Fantasy Premier League 2013 Week 10: Strikers You Must Consider for Your Team
You can't score many fantasy points if your strikers aren't scoring any goals. It will be important to look at the best matchups in this week's play for your forwards.
Digging deep into the fixture list can unearth one or two of the hidden gems.
Listed below are four strikers who should be on your radar as you make those last-minute decisions prior to the start of EPL play.
The first two players are on the expensive side, so you'll have to determine whether you want to make enough room in the budget to fit them in. The second group will cost slightly less but not offer quite as much of a sure thing. They should score points, but you're taking a bigger risk.
Reach for the Top Shelf
Robin van Persie, Manchester United
When Fulham lose the ball, they find themselves in major trouble. The Cottagers don't have the kind of pieces to be able to get back and defend properly. The likes of Dimitar Berbatov and Darren Bent aren't going to track back, and far too often, Scott Parker is heaped with too much of the ball-winning burden.
As a result, Fulham could be cut apart by Manchester United.
One of the biggest benefactors would be Robin van Persie. He's arguably the best pure finisher in England. Whether it's from wide positions or Wayne Rooney through the middle, RVP will get plenty of service at the top of the attack. United's inability in previous weeks to create a fluid attack won't be a major concern against Fulham.
Van Persie should be a must-own every week, but at his estimated price, it likely isn't feasible. This week, you should make whatever financial sacrifices are necessary to get him on your team.
Fernando Torres, Chelsea
It looks to be the beginning of the annual "Fernando Torres is Back" discussion. You might as well hop on the bandwagon now before it starts careening off the tracks and the goals stop flowing.
The Spanish striker has shown some signs of progress. He's added a bit of that attitude and bite that he demonstrated during his barnstorming seasons at Liverpool, and he scored against Manchester City last week and nabbed a brace against Schalke in the Champions League.
Newcastle don't have a rock-solid back line, so Torres should get some chances. Just don't expect anything more than a goal. Once Chelsea get a lead, Jose Mourinho will suck the life out of the game.
Still, Torres undoubtedly has value this week.
Take a Chance
Nicolas Anelka, West Brom
This season has been underwhelming for Nicolas Anelka, and as a result, West Brom have seen their attack take a nosedive from last season, when Romelu Lukaku prowled the opposition's 18-yard box.
In seven EPL appearances, the 34-year-old Frenchman has zero goals and zero assists.
Anelka has a great chance to break his scoring duck against a Crystal Palace side that has conceded 19 goals, second worst in the league. To make matters worse, Keith Millen in filling in as caretaker manager until the club finds a more permanent replacement.
The Eagles have been poor defensively and will continue that trend until somebody else comes in and shakes things up.
Against such a porous back line, Anelka should get plenty of chances on goal. He's not completely done as a player, so if he gets a good chance, he should be able to finish.
If you're looking to save some money at forward this week, pick up Anelka off the scrap heap.
Wilfried Bony, Swansea City
One of the bigger disappointments this season has been Wilfried Bony. The Ivorian striker came in with a bunch of hype from the Netherlands, yet has delivered just two goals and one assist in eight Premier League matches.
Against a Cardiff City side that's in free fall, Bony could get back on the scoresheet.
He's got the talent. Sure his goals came in the Eredivisie, but you can see flashes of the player he could become if everything comes together.
Bony only came off the bench in Swansea's 0-0 draw with West Ham, but after Alvaro struggled so mightily, the Ivorian might be the best option for Michael Laudrup.
Should he get the start, the former Vitesse target man would be in a great position to give you a great return.
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