FPL Draft Ranks: Top 25 Forwards

We all love a good nosey at other people’s ranks. As draft tools go, this is arguably the most helpful one in order to see where others rank FPL assets in each position. I love ranks!

For my ranks this year, I have rated players on last year’s performances, my own preferences while also adding in data that I have collected from five mock drafts that I have either taken part in or observed. I’ve also put them into tiers.

Here is what I’ve come up with for my top 25 forwards. Comment below to tell me about any changes that you would make. Enjoy!

TIER ONE
RankPlayerTeam FWD rank 18/19Average PPM 18/19
1SalahLIV115.18
2SterlingMCY215.65
3KaneTOT813.52
TIER TWO
4ManeLIV313.32
5AgueroMCY513.47
6AubameyangARS412.46
7FirminoLIV1010.94
8SonTOT1910.37
TIER THREE
9RashfordMUN189.82
10JimenezWOL610.79
11LacazetteARS710.86
12VardyLEI911.07
13WilsonBOU1511.53
14ZahaCRY1110.91
15RicharlisonEVE208.4
16DeulofeuWAT268.57
17KingBOU179.56
18WillianCHE1610.53
TIER FOUR
19MartialMUN229.76
20DeeneyWAT1211.06
21PedroCHE258.35
22JesusMCY326.59
23PerezLEI149.39
24BarnesBUR217.31
25Calvert LewinEVE305.83

Tier One

I’ve not known such an obvious number one pick as Mohamed Salah is this year. The Egyptian King has been the opening pick in every single mock draft I have seen this season and it’s not that difficult to see why. During an “off-season” the “one season wonder” finished the Premier league season with another golden boot and 2nd place overall in Fantrax, averaging 15.18 points per match in a 577 point season. If you’re at 1:1 in your draft, save yourself a headache and pick Salah.

In number two, Raheem Sterling is an equally obvious decision. Despite finishing behind Salah, his average of 15.65 was better than that of his Liverpool rival. Due to Copa America exertions, Sterling looks all set to start this season as the spearhead of the City attack. It remains to be seen whether that will benefit his value or make it suffer.

It’s rare that Harry Kane isn’t anywhere near the number one pick conversation but after an injury hit end of a season that came straight after an energy sapping World Cup, Kane somewhat limped his way through a 2018/19 campaign that saw him finish in an uncharacteristic 21st overall finish. A full pre season should see Kane back to his best this season. He’s a bargain at 4th/5th pick this season which seems to be where he is going in 90% of drafts this year.

Tier Two

Tier two holds several that will feel unlucky not to make it to tier one. It also holds plenty of value but a lot of risk.

Golden boot sharers Sadio Mane and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang appear here. It’s looking unlikely that Mane will start the season due to his lack of summer break and even if he does, will his value be affected by possible exhaustion coming into the new campaign. Meanwhile, PEA has lined up on the right wing on a couple of occasions in pre-season. His value depends on whether he can keep up the clinical finishing that he exhibited in 2018/19. Both carry more risk than they should.

Mr Dependable Sergio Aguero is another that carries more risk than normal. Premier League fans will be wondering when the super talented Gabriel Jesus will start to eat into Aguero’s minutes. With City surely due to set their sights on that elusive Champions League crown, could this be the year that signals the start of the changing of the guard?

Tier Three

Here’s where the value is at. I would genuinely consider drafting every single one of the 25 forwards named in this article, showing that you could even wait until round four to snatch talent in this tier, especially if other managers do reach for less talented players from the shallow midfield pool.

A lot of people are extremely high on Marcus Rashford this season and I have seen him go as early as the tail end of the first/the start of the second in many mocks. The value lies in the fact that he looks set to be Manchester United’s main (potentially only) natural first team centre forward and not in the 10 goals and 6 assists that he provided at any average of 9.82 points per match. I’d get the reach factor if the forward pool was as sparse as the midfield one. However, it isn’t. If you see him pass in the second round as someone’s FWD1, you shouldn’t be too concerned.

All eyes will be on last season’s overperformers Callum Wilson and Raul Jimenez. Those who spend a second/third round pick to secure the services of one of these two will have everything crossed in the hope that they can replicate anything like last year. The goal dependant Callum Wilson is one that is too much of a risk for me, as you’d need him to get close to his 14 goal, 9 assist haul. Don’t forget his injury history, too. The way Jimenez fills up his stats sheet leads me to prefer his value.

I love the value of Jamie Vardy in a rejuvenated Leicester City team while it’ll be very interesting to see what a move to Arsenal or Everton does to the value of one man team Wilfried Zaha. I’ve seen Willian fall as far as 65th pick in mock drafts this summer. He will represent incredible value if he can nail down a starting position at Chelsea.

Tier Four

A couple of harsh ones in the “bottom tier”. Troy Deeney and Ayoze Perez finished 12th and 14th respectively but I think they’re about right in this tier, proving that there’s plenty of forward talent to chose from.

Meanwhile, Anthony Martial is enjoying his latest revival in a Manchester United shirt. If he can transfer his dazzling pre-season form into the league, the Frenchman will provide incredible value if you manage to snag him as your FWD2.

There’s been a lot of talk about Dominic Calvert Lewin this summer, talk that simply has to rely on the lack of alternatives as Marco Silva’s disposal. Rumours of Zaha’s transfer could easily see Richarlison take the central spot. Should DCL keep that forward d spot, he will have to improve on the 6 goals that he provided last year in order to justify the hype. Having said that, if you can get him as your risk free FWD3, you’d be pulling off a potential master stroke.

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