liverpool to score the decisive goal but put a header well wide of the target in an otherwise tough game.

He is eating up the budget at the current time with better options elsewhere we have to say goodbye to Ibrahimovic for now. Sell.

The Watchlist – Ponder –

Jermain Defoe (7.2) the sharpshooter continues to get in good positions to score in a rather poor side. A difficult player to read in FPL terms although his finishing is not something to be questioned. Monitor.

Other performances

Janssen (7.8) is struggling significantly for Tottenham reminding us of the busted flush who was Soldado. Across at Leicester City Jamie Vardy (9.7) went missing whilst Slimani (8.5) was on the bench. Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge (9.9) continues to look disjointed in his bit part role at Liverpool this season. Avoid.

The Watchlist – Breakout Forwards –

Charlie Austin (6.5) in top form the former QPR star lead the way this weekend with a double against Burnley. The fixtures get tough for the striker but in this form few teams will deny him a goal. Buy.

Callum Wilson (6.4) frustratingly handed penalty duties to Stanislas this week but still managed to accumulate a nine point haul in the mauling of Hull City. Decent fixtures ahead for the striker who is ticking along. Strongly Consider.

Borja Baston (6.9) scored another goal popping up inside the area once again to convert. A real live wire within the box could be an interesting differential this season. Monitor.

Troy Deeney (7.1) was quite blunt this week as Middlesborough had the majority of the chances, his role is nailed down in the side though. Strong fixtures ahead with penalties in his bag of tricks makes him a consideration. Monitor.

Salomon Rondon (6.7) managed to start after a busy international break and was well denied by Llores. Has tough fixtures with better options in this price range its time to go. Sell.

The Watchlist – Ponder –

Christian Benteke (7.7) his routine powerful header went just wide in wet conditions, so too did his penalty kick. Benteke comes at an odd price, yet is getting enough chances to justify the price, if he holds onto penalty kicks that is.

The Watchlist – Budget Forwards –

Cristhian Stuani (5.1) completed 68 minutes in what was an enterprising but ultimately frustrating performance from Middlesborough. Looks to be the cheapest striker on the market with regular minutes for those looking for a budget striker. Monitor.

Victor Anichebe (4.5) one of my budget favorites over the years is now entering the final stages of his career. I recommend looking for an option between 6.0-7.0 as your third striker but if your on a tight budget Victor could bag you some point at some stage this season. Light Monitor.

Sam Vokes (6) converted a penalty to keep his status on the watchlist intact. Light Monitor.

Adama Diomande (4.6) completed 28 minutes of action, off the bench his time on ‘The Watchlist’ is about to come to an end.

The Watchlist – Other Forwards –

Wilfried Bony (7.3) his stating to find a trace of form and was perhaps unfortunate not to score a goal against Sunderland. With Hull City next up it will be his chance to opening his Stoke City account on a run of favourable fixtures. Monitor.

Marcus Rashford (6.9) The young striker played 76 minutes against Liverpool but failed to get on the scoreline much like Ibrahimovic. His status on ‘The Watchlist’ continues to fluctuate, especially as I hold him in a lower regard then many in the community.

 If I have not mentioned a player you are interested in leave a comment and I shall reply with a short profile on my thoughts giving them a: Buy, Strong Monitor, Monitor, Weak Monitor, Hold or Avoid Status.

4 comments on “The Forward Watchlist – Gameweek 8

  1. Anthony

    Should I go Ibra to Austin or Wilson and then my bench player Barry up to Walcott this week? Will cop a -4, but cannot get Walcott without downgrading Ibra. Will only not cop a -4 if i only downgrade Ibra this week. :/

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